[526]: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones


GOODREADS SUMMARY | St. Martin’s Press | ARC paperback, 278 pp. | May 19th, 2015 | Adult Fiction | Paranormal Romance | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

It was both a comfort and torture to be back in this world. Comfort because everything was so familiar, and torture because of the impending doom that’s been a few instalments in the making. It’s hard to believe how long it’d taken me to get to these books. I just discovered them in the latter part of February this year, and finished them off in the beginning of March. ย It only took reading the first book to get me hooked. Charley’s sometimes, ill-timed humour is its major draw. And of course, there’s the son of Lucifer, Reyes whose dark sensuality is unparalleled, if I may say so, myself.

In this instalment, we see them ensconced in sacred grounds. The Twelve has been sniffing around ready to unleash holy hell on Earth. They’re after Charley and their unborn child, who’s believed to be the one prophecisedย  to bring forth the end of Lucifer (who happens to be her grandfather). No worries though, because she’s surrounded by a group of supernatural and human beings who are only too happy to give up their lives for her and Beep.

Charley is also worried about Reyes. He’s getting hotter and hotter in the literal sense, which leads her to believe that he’s sick. By the end of this book, some questions will be answered; most will not. You will laugh (lots) and cry (really). You will be frustrated due everyone’s tendency to hide things from Charley; secrets that more often hurt more than they help.

We’ve been given a clearer background on exactly what kind of being Charley is, but still no scope of the magnitude of her power. The next few books (I don’t know how many) will probably give us an exact picture. But like a well-seasoned author who knows exactly what would get her readers coming back for more, Jones will probably give it to us in small increments. I can’t freaking wait!

I have a feeling that the next few books will take on a darker tone based on how it ended. I don’t think Charley will ever be the same after what happened in this book.ย It was heartbreaking, and sad. I felt a little lost afterwards (that’s not ominous at all). I think that Ms. Jones will reinvent Charley in the coming books, but I do hope she’ll not lose her humour, because it’s what I love about her (among other things).



  • I can’t wait to read this – I need to find out about Mr. Wong and some of the other reveal finally. It sounds like there’s much more to discover with Charley and Reyes though. *gets handkerchief read*
    I’m so happy you loved this one – terrific review ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh yes! Mr. Wong. Still not a lot we know about him, but he speaks!!!!

  • I have only read the first in this series, but I have more lined up in my reader and will be reading more this summer. Charley cracks me up, and I love how bad ass she can be. I am glad to see the books still are so good later in the series.

    • I hope you’ll pick them back up again, Suzi. Honestly, they kept getting better and better with each instalments. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m glad to see that you ended up loving this one too Joy, I’ve been meaning to start this series soon, but just not got around to it, but I do love books which bring out all the feels and this one sure sounds like it does. I hope it doesn’t end up breaking my heart too much. Lovely review!

    • Oh Jas. You must read this series! It really is fantastic!

  • Oh no, I’m dying now and both terrified of the outcome of this book! It’s on my tbr next list too.

    • Ack. I fear, I’m scaring y’all for no reason! Don’t fear. It’ll all work out in the end.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I doubt she could ever do away with Charley’s humor, it’s such a huge part of her. But a more somber mood is coming, that much is clear too. I actually liked Charley much better when she was just the grim reaper. I understand the need to evolve, but this is getting a bit too much.

    • It would suck if she does lose her funny parts. I mean, I don’t know her any other way.

  • Oh no, that ending has me so worried, combined with the description of the next book and I just know my heart will break for Charley at some point. I do hope she doesn’t lose her humor, it is part of the reason why I love this series so much.

    Wonderful review Joy, I’m so excited to read this!!

    • I wouldn’t worry too much about it, Ali. Everything will be okay, I promise. I hope you’ll read it soon!

  • I’ve heard great things about this installment. I need to catch up with this series. I’m also really curious as to what happened towards the end of the book.
    Great review, Joy!

    • Thanks, Nick. I’m sure all the reviews are sounding ominous right now, but I promise it will only hurt a little. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yesss ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m oh so thrilled that you loved this book so much Joy. <3 And YAY for getting it as an ARC ๐Ÿ˜€ You are awesome. <3 You are making me curious about these books. ONE DAY. You do make this one sound all kinds of awesome, sigh ๐Ÿ™‚ But, lots of secrets? I don't like that much :\ but the rest sounds so good. Thank you for sharing about it sweetie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I want this one badly, madly

    • I hope you’ll like it when you eventually read it. Get ready…