Series narrator Lorelei King returns to narrate Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, the latest installment of Darynda Jones' New York Times best-selling paranormal series.
My entire life can be summed up in one sentence: "Well, that didn't go as planned." (T-shirt)
A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, errant wives, missing people, philandering business owners, and, oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people.
As a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. Now Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, will Charley be able to defeat the ultimate evil and find a way to have her happily ever after after all?
©2017 Darynda Jones (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
I love this series I received an early kindle copy from net galley that I devoured in one day. Then as soon as it came out I ordered the audible version because I love listening to Ms. King bring Charley to life. This does end on a cliff hanger which surprisingly I'm okay with because it means Ill get Charley an Reyes in the future.
I absolutely freaking love this book!
Rated 1-5 stars w/ 5 being the best (Audible ratings)
Overall: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story: 5 Stars
Well, I have loved every book in the series and am totally addicted to it. The gang is all here: Charley, Reyes, Ubie, Cookie, Osh, and Amber. The only one missing was Charley’s sister Gemma.
As usual the humor was sprinkled throughout the book. I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Three of my favs are:
“She has moments when she seems stable, but then so does nitroglycerin.”
“Thank God I don’t have to hunt for my food. I don’t even know where tacos live.”
“I never said I’d die without coffee. I said other people would”
For some reason this book seemed to move along at a faster pace than the earlier ones. I enjoyed it, but it was different.
The ENDING. I knew when the scene started, it would be the ending...the cliffhanger ending that Darynda so expertly writes. Still... It caught me by surprise.
As always Miss Lorelei King did absolutely perfect job narrating the book!!! I totally love how she does each voice and makes the characters come alive. She is my absolute favorite female narrator. Any book she does is magical!
Did I mention that I absolutely freaking love this book!
I love this series and have much respect for Darynda Jones' ability as a visioner of stories. Sometimes Charlie's dialogue is overly fraught with cliches. It stops being funny and drags on the storyline. Jus sayin, but thanks. Again I am a fan.
I am a blogger for Sheila's Book Corner. There isn't a moment that goes by that I am not reading or listening to a book.
This series gets better and better. Darynda and Lorelei give us characters like no other. I always look forward to their release. Flawless performance by Lorelei and fantastic story by Darynda. You will be sucked into Charley's world of hysterical craziness and fall in love with it all begging for more. This series is A MUST HAVE IN YOUR AUDIBLE LIBRARY.
Warning- brief spoiler at the end of the paragraph. I started this review with two chapters left because I just couldn't not after finishing chapter 19. I've listened to every book in this series and realized by book two how similar this character is to Stephanie Plum and not in a good way. Both characters are made for fun adventure, however for a series and one that occasionally gets serious, if the characters don't grow- don't learn- then you are writing the same book over and over again. While Charlie has an Anita Blake way of growing- gaining powers- it still leaves her lacking because she doesn't seem to grow as a person or have much of a brain. In each book and this one especially, it seems the character doesn't value herself. In each book, people tell her enough that I, as the read, can put the pieces together and realize what she is capable of, but she doesn't. These books are written from her perspective so we are taking in the same information. She has to be stabbed, murdered, or family and friends have to be seriously hurt or die for her to get the basics. And in this one she- SPOILER- walks around with a child searching for fanatics with guns! And while she may be able to protect the child in the abstract, she just came out of a similar situation and only until Reyes tells her the same thing he was telling her a chapter or two ago does it even partially click.
The character of Charlie Davidson or maybe the inability to write a good story that isn't completely dependant on a character doing truly stupid stuff to move the plot forward. I think she made a character that acts purposely as if she is not the sharpest tool in the shed and doesn't value herself. She seems to value Reyes and Beep seems to come in a close second. But it seems that for the story to continue and to get the dramatics that occur, Charlie has to think up and then follow through with some of the stupidest ideas and basic common sense doesn't kick in until after it's all over. She can't figure anything out (especially her powers) when she's in trouble, but if it's Reyes- she levels up and comes out it realizing her power is just as great as everyone around her has been saying for the past three books. And all the better if Reyes saves her.
Ms. King did what she does best- bring the characters to life. And unfortunately, it really clarifies the glaring issues with the character of Charlie. Not that she's the only one, but she is the primary character that we see everything through.
Annoyance; Mild humor; Disappointment; that same here we go again feeling; and for the first time, I actually yelled- "Dumb B*t&%!" Because really!!??! So, a little anger.
Please Ms. Jones, this is a successful series, no doubt! But, please consider allowing your character to grow. Don't fall into the same pit as LKH and JE and their characters have. NR (writing as JDR) managed to pull Eve Dallas, mostly, out of that pit. Consider doing the same. No one wants you to become one of the writers with a series that has outlasted the character. Fighting!!!
Those sexual moments! Wowsa....
Can't go wrong with Lorelei King!!!!
So many moments. The whole story is good.
Listen to the entire series!!!!!
It's never enough! I wish these books were longer. I laugh, cry, and struggle with my emotions the entire time! This is on my top 2 favorite series for sure! It's sexy, dramatic, funny, and fierce!
The good news is this book/listen is one of the best yet in the series. The bad news, we have to wait for 12th grave to be published/recorded. Darynda Jones please 🙏🏼, please 🙏🏼 get us Charlie's book 12 ASAP🤞🏼🤞🏼Inquiring minds can't wait to know what happens next...Your Faithful Fan
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