Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones – 5 stars

Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5)

Book 5 in the Charley Davidson Series

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For my review of the first book in this series I said: “Every so often something rare and wonderful happens to a reader. You come across a book that just clicks. ”  Well that is often soon followed by the pure agony of getting all caught up with all the books currently already released for said series and now you have to wait.  I’m talking torture people.   I am bursting at the seems with need to know what happens next because this author can write a cliffhanger like nobody’s business.  I’m trying to console myself with the fact that I only need to wait 41 more days.  How awful for everyone that has been waiting since July of last year for book six.   I wouldn’t have made it.  Alright 41 days, surely I can make it that long.  I swear these books are like crack for me.

This book was another fine addition to the series.  I remember talking about the glacier pace in which Charley and Reyes’s relationship was moving in past books.  Well scrap that.  Things have moved up to light speed and it was one hell of a sex filled ride, of which I enjoyed every moment.  A lot less maiming of Charley in this book, but she still ended up with one major moment where her life was put on the line.  We also learned a lot more about Reyes and Charley’s role on earth and how the people around them will play into the larger battle that will eventually go down. Still no movement on finding Cookie a man, but I think that might be dealt with soon.  Seems like we also have some new reoccurring characters that were introduced in the last book and beginning of this one.  We also have some people who are determine to figure out just what is up with Charley and how she solves so many cases.

There is so much I would love to talk about, but it would be a major spoiler, so I will contain myself.  I’m just going to have to bug friends to either catch up or read the series so I have someone to go all fangirl with.  Perhaps it is a good thing I have to wait 41 more days,I think  I’m developing an unhealthy attachment to these characters… This really is an excellent series.  The writing is well done, filled with witty one liners, serious drama, smexy men, steamy scenes, and some touching ones that will bring you to tears.  The books can be an emotional roller coaster, but it is so worth the ride.


First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones – 5 Stars


Book description on GoodReads

Every so often something rare and wonderful happens to a reader.  You come across a book that just clicks.  This book was one of those for me.   Many of my friends on Goodreads gave it 4 or 5 stars,  if I could I would give it 6 stars (I’ll tell you why below).  I had this one as a to-read for a while now and was hesitant to give  it a try because it didn’t sound like the type of paranormal I normally read.  I may have mentioned before that I am pretty loyal to my Vamps, but have been known to stray into worlds centered on Angels and have just recently developed a taste for Weres.  A story centered on a Grim Reaper, I don’t know just didn’t sound like something I would really get into.  I’m not a fan of Zombies and the Anita Blake series turned me off of wanting to try anything dealing with the dead.  Oh how wrong I was…

Alright now why I LOVED this book.  The humor is what first brought me in, I like both dark and lighthearted paranormal books.  After reading so many heavy and serious novels you just need something to make you laugh, something fun.  This book does humor brilliantly, the character has a razor sharp wit and wields it well.  The author has managed to strike a nice balance in this book though. Charley is sarcastic and can give the other characters a hard time, but she can be serious too when the situation calls for it and you get to see her humanity as well.

The supporting cast of characters was great in this new world as well.  Charley’s Uncle Bob, her best friend Cookie, her Dad and I even liked Garret.  I really enjoyed Reyes and finding out all about his mysterious past and its link to Charley.  One of my few complaints about the book involves what looks to be a set up for a love triangle between Charley, Reyes and Garret.  Please don’t.  I like Garret, but there is no way he can compete, just let the tension develop and hopefully a relationship with Reyes develop without throwing in Garret…please.

Another aspect of this book that I adored was the more serious moments.  Those times when Charley helped the spirits and people around her find closure.  There were some really beautiful moments in this book that brought me to tears, happy ones.   The story line would turn all serious and start to get heavy and then Charley would whip out some line and make you smile.  Really well done in my opinion.  A book that bring me to tears and then have me laughing on the next page is a winner in my mind.

There were also serious moments in this book that didn’t work out so well in the end.  We got to see Charley question herself and her role in this world and wonder if she is doing more harm then good.  It was these moments that kept the book real for me, made sure the story wasn’t too much of a good thing.  Our heroine isn’t infallible, she doesn’t have all the answers, like us she struggles and doesn’t get everything she wants. You get the sense that Charley has been alone and struggling to figure out her abilities or role as a Grim Reaper up until this point in her life.  That she has also had to go it alone.  It was nice to see her start to open up and realize she can count on those around her.

Up until the end of the book I thought it was mainly going to be a detective or private investigator series and each of the future stories would just center around some case or group of departed that Charley had to deal with.  Enjoyable, but not a lot of depth to this new world I was enjoying.  Then in the last few chapters everything changed, and wow the story took a plunge and gained an edge I wasn’t expecting.  I was already hooked and adding all the next books to my to-read list on Goodreads, then suddenly the author develops this whole other story line that I did not see coming and it all revolves around Reyes, so please leave out a love triangle.

I wish I could give you some more complaints about the book, but there really is only the one.  I enjoyed the book, loved the mix of humor and drama.  There was a love interest, but only really one good steamy scene.   I guess it was a little annoying that Charley seemed to be attracted to most of the men she came in contact with, but that wasn’t such a big deal, so she was a horn dog.  I look forward to reading more of Charley’s adventures and am definitely looking forward to getting to know Reyes better.

Have you read this book?  What did you think?