Friday Finds [#5]: Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones


I guess you can say I’ve been mad – MAD, I tell you,  about this series. For weeks now, these are all I’ve been reading. I just finished numero quatro, and it’s to die for! Pun intended.  If you’re an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal reader and you haven’t read these yet, then take a couple of seconds and investigate for yourself. Though if you’re a reader of these genres, chances are, you’re yawning at my seemingly lame attempt at enticing you to come to the dark side.

Charley was born The Grim Reaper. She doesn’t come dressed in black with a cape and a scythe, however.  And she certainly is not your harbinger of death. Charley is more like the gateway to the after life. Those who’ve died and who hasn’t quite realized they’re supposed to leave finds Charley so they can cross. I supposed you can say, she’s the human equivalent of River Styx. Because of her nature, demons are after her. Why? Well, she’s the gateway to Earth. Through her, they’ll be able to come here NOT bringing peace and salutations.

There is also a minor complication. Just a tiny, eensie one. The leader of the demons – let’s call him, Satan – has a son. This son decided to go against his father’s will by protecting Charley. When Charley was born, Son of Satan became Charley’s self-appointed guardian demon angel. Years go by, and Charley has become increasingly aware of this presence. Son of Satan also starts to fall in love with the grim reaper. Fun, huh?

Charley is your banner character for kick-ass, smart-mouthed, hilariously sarcastic heroine. I swear, I’ve laughed out loud so many times while reading these books. One of these days, I’d like to name my boobs as well. And do you know where you can find the nectar of the gods? Go south. Yep. I don’t know how Ms. Jones does it. She keeps her fresh and fun with every instalment. You’ll never read the same joke twice. I can also guarantee you that you’ll never be bored with these books.

It started with an Audible email. And now, I can’t get enough. I searched hi and lo to find these hardbacks, and with every book I read, it’s becoming apparent how serendipitous that email had been. So thank you, marketing strategists of!

I am obsessed. Completely. Utterly. Hopelessly.

Have you read these books yet?



  • Yesss, I have read them ALL (or well, listened to them on audio) And the wait for Eighth Grave After Dark is KILLING ME… :D:D

  • So glad you loved these Joy! I’ve been meaning to continue with this series (I’ve only read the first one). I especially loved the humor in these and remember laughing out loud a lot too! This review might just be the push I needed!

  • So glad to hear I’m not the only one who has recently become totally obsessed with these! I’m doing them on audio now, and they’re just skipping the TBR line because I CAN’T STOP! 🙂 I love Charley and Reyes!

  • This sounds great! I love a sassy heroine, and a demon love interest! Fun!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I haven’t read these but I’ve known about them for the longest time. I really should give them a shot soon, I am loving the sound of the concept!

  • I’ve read every book in the series but the last one! I cannot wait to read the 7th book, but I feel the need to re-read the entire series before I delving into the 7th book. Love this series – this AUTHOR so much!

  • I have bot read this series yet but I’ve seen it around! I think I’ll read this after I’m done with Kate Daniels, still need to read books 6 and 7! And from my experience, I also get addicted with stuff you get addicted and obsessed with so I will definitely try this one out for sure! Ooh, maybe it’s on Scribd! That Son of Satan guardian demon/angel sounds interesting! 😉

  • Aw, yay. <3 Being obsessed about amazing books is the best feeling 😀 SO happy that you are loving these books Joy! <3 Still not my genre 🙁 BUT ONE DAY. They look pretty amazing 😀 And you make me want to read them. <3 Thank you for sharing sweetie 🙂

  • I’ve read book one and it was VERY good. But, I don’t know why I haven’t read the rest, and this is like my favorite adult UF series. That is so pathetic omg. But I do own them at least 🙂

  • I really need to read this series! I’ve heard countless recommendations about it, including your raves about it Joy and I will have to just make it a priority to read this one. Charley sounds like a hoot and I love the series angle and humour!

  • You got me sold on this one! I still need to find time to read it though.

  • I’ve loved the first two audio books, so funny! Love the T-shirt sayings in the opening of every chapter. I do agree, you can’t be bored with these books. I need to catch up! 🙂

  • I’m sold and just purchased book one on Kindle. I’m a big fan of urban fantasy, but usually with adult, it takes itself way too seriously. This series sounds super fun though, and I love a tough and sassy protagonist too. All I need now, is to find the time to squeeze in a read. Thanks so much for sharing Joy, I love popping on here to discover new books, even if you do cost me a fortune 😀 <3

  • Wow, your enthusiasm for this series is basically contagious. I really need to get the books myself.

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • Aw, this isn’t really my genre, but I have to say, you make these sound like such fun! And how wonderful that you’ve so randomly found such a gem. 🙂

  • This series sounds amazing! I wasn’t a fan of her YA novel, Death and the Girl Next Door, but I think I still might give this series a try. It seems to be a well-loved series and I love books that have sarcastic, kickbutt heroines 🙂

  • I’m so glad you’re having a great time with this series, I really love it as well. I can’t wait for the next one too! So curious!

  • hhehe finally 🙂 this is like my all time favorite series. I binge read it when I get the books, glad your loving it!

  • I love and live for UF!!! And no, this is not a lame attempt, I tell you! Makes me wonder what rock I’ve been living under. Soooooooooo…now I need to open a new browser and hunt for these books on amazon, goodreads, etc.!!! *wink* Let the one-clicking begin! 😉

  • Obsess away! I don’t know why I haven’t picked up book 2 yet…

  • Haha! I love that you’re obsessed with this series. I read 2-3 books in it some time back and had so much fun with the series. I need to continue because I’ve heard that it only gets better!
    Enjoy the rest of the books, Joy! 🙂

  • I actually didn’t enjoy the first book in this series at all but I’m seriously beginning to wonder if I need to give these another shot since everyone just LOVES these books. Glad you’re a fan too, Joy! 🙂

  • You have FINALLY read it and you’re hooked- yayyy! I’ve been a fan of this series for years now, especially of the first four books. Welcome to the Charley fandom and Reyes harem, lol.

  • You’ve officially sold me on it. Another series to add to my TBR! Where did you find all the books? R x

  • yep, someone can make a fortune printing her jkes on t-shirts ;))) I LOVE this series,so glad you got hooked, Joy! )))

  • Sometimes the most random picks are the ones that make us come back for more. 🙂
    This is the first time I’ve heard of this series and you already had me “guardian demon angel” haha! It sounds fun and unique and I think I have to get on this soon! Thanks for posting about this Joy! 😀

  • Yes and they are awesome!

  • Christy

    Mwahahaha …. I love that you’re obsessed with this series now! I miss them and need the next book al-freaking-ready!