Top Ten Tuesday: Quote Me

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 March 6: Favorite Book Quotes


I know that we have done quotes before on a Top Ten Tuesday so this week I’m going to put a spin on the list.  I’m going to pick only quotes from one author.

Ten Darynda Jones Quotes

  1. “Never knock on death’s door. Ring the doorbell then run. He totally hates that.
    – T-shirt”
  2. “That took balls.”
    “Please,” I said with a snort, “that took ovaries. Of which I have two.”
  3. “Genius has its limitations.
    Insanity…not so much” -Bumper Sticker”
  4. “I may not look like much, but I’m an expert at pretending to be a ninja.”
  6. “How would you like your eggs?”
    I tried. I really did. But I glanced at his crotch and it came out anyway. “Fertilized?”
  9. “Insanity does NOT run in my family. It strolls through, takes its time, and gets to know everyone personally. —T-SHIRT”
  10. “Mistakes were made.
    Others were blamed.”

Many of those were the fun little quotes that she puts at the beginning of chapters.  Hope you enjoyed them and if you haven’t already, give her Charley Davidson series a try!


Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones – 5 Stars

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4)

Book’s page over on GoodReads

Book 4 of the Charley Davidson Series

Alright you already know this going to be a love fest, so if you need to skip this review you won’t hurt my feelings.  Still around. Good.

This series continues to have me on an emotional roller coaster, so much that I am almost glad that I only have one more book to go before I am forced to take a break…almost.  Each addition to this well written series brings me tears, makes me laugh and gasp out loud  and react in ways that books rarely do anymore.  The characters have become friends and my crush on Reyes continues to grow along with all the other female character’s in the books.  The book also keeps me guessing and I rarely see the twists and turns that develop with the mystery to be solved in each book.  Well I did manage to see one coming, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.

So what did I love about this addition to the series.  We got to learn more of Charley’s powers as she slowly learns what it means to be a Reaper.  We did learn some of her back story before she was born.  We saw some development between Charley and her parents.  We were also reminded that Charley is human, and is vulnerable to the same fears, insecurities and faults that we all are.  This is part of what really makes this story work for me,  she isn’t perfect, she is real and makes mistakes too.  We also got a little development of the ever slow moving, almost too slow at this point, development of Reyes and Charley’s relationship.  I also enjoy the running gags that seem to change from book to book, this time Charley is addicted to the shop at home network.

So in an effort to be open minded and realize this series might not be for everyone I thought I would share some aspects that might turn people off.  There is a bit of violence, we are dealing with criminals, serial killers and demons after all.  Also half the people who meet Charley seem to want to kill or injure her in some way.  While I love Reyes, just as he is,  in reality he would probably not be the best boyfriend materiel.  He isn’t above using violence and has a hair-trigger temper is not above using what ever means or anyone necessary to get his way. Some readers might not be able to look past that.

Well off to book 5 and then I have four books from Net Galley to read, two of them ARC titles!  I need to either read faster or not request so many to review.  I have yet to find that 12 step program for people with book addictions…

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?

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones – 5 Stars

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)

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Book Two of the Charley Davidson Series.

Aw man, major cliffhanger at the end of book two.  This is why I love waiting for a series to have a few books out or be finished before I start reading it.  I don’t have to wait a year to find out what happens, I can pick up book 3 and start reading instantly.  Of course I am taking a break from my binge reading weekend to submit my review while it is all fresh in my mind.

Book two is another winner as far as I’m concerned,  yes,  my review is going to be another love fest. I’ll try to think up some sort of criticism, but probably not that hard.  This series has been a great mix of drama/action and humor and combined both sides of the paranormal genre that I love, the wild and wacky with the gritty and dangerous.  The chemistry is building between Charley and Reyes ever so deliciously slow.  It is nice to have a world where the two love interests don’t just fall into a relationship, sometimes it is nice to savor.  And Oy could I savor Reyes,  he is definitely Yummy with a capital Y.  I’ve had my favorite book boyfriends (I think they are called that) Eric Northman from Sookie’s series, Tohrment from Blackdagger Brotherhood series, and Matthew Clairmont from Discovery of Witches series.  I’m thinking that Reyes is now tied with Matthew for men from books I would like to be trapped on a deserted island with (sorry hubby, you too of course).

Alright drooling done now.  I like how in this series there is more than one mystery going on at a time.  In book two we have the drama from a missing Reyes, a friend of Cookie’s that is in trouble and an old case of her father’s to deal with.  Part of the humor comes from Charley’s need to juggle all of this at once.  Of course it seems that she is bound to attract people wanting to do her harm and Charley’s life is once again endangered multiple times in this book.  We also have a few souls that she has to help along the way, but much of this book is not centered around her Reaper duties, which I find kinda nice.  How depressing would it be to only be able to help the already dead,  I’m glad she also gets to help the living.  Still the departed that Charley helps remains some of my favorite moments from these books.  Still brings tears to my eyes and touches my heart, the idea that people…souls  find such peace in the end.  As someone that has lost most of my family member already, this idea just touches my heart.

If you are one of my friends on Facebook or follow me on Twitter you have been hearing all about my obsession with this series.  The subscribers to my blog as well.  I really do recommend this series to anyone who loves the paranormal genre.  Those who wish to stick their toes in and get a sampling of a paranormal book this is a great one to try too.   There is not a lot of gratuitous sex scenes, oh there is some sex and lots of sexy situations, but it is not a romance book.  It is a paranormal mystery that has a smoking hot guy (fans will get that) and some seriously steamy scenes with a whole lot of teasing going on for those of us used to more sex in our stories. It is a lot of fun though and one hell of a ride.

Now if you will excuse me I must find out what happens next.  Like I mentioned book two left of with quite the cliffhanger and I can’t wait in limbo anymore. Happy Reading, Amy