Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high. (T-shirt)
Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.
When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer’s next target Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’ help. Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.
Charley Davidson is at it again in Fifth Grave Past the Light, the sexy, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny fifth installment of the New York Times best-selling series by Darynda Jones.
©2013 Darynda Jones (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
The story concept for this series is great... and I have stuck with it hoping the writer would grow up and drop the juvenile sarcasm... it gets very old and takes from the flow and quality of the book. The need to sound hip and in the moment is annoying too. Just write a good book... it's in there.. I'm just getting tired of weeding it out.
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! I can't wait for the next installment!
The progression in the romance between Charlie and Reyes. And finally some answers
Everything. I can't imagine this series being narrated by someone else. She does such a fantastic job of drawing you into the story and bringing the characters to life.
It made me laugh and brought tears to my eyes at points.
I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a great read (or listen)
"These are fists of fury. They will get close. You'll feel the air as they swoosh by you. You'll stand in awe of their speed and accuracy, but if you move, you lose. You still up for this? Speak now or forever hold your peace."
-Charlie Davidson, Fifth Grave Past the Light
The fifth installment in this sensational series, Darynda works her magic to create the caffeine-filled and ADD-riddled life of Charlie Davidson. The series takes place where the fourth book leaves off and readers can expect the signature Charlie Davidson's world-wind of what-the-heck-have-you-gotten-yourself-into situations, humorous dialogues, and- be still my heart- Reyes Alexander Farrow.
Fans of this series will absolutely adore this book with Charlie being Charlie, the drool-worthy Reyes being even more alluring and irresistible (is that even possible?), and the rock solid supporting cast all gather to make this book a huge hit. Not to mention the fact that we get more insight as to Charlie and Reyes' role in the grand scheme of things and a sweet (and freaking HOT) progression in their relationship. My only regret in reading this book is that I devoured it too quickly. Like Paula Dean with a pound of butter, I was over zealous and lacked self-control. I think I see a run of the entire series back-to-back in the near future.
Note: the beginning quote was taken from a scene that had me laughing so hard I cried and nearly pissed my pants. Don't you just love stories that have that kind of power?
Narrator: Lorelei King
As always, King nails it! Depicting Charlie's voice spot on, delivering her witty humor with perfect inflection and timing. King also does a fantastic job with the other characters, changing her voice enough to add distinction to the various characters while keeping it consistent for the recurring cast members throughout the series. I love that King has narrated all of the series thus far. Please don't ever change it!
This is definitely a detective novel with a supernatural twist for women—unless you guys like reading about hot and steamy bedroom scenes. I have read all of Darynda Jones's novels in this series so far and I absolutely love her quirky character, The Grim Reaper, aka Charlie Davidson, private detective extraordinaire. Charlie isn't your run of the mill P.I. She sees and speaks to dead people for whom she solves crimes. Add her boyfriend Rayas Farrow (incredibly handsome & powerful son of Satan) and Darynda Jones's supernatural twists get even more exciting. Mix in all the above and you have some enjoyable reading that makes you want more and more of her adventures. I recommend it highly to anyone who doesn't easily confuse reality with fantasy.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the fifth book in the Charley Davidson series. Right now there are ten books in the series with the eleventh book (Eleventh Grave in Moonlight) expected to release in Jan 2017. These book just keep getting better and better. I absolutely loved this book and could not stop listening to it! This review will have some spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books in the series.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobooks for this series have been fantastic. King does an awesome job of sounding just like I imagine Charley would. She also does great with other character voices and with portraying emotion. This is one of my favorite book series to listen to on audiobook.
With Reyes living down the hall from Charley things have really started to heat up between the two of them...in the physical realm this time. However, Charley gets distracted from this when the terrified ghosts of dead blond women start showing up in her apartment. When the number of dead women gets to the point where Charley can barely walk through her apartment Charley knows she has to figure out what is going on quickly.
We learn a lot more about what happened to Garrett Stokes in Hell in this book as well, which was nice. Additionally we find out a lot more truths behind what Charley and Reyes actually are and what their purpose is. Things are really starting to build and it looks like a supernatural war may be on the horizon.
There are so many awesome characters in this series; I enjoy reading about them all. I love the world and love how we keep learning more and more about the alternate world Charley is from.
The story continues to get more complex and interesting with each book. I love that there are individual mysteries solved in each novel and that there is also a larger story arc that is built on in each book...this my absolutely favorite type of urban fantasy to read.
Overall this was a fantastic addition to the series. This series just keeps getting better and better and shows no signs of slowing down. I would highly recommend to those who enjoy humorous urban fantasy with a lot of action. I absolutely love this series and can’t wait to read the next book in it.
omg what else can happen in this story.. this story was pretty great as well.. i like how more and more people are starting to know and accept Charlie ability. the way that she can speak to any and everyone is soo cool. I hate that she scared Rocket and threatened his sister, it was so not like her but I understand. finding out what all Garrett saw and went through made a lot of sense when trying to figure out what will happen the Reyes and Charlie, it answered questions about their past too. now things from books 1 to 4 are starting to be clearer. I like how her team is getting stronger and larger I can't wait to see her build her army to fight Satan. I like these books because it is not all about Charlie and solving murders, there is soo much more. there is love, expense, action, and drama and it doesn't all have to deal with charlie. I am curious to see if we learn more about Nickey who sees people's murders before they happen.
I am a Mystery person all the way. Really enjoy Mystery's with humor.
I don't know if audio is better in print, but I do know this is one book (series) that I will try both!
I was on the edge of my seat all the way through. It was the humor and the interactions of the characters.
I REALLY enjoy Lorelei Kings narration. I have gotten other books because she was the narrator.
this series is GERAT. it is a MUST
The narrator is excellant. The story entertaing. I would have given a 5 star rating for story but all the explicit sex was unnecessary, and frankly, I'm sick of it .
Darynda Jones is a master at blending suspense, paranormal, romance, & witty writing into a intricate plot guaranteed to keep you hooked. I have read and re-read this series multiple times as well as listened to these audiobooks over & over. Lorelei King does a fantastic job at voicing not only Charley but the series many supporting characters. This is a series you'll never regret purchasing.
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