If not for all the sex maybe a teenage girl.
I would not have written it in first person.
Not sure the book was just so bad.
The whole thing. I would have made the
The main character was a spastic, self centered, childish, ADD, mutt with the maturity of a 5 yr old. Really annoying, from the start of the book to the end she did not grow or show me any reason to read the next book.
I had trouble getting into this story from the start. The main character, Charley, is just not very believable, or likable. Her interactions with other characters feel like they're thrown together with a bunch of one liners that are supposed to make you laugh without really adding anything to the story line or development of the characters. It feels the same with her so called love interest too. A man she’s met, once as a teen, who has all of a sudden (10+ years later) started visiting her dreams to molest her every night… please! I wasted my time and money. You could get a concussion trying to dive into this story!
Willy Wonka of it
This book had a decent premise, and the setup for the series at the end of the book was also decent. It had some things I would consider MAJOR distractions though.
Firstly, the author penned the protagonist as sort of a ditzy, yet "witty" gung-ho gal. Well, she comes across as childish (in her "jokes") and naive (in how she's always stupidly putting herself in danger -- it's not like she has any uncommon skill (that she knows of) when it comes to going up against bad guys).
Her constant mildly funny one-liners more often led to silent groans than smiles. There was more of that than actual story or character development, and honestly, it got annoying.
Then there's the "sex" part of the book. Now, I'm a male, so maybe this wasn't written for me, but I found the constant sexual talk a bit disturbing (add slutty to the protagonist's description), and even more so when **SPOILER**she not only kept letting a demon essentially rape her, but sought it out **end spoiler*. It was very off-putting and distracted from the story.
In all, this was a decent story, that shows some promise for a great series if the author can step it up a bit.
The story is told by Charlie Davidson, a mid-twenty year old, She claims private eye as her profession but it is difficult to discover how the recently deceased pay. This tale is more fantasy than even the TV show, Charlie is the grim reaper but belives she is something more that she cannot quite put her finger on (probably for a later book). Her boy friend, who rescues her on several occasions, is the son of the devil. Sometimes funny, always unbelievable, and laced with sarcastum this book carries a 'smart pants' overtone. I rated the title a 3 because it was good to branch out from my usual genres but I don't need any more of Charlie Davidson and will not listen to any more of the series.
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
I was really interested in the premise of this book having been a fan 'Dead Like Me'. I listened to almost the entire thing except for the last 20 minutes or so. Honestly I thought it would be more about her role as a Grim Reaper and what is her place on Earth. Why was she chosen? What is it that she actually does? How does it affect her corporeal life? What other types of paranormal experiences are there? Instead, other than very basic and predictable storylines ("My uncle is a successful cop since I can just ask the dead who killed them"- which actually would have made an interesting DLM episode though), being a Grim Reaper is really just an afterthought in this book. It is like the author wrote a run-of-the-mill steamy love story and then added the darker aspect of the book to make it a little different. The book is full of graphic sexual scenes, girl gossip about a hot guy, sibling rivalry, flirtations at work, and the life of a 'single gal'. Not at all about Grim Reaping or why or what or how. If I wanted a love story I would have shopped in Romance but I wanted something different and this came up when I searched "Paranormal". It is not a story dealing with the paranormal at all. If you're looking for something spooky or different you'll have to look somewhere else. If you want a romance then you'll probably be entertained by this book. I didn't finish the last chapter because it was going into another boring graphic sex scene and I just shut it off. I have no plans to buy the second in the series.
The idea is good and the book is entertaining at first. The storyline becomes profoundly melodramatic.
There are a LOT of books about women who happen to stumble on mysteries with a fair few of them having a paranormal twist - This one stands out, because the main character is really, really funny and likeable - she's very Stephanie Plum without being a clear knockoff. I also think that the narrator (who also voices Stephanie) is much better suited to this character. Totally worth the credit.
Old as dirt and a picky reader
King does a wonderful job of the voices bringing the story to life. It isn't my usual story genre I listen to and bought this because I liked King. The story itself was interesting and King was the icing. The story develops nicely and in a believable manner not requiring a suspension of disbelief once you accept the universe the story is set in. The main character develops as the story develops keeping pace. It's worth the listen if you like PI stories and fantasy stories.
What would have made First Grave on the Right better? Less fantasy sex; the “Big Bad” Not being Reyes but a benevolent persona; a truly interesting problem to solve instead of how to keep a brain-dead person on life-support
What could Darynda Jones have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you? Forget the whole concept of "son of the Satan;" that's offensive to millions of people who take Satan seriously. A love interest is great, but not one so far-fetched. Jones could have done a lot more interesting romantic stuff with the cop, and for her future reference, the most erotic and interesting "sex" scenes don't necessarily involve naked people between the sheets and a blow-by-blow description of action. If people want that they can read porn.
Loved the various dead people and the lawyers, and the interactions with them, but how smart can she (the protagonist) be if she couldn't outsmart the dead Aunt and figured out how to made coffee.
See? this is the main problem: I just finished this book yesterday, and the characters are SO forgettable I can't remember anyone name except Reyes, and that's because I thought his character was unnecessary and silly. Jones needs to create MEMORABLE characters that people love-- like Travis Magee, Odd Thomas, and Jack Reacher.
Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Lorelei King is a terrific narrator; her talents have nothing to do with the poor quality of the book.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities? This book has some witty parts and some good humor; the author makes good use of metaphor and simile. Too bad she didn't spend more time on a better plot.
I won't read another volume of this series.
This book had everything, action, love, a unique story line. Both the author and the reader made the story believable that it could happen in the real word, which was no small feat.