Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review: The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

Publication Date: 1/12/2016
Series: Charley Davidson Series #9
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb:

In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

As if I could love this series any more, Darynda Jones takes Charley and her crazy antics and kicks them up three levels higher.  I have always wondered what it was like for Charley growing up with her grim and ghostly abilities. It couldn’t have been easy discovering the crazy woman in the corner is actually a ghost and no one else can see or talk to them, but her.  Getting to see this new side of a very unsure and amnesiac Charley really refreshed her as a character. I love that it was almost like going back to the very beginning in Charley’s story. 

And of course, you get to see Reyes and Charley’s romance blossom all over again.  A love like Reyes and Charley’s is transcendent over time and for them to have to do it all over again made me swoon just as hard as the first time. Reyes really surprised me with his patience amongst other non-son of the devil-like virtues. He was rough around the edges yet sweet when he knew revealing everything would be too much for her.  I honestly have to admit that I think I fell harder for him in this book than I did in earlier books just because we get to see a completely different side of him.

With receiving such an early review copy, I can’t give too much away because with a book this good you don’t want to spoil it.  Jones has taken her exciting and hilariously funny series and delivered an action packed yet romantically heartbreaking novel.  Charley really grew as a character in this book and the foreshadowing to the next book nearly left me in tears.  There is so much left for Charley and Reyes to face that I even wonder how they will survive book #10.  To say the least, I REALLY need the next book like… tomorrow!

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