Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A creative series start, at first hard to believe a Grim Reaper as a main character, but, by the end she became a believable facet. I felt attached and involved with her as she made her way through the mystery behind three murders. Charley is a matter of fact girl that has known of many of her capabilities since birth. She uses her abilities to do private detective work and is an important source to her Uncle, a detective with the police dept.
I enjoyed the story and characters but found myself having trouble getting through the book. I could not help dozing off every time I returned to listen. The story was good enough so maybe it was the narrators voice or my timing. Lorelei King did a good job and had believable voices.
I will continue with the series. I think the story was just really getting started by the end of the book, but can stand on its own as well. Good listen, from the reviews a great series to come.
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
This book was SO freaking annoying! It had a great premise, some likable characters but the story was ruined by both the writer and the narrator.
I like all kind of books, I am totally capable of suspending reality but my eyes hurt from how many times I rolled them while listening to this book! Cliche after bad cliche kept interrupting what could have been a great book! I felt on multiple occasions that the author was trying to channel Buffy the vampire slayer humor...but if your not Joss Whedon it just comes off as stupid!
The worst one was probably "I tried anger management once but the instructor really pissed me off!"....and in between every chapter was a tshirt or bumper sticker quote which also resulting in mega eye rolling....it got so aggravating I wanted to just throw my phone and scream ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!! Cheesy moronic lines just ruined this book for me, then the narrator gave an over the top performance like a game show host or something and the combination had me wanting to throw up!
If it goes on sale for $5 it MIGHT be worth it if you can stomach the cheese factor, but not worth a credit OR the price!
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I have recommended this book to EVERYONE! I love the humor, characters, story line, boys (Shamar Moore plays Swopes in my head), and mostly the boys.
Danger Will Robinson
Although I've read this book several times before, this was my first listen. I can't get enough of these characters. All of them are amazing and Lorelei King really brings them to life.
READ THIS BOOK!
Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Book Review Blogger.
First Grave on the Left is a witty combination of clichés, one-liners and stereotypes; add well-written characters and an original storyline to the mix, and you can’t help but call Darynda Jones’ debut novel a raging success. Grim Reapers are quickly becoming one of my favourite supernaturals and this book went a long way towards bumping them further up my list. I’d even go so far as to say that they currently rank second, right under werewolves and you all know how much I love them! I was as intrigued by the plot line of this novel as I was entertained by Jones’ side-splitting humour. As a result, this entire series has become a must-read for me.
With a name like Charley Davidson you pretty much have no choice but to have a sarcastic side to your personality; having to constantly deal with smart-aleck comments about your name tends to do that to a person. I should know. That point aside, I found that her overall character was incredibly thought out and after only one book I felt like I walked away really knowing her. I’m positive that she still has a lot more to share with readers but Jones does a phenomenal job conveying Davidson’s complexity in just one installment. My first impression of Charley was “boy does she have a mouth on her!” but later on it became apparent that her snark is actually a defense mechanism. No one told her how to be a Reaper and it’s difficult for her to get close to anyone because if she shares too much they usually think she’s nuts. Underneath the surface Davidson is compassionate, fearless and has an innate sense of justice which makes her a stand up gal in my books.
There are three engaging plotlines in First Grave on the Left that are guaranteed to keep you interested. Charley’s investigating the murder of 3 lawyers, trying to figure out her Reaper side and then there’s the mystery that is Reyes Farrow. You’d think that with this many competing plotlines the story would get a bit muddled but Darynda isn’t just gifted in the area of character development, she’s also a natural at storytelling. I loved all of the ghosts that Davidson encounters in this book; they’re quirky and just plain funny. There’s her crazy aunt who likes making “coffee”, the evil demon child, the weird guy in the corner who Charley’s named Mr. Wong, and of course the 3 lawyers. The other secondary characters are also equally as enjoyable and last but not least there’s Reyes. Jones describes him in such a way that by the end I found myself drooling at the mere mention of his name. I highly doubt that this is the last we’ll see of him and thank god for that!
In the span of just one book Darynda Jones went from being a previously unknown author to me to an absolute must read. This novel also allowed me to discover Lorelei King as a narrator and I immediately became an insta-fan of hers. She reads the story like it was written for her and is the perfect voice for Charley’s brand of humour. First Grave on the Right is a brilliant first installment; now on to Second Grave on the Right!
The criteria for me to buy a new authors book is generally from the other reviews. In this case they were generally encouraging so I got the first book to check it out.
If you enjoyed Patricia Briggs, Mercy Thompson and Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels, you will love Charley Davidson!
Well written, quirky and entertaining. I have gone back for the other 3 books in the series.
I am really enjoying my journey with this new character, she rocks!!
Good work Darynda Jones, can't wait for more.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1, by Darynda Jones proves to be another great partnership for Lorilei King. I was first introduced to her narration by Janet Evonovich, who authored the Stephanie Plum Series – which I really enjoy. Now, LK is narrating for Darynda Jones in this fun, sexy, mystery, First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1! This series is slightly reminiscent of JE’s Stephanie Plum. Both She and Charley Davidson are charming, witty, adorable young women who are involved in law-enforcement related fields. The main difference being that Charley sees dead people. But, DJ is able to even bring these ghostly characters to life, so to speak, and make them charming as well. Definitely credit worthy! Enjoy!
Just a book fool.
While this book is quite charming (in parts) and occasionally "laugh out loud" funny, at the end of the day we just didn't click. The actual plot line is a little weird and sometimes difficult to follow.
I have zero interest in book two or three or any other book that might be related to this one. NO, I did not hate it, and I might even recommend it. This book just wasn't my thang.
THIS IS A VERY GOOD STORY LINE. LOVED IT. WAS AT THET EDGE OF MY SEAT WANTING MORE TIME TO LISTEN SEVERAL TIMES. TURNS AND TURNS IN THE STORY. I'M HOOKED.
I love to listen to audiobooks. It is great when the narrators get into the story and really bring the characters to life.
This book was surprising. Loved Charley! This was an interesting and entertaining read. I will be getting the other books in this series! The narrator was great as well.
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.