Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #11
Published by St. Martin's Press, Macmillan Audio on January 24, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes
Format: Audiobook, ARC
Source: Purchased, Author
Narrator Rating: A+
So October 29, 2016 when I finished reading the “pre-ARC” of Eleventh Grave in Moonlight I wrote “Holy shit y’all! I know this ARC has gone through considerable rewriting and the real thing is going to be different. But if it’s even an inkling of what I just devoured it may be my favorite Charley book yet. And now I’m DYING to read 12…”
A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.
Well y’all it was EVERYTHING I hoped for. To be honest, in the time that’s past since that first reading, I’m fuzzy enough on the details to not know what exactly changed. There’s one part that I THINK is the big difference. But the changes were not THAT major, seeing as what stuck with me from the first read was still there.
If you’re a fan of Charley in the gang, I feel confident saying you’ll love Eleventh Grave. I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite so far. For one – the relationship dynamics between Charley and Cookie, Charley and Reyes, Charley and Uncle Bob, Cookie and Uncle Bob, Amber and Uncle Bob… need I go on? All my favorite relationships had these really awesome moments. Some tear worthy moments, lots of laugh your ass off moments. Just… *sigh* If you’re a character driven reader like me, these moments are like gold. And I got lots of golden moments from Eleventh Grave.
There’s lots of excitement too. I feel us reaching a major crescendo in the godly battle. I continue to really wonder how this series will wrap up with Charley’s daughter being such a pivotal part and yet still being an infant. Will we fast forward? Will there be a vision? Will we just have a spin-off series? How will this work? As things get more intense and Charley learns more and more about herself – major developments on that front in Eleventh Grave – those questions become even more pressing for me. I’m so excited for the answers.
I could go on and on about the sexiness of Eleventh Grave too. Charley is learning a bit about how to be incorporeal and teleport and just accept who she is as a FREAKING GOD and somehow that leads to some seriously fun sexy times. Not expected and really great.
Even though I didn’t catch any huge differences between the “pre-ARC” I read and the final version of Eleventh Grave, I don’t regret rereading for a second. Not only was the story great, but I got to listen this time around and until you’ve read Charley through the voice of Lorelei King, you haven’t had the best version. Lorelei’s voices are better than any I could conjure in my head and I really missed her (more than I realized at the time) when I read Eleventh Grave on my own. If you’re not an audiobook fan, this could be the series to change your mind.
Now… about that cliff. Darynda, I have a bone to pick with you 😉 When’s book 12?!