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review 2019-01-15 15:38
This is the end, my friends...
Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave - Darynda Jones

Book source ~ NetGalley (for tour in 2018)


Charley Davidson broke the only rule she was supposed to follow and God (yes, Him) flicked her like a bug into a Hell dimension as punishment. Ok, maybe he didn’t actually flick her. He may have whisked her. Or scooted? Anyway, after 100+ years of exile she’s back and she’s not sure what she’s missed more: Reyes, her daughter, her friends or coffee. But just because she’s been gone doesn’t mean shit hasn’t hit the fan and now she has to roll up her sleeves, assuming she has sleeves, and get to work.


I finished this epic final installment of an even bigger epic series and all I could hear is the Doors playing The End. That was a stupid ringtone I picked for my phone, but anyway, I’m sad to say it is The End for Charley’s adventures. However, I left the last page behind with hope in my heart that there will, at some point, be a book/trilogy/series featuring the ever adorable Beep and her army facing off with Lucifer.


I laughed, I cried, I snorted, I drooled, so it was a typical Charley book in that respect. But I was also floored by a certain revelation. Woo doggie! I totally did not see that coming. And that thing, at the end? I never would have thought of that! So, goodbye for now, my friends. I hope to see you again soon in another dimension. Or installment. Or whatever. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m totally going to re-read this entire series and soon, so get some cookies and put on the tea!

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review 2016-11-01 12:05
NetGalley November
The Curse of Tenth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Book 10) - Darynda Jones

*Book source ~ NetGalley


Charley Davidson is a PI, grim reaper, wife and mom. She has a lot on her plate at the moment, but nothing as important as trapping three gods in the god glass pendant before they find her daughter. Still, it’s nothing she can’t handle. Right? Ummm…


Omg, I’m still loving this series. I was a tad worried at the end of the last book because it was starting to sound kinda jump-the-sharky, but I’m pleased that the direction it’s heading is still twisty and turny and full of Charleyesque humor, Reyes hotness and awesome characters. I also love how Charley is able to multitask even though she totally doesn’t seem like the kind of person who could focus on more than one thing at once. The overall arc of the series deepens, revealing some secrets and uncovering more, so that I’m satisfied and yet also left hungry for more. And that ending?! Holy.Shit. And Oh.My.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-curse-of-tenth-grave.html
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review 2016-06-22 21:08
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko - Scott Stambach
the Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko
Scott Stambach
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: August 9th 2016 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN:  1250081866 (ISBN13: 9781250081865)


Very rarely does a book speak to me to the point where I will start recommending before I finish it. I have finished this and believe it fully deserves the 5 stars I'm giving it. This is an uncorrected proof, so the printing wasn't perfect, and was only slightly irritating, but not enough to take away the stars. A final print copy would not have that as an issue.
I loved Ivan. At times acting like a spoiled brat, other times trying to find his place in life as he knows it. The setting is an asylum for children with disabilities and illnesses, set in Belarus after it separated from Russia. The theme is universal, though; simply by being born different he is separated from being treated like a full human being. Scott Stambach brought Ivan to life beautifly, with an intelligent, independence hungry teen personality looking to be accepted by the outside world. Wonderfully written.

****I received this uncorrected bound manuscript from St. Martin's Press in exchange for a fair review.****

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review 2016-03-31 02:26
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF JERUSALEM by Sarit Yishai-Levi, Anthony Berris (translation)
The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem: A Novel - Sarit Yishai-Levi , שרית ישי-לוי,Anthony Berris
The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem
by Sarit Yishai-Levi, Anthony Berris (translation)
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Thomas Dunne (first published 2013)
isbn: 1250078164 (ISBN13: 9781250078162)

I definitely loved this book. The "blurb" got me interested and the book did not let down for me. The translation was well done (original was written in Hebrew). The copy I received was an uncorrected proof, but there was nothing that stood out other than the word the tilde was not over the n in the word Senor.  The story follows several generations of women, their husbands, and the trials they dealt with in the 1940's and later in Jerusalem. I loved the characters, the neighborhoods the different members of the family lived in, and cultures that were represented. A beautiful read and I would definitely recommend it to others.

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review 2016-02-25 15:07
NetGalley Review
The Dirt on Ninth Grave - Darynda Jones

*Book source ~ NetGalley


Sleepy Hollow, New York. Janey Doerr showed up in an alley behind a diner a month ago and no one, herself included, knows who she is. Taken under the diner owner’s wing, she works and tries to figure out who she is, where she comes from, why she can see dead people and sense people’s emotions. Not wanting to be called crazier than people already believe, she doesn’t confide in any of her new friends what she can do. But things are getting weirder by the day and something big and scary is after her. What’s an amnesiac with questionable super powers supposed to do?


After being tossed off the huge cliff in the last book, I couldn’t wait to get my greedy mitts on this book. It picks up a month after the end of Eighth Grave After Dark with Charley suffering from amnesia and surrounded by her friends and husband though she has no idea who they are.


Full of the same humor, mystery and paranormal hotness that is Reyes as the previous books, this story doesn’t push the main story arc along much further than it already was. But that’s ok. I totally enjoyed it anyway. Charley does some of her trademark off-the-wall stuff, solves some problems, creates some more problems, and by the end she has her memory back. A little too repetitious about how nommy Reyes is (yes, I know he is, I don’t need it spelled out continuously) and Charley is still a bit too ditzy though I cut her some slack for being mind-wiped and not remembering she shouldn’t be going off on her own. Where this is going from here, I have no idea. But I’ll definitely be catching the next train to Charleytown to find out.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-dirt-on-ninth-grave.html
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