Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 3

January 26, 2017 Just a Few Books I Read, Reviews 6

Just a few

Sometimes I just can’t pull off a review, but still want to share what I’ve read. When that happens, I’ll share them in this feature 🙂

Guess what came out this Tuesday? Eleventh Grave in Moonlight! So excited to listen to it – hopefully over the weekend! – and I want to review it ASAP, so I’m working to get caught up. This will be the last Just a few Charley Davidson books post, since we’ll be current!

As always – Lorelei King’s narration is just fantastic. It would be a real tragedy if she didn’t narrate this series, hopefully that never happens! She IS all the characters for me at this point!

Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 3Brighter than the Sun by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #8.5
Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press on October 6, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: 3 hours 34 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
Narrator Rating: A+
four-stars

All his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see...

Told from his point of view, BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN chronicles the first time Reyes ever encountered Charley, and how their relationship has been the one thing that can either save him or doom him.

Brighter Than the Sun is where I started making better notes for myself. It was very cool to get inside Reyes head and see everything that’s happened to him since Charley’s birth basically. There is one GIANT revelation snuck in… I had to rewind and relisten to make sure I heard it right. And it’s just in passing, so now I’m on tenterhooks to see what will happen with that nugget!

I read this at the wrong point though, it should have been read before book 9 and I read it after. So don’t make that mistake, if you can help it. But better to read it late than too early – if you read it before book 8 you’ll get some spoilers I think.

4 stars Pretty Great

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 3The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #9
Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press on January 12, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
Narrator Rating: A+
four-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.

The Dirt on Ninth Grave is a bit controversial because SPOILER ALERT – Charley spends most the book not knowing who she really is. For some, I’ve heard this made the book frustrating. For me, it made it one of the more brilliant. I was truly touched by her friends love for her – and how far reaching that went. To me, self-sacrificing love always puts me in tears (like when Harry’s friends risked their lives disguising themselves as him… gah I need to reread that. I digress…)I also just loved seeing how much of who Charley is becomes clearly HER not HER JOB.

And the shit-storm of “holy crap” developments kept on coming! There’s one saddish moment that wasn’t so sad for me, because I wasn’t a huge fan of the character it most impacted anyway, but I felt it for Charley’s sake, if that makes sense without being spoilery.

4.5 stars I loved it

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 3The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #10
Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press on June 28, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: 10 hours 40 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Goodreads
Narrator Rating: A+
four-stars

As a Part-time PI and fulltime 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…

My notes post The Curse of the Tenth Grave “NO!!!!!! Talk about a cliff! I’ve been waiting to hear more since that little nugget was dropped way back when” (Brighter Than the Sun).

I love that Reyes and Charlie were struggling in this book – it felt very authentic for this moment in their relationship. And OMG, it’s still just so hilarious. And great mystery as always. Can’t wait for more…

4.5 stars I loved it

In fact, I couldn’t wait I defied Darynda and read a pre-ARC for Eleventh Grave, despite her telling us not to because it was going to be very different. I, of course, told her I couldn’t not read it, but I could promise to read the finish product as well. She told me that the cliff I needed resolved wasn’t really changed in the pre-ARC so I was satisfied. Until I read it and got left on another cliff. We’ll see if it remains when I read and review Eleventh Grave, next week hopefully.

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About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As 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. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

6 Responses to “Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 3”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Okay, not to self: make sure to read these in order. And yay! I won’t have to worry about the cliffhanger seeing as I haven’t even started book #2! LOL I’m happy you continue to enjoy this series, Berls. And hopefully King continues to narrate. I like her narration of Mercy. 😉 Are there many novellas in this series or is Brighter Than the Sun the only one? I’m wondering because a friend said Jones wasn’t so hot at novellas and I’m wondering if this is the one she was talking about. Anyway, you have me raring to get back on this series!
    Happy Thursday! I hope the week has gone okay. {{{HUGS}}}
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    • Berls

      Enjoy! I borrowed 10 from someone but I have 11 (listening now) on my Audible, so you can log in and enjoy that 🙂

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