Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)by Published 13 Nov 2018
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Stephanie Plum faces the toughest puzzle of her career in the twenty-fifth entry in Janet Evanovich's #1
New York Times
There's nothing like a good deli and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World famous for its pastrami, cole slaw and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.
"Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)" Reviews
As you can see from my previous reviews (24, 23, 22, 21, and 20) I am not happy with the way this series has gotten terribly formulaic. The characters grew briefly only to be stunted back again one book later. No decisions are ever made. Cars are totaled, Lula dresses ridiculous, Grandma goes crazy, Stephanie's mom is tempted to day drink (as am I reading the newer books), Rex never ages, and Stephanie can't choose between Ranger and Morelli.
According to the synopsis it looks like she has a new job. That sounds promising. I hope this is an indication of something new. Please for the love of Pete! Pick a guy, whether Ranger or Morelli or a new character, add some life into this repetitive madness, and let it end on a good note! I don't care if that means Stephanie manages a deli in Trenton and marries someone and settles with a bunch of kids or if she goes and does something different. Just don't be the same old thing. Maybe have her write a book! She has plenty of experience to draw from... let her make millions writing about the life of a Jersey bounty hunter that gets made into a movie and she can retire rich and not have to be this insane mess who constantly stumbles into awful situations to "save the day".
I ranted. My apologies.
After reading review will be awhile as I refuse to pay money for this book and will wait for a library copy.
Why do I keep reading this series? It jumped the shark so long ago that the shark has died - just like this series. And yet, I keep reading them. Library or free versions only. I'm stupid, but not THAT stupid.
It's not like I can't quit things. I'll quit the crap out of things that bore me or make me uncomfortable in any way. I have quit diets so many times that you would have to call me a professional yo-yo dieter. Like one of those freaks that gets really into yo-yos for some reason and can do all kinds of things that make you go "ooooh", and then it gets boring so you quit watching.
Yeah, that was great. Now, get the hell out . You're late for your mime lessons.
Stephanie has the personality of an elderly woman who isn't very bright. She can't bring herself to say the word "vagina", so we get words like "hoohah" and "doodah". She's less hip than my grandma. And, my grandma's dead. Still cooler than Stephanie.
Both, because she's freaking epic.
At least she didn't actually sleep with Ranger in this book, cheating on Morelli, like she usually does. She only kissed him a bunch of times. I mean, it's not like we'd be mad if our boyfriend's went around kissing another woman, right? That's not cheating. *eye roll*
So, in this one, Stephanie and Lula work at a deli, because, hey, why not? At least it wasn't a chocolate factory. And, hilarity ensues. And by hilarity, I mean mild chuckles occasionally.
What I'd like to see happen in this series:
Rex dies. (Because, hey, he should have died years ago)
Grandma Mazur dies.
Lula moves to Los Angeles and becomes a vegan.
Stephanie decides on Ranger.
Ranger realizes that she's a moron who cheated on her boyfriend so he finds someone better and they live happily ever after.
and this series.
Ok. Let me start out first by saying that I am a fan of these novels. Granted, the series started to slip when it tried to focus too much on the romance, but now we’ve decided to pretty much let that go. Steph is sleeping with the cop and Ranger slips in when he can find an opening. I’m not gonna hate on the girl ‘cause this is the fictional world and there are plenty of hot guys to go around.
What I really love about these books are the side stories. Lost cats, killer hens, Grandma and her honeys, Lula and her diets. These characters are always available for some funny antics.
So, I will keep my Stephanie Plum fan club going, even if I’m all alone. 💕💕📚
When Look Alive Twenty-Five from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich was published last fall, I devoured the remaining books I'd not caught up on yet. I was surprised to see it already available at the New York Public Library (NYPL) and requested it around Christmas. What a shock when I moved up to #1 in the waiting queue last week. Since I had only a few days to accept it, I happily jumped into the book and finished it within two days. It pushed back a few other items on my reading schedule, but nothing I couldn't easily re-arrange. I wasn't letting this one slip through my fingers.
For fans of the series, you'll get the same thing you get every book but with a small twist. Instead of chasing six to eight felons, Stephanie's been recruited to manage a diner that her cousin Vinnie's father-in-law, Harry the Hammer, inherited when someone couldn't pay back a loan. Vinnie puts Stephanie in charge of keeping the place running well so Harry doesn't hammer him. Except it seems... all the managers are kidnapped. One shoe is left behind. Six are gone already. Will Stephanie be the 7th? Along the path, she runs into Wulf, the crazy vampire-like guy she met through Diesel. Lula and Ranger help her operate the diner, but one of their tight little family is actually kidnapped. Joe Morelli helps protect her, too, and we learn a lot more about the mob families in Trenton.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a nice change of pace to have Stephanie follow one big mystery rather than lots of smaller ones. Her parents and grandmother play a very minor role, but one of them is part of a big cliffhanger involving Harry the Hammer. I suspect we'll get to know more about that side of the family in the next book. Lula's sandwich-making abilities are epic. Ranger's knowledge knows no bounds. And Evanovich is as funny as ever. I enjoy the books purely because I can laugh out loud without fail.
It feels good to be caught up on this series, but I think I'm ready for it to end. It's not that the books aren't good anymore. It's just that we need something different. While reliable, they are too formulaic. That said, I'll always read them, and now that I can get #26 possibly as an ARC or the day it's published, the sweeter it'll be.
Unfortunately, the continued deterioration of quality of this series has caused me to bail on the whole thing.
And I am so mad about it. I invested 23 books worth of reading time but, man, Hardcore Twenty-Four was just *so* bad that I find I no longer have the wherewithal to continue following Stephanie Plum on her wacky adventures. Additionally, Hardcore Twenty-Four made it clear to me that Ms. Evanovich no longer cares about Stephanie Plum beyond how much money this series makes her. Stephanie Plum hasn't seen any kind of growth since probably (if I'm being generous) the 14th or 15th in the series, and there's only so many times a car getting blown up/stolen/stripped for parts can be funny.
And, for God's sake, if she's going to be a completely inept, if funny, bounty hunter, have her decide on a man! The 'who will she choose?!' romantic subplot has become super tiresome. It could be Rex the hamster at this point for all I care; it's just not even a good cliffhanger to end on anymore, and I want so much more for Stephanie after spending 23 books with her. If she were really one of my friends, I would've shaken her out of frustration; as it is, I'm relegated to writing one star reviews on books that aren't even out yet, which I'm also annoyed about.