Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones – 4 stars

Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson, #6)Click on cover art, from Goodreads, to visit this book’s page there.

Book 6 in the Charley Davidson series.

I purchased the physical book for my own collection.

Book Synopsis from Goodreads:

Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear. 

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

My Review:

WHAT!?  How can it be, you gave this book only 4 stars? Didn’t you give each and every other book in this amazing series you love five stars?… Yes, yes I did.  I wanted to give this one more star, especially at the end, but if I’m honest with myself I didn’t love this book as much as its predecessors.  Now don’t get me wrong, I still loved it, but just a teeny, tiny bit less than the others.

So what went wrong (for me)?  I’m thinking there was just too many plot threads.  The story was all over the place in the beginning and every time we turned around something was being added to Charley’s plate.  Several of these treads did not get resolved or even brought up again after a point in the story.  Some of the plot threads could have been held off and introduced in future books, perhaps closer to when they will be resolved.  It got to a point where I couldn’t even keep straight what all Charley needed to fix.  Some of the humor felt a little off, there was plenty of laughs to be had, but I just felt like there were less of them.  These two points made me bring down the rating one star.

Alright, now that we got all the unpleasantness out-of-the-way, what did I enjoy about the book?  Of course there is Reyes,  I always enjoy this character, he is one of my biggest book crushes.  He was as great in this book as in the past stories.  I love how he interacts with Charley.  I think Cookie said it best “That’s what I want, damn it.”  My favorite bit between them over the wall…oh, and Reyes shower…yep, definitely the shower…  There was major movement in their relationship in this book, but that was to be expected after how the last one ended.  Would have been nice to resolve it a little earlier because really, who didn’t see the answer coming.

I enjoyed the development of Charley’s powers.  I wish Reyes would be more forthcoming with what he knows of her abilities.  Even if she can’t wield all her powers it would be interesting to know what they are.  I also enjoyed the introduction of the Dealer.  I think he is going to be one to watch.  I tend to agree with Charley, I think he is going to be more help than hindrance.  Quite a few faces showed up, that could be another problem, we have too many background characters that need to make an appearance in each book now.  Maybe some of them could sit a story out from time to time.  Although I do enjoy the eccentric band of sidekicks she is developing, so I don’t know who I would vote to sit out a round.

This is still a great series and I am so glad I only have to wait till October to find out what happens next.  This book, like the others, had me laughing out loud and then wiping tears from my eyes.  Ms. Jones has such a great ability to wring the emotions out of me.  She brings me to the edge and threatens to destroy characters that I love, only to save them in the end.  She is also the queen of cliffhangers, not just at the end of the book, but at the end of chapters too.  Makes it really difficult to put one of her books down. So only five more months until we learn what happens next…I can make it…really. I can.  Maybe.

 

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2 thoughts on “Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones – 4 stars

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you like it! I’m using WordPress just like you. Registered my own domain name, which is why you don’t see the .wordpress.com. Other then that I am using the Brand New Day theme, which is one of their free ones. Most of the stuff on the side and bottom is available widgets that you can add and customize to your needs. Good luck and I’m sure you will figure it all out and will soon have an amazing blog that you love. If you have any other questions I’m happy to try and help, you can post a comment or email readwhatilike@mail.com. Amy

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