[643]: The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

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Series: Charley Davidson, #10
St. Martin’s Griffin | June 24th, 2016
Source: ARC via Net Galley
Adult Fiction | Paranormal | Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


As a Part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…


Ah…Charley. My love for you and your husband is so complete that there is no possible way Ms. Jones could ever do anything to make me hate you. Save for maybe a sudden introduction of the most annoying plot device in the history of writing (love triangle),  I just don’t see myself ever rating your books less than 5 stars (knock on the wood). I can’t tell you how happy I was when I learned that there were to be two releases in one year for this series. I don’t know why Ms. Jones did that, but I’m not going to complain. If anything, I want to go Kathy Bates on her ass and chain her to her writing desk until her fingers bleed. Sadly, I hear that kind of thing is frowned upon and would apparently land me in jail, so I guess I have no choice but to wait with the rest of the peasants.

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This is a month after Charley’s memory came back. Back to regular programming. The human race’s  survival rests upon a month-old baby in hiding. And Charley came back with a few secrets – which strains her relationship with Reyes – who, by the way, seems to be avoiding her like the plague. That in itself is a little tough to do considering they’re married. But what was once a very sexually active relationship has cooled down considerably. Charley has no idea why, but at the same time, she’s terrified to ask. Because that would  entail Reyes consequently asking questions of his own.

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In the meantime, Beep is still hidden and guarded by a whole army of …well, guardians. Charley and Reyes are attempting to deny their longing for their child, but they both know that they would only be leading their enemies directly to Beep. I’m excited for what this little person could do! At least, from what the story has been leading up to. The possibility of her being more powerful than her parents and her fated romance with Osh. It reminds me of Jacob imprinting on Reneesme, to be honest [insert uncomfortable giggling here], but I don’t really care one bit. I do wonder if there’s going to be a spinoff featuring Beep when she’s a little bit older. Oh, the possibilities!

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This is one of those series that I wouldn’t mind reading forever. It could go on and on until I have an entire Charley Davidson-Farrow library. It’s hilarious, sexy, and so much fun. You’re always guaranteed a good time with every installment. Ms. Jones, as usual, has a cachè of fresh sarcasm and wit. It’s never the same so you’re always treated to her comedic brilliance. Keep them coming is what I say!

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[592]: The Dirt on Ninth Grave Darynda Jones

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Series: Charley Davidson, #9
E-ARC via Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: January 12th, 2016
Adult Fiction | Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.


At the beginning of 2015, I decided to discover some really good Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series. Charley Davidson, though well known amongst bloggers that I follow, was something I’ve always felt like a series I would not be able to enjoy. But the increasing noise from others about the books could no longer be ignored. In March, I gave in and picked up the first book. It only took one book and the rest, as they say, is history.

*** Warning: Some spoilers up ahead ***

THE DISAPPEARING ACT OF CHARLEY DAVIDSON

The end of book 8 showed how Charley lost her marbles when she had to give up their daughter for hers and the world’s sake.  She unleashed unimaginable sorrow with the choice they had to make.  She literally vanished into the thin air, to Reyes’ heartbreaking woe. Ms. Jones, at least, made sure she gave us a glimpse of where Charley ended up. So you can only imagine how anxious I was for the 9th book.

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NEW YORK

Meanwhile, Janey Doerr was found in a back alley without any memories and recollections of who she was. But with the small town spirit and the generosity of strangers, she was able to find a place to live and a job waitressing at a diner. In an honest-to-goodness Charley Davidson fashion, Janey was able to make friends left and right. There’s Cookie and her husband, Bobert; the diner owner who lets her get away with a lot of things; the handsome strangers who she seems to keep bumping into; and the few dead people who hones on her like a heat-seeking missle. Oh and there was that dead dog with the affinity to showers and a thirteen-year-old angel who propositions her any chance he gets. So maybe not remembering things about your life wasn’t so bad after all.

STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN

If you’re one of those people who have followed this series and have been feeling blasé about the last few instalments, you’re in for a treat! Reading book 9 is like starting anew. I especially enjoyed watching Janey and Reyes pussyfoot around each other. It’s like Ms. Jones gave us an alternate universe where Charley is newly discovering the hotness that is, Reyes. It is also fun to watch her discover her powers (mostly by accident) and meet all the dead people that sought her light. At the same time, I would’ve liked to see her react differently to the unsualness of meeting dead people. I thought Janey could’ve at least tried to act terrified at first because she wasn’t used to seeing them all her life.

IN RESTROSPECT

This was a wonderful instalment that shows how long series should be done. Ms. Jones was able to freshen it up without veering away from the story arch she’s started. You will laugh, you will cry and in the Reyes-Dutch fashion, it will get you hot under the collar!

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Waiting on Wednesday [9]: The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

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The Dirt on the Ninth Grave \ Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson, #9 \ January 5th, 2016


In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.


WARNING: EXCESSIVE USE OF EXCLAMATION POINTS AHEAD. 

A blurb! A cover! Oh happy day!!! Y’all know I don’t do WoW that often. But when I do, you know it’s a big freaking deal. This book is worth the goat sacrifice, y’all! That pesky cliff hanger at the end of book 8 was just plain torture, and the only thing that can absolve Ms. Jones of her misgivings is to amend that quick by throwing a copy my way! So if you run into her, please do let her know.  So so so many things I’m looking forward to. I can’t wait to see this relationship between Ms. Charley and the cook! *wink, wink*

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[526]: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

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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.  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 prophecised  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. 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).

 

 

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On the Night Table [11]: Leaving on a Jet Plane

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Hiya.

How was your weekend? I had a busy one. As I mentioned last week, I’m about thee days away from a two-week holiday. Well, I don’t think I’ve mentioned where we’re going. My 8-year-old and I are off to the Philippines. It’s been seven years since our last visit so this is a long time coming.

I wish I could bring my husband and daughter with us, but he can’t get time off work; and my daughter is finishing Grade 8. She can’t afford to miss two weeks of school, to be honest.

It’s a bit of a long arduous flight; three hours to Vancouver, then 14 hours to Manila. Frankly, I’m looking forward to reading. But because I don’t know what kind of internet connection we would have when we get there, I’m not sure how often I could go and visit you guys. Just know that I’m going to try my best.

On this trip, I planned on finishing Charley Davidson. I’m two books away. I just noticed that I have the wrong photo up there. Derp. Sorry about that. It’s supposed to be book 6 and 7, since I’m already reading book 5. Doh. It’s been a crazy busy weekend, to be honest.

I also have Vision in Silver, an instalment that I’ve been looking forward to reading since I read Murder of Crows. The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn is a book that’s been well received by my favourite Aussie and Asian bloggers. So of course, I want to read it. The Last Time We Say Goodbye is Cynthia Hand’s debut in contemporary fiction. I’m excited to read this one even though it’s bound to break me.

I downloaded World After on Audible last week because it was on sale. I now own a paperback, a Kindle copy  and an audiobook of this novel. Sheesh.

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When My Heart Was Wicked was a daunting read. And that’s saying a lot since it’s only 192 pages. Fifth Grave Past the Light was fantastic (I mean, surely you should expect this by now). The Glass Arrow was meh. Feed was…gah. It was awesome, and awful. And I hate it so much I want to read the rest of the books in the trilogy.

I hope I can find internet access where ever we may be. If not, I’ll talk to you all soon.

Happy reading!

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

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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 Audible.com!

I am obsessed. Completely. Utterly. Hopelessly.

Have you read these books yet?

 

 

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On the Night Table [10]: Zombies, Charley, Spells, and a Dystopian Nightmare.

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I must admit that this week’s reading choices is a bit all over the place, but hey, that’s just the kind of reader I am. I just don’t see any enjoyment in reading the same books in the same genre week in and week out. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. What can I say? I like testing the waters from time to time. 🙂

So this week, I have an audiobook copy of Feed by Mira Grant – a series that’s been shoved down my throat by trusted sources. I don’t know why I’ve been obstinately set against starting this series. I’m a couple of chapters in, and I’m liking the flow of dialogues between siblings so far; as well, the frantic pace normally found with these types of books.

As you know, I’ve recently discovered the comedic schtick of one, Charley Davidson. I’m working on the fourth book of this series aptly titled, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet. Sometimes, I find myself writing down all the zings Charley comes up with. She’s brilliantly sarcastic. Spastically funny, and so wrong sometimes. I want to hang out with Ms. Darynda Jones. Seriously. I think we’ll have a great time. 🙂

Admittedly, I don’t know much about When My Heart was Wicked by Tricia Stirling. I fell in love with the cover, and the synopsis was a little vague. I’m looking to be surprised.

I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood three years ago. It was all kinds of messed up, and I enjoyed it. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons is apparently a hybrid of that book and Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill! I have my doubts, obviously.

These are the books on my night table this week.

What’s in your pile?
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On the Night Table [#9]: Firebird, Magic and The Grim Reaper.

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Hello.

You’re probably wondering where in the world have I been, huh? Perhaps you thought that I got caught counting cards while in Vegas?  Or arrested for being drunken and disorderly? Ha. I’ll have you know, that we’re usually in bed by 9 pm Vegas time over there. We are old people! We don’t have the energy or the capability to drink our asses off into stupor.

Yes, I’ve been MIA lately, but the only excuse I can give you is that I’ve been having a slew of problems with WordPress that it’d become a deterrent to blog as often as I normally would. This week, I finally slapped myself silly and gave myself a good talking to. I mean, it shouldn’t stop me from writing, commenting and stuff, so yesterday, I just told myself that enough is enough.

Anyway, I thought I start with what’s been going on lately. This week, I have three books on my night table: The Firebird by Susan Kearsley, Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones and On the Edge by Ilonah Andrews. These three books are great so far!

The Firebird [Slains, #2] by Susan Kearsley. As you know, I’m a fan of historical fiction. The kind that may, or may not have romance in it, but one that has an actual historical significance. I used to be a huge reader of the Russian Czar dynasty, and from what I’ve read so far, The Firebird may have origins tying to that family. I’m really loving it so far. It also has a couple of characters with mind powers: Nicola Marter has psychometry abilities. She can see an object’s history simply by touching it. Rob McMorran can see and speak to ghosts, and he also has the power to communicate via telepathy. This book is engrossing so far!

Third Grave Dead Ahead [Charley Davidson, #3] by Darynda Jones. I am completely enamoured with this series! There’s never a time when Charley doesn’t make me break out in embarrassing giggles because of her candour. I just love how different this is! I love the romance between the Son of Satan and The Grim Reaper. I love all the secondary characters, and the dead people that accost Charley at the most inopportune time. If you haven’t started on this series, you’re missing a lot!

On the Edge by Ilonah Andrews. I’ve recently fallen in love with Ilona Andrews Burn for Me book. Since I didn’t have much luck with their Kate Daniels series, I decided to try another one of theirs. And oh my God! This one is spectacular as well. I never thought I’d enjoy this kind of fantasy, but I’m so so so vested in this world! I’m 45% in, and Declan just passed his first test – quite easily at that, I’m dying to read more about this world.

Last week’s reading pile:

I managed to polish off three books. I enjoyed them all!

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What’s on your pile this week?
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Temptation: Audible First of Series Sale

audible Audible knows the right marketing ploy to get me to buy their wares. They also know when to hit me up so it’s almost a sure thing that I will download their books. I mean, any time they send me an email announcing a sale of some sort, it’s guaranteed that I will spend some time scrolling through the titles.

Last week, they had a bunch on sale for first books in a series. So of course, I was excited! I’ve always wanted to try reading these, but I can never squeeze it in my reading rotation. So I thought, what better way to do that than listen in? And at $4.95 a piece, I thought it was a steal.

Feed [Newsflesh Trilogy, #1] by Mira Grant

I’m pretty sure I’ve been told by many that they’ll revoke my booknerd privileges if I don’t read this right away. I also own the trilogy in paperback, but they remain untouched in my shelves.

The Mayfair Moon [The Darkwoods Trilogy, #1] by J.A. Redmerski

It’s been a while since I read a werewolf book in YA, and I’m sort of familiar with the author’s work. That’s pretty much the only legitimate reason why I downloaded this.

The Poison Princess [The Arcana Chronicles, #1] by Kresley Cole

I’m almost positive this book will drive me crazy. I heard this features an annoying love triangle. Honestly, the reason why I bought this is because I already own the hardback copy. It would be nice to finally get it off my TBR.

All Lined Up [Rusk University, #1] by Cora Carmack

I honestly don’t know why I downloaded this. But there’d been so many positive feedbacks about this series that I wanted to see what the bid deal is all about. Also, I love football. Unfortunately, this book bored me to tears. I read it and gave it a paltry 2 stars.

First Grave on the Right [Charley Davidson, #1] by Darynda Jones

This I like. I read it already, and I must say, it’s quite addictive. Soon after reading this first book, I ended up scouring Amazon for the hardback copies. Yesterday, I received book #4.

A Hunger Like No Other [Immortals After Dark, #2] by Kresley Cole

I just realized this book is the second in the series. Something tells me I need to make a big stink over at Audible. Harrrrumpph. I’m currently listening to this, and it’s a bit of an oddity for me. I’m intrigued, though. And because I’ve never read the first book, I’m also lost.

I’m on to you, Audible! You’re trying to get me to read the first book in the series and see if I can like them enough to read the rest. Case and point, Charley Davidson. Sigh. There are 7 books so far to this series, and like I’ve mentioned up above, I bought all 7 in hardbacks soon after I read the first. Well played, Audible. Well played.
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