The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

Book Review

 


The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Charley Davidson #12

Released: 10/31/17 by St. Martian’s Press

Pages: 352  Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon  The Trouble with Twelfth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series)

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

 

Book Synopsis:

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up. 

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

My Review:

This book took me so long to get through.  Not because I struggled with the story but life got in the way, majorly.  I wish I had held off starting this book until I had the time to commit to reading it straight through.  I know I missed bits and pieces because some days I only had time to read a page or two.  The last hundred pages I was able to sit down and focus and was blown away by how much this book made me laugh, I don’t want this series to end.  Book number 13 will be the last and I get it, better to end on top than let the series stretch on and compromise its integrity.  My only hope is that Ms Jones brings us a new series to fall in love with because I would miss fresh titles to look forward to from her.  Her humor is something I need in my life.

The 12 instalment of this series felt much like the books near the beginning of the series.  Reyes was absent from much of the book thanks to plotting but when he was there he had that dangerous bad-boy feel to him again.  I did miss him for much of the book but felt that those moments he did show up were all the more delicious.  While this book had the feeling of earlier books it is an interesting twist to have Charley fully aware of who she is and the role she plays in the universe.  Her grasp on her powers is almost complete yet she continues to be the Charley Davidson that we all fell for.

Being the book before the last book there was movement on loose plot threads that are beginning to be wrapped up.  Some surprises that I did not see coming and a character that has been around but up until now had no page time is summoned and I found the way Ms Jones handled that fascinating.  No spoilers so I won’t say more.  Of course, the book ended with a major cliffhanger that I am super curious to see how this new issue is going to be resolved and only one book left in which to tie it up in!

If you are a fan of this series I would not miss this book or the next.  There isn’t much further to go before getting some resolution in this world.  Personally, I plan to reread the series before the last book which comes out in October of next year.  I simply adore this couple and will be sad to let them go but you have to give it to the author it has been one helluva ride!

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

Book Review

 


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

Book Series: Charley Davidson #11

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

Pages: 352 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series)

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

 

 

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:

Wow.  Just wow.  I continue to be blown away by this series and see no sign of getting tired of it yet!  I love Charley, Reyes, and the whole gang and plan to follow their antics to the very end.  An ending that I hope is many, many books off yet. Oh sure, there were a couple of books that felt off in the series but man,  I have to say Ms. Jones has most definitely found her groove again.

The latest release in the Charley Davidson series was the perfect blend of humor, action, drama, steam, and touching moments that I can find little fault with the book.  The only thing that truly bothered me was the freaking cliffhanger at the end and the inevitable wait the comes with being current on a beloved series.  I mean common, this ending was even more brutal than most as it set us up to deal with….oh wait.  That might lead to spoilers, so I guess you will just have to read this book to find out why I am frustrated.  Don’t worry it will be worth it!

We had some serious movement in Charley’s how-to-be-a-god lessons in this book and we are finally getting a true idea of just how powerful she and Reyes are.  There was also some resolution on plot threads from former books and of course some new drama to keep things interesting.  We are learning more about the dynamics of the group that surrounds Charley and Reyes and the role they all may play when it comes to Beep.

What can I say this series and author continues to work for me and I love reading the adventures of these characters.  This is becoming quite the rich world and I love it when an author creates someplace for me to get lost in.  I might just have to re-read this series before the next release as I think it would be interesting to go back and see what clues I might have missed.  Looking forward to book 12!  I can hardly wait!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Seventh Grace and No Body by Darynda Jones – 5 Stars

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book # 7 in the Charley Davidson series.

I own a copy of this book.

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.

We’re doomed.

My Review:

I so love Charley and Reyes and the whole gang really.  I just started this series this year and I already want to re-read it.  Last book left me wanting a little, but I was happy to see all the magic was back for book seven.  This was a fun read and the world just keeps getting richer and more complex as we go.  A lot went down in this book for Charley personally and we spent less time on her cases,  they even felt almost like an afterthought in the story.  It feels as if we are on the edge of a major moment in this series and I am so thankful the next book comes out in May.  Any longer of a wait then that and I might have a fit, not really….well maybe a small one.

Great movement on the relationship front with Charley and Reyes.  I like how the author is moving them forward.  We are not stuck in an endless dating cycle, but things still are not perfect H.E.A either.  They still have issues and are working out the boundaries of their life together.  Both of them have issues and need the time to grow.  I wish that could have been done without throwing a baby into the mix, but oh well it often happens in stories.  The baby is changing the story though and I hope it doesn’t take things too far.  I fell for Charley and Reyes I don’t want everything to revolve around a kid, even thought that looks like the way it is going.

Lots of development in the supporting cast of characters too.  Love Cookie and Ubie together, they are such a great match.  Situation with her father is sad, but not resolved yet and I look forward to seeing what happen there.  I am also digging the character Osh, or the Dealer as he was referred to before.  I hope there is more to come for him, and I would love to learn more about his history.  Also some interesting development with Cookie’s daughter, Rocket and Jessica.  All of these players are coming together to form an incredible team to stand at Charley’s back in this fight against evil.  The battles yet to come are going to be amazing, especially if Charley grows to understand and unleash her powers.

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but Ms. Jones did an excellent job again.  Her trademark humor, wit and ability to take us from tears to stitches in a single page was there in all its glory.  This series started off as a bit of fun fluff, but has developed into so much more.  There is real complexity here and a great story of good vs evil and doing the right thing no matter the cost.

 

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones – 5 Stars

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)

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Oh. My. God.  I am experiencing emotional trauma thanks to this book.  The end was almost too much for me.  I have gasp out loud and cried ‘No’ for the first time ever while reading a book, it was around page 291 (I think).  I couldn’t even finish the page, it was just too much.  This author is really sending me through the wringer in this addition to the Charley Davidson series.  Everything wrapped up well in the end, but those last 30 pages…WOW.

Alright you already know how much I love this series, so I will try and keep the love fest short.  I also don’t want to give away any spoilers… So what shall I talk about… I know, how about what I hope to see in upcoming books.  I want to know more about Reyes, of course,  I want to know more about his and Charley’s past, before being born.  I want to know more about the Angels and Demons, what all is going on with them that has put Reyes and Charley in the middle.  I also desperately want Charley to figure out more of her powers, mainly so she doesn’t spend half of future books in traction.  I’d like to see a love interest for Cookie, and learn more about these hot biker guys that run the asylum.  I also wonder what kind of threat this Owens is going to be to Charley with his grudge that he is carrying around.  I am really upset with Charley’s dad in this book,  Uncle Bob redeemed himself some, but her dad needs to cut the crap he is pulling out.  I would also love to see a confrontation with the step monster happen sometime.   Oh and I forgot to mention that I am happy to see her relationship with her sister improving in the last book.

Aright, time to read the little novella and then on to book 4.  Have you checked this series out yet?  If not what’s stopping you?