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2.0 out of 5 starsClearly not written by Janet Evanovich...
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2015
A big disappointment! I am a huge "Wicked" fan and was so excited that a new book was written. Although the story line is good and the characters are all intact, it became immediately apparent that Janet Evanovich did not write this book and Phoef Sutton did. The character's personalities changed and the lighthearted comedy that is synonymous with each Evanovich book is missing. I am sorry that I purchased the book and would have just checked it out from the library as I doubt that I will go back and re-read the book. I hope that when the next "Wicked" book comes out, Janet Evanovich actually stays true to the characters in the first two books and doesn't use Phoef as her writer.
1.0 out of 5 starsI am an avid Evanovich reader, but you can ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2015
I am an avid Evanovich reader, but you can save your money on this one. I am a huge fan of the Lizzy and Diesel series, but her usual wit and talent are missing. So many inconsistencies have me wondering if she even wrote ANY of this one. She definitely needs to fire Phoef Sutton. Evanovich's style is unmistakable, and it is missing here. I want my money back, and am so disappointed that I am unsure whether I will continue to support her books.
As a fan of amusing, escapist fiction, I endorse reading this novel. You will learn absolutely nothing and care very little about any of the characters. You likely will smile at the absurdities, foibles, and instant karma. The story is a crisp sugar-shell or perhaps cotton candy—completely lacking in nutrients but tasting sparkly and sweet.
I have read many novels of this style and this example is neither the worst nor the best. Read it for fun.
CAVEATS • If you haven’t read the first two novels, you will either have to accept a state of confusion or simply not care. • Whether the fault was mine or the writing, I frequently found myself wondering about the tropes used by Evanovich and similar authors to make the story progress. For example, how do they choose the magical skills the characters will possess? Can Diesel “magic” locks because Evanovich gets bored trying to figure out how her characters will break into things and places that normally would be impenetrable or too tedious to plan and explain? And what’s the deal with the main characters being bakers or cooks? I suspect the characters have to have something other than 9-5 jobs so more interesting adventures become possible. (I should probably take that note and apply it to my real life.) • The five-star system is limited; do five stars mean the book is without flaw and destined to be timeless fine literature or do five stars mean the book served a specific purpose in the readers’ lives at the time of reading? How many components of a book must be perfect to warrant a particular number of stars?
4.0 out of 5 starsI liked it, but it didn't have quite the flavor of the first two.
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2015
I'd almost decided that there weren't going to be any more Lizzy and Diesel books so I was really happy a few months back when Wicked Charms was announced. I downloaded it to my Kindle first thing the morning of June 23. I've never read a Janet Evanovich book I didn't like, and this was no exception. I like paranormal books and there is enough of the otherworldly here to make it interesting. I approached this one like I did the first two, suspending my disbelief and wading right in. But it somehow didn't have quite the same flavor of the two previous books.
Perhaps the addition of Mr. Sutton as co-author can account to some extent for the change in perception. (I actually thought Mr. Sutton was Ms. Sutton until I saw his picture; the name seems non gender-specific.) This isn't necessarily BAD, it's just different.
I was disappointed that Cat 7143 and Carl weren't as much in evidence in this book. I love them both. A few reviewers said they found Carl's frequent "Eeeps" annoying, but what else is a monkey going to say? I hope they both will be more in evidence in future books. And Hatchet somehow didn't come across as quite as colorful a character as he was in the first two volumes.
AND are we actually developing a Ranger-Morelli situation between Wulf and Diesel? This just doesn't seem right; I figured that at the end of book seven Diesel and Lizzy would figure they'd saved the world so to hell with it and they'd have at it, let the chips fall where they may, and Wulf would go on about the business of being the consummate bad boy.
I'm still looking forward to the next installment. We have Envy, Pride, Wrath, and Sloth yet to go - I'm particularly curious to see what they will do with Sloth. I just hope that we won't have to wait as long for installment four as we did for installment three.
5.0 out of 5 starsWicked Charms: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel Book 3
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2018
Lizzy, Diesel, Clara, Glo, Nergal (the local coroner), Carl the monkey and the Cat are still searching for the remaining Saligia Stones. A long dead pirate named Palgrave Bellows wrote a diary, drew a map and stated he found a great treasure and buried it off the coast of Maine. A very wealthy man, a Mr. Martin Ammon is in love with Lizzy' s cup cakes and signs her to a contract promoting her cup cakes, cookies, etc. Lizzy and Diesel discover Ammon is after one of the Saligia Stones. The craziness, nuttiness, dangerous situations and OMG' s make this third book a great read. I hope Janet Evanovich writes book four in this series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2020
I know I can purchase any book by JE and it will be fantastic story. Lots of laugh out loud moments too. This book and the others in the Lizzie and Diesel stories are just another example of her excellent imagination.
Janet Evanovich is a talented author and my second favourite. She writes in a flowing style which her Co writers copy well. This story is hilarious and I'm currently rereading it. Lizzy is always in trouble but she is her own hero at times. Diesel is delicious as usual. Definitely worth reading at least twice.
I started reading it as soon as I received it in the mail - I have recently moved, and was therefore unable to find the 2 previous books, which would have been nice to have read before embarking on nr. 3, but there you have it.
It was a delightful read, but over much too soon - or perhaps I read too fast ? Can't wait for the next installment !