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Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

The crazy keeps on coming in the eleventh installment of the Charley Davidson series!

11th GraveTitleEleventh Grave in Moonlight
AuthorDarynda Jones
SeriesCharley Davidson, Book 11
Publish Date: Jan 24, 2016, St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Mystery
Narrator: Lorelei King
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: 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.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, spoilers!)


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Invested Ivana says…

I decided to wait until Eleventh Grave in Moonlight was available on audio rather than request it from NetGalley. Audio is my favorite way to experience these books. Lorelei King is amazing at conveying Charley’s sense of humor and creating distinct voices for each character. She really does a masterful job for every series I’ve heard her read. Thank you so much to Macmillan Audio for being consistent with the narrator for this series.

As much as I love this series, I will make a confession: I’ve given up keeping track of the big story arc. It’s gotten so big and just gets more expansive with each book. First Charley was a Reaper and Reyes was the son of Satan. Then both Charley and Reyes were gods from another dimension. Now, Charley is 13 gods and in self-imposed—witsec? rehab? time out?—on Earth. Eventually, there will be no way to top the previous book and Beep’s story will feel anticlimactic by comparison. This part of the story was starting to bother me a little, so I just stopped paying much attention to it.

I think the heart of each book is really Charley’s relationships with other people, how much she cares, the lengths she’ll go to to help others, and, of course, her snort-worthy sense of humor. These are what I pay attention to when I’m listening, and I love them.

Charley is fierce when it comes to protecting her loved ones and anyone else she feels is deserving. Her uncle, Cookie’s daughter, Reyes, her clients, children, and innocent bystanders all benefit from her protection in Eleventh Grave. In fact, her inability to right some huge wrongs, when she has so much power at her disposal, is one of her major internal struggles that will likely play a larger part in future novels.

She’s also very kind. It’s quite amazing, really, how kind she is after everything she’s gone through in her life. Or perhaps, because of all that, she’s kind. She experiences the emotions of the living and the lives of the dead who pass through her. That has to make one feel an enormous amount of empathy. If only we, as humans, could experience more than just was is inside our own head, perhaps we would be more empathetic as well.

badge4v5Big story arc or not, I always enjoy a visit with Charley and her friends. Whether you read for the big story, the little story, the characters, the romance, or the humor, I think this series has a lot to say about simply being human.

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The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Back from the convent and New York, Charley starts up her life in Albuquerque again. Things are just as chaotic and hilarious as they were before she left, but now she has a daughter to protect and a husband to keep watch on lest he turn into an evil demon. The outlandish adventures of Charley Davidson continue!

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Tenth GraveTitle:  The Curse of Tenth Grave
Author:  Darynda Jones
SeriesCharley Davidson Book 10
Publish Date:  June 28, 2016
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
SourceNetGalley

Publisher’s DescriptionAs 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…

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What drew me to this book: Charley Davidson is hilarious! I adore this series, particularly in audio. I’m not usually a fan of paranormal romance, but craziness that is Charley is not to be denied! 😉 You never know what’s going to happen in a Charley Davidson novel.

What kept me reading: After the explosive revelations of Book 9, Charley is back at home and back at work in Albuquerque, dealing with problems both large and small. A video of Charley exorcising a demon surfaces on YouTube, and now she has ghost chasers chasing her. She’s been hired by an attorney who hates her to clear the name of his good friend. She’s chosen to help a young homeless girl who is “cursed” to die. And some powerful evil gods are after her child. To top it all off, her husband is paying child support for some other kid she doesn’t know about. It’s no wonder the weirdest things come out of her mouth; if your life were like hers, you’d be insane, too!

I find it harder and harder to write a coherent review with each new book in this series. The situations in which Charley finds herself are as outrageous as her sense of humor, and I sit stunned after each read. “Wow!” is about as coherent as I can get.

Why I recommend it: For laugh-out-loud fun, this series can’t be beat.  If you like audiobooks, you HAVE to listen to this series.  Lorelei King is fabulous as Charley.  She delivers those ADHD-inspired one-liners perfectly.  Overall, this is another very unique series that delivers fantastic humor, wonderful fantasy, and hot romance. If you like the UF/PNR genres at all, this is a must-read.

Nervous Nellie says…….Nervous_Nellie_100

I am in love with Reyes. Well, truth be told, I believe there are a lot of people that love Reyes Alexander Farrow. He is one of top reasons I read this series. The top reason I read this series is the sarcasm factor. Charley Davidson is the queen of quips. She comes up with things, even in the heat of an argument that leave me laughing.

The mystery in this story was another good one, however (spoiler alert) I was disappointed with Charley and Reyes relationship development. They didn’t argue, but the series of incidents that went on between them was rediculous. Neither one would discuss their fear to the other and I just wanted to slap my head. Yes, it gets resolved, but there was a serious lack of dreamy, lusty Reyes in the mean time.

badge4v4Charley…..well, I don’t know how she can hold it together missing her daughter-probably because she doesn’t.  It’s for her own good that she doesn’t know where her child is, but when a parent is kept away from their child unwillingly it’s gonna get ugly. She also is holding secrets from Reyes. I don’t know if that should be or not. I understand her reasoning, but on the other hand, he’s been floating in this supernatural pool longer than Charley.

If you haven’t started this series, I would highly recommend doing so. The characters are vivid and dimensional. The concepts, while confusing once in awhile, are genius.  I love this series- it is a keeper.

Our reviews in this series…

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones’s newest Charley Davidson novel is pretty popular here at One Book Two. Four of us “claimed” the book, including The Phantom!

dirt_on_the_ninth_grave_coverTitle:  The Dirt on Ninth Grave
Author:  Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson Book 09
Publish Date:  January 12, 2016
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s DescriptionIn 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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

“I’ve loved you for a thousand years.”~ Charley Davidson

Je t’ai aim’ee pendant mille et un.” (I’ve loved you for a thousand and one)~Reyes

Talk about romantic. *sigh* Charley may not remember anything about herself, but her core values remain unchanged. For me, the best part of the book was to watch Charley fall in love with Reyes all over again. Proves to me that it’s meant to be no matter what obstacle stands between them. He worries for her and takes care of her as best he can without her knowing. He’s temporarily (he hopes) lost the love of his immortal life, but he spends every day with her just to protect her. Reyes makes me swoon.

Everyone has a part in the book, but it’s mostly about Charley figuring out who and what she is while trying to save the lives of a family she has gotten very attached to. Charley is drawn to Cookie as a BFF all over again. Charley automatically loves Ubie, but doesn’t know why. It’s amazing to find friends and family willing to drop everything to help Charley and keep her safe.

badge5v4The ending isn’t exactly a cliffhanger, but it does lead into book #10. There is a lot of information at the conclusion of the book that needs to be taken note. More players are revealed and angles played become more obvious. Again, Reyes makes promises to do things in order to keep Charley by his side, but even though the terms appear to be non negotiable, the Powers That BE may be getting less fulfillment of the contract than they bargain for…

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

I’ll admit I was kinda concerned at the end of the last book how Ninth Grave was going to go. Charley learned everything there is to know about herself, and then forgot everything! Were we going to start her story over? How would that work?

badge5v4But, Darynda has more imagination than I do, that’s for sure! Ninth Grave turned out to be a lot of fun. It was very interesting to see Charley surrounded by all of her friends, but not recognize them. It was interesting to see how she naturally started to solve cases, too, just because she’s a good person. I’m eager for my second “read-through” when the audio comes out; Lorelei King’s performance as Charley just can’t be beat.

I don’t want to say much more, so as not to spoil anything. Book 10 is going to be a doozy, if the end of nine is any indication. I can’t wait!

Ruby_Lee_100Ruby Lee says…

“I want to savor this wonder, this happening of loving a book and reading it for the first time, because the first time is always the best, and I will never read this book for the first time ever again.”
― Laura Nowlin, If He Had Been with Me

In the early days of 2011, Nell shoved First Grave on the Right in my face and told me that I HAD to read this book. In normal Ruby fashion, I ignored her because we never like the same books. Then in April 2015, I had First Grave on my iPod as I was driving to some far off destination. I fell in book love immediately. It was fast paced, funny, romantic, and supernatural all rolled into one addictive series. So I started reading the series in my spare time, which is hard because I read many books for One Book Two.

So last week, I had 2 books left in the series and then I could read Ninth Grave. I was planning to binge read the last three books, but then my New Year’s resolution kicked in. I had promised myself that I would slow down and savor life a little more. This amazing series that Darynda Jones has created is too good to binge read. I have the right to enjoy each story in my own time, which is exactly what I plan to do.

I know that Ivana may kill me in my sleep but I have no review for Ninth Grave. I am 99.9% sure it will be spectacular and I plan to come back and tell you what I think after I have read it. Besides a little extra publicity never hurt any book. If you haven’t started this series, do it. Nell was right on this one but don’t tell her I said that.

OFFICIAL REVIEW from Ruby Lee:

A few months ago when Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones was released, I wasn’t ready to give a review because I didn’t want to rush through Seventh Grave and No Body and Eighth Grave After Dark. You see, I was a little late coming to the Charley Davidson party, so I was behind in the series with the Ninth Grave deadline looming over my head.

I believe books are about fun, relaxation, and pretending that you are living a life that would easily kill the real you. I didn’t want to rush through this wonderful series just to get to the end. It seemed counterproductive to me and I am sure that most authors would agree that they want people to savor their books and, boy, did I ever savor those three books.

My first thought when reading Dirt on Ninth Grave was that Darynda Jones is a very brave author. She could have easily stayed with what had worked, which was Charley working on cases, almost getting killed, dealing with ghosts, and raising everyone’s temperature with some steamy scenes with one Reyes Farrow. It was definitely a formula that worked but that was not the story that she wanted to tell so she shook things up a little bit the same way that a 9.2 earthquake shakes things up.

In Ninth Grave, the readers were taken to a new world. We sort of knew the characters but we were as confused as Charley. So instead of seeing the demon-kicking Charley that had it all figured out, we got a new Charley that knew nothing about her past or her identity. I feel that this was an excellent move by Jones because we as readers were finally able to understand parts of the character that were only revealed when she was vulnerable. We also got a better understand of those around her. We saw her friends and what she meant to each of them.

Overall, I feel that Dirt of 9th Grave was a brilliant transition book as we move into the next stage of this battle. Jones needed to introduce a lot of new material and she did it spectacularly. There are two specific parts I would like to mention. The first is the character that sacrificed himself to save Charley. That brought tears to my eyes. The second is that I thought the use of the word asshat to describe the angels was a wonderful nod to the TV drama Supernatural. That made me smile.

So if you haven’t begun this series, you need to start. The Curse of Tenth Grave is released June 28, 2016 and you will want to savor this series. It is way too good to rush through.

The_Phantom_100The Phantom says…

Fans will not be disappointed with The Dirt on Ninth Grave. Don’t give up if it seems that the action is slow coming. With Charley’s memory loss, the build up takes a little longer than previous books. It is worth the build! All of the action and romance you have come to expect from Charley is there. Mysteries to solve, questions to answer, relationships to rebuild, it all left me wanting to keep reading. After a couple of chapters it was really hard to put down.

badge5v4The only downside to not putting the book down is that the wait for the next book will probably seem that much longer. The ending will leave you marking your calendar for the next release date.

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try the Ciel Halligan series by Linda Grimes, the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price, or the Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer series by Rebecca Chastain.

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Eighth GraveTitleEighth Grave After Dark
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson Book 8
Publish Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Perspective: First Person

Publisher’s Description: With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!)


The conversation between Nell and Ivana has been censored due to TOO MANY SPOILERS!  And exclamation marks.  And stunned smileys.  And maybe some tears.


Nell 100Nervous Nellie says…

4 stars – OMG and Wow.  Can I say, ‘whiskey, tango, foxtrot’????  Where’d that come from!?

I am so stunned, I can’t even think.  I don’t want to say too much, but HOLY CATS!  I can’t even think of where to begin!

I didn’t see the wedding coming.  I didn’t see the Hell Hounds coming or the dead people or the spies or (the  &*#(&&$*#ed  up, dirty, rotten, no good and bloody Earl Walker).  Whew, that felt good.  Okay, next on my hit list is the ever so hot, steamy, dreamy and handsome  Reyes Alexander Farrow.  I love Reyes, but he’s not like he used to be. He used to be dark, secretive, feral and so mysterious.  I guess daddyhood whipped him.  Next is Leland – really?   I’m kind of pissed at Charley’s dad and mortified- even though I shouldn’t be – of Denise. Finally and lastly, although I reserve the right to continue this rant at the drop of the hat, but right now – how and when did Angel & Reyes get so chummy?  For the love of Pete!! *heavy sigh with the weight of the world*  Wow.

Okay – I’m gonna list 3 things (in no significant order)  that I really liked in this book and I’m sure there are more, but at this point this is all I’m willing to give up.

  1. Mr. Wong.
  2. Baby Beep’s birth – that was a thrill!
  3. Earl (bloody, rotten, jerk face, evil maniac) Walker

Rarely am I speechless, but if you haven’t read this series, you really must.  I love you Darynda (minor fan girl awe, okay….maybe major fan girl awe) and would you come over for some tea so I could pick your brain?  I really need to know where you are going with this!

ivana 100Invested Ivana says…

Um, wow.  Just… wow.  I don’t think I’m sure how I feel about this book quite yet.  There were some awesome things about it and some very surprising things about it.  I think I’m still in shock just a bit.  I don’t want to say too much about the book because I would never want to spoil the surprise for anyone else. But lemme just say I did NOT see any of that coming, not even a tiny little bit, and I’m not really sure where the next book is going to go.  I’m so glad that Book 9 has already been announced or I might think this was the last book. It certainly reads like the end of a story arc, at least, but with several setups for the next one.

I’ve read many authors talk about “showing” rather than “telling.”  Toward the end of the book, there is a big chunk of “telling.”  A lot is revealed in a short amount of time, some of it heartbreaking, some of it really intriguing.  But, again, NONE of it expected.

Loreli King, as always, does a fantastic job as Charley.  She is such a perfect choice for narrator of this series.

I really want to say so much about this book, but I can’t possibly give it away.  I would really encourage you NOT to read any other reviews about this book before you read it.  Let yourself be surprised.  But, after you’ve read it, email me and we’ll dish. 😉

Other reviews ( I TOLD you not to read any more reviews!):

If you like this book…

You might like the Undead–or Betsy Taylor, Vampire Queen–series by MaryJanice Davidson.  Also, try the Black Wings series by Christina Henry.

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