Book Review – Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) by Darynda Jones

May 30, 2014 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2014 3 Comments

Book Review – Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) by Darynda JonesSixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #6
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 20th 2014
Pages: 352
Genres: Funny-ha-ha, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Amazon
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Also by this author: First Grave on the Right, For I Have Sinned, Second Grave on the Left

three-half-stars

Sometimes I wrestle my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.
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Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow—but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins. First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a Deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can’t get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the Twelve Beasts of Hell are unleashed…

Sixth Grave on the Edge is the sixth Charley Davidson novel from bestselling author Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson series

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) {PurchaseMy Review}
Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2) {Purchase}
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3) {Purchase}
For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson, #3.5) {Free Online Read – My Review}
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) {PurchaseMy Review}
Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5) {PurchaseMy Review}

“Charley brings out the worst in all of us. It’s not her fault.”
“He’s right,” I said. “I have a condition.”

Charley’s back and busier than ever. She’s investigating a case of child abduction for the FBI and the child is none other than Reyes Farrow. She’s forced into finding a witness scheduled to testify after armed gunmen break into her home and threaten her. She’s helping a man get his soul back after he lost it in a poker game, trying to figure out why her dad is acting so mysterious and also dealing with her other full-time of being a grim reaper. Charley certainly has her hands full.

I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels having a new Charley Davidson book to read. I won’t likely ever be complaining that this series has gone on for far too long because Charley is such an entertaining and snarky character with some of the most hilariously witty lines I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. She’s up to her same shenanigans, going outside of her way to help people to her own detriment, but this is the Charley we’ve all grown to know and love.

​”Imagine a canvas bathed completely in black. Only black. There is no shape. No purpose other than to bring darkness. Then splash on a brilliant white. Add some reds and blues, some yellows and greens. Suddenly it has meaning. It has a reason to exist. That is what you have to my world.”

Charley and Reyes is one of my favorite aspects of this series. <3 The steaminess continues and I love how well-developed and non-corny their romance is written. It’s authentic and genuine and you can feel the emotions that the two have for each other radiate off the page.

Such as how it was in Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave manages to somehow end on an even bigger shocker of a cliffhanger. As much as I despise cliffhangers though, this one has much more to do with the main storyline and gives me hope that the books will begin focusing on that aspect more. Plus, we only have six short months until Seventh Grave and No Body is released so I suppose I can scrounge up some patience.

As much as I enjoyed this installment, because come on it’s Charley after all, it felt very filler-y. There wasn’t nearly as much progression in the ongoing grim-reaper storyline as I would have liked and there was not only too much time spent on the side mysteries but there were far too many of them that became a bit convoluted. There were also many questions introduced but not a lot of answers. Charley is forever a favorite of mine but Sixth Grave on the Edge felt unfortunately like the weakest installment yet.

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