Book Review: Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

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Hardcore Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum, #24)Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been a long-time coming, but I’m finally caught up on the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I just finished reading Hardcore Twenty-Four and am looking forward to reading #25 when I get to the bookstore next month (it was just released a month or so ago). 2019 is my year to catch up on every series I enjoy… I’m actually avoiding all new authors until I’m caught up and trim my TBR. I want a fresh, clean start… and now that I’ve got under 200 books on my TBR, it will happen this year! So… #24… Stephanie Plum… a huge snake named Ethel, Diesel (the hot cosmic guy), and zombies. Who wouldn’t love this book?

Seriously… you’ve gotta suspend some disbelief to think all this could happen in Trenton. I’ve only passed through it, but I’d think NYC would win the award for the craziest people. I live here, I see them! I might be one of them given what I’ve already said in this review. Anyways… I digress… kinda like the focus in this book. It was definitely repetitive and format-driven, but it’s still hilarious as all get-out (what an expression!). Lula saves these books every single time. She’s TOO REAL. I know a few women like her in attitude, not quite looks, although one or two fit the bill. I have had some of these conversations when it comes to chicken in a bucket, donuts and guns. Although it’s not guns being shot or cars exploding in my life, it’s getting locked out of apartments or losing drivers licenses. How do people make the same mistakes over and over again! At least it makes me laugh.

I needed Diesel. Joe was getting old. Ranger is on the border of getting old. Not in age, just tiresome activities. I kinda want Diesel to win Stephanie’s heart now. I also want something to happen to Connie so the duo can try to save her from whatever crime is going on around town. That said… the mystery behind the drugs and zombies was very 2018 modern. It’s happening all the time, just not with decapitated heads and brains. If you haven’t read this book, you probably think my review is whackadoodle. But seriously, this book will make you laugh so hard you have to change your underwear… but don’t wear it on your head like one of the characters does in the book.

Evanovich knows her audience. 25 of these books might be a bit much, but in small doses, these are the kinda books to make you enjoy reading all over again. I wonder who will replace her when she stops writing them… who’s a similar style author? Or should I turn into that author… maybe Kellan is the next Stephanie Plum!

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. There are two books: Academic Curveball and Broken Heart Attack. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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24 thoughts on “Book Review: Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

    Shalini said:
    January 6, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Are you on par which the books published? You seem to have read it all.
    Great review… I have yet to start this series

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 6, 2019 at 10:10 AM

      25 just came out, so I’m still one behind. I’ll probably get it this spring once I catch up on a few other series.

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        Shalini said:
        January 6, 2019 at 10:14 AM

        Oh wow… That book is a year older than us. Hehehe 😂😂😂😂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 6, 2019 at 10:14 AM

        yes!!!!

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        carhicks said:
        January 6, 2019 at 4:58 PM

        Thanks for making me feel old Shalini. Double and add a few years. 👵👵

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM

        HeHe! We’ve subtracted ‘a few’ years from our age… A few is anywhere from 15 to 30! LOL

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    Hannie said:
    January 6, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    I’ve never read an Evanovich because she just publishes so many books! Where do you even begin with her?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 6, 2019 at 10:11 AM

      I know! It’s almost insanity to try to keep up. I started 10 years ago, but stopped midway. I only read the Stephanie Plum series and have 1 left. Good luck.

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    tylerus said:
    January 6, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Need a few laughs so I’m picking this up! 🙂

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    January 6, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Do they read as standalones?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 6, 2019 at 2:33 PM

      Definitely. There are a few times when a character dies later in the series, but no one major at this point. You can easily pick up any and read them. The mystery is always solved.

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    lghiggins said:
    January 6, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Good review! Congratulations on completing your goal, and good luck and happy reading as you pare down your TBR pile.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 6, 2019 at 2:34 PM

      Hello! Happy New Year! Thank you very much. I’m feeling good about the accomplishments… I’m almost under the 200 on TBR after I removed many from it. I might be able to come close to getting it under 100 this year if I aim properly. 🙂

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    Mary Deal said:
    January 6, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Love your reviews. You know how to throw out just enough to get a person interested. I say yes to Kellan.

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    carhicks said:
    January 6, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    I get a bit tired of the Joe and Ranger line as well. Now Diesel, that would be interesting. 😆😆

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    Lisa@LismorePaper said:
    January 6, 2019 at 9:03 PM

    I haven’t read this one yet, your reviews always talk me right into it! Happy New Year!!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 6, 2019 at 10:54 PM

      Happy New Year! 🎊🎆🎈 it’s a fun series. I am ready for 25!

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    Patty said:
    January 12, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    You know I love Stephanie Plum. I love your review. I feel though she is running out. I feel she needs to wrap it up because she is losing that crazy love triangle. But there is a new author Kim Hamilton, you may like. Her debut book is Accidental Laywer. It has a Stephanie Plum vibe.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 12, 2019 at 12:26 PM

      Thx for the heads up. I can’t imagine evanovich has more in her with all the series. Maybe it’s coming to s close soon.

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