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review 2019-03-18 19:33
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave
Summoned To Thirteenth Grave - Darynda Jones
 
Charlie Davidson, Book 13


Re-Read:
February 5 - February 12

This book broke my heart all over again. It’s so hard saying goodbye to these characters. It’s so strange that these books and characters have been a part of my life for many years however the timeline of the series is maybe 2 years long. I already miss Charlie and crew but I’m looking forward to more from this wonderful author.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-03-08 08:17
The Curse of Tenth Grave — Sigh!
The Curse of Tenth Grave - Darynda Jones

 

As you know, I have already railed about the many issues that I find in the books in this series. But I have to see it to the end, so I keep plodding on. I won’t be rehashing those problems because I believe if a reader finds a book problematic, they should just stop reading it. Reading the subsequent books in the same series and then whining about them doesn’t make sense. 

That’s why I will confine my ramblings to this book — or try to. The thing with the protagonist is that she is supposed to be a god whose memories have been wiped. So, she doesn’t know how powerful she is or even what powers she has. Okay, sounds logical. What doesn’t make sense is that she spent the whole book claiming she is in over her head and not knowing if she could trust her husband — I’ll come back to this one later. But as soon as the bad guys arrive, she instinctively knows what to do? Not buy-able at all.

Her husband is Satan’s progeny in a very convoluted way. He has been paying child support for a kid that his wife knew nothing about. He is also one of the unholy trinity of demons, which means his wife is unsure how evil is in there in him. He won’t tell her where he is hiding their daughter, presumably for their safety. Yet she continues to trust him and his unhealthy obsession for her that he mistakenly calls love. I don’t get it!

Finally, and this one will go off-track because it is about the series and not just this book, the author keeps on tacking mystery after mystery and leaving us with cliffhangers. When does it stop and get simpler? Oh, after three more books? Okay, I can work with that.

The humor and Cookie were the real superstars, as usual.

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review 2019-02-04 20:52
Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones
Summoned To Thirteenth Grave - Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson has been freed from the dimension she was trapped in… but only to find the real world is under a new threat: a hell dimension is spreading over the city… perhaps the world


A Hell dimension unleashed by Charley and Reyes… and only answering the hidden question of what happened to Charley’s mother may help them save the world and their daughter..




This is the final chapter in the story of Charley Davidson…. Which means I always am going to be quite bleak about all this. I am never happy about a series ending, especially not a series I’ve come to love. I will always be grumpy about this.

 

And that means I need to do an obligatory bias check - it’s ending and I am unhappy and I hates it I hates it I hates it!

 

But I do have some issues beyond my utter unwillingness to say goodbye

 

As I’ve said with this series, the balance of zaniness is a little off kilter. I always liked Charley and her silly habit of naming things (like her breasts: Danger and Will Robinson, or her car, Misery) but then she took it too far and started naming all the things. We still had the humour but it started trying too hard to be silly. This book we pulled that back a lot and got a lot more serious… perhaps even too serious. But it was focused on the plot… but lost some fun along the way

 

That plot is something I’m torn over. Like previous books towards the latter half of this series there’s a weird split between EPIC WORLD DESTROYING MASSIVENESS with gods and angels and demons and Charley being this incredible epic thing beyond comprehension with massive stakes beyond knowing while also being super super fun…. And then there’s a fairly mundane crime drama. And it feels… odd? Especially because in this book it feels especially strong because while we’re talking about the whole world ending in the not very distant future, neither Charley nor Reyes seem to make this a priority? I think part of this is the way it pans out: this shadowy hell dimension is consuming the city and will expand to consume the world with a side order of dangerous violent possessions. But Charley gets a rather dubious cryptic advice that she basically has to find out something from her past to get the answer. There’s no obvious connection so while the world is ending it feels like Charley is involved in something completely unrelated. While we have a much more focused and excellent classic Charley Davidson storyline of finding some missing people and using magic and investigative shenanigans to great effect - with the added bonus of Charley’s development with her new thread of ruthlessness. It was a great storyline which totally eclipsed the world ending and the actual finale of the series.

 

 

This book was also a little light on Cookie and Charley being their amazing, fun selves. A lot of the book had many of the characters we’ve grown to know and love - but they’re kind of… there? And it feels like because it’s the last book we need to give everyone a nod but at the same time they’re not actually doing a whole lot. Especially Cookie. We love Cookie, where is Cookie? There’s a nice moment with Rocket and a really really really REALLY epic moment with Uncle Bob. But both of them (especially Uncle Bob) had me virtually yelling at the book. You spring this in the last book?! YOU WAIT UNTIL NOW?! HOW?! YOU CAN’T STOP HERE! More book appropriate was her scene with her sister which was truly powerful and noteworthy which i have nothing but praise for.

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2019/01/summoned-to-thirteenth-grave-charley.html
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review 2019-02-03 15:10
Snark abounds.
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight - Darynda Jones

Snark abounds, the humor is awesome. That is the only good thing I can say, regarding this book. These stories have become so far “out there”. I have finished this one, because I can’t imagine how these are going to end and make any sense. I love Charley and her group of characters, but the story line keeps growing and now, it is just out of control.   Have to finish, cannot imagine the ending. On to the next. 

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review 2019-01-24 12:46
Enjoyable.
Eighth Grave After Dark - Darynda Jones

Kind of enjoyable. The snark, as always is there, but this story is a little convoluted.  I feel sorry for Charley, this chick just can’t get a break, bad and worse are always happening to her. This so far is my least favorite of the series.  Charley has to live in a old convent (sacred ground), has Beep, takes a trip down below, loses Beep, mentally breaks and ends up in Sleepy Hollow, NY, where a really bad and previously dead guy resides. And then we have the “God’s”, turns out Charley is a God, there are ghost gods, seven gods, etc. my head is spinning. 

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