Friday, January 11, 2019

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, the latest installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, errant wives, missing people, 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.

Now, 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, will Charley be able to defeat the ultimate evil and find a way to have her happily ever after after all?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars

Eleven books in and I’m afraid I can’t quite wrap my head around the complex series story arc. I was on board with the grim reaper thing and I almost got my head around the god thing, but things have gone a little bit crazier with each book and I’m not sure I’ve fully digested the last few additions to Charley’s identity and purpose very well.

Anyways. I’m enjoying the parts of the story I can follow. The investigation into Reyes’ adoptive parents is all kinds of creepy. I love his adopted brother too. I kinda wish Reyes and Charley would sort out their trust issues and work together but they are the ultimate dysfunctional star-crossed lovers, and at this point their chaotic relationship is almost amusing.

As the plot gets more and more complicated, there are moments I question my loyalty to the series. At the start, each book actually finished. I don’t like the cliffhangers at the end of the most recent books and this one has the most dramatic non-ending yet. I’m still enjoying the author’s writing style and the humour at the heart of the series. And I really like the non-celestial characters. Cookie and Amber get more interesting with each book and Uncle Bob is an increasingly complex character. Garrett, Angel and Osh are fabulous.

I’m almost ready for Charley and Reyes’ story to be over. I’d like to see a spinoff that fast forwards twenty years to give us Beep’s story but I’m not sure there’s much further the author can take this series as it is.

This is (not surprisingly) the eleventh book in this series – and I have to say that I am grateful that I am reading these close together and know that I have the next one waiting for me on my Kindle... because the pace has certainly picked up, and I have a feeling that everything is about to explode!

Although there is a lot of high tension and drama in this book, there is also some absolutely wonderful humour. It felt to me like the real Charley was back, as rather than being frustrated at every turn, finally she is getting to understand the extent of her powers. She struggles with just how significant they are, but Reyes et al do their best to explain. Rest assured that there are also some lovely intimate moments between the two of them too – as they explore their intimacy in different planes... hot!

The Fosters (who stole Reyes as a baby) turn out to be even more awful than we could have ever expected, and it is not difficult to understand why Reyes was fighting with Charley, asking her to stop investigating. The forces on her side, and those who are not, are slowly coming together and the tension is rising.

I daren't say more, as you should experience it directly, but I definitely recommend that you do as we are coming very close to getting the answers which have been building over every book.

Book 11 in the Charley Davidson series was a complicated, twisted story. This installment has added many intertwined story arcs and character complications.

Of course, Charley is still Charley, although she is maturing as we go along. Unfortunately, the relationship between her and Reyes is just as dysfunctional as ever, and I just hope that they figure this stuff out soon.

The investigations were pretty deep this time, and mostly involved minors. The Fosters are now on Charley's radar, as she's been hired by their son to figure out WHO they really are. So, not only is she looking into them on her own time, but now she's getting paid to get the dirt she really wants to know. Their involvement in missing children is pretty intense, and some of this investigation actually turned my stomach. On top of that craziness, Amber is also involved with a crazy stalker – which didn't end the way I thought it would.

Besides these cases, which tie into the paranormal stuff, not much happens in the bad gods/purging the world of evil that Charley is supposed to be doing. The end, of course, was a game changer and I need to see how everything plays out.

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Darynda Jones is the winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Novel for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. Darynda can't remember a time when she wasn't putting pen to paper. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than twenty-five years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones to read and review.

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