Monday, January 14, 2019

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave.

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

At this point in the series, I have completely given up trying to follow or understand the mythology/theology behind Charley, Reyes, and Beep’s identities and purpose. I’ve stuck with the books for the characters, Charley’s investigations, and the sarcasm that saturates each story.

This book is one of the slowest in the series. Charley spends most of the book buying time while she tries to figure out how to save her husband and not kill him. I’ve grown tired of the god stuff, so I found myself skimming some of the theology heavy passages and enjoying the characters on the earth plane in Albuquerque. Garrett, Osh, Angel, Cookie, Amber, and Uncle Bob make this story enjoyable and I love that Pari is back and on good form. While Charley has become a bit of a caricature of herself, I’m enjoying the growth and increasing complexity of the other characters. Charley’s investigation on Pari’s behalf is interesting and very exciting at one point.

The ending is another cliffhanger. It did make me cry but the end is very similar to another recent story, so I can pretty much predict a similar resolution in book thirteen. I’ve requested book thirteen but my commitment to this series is waning and I’m enjoying less and less of each subsequent book.

This the twelfth book in the series and if you haven't read any of them yet, then you are in for a huge treat... but please go and get book one and come back here in 11 books' time. You absolutely need to read them in order to have any appreciation of the story! I am assuming you have from now on in!

The end of book 11 was very cliffhanger-ish, so I was very grateful that I had this ready to go. I really feel for those people who have been reading this series as it was released, as that would be so grrr... a little like how I feel now, as the ending of this book is also pretty dramatic, and book thirteen is yet to be published!

After the god glass episode in book 11, we now have to discover, along with Charley, just what has happened to the heart of Reyes... and it is fascinating watching it all play out – and to be honest, I really didn't know where it was going until the very end. Very clever mixture of dreams, daydreams, nightmares, trips between planes, and other troubles thanks to the destruction of the god glass prison. Through it all, Charley manages to temper the danger with her lovely brand of crazy humour and love of coffee. Oh, and as she is now in better control and definitely prepared to use her powers, there is some pretty clever stuff happening, as well as some surprising encounters with Michael and his boss!

All in all, an action-packed book, with all the signature elements we have grown to love and expect, and some good twists too. Roll on book 13 – because we all need to know!

Well, I think this is my favourite from this series so far.

Reyes! He is not the same as he has been. I'm glad we are still getting to see loads of him in this book though.

As always, Charley is working a case, this time it's a bit different, it's a bunch of gifted people who are being murdered. As well as dealing with a load of personal stuff. However, Charley always makes me smile with her sarcastic ways.

I truly can't wait to get my hands in the final instalment as I have loved every second of this series.

Book 12 – GAH! This series has been a roller coaster. It started off relatively light and easy, as we go along the series gets more complicated. This story was one of the more difficult books, and I had a hard time getting through it. That's not to say it was bad, because that's not what I mean, it was a struggle to watch Charley deal with the situation.

As always, I loved all the characters: Cookie, Ubie (Uncle Bob), Amber, Osh, Garrett, and Pari. They are crucial to the series, and the provide just enough "lightness" to counteract all the deep/dark going on elsewhere in the story. Charley's cases are both very intense. Pari may be involved in a murder, unbeknownst to her. The second case is a rash of strange murders, people are just dead but have strange scratches and burns on them, the only similarities are... (I'm not telling you, that will spoil the story!)

On top of those, Charley has a limited amount of time to figure out what happens when a god comes out of the God Glass. All in all, this book was packed to the brim with activity. I can’t forget to mention the good vs. evil theme in the series, but especially in this book. If you recall, there was only one god of Uzan left on Earth and Charley may or not be ready to do what she needs to protect the world.

I don't want to spoil the book, but there was a major aspect that I wasn't a fan of. There was one character that wasn't as prevalent and that did affect my enjoyment. Also, the ending? It KILLED ME. I'm afraid to read the 13th and final book, but I need (NEED) to see how this all 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 The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones to read and review.

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