ARC The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Book Review


The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10)Book Genre: 
Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Book Series: Charley Davidson #10

Released: June 28, 2016 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 270 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review



Book Synopsis:

As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

My Review:

I don’t even know where to begin here people.  I have to tell you about this book.  I have to!  It was freaking amazing (yes, strap yourself in for a love-fest).  I just can’t get past all the feels to put my thoughts into words that will make sense and that will make you want to go READ THIS BOOK!  Especially all you former Charley fans turned haters that gave up on the series aren’t are only reading the reviews looking for more haters.  Yes, I know you are out there, probably not reading this review, but if you are… Give this series one more shot.  Really I think you might enjoy book ten.  I really do.

Alright so why should you read this book, especially those of you who did not care for the direction of the previous two books.  First off I think it’s nice to shake up the format of the stories every now and again, keeps them from being too cookie cutter-ish.  Next, the latest release in the series felt very much like a return to earlier books in the series.  Sure there is still the missing daughter and Charley has all her memories and powers now.  The game has definitely been changed and things are in motion building up to the eventual end of the series(say it ain’t so…), but that is pure speculation on my part.  However, the feel of the plot in this book was very reminiscent of earlier books as there was more focus on Charley’s work as a P.I. as well as her Reaping.   Ms. Jones did an excellent job of balancing what we fell in love with this series for and moving the whole Charley is actually a God plot line forward.  Nice work!

Then there was Reyes… Sigh.  I swear he has ruined my standards for all future book boyfriends forever.  Even with this aspect of the plot Ms. Jones managed to bring back some of the tension to this now married couple and kept their relationship from becoming boring.  So yes these two are together but they have not reached their H.E.A. yet, not by a long shot.  For most of the firs half of the book, Reyes was noticeably absent from much of the storyline as you could feel the tension between these two love birds.  After an intervention from everyone’s favorite sidekick Cookie, these two were forced to address the elephant in the room and work out their issues…for now. Of course, that lead to the happy naked fun time with Reyes and my eyes about melted out my head from all the heat.

Much of the story was like its predecessor’s three main mysteries to solve as we follow Charley around as she works her magic.   Not as many ‘bad guys’ in this one most of the drama was centered around the relationship and eventually stopping the end of everything.  We learned quite a bit more about Charley and Reyes’s celestial past and what it means for their and Beep’s future.  More was learned about Beep’s future and her role in stopping Satan.  Also like all the previous books Ms. Jones took us on a rollercoaster of an emotional ride as I would be laughing out loud one moment and lost to tears the next.  All of this cumulated with another freaking cliffhanger, this one perhaps the biggest one yet (well, maybe tied with book eight).

Bottom line THIS is the best book I’ve read this year, and lately, I’ve had some real winners.  This one, though, this one stood out among them all and I can not wait to read what happens next.  I might just have to re-read the series in the meantime to make the wait bearable…

My Rating: 5 Stars


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