If I could play editor, I would have eliminated all of the MANY unnecessary words. I mean, does she really have to write: "Honestly...," I said honestly. I couldn't get past all of the many instances where she tries to justify or explain something she just wrote as if my mind was to simple to understand what she'd just written.
This author had a good idea and the story had so much potential, but she would often write as if she was writing for teens or younger. This is definitely not for the reader that is expecting well written sentences or believable/clever dialogue.
Ha ha Funny, Exhilarating and devilishly sexy.
Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series.
The pitch of Charley's voice when she is talking to Reyes.
I’ve owned First Grave on the Right on audio for what feels like FOREVER, but for some very stupid reason I didn’t read it until it came up as a selection for book club. Well thank goodness that made me read it! There was absolutely nothing about First Grave on the Right that I didn’t love – but I’m giving it 4.5 stars because I wasn’t quite blown away enough to push it to 5.
Charley is nothing like I expected – she’s THE Grim Reaper, that comes with certain dark, badass expectations. Even though that’s not her at all, I adore her. She gets into loads of trouble (she’s not exactly a badass LOL) and has a really sarcastic and somewhat inappropriate sense of humor. As in snark overload. But you love that, right? I know I adore a grim reaper that names her boobs “Danger” and “Will Robinson”!
Charley also has a HUGE heart. Having a heart like hers could be a liability when you have to deal with death so frequently, and it kind of is for Charley – remember all the trouble she gets into? – but I loved that she doesn’t let some pretty horrendous things keep her from caring.
And I just loved her dynamic with her best friend – Cookie. Cookie is Charley’s assistant at her private investigation firm, but she’s also just a GREAT friend. Charley’s life is far from normal and Cookie just excepts it. Sure she freaks out and mothers Charley when Charley almost gets herself killed (notice a theme –> Charley gets into a lot of trouble), but that’s what a good friend does.
And then there’s Reyes. So when I heard his name, I thought, “Ohhhh Reyes!” Needless to say I’ve heard all about Reyes but I didn’t realize he belonged to this series. Yes, I like Reyes. He earned some sighs from me too. But he didn’t illicit the reaction I thought he would, given the hype. That’s okay, because I still really like him and I’m super curious about him – he’s a bit of a twist in the plot all on his own, so I can’t say much without being spoilery.
The way this world works is neat – grim reaping is nothing like I expected. Charley has an awful lot of ghosts around her and I found myself thinking, “aren’t you supposed to reap those souls?” But it doesn’t work that way – Charley is really just that bright light souls pass through. They have to choose to pass through her – so she’s more of a gate than an actual active soul collector.
I really enjoyed First Grave on the Right and look forward to reading more. If you’re one of the few out there that haven’t read it like me – I’d recommend it, especially if you enjoy snark, a bit of paranormal woo-woo, a light (almost cozy) mystery, and some sexy fun! And I’d definitely recommend it on audio – Lorelei King nailed it! I think the personalities, humor, and snark really came to life BECAUSE if her reading. This will be audio only for me, for sure!
Say something about yourself!
First Grave on the Right is witty, enjoyable with an interesting premise. The main character is sarcastic (which I really like) and I found Ms. King to be a perfect fit as a narrator. A bit too much romance for me but overall, not bad.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I was browsing looking for a new author. I have several books with Lorelei King as narrator and decided to give Darynda Jones a try. I only purchased First Grave. Before the book was completed, I purchased books 2 and 3 with my monthly credits. This is a fun book. I enjoyed the characters. It was fun discovering this author. As always I enjoy Lorelei King's narrations. I strongly recommend this book.
It was fun and light with just enough dark to avoid being too sweet and flippant. I need to remember some of the characters' one liners for my own life!
Her use of different voices for characters made each one distinct and recognizable. She brought a lot of energy to her reading.
Quirky in death and love
I love that she is a funny girl that doesn't take things to seriously. she a grimm reaper with a sense of humar
Death by laughter!
This was a great read and i'm so glad i found another series to read. After the sookie stackhouse series had ended it was needed to find another story similar and i'm so glad i finally found one. This is a great story that has so much potential to see where it goes. Light harded, romance with a mystery twist! GREAT LISTEN
Say something about yourself!
The main character is fantastic. Her witty and sarcastic sense of humor makes the book. I love mystery fantasy and this book sure delivers. It's got a great story line, interesting characters and underlying secrets to be solved. I will definitely be listening to the whole series now.
I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.
At first I was pleased enough with this story, but then half way through I gave it up. The plot was laid out in a strangely scattered way that didn't do much for the tension building element of a mystery. There were lots of jokes and similes that really fell flat. There were some pretty sketchy plot devices. And then there was the sex scene which happened all of a sudden between a woman and a ghost, when the woman had been in mid conversation with like four people who were forced to stand there and watch as all the very intimate acts happened right in front of them, which was just repulsive for some reason. I thought the central concepts were cool and could have really worked. This would have been fun if it had been done with more skill. After I put it down, all I was left with was the impression of a main character who told lots of jokes, about 20% of which landed, and who never really had her personality expounded on much more than that, and lots of events in her life which seemed kind of unrelated.