Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review: The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Publication Date: 6/28/2016
Series: Charley Davidson #10
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Official Blurb: 

As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well… 

I want to start off by saying thank you to Darynda’s publisher for sending me a paperback review copy of Tenth Grave.  It was an honor to receive an early copy of this book.

As a longtime fan of this series, I knew instantly that I wanted to read this book when it was announced. 9th Grave left us with such a troublesome cliff hanger for our favorite Son of Satan and Grim Reaper power couple, and it nearly made me die inside knowing how long I would have to wait until book 10. Reyes’ origin may not be so simple and the possibilities and dangers that this revelation entailed could potentially be a series game changer.

And, holy hell, was it.  Tenth Grave isn’t just about solving one of many cases that fall in Charley’s lap, her sick and twisted humor, or even the scorching hot romance between her and Reyes.  This book is completely and utterly about Reyes’ origins.  Being the Son of Satan is one thing, but as the last book revealed, he is so much more.  Not only does he pose a threat to Charley, but Beep as well.  Charley struggles with the secrets that she has to play close to her heart and that brings along an entirely new set of problems that can only be solved in one way, Cookie’s box.  Now, if I told you what that entailed, well, that would be a spoiler.  This one is something that you will need to be surprised about to appreciate it the way it should be.

Tenth Grave does come equipped with Jones’ standard running jokes, gags, steamy romance, and heart-pounding action, but the pivotal scene for me in this book comes far outside of the normal running emotional triggers.  This scene in particular is heart-warming and yet heart breaking all at the same time.  You’ll be smiling while you cry big, fat, ugly cry tears. The emotional turmoil I went through in such a few short chapters left me in a book funk for nearly over a week now. 

That being said, I loved this book, but even with the book hangover, I still felt like something was off.  Maybe it was the way the book was laid out with its plot or just the mood I was in while I read it, but there was just something missing for me.  Even now, I cannot put my finger on what was bugging me about this book so that should reassure you hardcore fans out that it may entirely just have been my mood.

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