Normally a huge fan of the Charley Davidson series, I’m having a hard time writing this review for THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE. While it still had some of the elements of the first eight books in the series, there was a lot that was different, and it was a bit more difficult to get through.
Author: Darynda Jones
The Charley Davidson series is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. I love the humor, the complexities, and the mystery aspects. And EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK is a treat to long time readers of the series, offering answers to quite a few questions that have come up over the course of the story.
SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY delivers exactly what readers have come to expect from the Charley Davidson series, with snark, sexiness and sweetness, all rolled up into one book. Those unfamiliar with the series may not want to start here, but if you’re caught up on the latest of Charley, I would suggest diving right in, so you don’t miss a single thing!
Every time I pick up a Charley Davidson book, I’m concerned that maybe, just maybe, I’m misremembering how good the previous books were. After all, there’s no way Charley can be that snarky, Reyes can be that sexy, and Cookie can be that sweet, right? And yet, with every one, my love of this series is reaffirmed, and SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE is no exception to that rule.
Charley Davidson is the kind of urban fantasy heroine that I want to be. Barring that, I’d love for her to be my best friend. Since she’s fictional, I suppose it’s a bit hard for that to happen, so in the meantime, I kept myself happy by reading FIFTH GRAVE PAST THE LIGHT, the fifth installment in the Charley Davidson series. Opening up a Charley book is like slipping into your favorite pair of jeans- comfortable and familiar. I sat down and read this book straight through in an afternoon, not wanting it to end, but at the same time dying to know what was coming next.
DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION was a good book that isn’t perfect, but still a light, fun read. The underlying premise is different from a lot of paranormal YA I’ve read recently- instead of brooding werewolves or sexy vampires, we’ve got hot angels and terrifying ghosts. And while sometimes the premise verges on ridiculous, we still have some great characters, plenty of teenage angst and obviously, some supernatural drama.
Lorelei King, the actress who also narrates Janet Evanovich and Patricia Briggs books, brings Charley to life in the most vibrant and hilarious way possible in FORTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET. It’s doubly fitting that this is the same actress who voices both Stephanie Plum and Mercy Thompson since Charley Davidson since she’s pretty much a blend of those two characters.
Witty friends, brooding supernatural beings, and otherworldly hi-jinx wrapped in high school drama, DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR capitalizes on some of my favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer tropes. Though the silliness of Lorelei, Brooklyn, and Glitch’s conversation didn’t always hit the mark, the premise and character dynamic was entertaining enough that I’ll be interested to try more Darynda Jones, either Darklight or Charley Davidson.