Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Blog Tour

Official Blog Tour Stop

Welcome to Read What I Like’s stop on the blog tour for Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones!  I’m so excited to be participating in the buzz surrounding the release of the last book in the Charley Davidson series!  I have a long, but fun post planned for you all, it will be broken down into several sections starting with book and author info followed by a joint review of the first and last book in the series.  Up next is some fun facts about the series provided by Ms. Jones herself and last but certainly not least a link to a giveaway where you can win the complete series!!!

Book Info

Book Genre:  Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: #13 Charley Davidson Series

Released: 1/15/2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages:312   Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links:  GoodreadsBuy the BookSMP Romance TwitterSMP Romance Website





Book Synopsis:

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series! 
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently, it is. Bummer.  She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Darynda’s Social Links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Pinterest

First Grave on the Right &

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Joint Review

When they asked me to be a part of the blog tour the publishers asked that participants review their favorite book in the series along with the last book.  Many of my followers might know that I already reread the entire series this year in preparation for this release so I wasn’t sure which book I wanted to read again.  I settled on the first book which I actually read after finishing the thirteenth.  I wanted to absorb the end before going back to the beginning with fresh eyes to see if my opinion of it change or what clues I might have missed now knowing how everything plays out.  If you are looking for clues as to what happens in the last book I’m sorry but this review is going to be a disappointment for you.  I do not want to spoil one second of your enjoyment of the last book.  Believe me, this hurts me as much as you as I am dying to talk to someone about what all went down in the last book! I will probably post a spoiler review on the blog after the book releases in January so keep an eye out for that.

When I think about the two books that start and finish this amazing series I am delighted to see how much of what I loved about that first book carries through until the last book.  The humor and camaraderie between the characters that is the backbone to this series stick with it until the end.  As does the more somber moments that leave me in tears weeping over my nook and reaching for tissues.  This series would take us on a rollercoaster ride in each book and leave us clamoring for more.  Which makes me so sad to know that Summoned to Thirteenth Grave is the last ride we get to take with Charley and Reyes and it was just as thrilling as the first!

That doesn’t mean Charley hasn’t grown as a character over the years, because she has.  She is so much stronger than I think she could have ever believed herself to be in the last book, this last battle.  Charley has truly come into her own in this book and it was quite the sight to see!  Charley started out as almost a goofy character that was a bit awkward at times and struggling to live with this unique ability or role she was given. Simply trying to understand it all and live as normal a life that she could.  By the end though, she is a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait until you can read all about it.

Then there is Reyes, oh sure he is what we all secretly long for in a book boyfriend but I feel his has probably transformed the most out of anyone in the entire series.  When I read how he started out and then to see where he finished.  I was simply amazed.  They truly are a perfect match and complete each other beautifully.

But what about the supporting characters? You might ask.  What happens to them?  Most everyone that started the book finishes the books, there were just a few that we lost along the way.  I promised that I wouldn’t spoil anything but you are in for a couple of surprises in the last book.  Nope, not going to say more than that I was just as sad to say goodbye to all of them as I was to Charley and Reyes.  I simply don’t want to give any of them up.

But we must, all good things must come to an end and this was a pretty awesome ending in my opinion.  I look forward to reading this series, this adventure many times over the years.  When I know I need to laugh, or cry, or simply some really good smut!  I know that Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Ubie, and all of them are there waiting for me.  I might know how the story ends now but I will never stop loving the ride!

Series Fun Facts!

  • First Grave on the Right: The concept for First Grave came about while Darynda was working as a sign language interpreter in her hometown. She stole many of the names from students at the schools where she worked, including Reyes, Garrett, and Amber. As far asDarynda knows, they have all forgiven her for her thievery.
  • Second Grave on the Left: Uncle Bob is a combination of two people: Darynda’s oldest brother, Luther, and the principal at the high school where she worked for several years.
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead: This was originally titled Third Grave Straight Ahead, but Darynda’s web designer, Liz Bemis, asked her to change the name to Dead Ahead. Firstly, it fit the content better, and secondly, Liz got tired of spelling the word Straight wrong while updating the website. Dead is much easier to type.
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Quentin Rutherford makes his first appearance in this book. While his first name was stolen from Darynda’s little brother and his last name stolen from yet another Jr. High student, Quentin is physically sculpted from her oldest son, Jerrdan, a bona fide blond-haired, blue-eyed devil with a sparkling smile that melts even the staunchest of hearts. And, like Quentin Rutherford, he was born Deaf. Not that he let it stop him for a second.
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: This book was fun to write! Darynda was trying to come up with something truly creepy to throw into the book, and she figured what would be creepier than having an apartment full of departed women crawling up the walls, skittering across the ceiling, and huddling in the corners? Also, it is one of the hotter books, so that was fun, too. Because, you know, Reyes.
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Darynda really wanted to open this one on a humorous note. She wanted to have Charley on a stakeout with a departed elderly man, who also happens to be naked, riding shotgun. Which begs the question: Are we really stuck in (or out of) whatever we are wearing when we die for all eternity? ‘Cause that would suck.
  • Seventh Grave and No Body: Osh’ekiel was originally supposed to be in one book only. And he was supposed to be a very bad guy. But Darynda fell in love with him while writing the book and decided to redeem him and give him a bigger role. Just how big his role would become didn’t come to Darynda until plotting Eighth Grave. He has been one of her favorite characters since she wrote that first scene with him.
  • Eighth Grave After Dark: Darynda wanted to really turn the tables on Charley and force her to have to stay in one place, thus the sacred ground of the convent came into play. It was fun and challenging to write a “locked room” mystery, so to speak, but that’s why she loves writing so much.
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave: One of Darynda’s favorite books in the series, she looked forward to writing this book ever since she came up with the concept while plotting Sixth Grave. Part of what makes a romance so fun is the falling-in-love part, and she wanted Charley to fall in love with Reyes all over again. This book was doubly fun because the audience knows all the characters’ backstories, and they get to watch in anticipation as Charley slowly unravels the mysteries of her past while seeing her fall head-over-heels for the same guy all over again.
  • The Curse of Tenth Grave: This book had one of those too-close-for-comfort calls. Right before Tenth Grave went to print, after going through editors and copyeditors and readers of all shapes and sizes, a savvy proofreader let Darynda in on a little secret: A Sherpa is part of a culture, not an occupation. Thanks to this razor-sharp reader, Darynda narrowly escaped insulting an entire culture in one fell swoop. Aka, her worst nightmare. Her gratitude is unending.
  • Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: Darynda dreamed of going to Scotland for so long, she finally decided to just put it in one of her books. She had Charley accidentally materialize in the magical country, only to find out weeks after finishing the book that she would finally get to go there herself. In person. For realsies. It was even more magical than she’d imagined it would be, and she can’t wait to go back.
  • The Trouble with Twelfth Grave: This book has one of Darynda’s favorite epiphanies EVER!!! She thought, what if someone out there in the universe, a child perhaps, knows everything about Reyes and Charley? Everything starting from their supernatural heritage to their human identities? And what if that person wrote a book about them? Or a series of books? Say, perhaps, a set of children’s books and Garrett just happens to stumble upon them while doing research? How fun would that be? And the international bestselling children’s book (fictionally speaking) The First Star was born.
  • Summoned to Thirteenth Grave: By far the hardest story in the series to write, penning the last Charley book was a bittersweet experience. But Darynda knew she had to go big or go home, so what better way to go out with a bang than to end the world as we know it by starting the zombie apocalypse? Because that’s what writers do. We start apocalypses.

Giveaway Info!

Enter for a chance to win the entire Charley Davidson series by Darynda
Jones, an ARC of the epic finale, Summoned to Thirteenth Grave, plus
fun swag!

Giveaway Link

Closing thoughts

Thanks for visiting I hope you had a great visit and learned all kinds of fun stuff about the series and the upcoming final release.  If this is your first time here I hope you will be back!  I post honest reviews of everything I read and every so often I have fun posts like this one to share with everyone. Be sure to check out the all the blogs on the tour as I’m sure there are loads more interesting posts to check out!

~Happy Reading!


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