Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Title: Sixth Grave on the Edge
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #6
Hero/Heroine: Charley Davidson & Reyes Farrow
Genre: M/F Paranormal
Length: 337 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Available at: St. Martin’s Press, Amazon & Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Sometimes I wrestle my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle. —Bumper Sticker
Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow—but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it…and then the real fun begins. First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a Deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can’t get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the Twelve Beasts of Hell are unleashed…
I like big Books and I cannot lie.
My fellow Grimlets (fans of Darynda Jones’ amazing Charley Davidson series) will understand the joy I felt when opening the first of 352 pages in Sixth Grave on the Edge. After waiting nearly an entire year for the sixth book in this series about a snarky grim reaper, her equally witty friends, and the, literally, hot as hell man whose in love with her, I was beyond thrilled to see that this story had some bulk to it. But sadly, even when I closed the book a mere two days later, it wasn’t enough. Thankfully we Grimlets only have to wait 5 months for the next installment!
Eat. Sleep. Read.
Housework? Day job? It’s so hard to focus on those things when I’m deep in the world of Charley Davidson. The story picks up right where Fifth Grave Past the Light left off. Charley is recovering yet again from injuries. Cookie is still brewing coffee and stewing over her crush on Uncle Bob. And Reyes is still making my insides melt with his maddeningly sexy alpha appeal. For those of you familiar with this series, you know that these books involve several smaller subplots as well as the overall plot involving the supernatural battle between good and evil.
In Sixth Grave on the Edge, Charley gets involved in several cases through her day job as a private investigator. There’s a Mexican crime family, a haunting case of child abuse, and child abduction scandal that affects her personally. Woven throughout all of this is the continued battle between heaven and hell with Charley in the middle. Garrett Swopes, the P.I. who has been to hell and back, continues to unravel the mystery of Charley’s role in the battle while Reyes remains as cryptic as always.
Although the overall arc of the story only crawls forward a very slow and agonizing inch in this installment, I didn’t find myself wanting to throw the book against a wall and give up on waiting for answers. There are enough subplots and interesting character developments to keep me hooked. Not to mention the steamy interludes with Reyes. When Charley and Reyes are on page together they burn it up!
You know you’re reading a good book
when you have to stop once in a while
just to say fuuuuuck.
— Internet Quote
There are a few of these moments in Sixth Grave on the Edge. I had to stop once to wipe away tears, a few times to let things sink in, and more than a few times to fan myself! And that’s all I have to say about that!
I’m glad I can talk to you about fictional characters
as if they were real and have you still think I’m sane.
Darynda Jones creates some of the best characters I’ve ever read! I want to be Charley’s best friend. I want to talk outfits for big girls with Cookie. I want to lick Reyes’… Okay. You get my point! Even though this is the sixth book with these characters, I did not find myself getting bored or feeling like it was all just a big repeat. One of the greatest things about this series is the snark. I am so in love with Charley and her sassy, hilarious mouth! The pages of Sixth Grave on the Edge are filled with humor and wit but the author manages to keep it from getting old and being overdone. There were several chuckle-worthy moments. The use of the word nigh woven throughout the story warmed the cockles of my English-loving heart and the quirky chapter headers made me want to rush off to the internet to buy some fun t-shirts.
As a reader, character growth is important to me and I love that the author expands and deepens her characters with each book. Charley grows in her confidence and skill as the grim reaper as well as personally in her relationships with her family, friends and her sultry devil-spawn lover. At times it can be frustrating because I want to know the whole story so badly and I want to see all of what Charley can do and how she’s going to change the world but then I stop and realize that the author is leading me on a journey and I shouldn’t rush through it.
The supporting characters in this series play a huge part in the overall world and their growth is just as important. We get to see Cookie and Ubie dance around their mutual attraction, we learn some shocking news about our favorite little punk of a ghost Angel, we witness the blossoming of young love and friendship between Amber and Quentin and even get some time with our favorite ghostly pooch Artemis. Jones even manages to expand her cast of characters with a few more ghosts and the ones they’ve left behind, a heart-warming gay couple, and an intriguing demon from hell she calls The Dealer. I personally can’t wait to learn more about him and may be crying out ‘Spin Off! Spin Off!’ in the near future.
That moment when you finish a book, look around,
and realize that everyone is just carrying on with their lives
as though you didn’t just experience emotional trauma
at the hands of a paperback.
— Internet Quote
Yep. This is going to happen to you when you finish Sixth Grave on the Edge. You’ll be reading along, feeling happy and content at how things have worked out up until that moment. You will sigh with joy at having spent several hours with some of you favorite people. You will chuckle when you think back on some of the funny things Charley has said or done. And then, BaBam!!! The ending is going to rear up and smack you right across the cheek. Let the emotional trauma and the five-month wait for a cure commence.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*