Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Charley Davidson #11

Released: 1/24/17 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 310 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

My Review:

While I’ve been enjoying this reread of the Charley Davidson series I’m ready to be done and read the last book.  I’m glad I took the time to refresh the entire series but I desperately want fresh material and to know how everything ends up!  There have been some teasers shared in the synopsis of the last book shocked me a bit as to what might have happened between book 12 and 13.  All I know for sure is that I. Need. It. Now.

Anyway, not a lot I can say that wasn’t said in my review of the print book.  I remember the plot in this one and the next better than earlier books because I read them recently.  The cliffhanger ended was a little less traumatic because I know what happens in book 12.

Overall this has been a great listen, though.  If anyone is looking for a sexy fun, hilarious audiobook for a road trip or simply while working on something I highly suggest this one.  The voice artist was truly an excellent choice for this series.

It will be a bit of a wait before I can get book 12.  I’m something like number 16 in line for four copies.  I should be able to finish it well before 2019 when the last book is slated for release but I might be a month or two before I can finish the reread.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Book Review

 


Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #5

Released: 3/30/10 by Ace Books

Pages: 342 Price: $24.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day – or night – may bring in a world where “witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people” (Booklist). But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadly…

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can’t always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets – and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side – leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel’s life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she may not have many more…

My Review:

I’ve been enjoying this reread of the Mercy Thompson series so much!  I almost feel like they have been better the second time around.  I think the narrator adds so much to my increased enjoyment.  She does a fantastic job of changing her voice to match the different characters.

In book five we have Mercy and Adam fully established as a couple even though they are not formally married or living together yet.  Briggs also needs to tidy up the loose end of Samuel before we can move forward with Mercy and Adam.  That plot line is tackled in this book with some pretty drastic drama that left me afraid of what would happen to him even though I’ve read this book before.  Damn menopausal brain… I swear I must only retain 30% of what I read sometimes.  Most likely it is just that I read so much that the stories all start blending in together.

We also deal with pack drama in this book as they are fighting Mercy’s addition to the pack.  There is also a plot to overthrow Adam as alpha of the pack.  The main instigator of book five is the Fae again which isn’t my favorite group in this world but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the plot this time.

I’m torn over raising my star rating or not.  I don’t think I will, four stars is still a great rating but I do feel like I enjoyed the book more the second time around.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Charley Davidson #8

Released: 5/19/15 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 293 Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

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 did not enjoy this book as much the second time I read it as I did the first.  I’m not going to change my star rating but if I were to give it a reread rating it would come in at three stars I think.

Why is that you might ask?  Mainly because while there were some earth-shattering plot revelations I now know them and some of the shine has worn off of the story.  Much of the plot of this book revolves around Charley’s pregnancy and the arrival of Beep and quite frankly I’m just not that into kids.

I’m still glad I reread it as it was nice to have a refresher for all that went down, though.  It was fun to witness Cookie and Uncle Bob’s wedding and the end where we have a chapter in Reyes’s p.o.v. was awesome!  This time I was a little less satisfied with what went down with the step-mother and wished she could have received a bit more payback.

If I reread the series again someday I don’t think I will skip this book as there is so much that was revealed but it probably won’t ever be a favorite in the series.  A bonus with the audiobook was an author interview at the end with the narrator.  I was lucky enough to have my turn pop up for book nine so I don’t have to wait to continue on.  Did notice that the release date was pushed back for the last book until 2019.  Kind of disappointing but should give me plenty of time to work through the entire series before then.

My Rating: 5 Stars (originally)

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Charley Davidson #7

Released: 10/21/14 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 336 Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

My Review:

Over the weekend my turn at book seven in the Charley Davidson series came up at the library.  Well, book eight became available first but I was lucky to get this one a couple of hours later too.  So I promptly set aside my current book read and started this one so I could get it returned for the next in line.  Also, I had a knitting project I wanted to work on.

This story picks up after the bombshell revelation of Charley’s pregnancy and it dominated much of the book but didn’t smother us in baby-related plot.  I think that is what happens in the next book but I’m not sure.  I continue to love the narrator and I am finally getting used to her interpretation of Reyes’s voice.  His name still throws me for a loop because I still want to pronounce it differently.  Reyes that rhymes with keys, not an a sound and rhyming with days.  Not a biggie though.

I had also forgotten how devastating the ending of this book was.  To lose such an important person in her life.  Wow.  There was one plot line that I had forgotten about but that might be because it seemed to have little to do with the plot besides justifying the title.

Looking forward to the next book and listening to them all up to book 12 in preparation for the end of the series.  I sure hope Ms. Jones starts something new because I will so miss her writing style if she doesn’t.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Book Review

 


Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)Book Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #2

Released: 1/30/07

Pages: 292  Price:$19.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed a copy of this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

My Review:

Continuing on with book two of the Mercy Thompson series and still surprised at how much I don’t remember.  I have the major plot lines down but some of the subplots felt completely fresh to me.   I’m afraid I will only be able to do one more book in this series before being forced to take a break as I wait for the next book… Might have to resort to borrowing something new-to-me as I continue to wait for book seven in the Charley Davidson series.

I reread the short review I wrote up when I first read this book and I mentioned how I didn’t care for the vampires in the world being monsters instead of more benevolent.  This continues to be my main issue with the series and book two.  I guess I simply don’t like my vampires being the bad guy.

In this book, Mercy still has three guys vying for her affections.  While I know who she ends up with, actually knew who she would end up with when I read it as it is pretty obvious, I can’t help but feel bad for the two that don’t win her hand.  I like who she ends up with but I also like the other two too.

I forget what happens in the next book but I don’t have to wait long to find out.  All I need to do is end this review and hit play.  So that’s what I’m going to do.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Reread)

Book Review

 


Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Audiobook

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #1

Released: 1/31/2006 by Ace

Pages: 288 Price: $19.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed an audiobook copy of this book from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

My Review:

The great reread of 2018 continues with another paranormal series I enjoy.  This book is narrated by Lorelei King the same person who narrates the Charley Davidson series and does a great job of bringing these stories to life.

I hit a wall with the Charley Davidson series am on a pretty long wait list for book seven.  Not wanting to give up working on my blanket while I wait I decided to see what other audiobooks series I might enjoy.  I was delighted to see this one is read by the same person and decided to reread the Mercy Thompson series too.  Hopefully, between the two I have enough books to finish my blanket.

Again I was surprised by how much I didn’t remember about how this series started.  Of course, some was familiar but there were parts that were totally new to me.  As with other reread titles I decided to listen to I have also learned just how off I am on names of different characters.

This was a fun title to revisit in audio format and I only have one tiny complaint.  I’m not a fan of the accent that is used for the main vampire character.  It feels a bit too cliché.

My first time reading this book I left kind of lame review so I will try to write some better reviews for the next few books I listen to.

My Rating: 4 Stars