The story might have been OK if the author wasn't so fixated on food and sex. In short I can only assume that the author was on a doozy of a diet when she wrote this ... far too many detailed descriptions of EVERY meal she took throughout the story... from the menu at top notch restaurants to grabbing a a bag of pretzels we had to hear about every morsel ... added to which we also heard how the 'heroine' was prone to stealing her friends' food off their plates too!
Then we had to endure the phantom sex, and the adolescent fantasies of all the main female characters ... so maybe it wasn't just food she was missing out on when she wrote this!
The story sounds interesting, woman who can talk to the dead, etc. after about 20 min into the story, starts the sex scenes. it almost seems like the author just threw it in to have a sex scene, it didn't really add to the story. I love a great sex scene, however, this story felt like all of the innuendos and lustings were just added for the effect, but didn't add to the story itself. I think that the storyline would have been great to follow the dead, the crime investigation, etc without the main character having to indulge us with her continual lustings. I felt as though the main character was immature and not that interesting. She made cynical comments that also didn't seem to always fit the story, I felt like those things were just put in later to try to make the novel more interesting to the consumer. I always try to read the ratings and the reviews before buying an audiobook, and this one was less than what I expected. Not one I would listen to again or recommend when there are too many great novels out there...
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
This was often a side-splittingly silly book. It was totally unbelievable but that didn't matter. The plot was convoluted and difficult to follow but that didn't really matter ...much. The romantic hero was totally unappealing because he was either dead, Satan or nothing but grey smoke and it is hard to make any of that sexy. It is just creepy.
But the snappy writing, the quick one-liners and the silly naivete of the heroine made all of those faults totally unimportant. And the whole book was written so tongue-in-cheek that those really weren't faults. They were part of what made the whole package so fun to read.
Because of who the characters were, the story could have so quickly gotten bogged down into philosophical discussions of good versus evil, spirit versus soul, etc. The author could have easily pulled an "Anne Rice" on us. But she didn't. She kept it light, fluffy and entertaining.
Her secondary characters were well written and strong enough to not wilt away in the glow of the main character. I loved her best friend, the various apparitions in her life and especially, Rocket.
The narration was great
My only complaint is that the bits of information that actually moved the plot forward, that explained what was going on and ultimately, what would lead you to read the second and third books in the series were so buried under the pithy one-liners and double entendres, that if you blinked you missed them. I finished the book not sure I had a clue about what actually happened in the plot. And wishing she had focused more on certain traits of Charley, like the fact she had perfect memory of everything that happened from the second she was born. But this might have been a timing problem on my part. I'm not sure I was up for quite so much humor in my current read when I sat down with this book. And if you are not in the mood for good-natured silliness, the book can be unfulfilling. Like eating your favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry's when all you really wanted was toast. But that is not the author's fault.
Reading the other other reviews I feel like I must have listened to a different book! I found many of the attempts at humor stale. The story line was mildly interesting but seemed more an excuse for erotica than a real story. I felt the reader could have improved it but her timing was all off which made the whole experience more tedious. I finished this book only because I started it and I will not read another in the series!
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
I am going two buy book 2 and book 3 after this review! That should let you know how much I like the book :)
I really like the character Charley, although I was not too sure of Reyes "son of Satan". At first I wanted the love interest to be Greyes (?), but "Bad" is growing on me. Can't wait to listen to the next book!
I couldn't put down this book I finished it in two days, didn't want to go to sleep just so I could keep listening. It was funny and well written, I can't wait for the sequel to come out in august.
Darynda Jones is an amazing writer hope to read many more books from her.
I'll start with the good... The narration is excellent, as many of us have come to expect from this narrator. The writing is funny. The main storyline is interesting.
Now for the rest... Look, I'm not exactly a bra-burning feminist. I like the heroes of my trash to be a little He-man- me Tarzan, you Janeish. But there's a pretty solid line between liking a hero who's a little dominant and having a heroine who's obsessed with a man with whom her only interaction was his threatening to rape her and then sneaking into her dreams and- in fact for him, while in dreams for her- having sex with her. That is over the line. It's creepy and disturbing and frankly a little gross. No. Bad.
Also, the funny writing gets old after a while. Yes, it's clever, but cleverness in every line gets boring and old and in the way of progress in the plot and any kind of actual character development. Maybe there could be something that would justify Charlie's obsession, but we never really find out because she's more interested in zinging one liners at us to in any way be self-aware enough to look into her own emotions. She acts and she talks, but she doesn't appear to think. Charlie would make an excellent secondary character, but I need more from a main character. I need to care if she lives or dies at least, and I don't get that from Charlie.
A wonderfully written book with clever writing and funny deliveries. Completely unexpected. I purchased this book among a few others in an Audible sale and so far I have been so disappointed with my selections that I did not even want to listen to this one. Until about 30 min into the book and then I was hooked. Just know if you purchase this book you will not have an ending. I hope this is not going to be one of those series where you have to read all before the hero and heroine finally end up together. For now I can not wait to read the next book in the series.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good story. I've always been a fan of these types of urban paranormal fantasy/romance series and have been wanting to start this one for a while. I'm pleased to say that I really liked the start to the series and plan to continue with it (this is my first book by this author).
Charley is the grim reaper and was born with a vision of the personification of death greeting her at her birth. Her mother died in childbirth and she was the first person that Charley helped over to the "other side". Charley's dad married another woman soon after and Charley's step mother was a cold witch who hated Charley for her unusual gifts. At the age of 5, Charley's dad started to believe in her gifts when started helping him solve cases (he was a cop). Now that Charley is grown she has her own private detective business but still uses her powers to help out the police on cases.
The story is very interesting...starting out with explaining Charley and who she is and what she can do as she's sucked in to a case where 3 lawyers are all killed on the same night. Charley helps her uncle (who's a cop) investigate but she does it with her (trademark it seems) sarcasm and attitude paving the way. Charley tends to be rather sarcastic and has an "I don't care" attitude because she's gone through hell most of her life due to her powers. No matter that some people accept them, most don't and tend to regard her with suspicion and anger because she can do things they don't understand. Charley faces the hate and distrust with a dry wit and attempts at levity which give the story a humorous feel at times. It's not usually a LOL humor but there's a definite undertone of humor in the story. There is a romance storyline with Reyes but he's a mystery when the story begins (even to Charley) so it takes a while to figure out how things will go between him and Charley. The story definitely shows a strong connection between them and I liked where things are going but the relationship is still in a state of flux at the end of the book. The action plot gets wrapped up nicely though and things are looking promising for Charley and Reyes so I was pretty happy with the end (even if it wasn't a HEA).
I really enjoyed this story. I liked Charley a lot and found her to be a very interesting and fun character. I liked the secondary cast of characters as well and the author's writing style so I'm looking forward to trying more of her work. Overall, this was a really good urban paranormal romance. I'd recommend it. :D