Book Review: Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich

Book Review: Curious Minds by Janet EvanovichCurious Minds (Knight and Moon, #1) by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
Published by Bantam Dell on August 16th 2016
Pages: 322
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four-stars

Summary:

Babysitting an eccentric billionaire isn't high on anyone's to-do list, especially when you have a degree in business and a degree in law from Harvard, yet that is where Riley Moon finds herself. After landing her dream job at one of the most prestigious banks, the first task her boss gives her is to assure one of the bank's VIP clients, Emerson Knight. That is money is safe with them.

Only it isn't. When Emerson demands that Riley take him to see his gold, literally to see his gold, it starts off a chain of events that throw these two together on their own conspiracy theory adventure.

I have to admit. I am pleasantly surprised by this book and this new series. In my preview (here), I was reluctant and didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t finish Wicked Charms (as mentioned, though, I’m determined to return to it someday to give it a proper second chance).

The narrative moved right along at a steady pace. The events unfolded smoothly and didn’t distract from the story. In my experience reading Evanovich, her writing is never really dense nor does it need intense concentration. Curious Minds is no different. It’s light, playful, and a quick read. One may argue that it is too simple because there were times when I couldn’t believe how fast the story was reading, but it works for me.

I think Knight and Moon are perfect for the backdrop of this series. To be honest, I’m only familiar with one other Evanovich series and that one deals with more of a paranormal investigation so I like that this is kind of contemporary mystery-slash-action-adventure.I like that it is an independent investigation and not within any type of crime solving entity like the FBI or similar. Kind of a rogue operation.

Five things I like about this series:

  • Knight and Moon gives off this fun vibe. They work well together.
  • I love their banter.
  • The mystery part of the story wasn’t complicating.
  • It was an easy read so I wasn’t interrupted with any philosophical or intense contemplation in order to get the story.
  • It kept me engaged. I didn’t get bored.

While this story wasn’t an “Absolutely loved it!” I like it enough to read the next one. I requested it at the local library so I can’t wait. I also would contemplate adding it to my personal library. I’ll have to read the next one, though, to give it serious thought. It will be disappointing if I invest in the series only to be disappointed by the third book. But Evanonvich and Sutton have convinced me enough to put them back on my radar. I may finally be brave enough to give Wicked Charms its second chance I keep promising.

four-stars

Preview: Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich

Ok, so I’m not sure what to expect in this new series. 

I really loved Lizzy and Diesel until last book (which I’m convinced I need to give it another shot because I refuse to be disappointed) but this one sounded intriguing enough to push through my reluctance. 

  • That’s a pretty, blue cover
  • Oh, another Evanovich series
  • Not Lizzy and Diesel?
  • I miss Lizzy and Diesel
  • I wish I could say I loved Wicked Charms, but I do love Lizzy and Diesel
  • Oh, another co-written series with Phoef Sutton
  • Wasn’t Sutton the co-writer on Wicked Charms?
  • Hm, Knight and Moon
  • That’s catchy
  • I’ll ignore how it seem so similar to her other series in progress, including Lizzy and Diesel
  • I’m thinking about Lizzy and Diesel way too much
  • Curious Minds–well, that sounds curious
  • Introverted
  • Eccentric
  • Spitfire
  • Junior analyst
  • Missing bank funds
  • Missing man
  • Missing gold
  • Ok, Evanovich and Sutton. I’ll give you another chance

And that’s how I ended up on page 53, still cautious but loving Knight’s personality and interested in seeing how the heck are they going to find his gold.

A Summer Holiday: Day 1 – Rain!

And just like that we’re on June 15th, or a couple of hours away anyway.

It’s been a chaotic couple of weeks, jumping right into Viking History and trying to stay on top of it. The research topic for my final paper needs to be reported by Sunday and these week my research proposal. I’m currently debating the Viking political and judicial system or the Viking settlement of Kieve Rus. You know, since I just finished Russian History. 

I can’t believe how much time school sucks up! I love it, but it does take a lot.

But I’m officially on holiday for the next three days. And I’m camping. Beach camping but camping nonetheless. And it’s pouring rain. I mean pouring! It’s off and on–like, it will downpour for 20 minutes and then clear up for another 20 and then down pours again. It’s amazing. 

I love hearing the rain. It’s refreshing, you know? And it may seem a bit weird, but I like the fact that it’s pouring on the first night of camping. As I mentioned, refreshing so it’s like washing away the tensions of “reality” and starting a clean slate of fun with family.

And maybe, finally, I can get some writing in and sneak on my data plan to post. And read a lot of books. And finish my cross-stitching pattern that I started about two months ago, lol. Big plans for only a four day holiday but there’s no harm in thinking big.

Is it June already? Take 2

That has never happened to me before. I typed out a blog post last night albeit halfway to dreamland, hit published, saw that it got published before reaching dreamland, and now it’s no where to be found. Not in Trash or Scheduled or Draft. Well, I did find it in draft, tried to publish it again and said “cannot add to database” and then poof. Gone. Interesting.

And while it is what it is I am a little disappointed that it didn’t get published on June 1st. Moving on.

My, my, my. June already. So. Fast.

What I can’t believe either is that it’s been 14 days since my last post! I know was zoning out a bit but I didn’t mean to go dark for that long.

The first seven days was me zeroing in on my final research project for Russian History–the Law Code of 1649 and the beginning of serfdom. No matter what kind of history I study I tend to gravitate towards the judicial system and entertainment. Like “we have television and movies, what did Imperial Russia do for fun?” And I was fascinated by the work the Odoyevsky Commission did and how one key section set the course of Russia’s economy. And I had the unique challenge to gather all this data and structure it into a power point presentation (which I aced by the way. 100 out of 100 points, thankyouverymuch). Up next is ⚒Viking History⚔️, class starting Monday, and I. Can’t. Wait! 

And then I have been binge reading. The weekly paper assignment for Russian History set back my reading schedule and with the week off between semester I just had to catch up! Battlemage and the Crown’s Fate have been out since early May and I still didn’t reread! I so far behind. 

And today my allergies have left me exhausted. I was going to squeeze out a review but the discovered my post disappeared. So … until tomorrow for that one.

We are heading into my least favorite season but we’re just one season away from my favorite season 🍂💛🍁💛🌾.

Happy June!

Book Geek Problem #2


Ugh, I am so torn! Battlemage (Summoner Series #3) by Tarzan Mathau was released May 2nd and The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye was released on Monday and I haven’t started either one because I really, really, really wanted to read the entire series back-to-back.

I’m so tempted to just jump right in! I’m missing out on all the buzz around these grand finale. I feel like I’m already behind. 

Sighs. But school is the priorty. I’ve been able to keep up with the someone grueling schedule (a weekly 1-3 page paper is no easy task, let me tell you). 

And I want the full effect of continuity. That wonderful buzz you get from reading a book series from beginning to end. No cliffhangers. No pauses. No trying to remember what happened in the first book when a character references it in the last.

So, as tempted as I am to just do it, I’m going to hang in there. Plus, I am  at 40% of The Novice, book one in the summoner series. Considering that I started it on Monday–juggling home, work, and school–I’c say that’s pretty good.

Here’s to staying strong! 

Table Talk: The Information Junkie

Presently, I’m enjoying happy hour at my local Starbucks taking advantage of the 50% off promotion to try a grande Green Tea Cream Frappacuino with whip cream. And I am doing so to kill time between work and a history lecture on King Kaumualii (What can I say? History geek, I never denied it). The thing about killing time as an info junkie is that you get into this mind suck, especially if you have an Internet conncection and decide to go through your list of things you want to research (What can I say? My blog is 411 Junkie for a reason). 

You keep a list of things you want to research? Like seriously?

Yes, seriously! And maybe it’s not a specifically handwritten (sometimes it is though) or typed out, but at the very least it’s an on-going mental listing of things I’d like to read up on. Cough it up to my personality (which is an INTPer according to Meyer-Briggs and if you want a clue about what that is go check out my Pintrest board).

But I’m sitting at Starbucks thinking what makes me an info junkie? What exactly is an info junkie? This is just as hard as answering “what are you going to do with a European History degree?”

An info junkie, to me, is essentially a researcher. This is a person who has a variety of interests and tends to keep up with all of those interests when they can. For me, I keep tabs on blogging, writing, legal stuff, political stuff (and this is a very vague term because I’m not really engaged in presidential politics. It’s more of a general overview. Does that make sense?). I brush up on info security, administrative/executive assistant training, amateur radio stuff, computer stuff, and any points of history that pique my interest. And these range of subjects of course have sub-topics so things can get mighty complex.

And I love it. 

But that is what an information junkie means to me. You look up anything and everything. Heck, I watch YouTube videos on ballroom dancing, how to play the piano, and language learning tips and tricks. I tend to subscribe to email lists on various topics just so I don’t forgot to look up something. 

I love information and I love organizing information. Finding patterns and connecting the dots. 

Which is why majoring in European History suites me. Learning how to gather data, analyze data, and then turn it into a pretty report is fun for me. I love hunting down snippets of information.

So, Information Junkie. That’s a job I love doing doing and someone I love being.