Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)
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Book #8 in the Charley Davidson Series: Released 5/19/15

I own a copy of this book.

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Book Synopsis:

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….


My Review:

I was bad.  I broke my book-buying-ban for the latest release in what might now be my favorite series.  I regret nothing, well except for speeding through the book and now having to wait til January to find out what happens next.  Damn you cliffhangers [shakes fist at sky].  This was such a good book and I can’t believe how much we freaking learned.  I am shocked.  Shocked. I don’t even know where the hell to start.

Lets start at the beginning.  All of book eight takes place over just a couple of days.  Much of the first half of this book dealt with everyone’s favorite sidekick, Cookie and Uncle Bob as there is some serious movement in their relationship.  I want to talk about it more, but I am determined to keep this review spoiler free. So delighted about what happen though, so yay!   Through all of this Charley is very pregnant and it was cute to watch how she gave only Reyes a hard time about it. Of course they are stuck in this convent which is full of its own ghostly inhabitants that give Charley a nice little side mystery to solve.  She does get a case as well and we get to see Kit and a new Agent Waters.  I hope that Kit gets let in the loop soon.

Being Charley is the Grim Reaper, her Dad who was murdered gets to continue his role in the story and there was some development and closure for Charley on that front.  The Step Monster too, gets to play an important role in book eight.  I am also satisfied with what went down in regards to her.  Mr. Wong moves with Charley to her new digs and we finally learn who he freaking is!   Charley comes into her powers and kicks some serious ass in the end of the book.  We get to meet Beep, and I was surprised, but approve of the direction Ms. Jones is taking on that front.  Reyes and Charley still need to work on their communication and trust.  They both need to realize the other is an adult and can handle more than they think.  Of course when you love someone your biggest fear is losing them, so I get their actions, but if they don’t loosen up soon it is going to destroy them.  Reyes needs to see he is worthy of Charley and that she accepts him, and Charley needs to see that she doesn’t know how to control her powers yet or know what all the hell is going on, but that might have changed by the end of the book.  The other two developing plot threads that we have major movement on are Reyes parents (all of them) and Charley’s history.  We learn so much that I can’t share with you it hurts.

I feel so held back again while reviewing this book,  I don’t want to spoil anything for you all.  The trademark wit and humor was there, along with the touching moments that pull at your heart.  Little less weepy in this book, but the end.  Wow.  What a cliffhanger, but that is fairly typical for this series.  It keeps us coming back.  The playing field changed in book eight and I have no idea where Ms. Jones is taking us next, but I will be breaking my book-buying-ban again in January to see what happens next.  This series just clicks for me and I hope it does for you too.

 My Rating: Five Stars


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