Friday, May 6, 2016

Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light

Fifth Grave Past the Light
by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #5)
Published July 9th 2013 by St Martin's Press

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's 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.  
I started this series years ago and really, I've been dragging it out because I know if I'd binged on the series the hangover would have been severe.  This happens to be the perfect kind of series to draw out since it's ridiculously easy to fall back into the world; reuniting with the characters as effortless as getting together with an old friend. That being said, now that I've read Fifth Grave Past the Light, I'm feeling a strong urge to marathon all the rest of the books! In case you couldn't tell, I had a blast reuniting with Charley and following her on yet another adventure.

Before I go further with my review, I have to say that Darynda Jones does a wonderful job catching the reader up on what went down previously, without it feeling like repetition.  It's a beautiful thing!  I was effortlessly reminded of all the key plot points and was able to settle back into the flow of the story with ease.  Alright, moving on: I felt like Fifth Grave Past the Light was a particularly strong offering in the Charley Davidson Series. It's not that it was perfect, more like it was the perfect book for my mood.  I laughed out loud, as I always do with these books - Charley's snark entertains me like you wouldn't believe.  As a grim reaper/private investigator, her life is always interesting to say the least.  As before, I love the mix of mystery and paranormal and how they seamlessly blend together in a wholly believable way.  The plot is always solid because there's so many aspects to explore. Ghosts seeking Charlie's help for some unfinished business or simply to befriending her, human clients seeking her out for her investigation skills.  Oh and the smoking hot son of Satan, who happens to live next door now.  Yup. Never a dull moment!

I think my favorite part of the series are the characters and the relationships they have with one another. Charley is a girl I could legitimately be friends with.  Beyond her hilarious sass, she's funny, gutsy and feisty as hell. Her friendship with her neighbor/assistant Cookie is one of the best friendships around. Charley's love/hate relationship with Detective Swopes and Taft is always good for a laugh. Not to mention her Police Officer Uncle ''Ubie'', her father, her sister....and Reyes Farrow. One word? SWOON.  The sexual content here is very adult...and smouldering but it's also all kinds of awesome.  *fans self*

So we've got mysteries, the supernatural, a fabulous heroine, amazing friendships, and steamy sexy-times with a bad boy supreme. Anything else? Oh yeah - lots of feelings. I teared up more than once reading about a certain character's tragic past, and when ghosts reveal what happened to them *sniff* All in all? The Charley Davidson Series has got it all!  Fifth Grave Past the Light was a solid offering in the series. The second climax (of the story -heh) could have done with a bit more development but I honestly can't complain because this book delivered what it does best: entertainment!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

14 comments:

  1. I've had this series on my TBR forever and just have not made time for it but it sounds like such a fun series. I know I will love Charley. Great review!

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    1. Oh I think you'd really have fun with these Teresa^^ They're quick reads and lots of fun :) Charley's the best! Thank you ♥

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  2. I love how Charley and Cookie can always make me laugh. These are great books for me when I'm in a down mood. You're right, the friendships are the best part of this series. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I do too Melanie^^ Same here, they're the perfect pick me up, they have gotten me out of a slump more than once :) The relationships between characters are the best! Thank you!!

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  3. I really, really need to check out this series! Charley sounds EXACTLY like my kind of heroine; I never get tired of snark, lol. I'm happy to hear that 5 books in, the series is still fresh and funny and . . . hot! XD

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    1. Oh man, I think you'd love these as much as I do Lee! Charley is freaking hilarious XD Yeah, I'd say that this series keeps getting better and better hehe!

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  4. Oh, you temptress, Micheline! I have only read the first three books in this series, and I've really enjoyed them! Funny, hot, filled with action, and the friendships, too, make this series so good. Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Hahahaha^^ For some reason, I thought you were up to the fourth book in the series Lexxie! Anyway, I hope you get to read more in the series soon :) Thank you ♥

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  5. More Darynda Jones! I have not read anything by her. I love that you are dragging the series out - nothing wrong with that! I see you mentioned "sexy-times" - that phrase alone is enough to interest me. ;) Lovely review, Micheline!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. LOL! I just can't stand the thought of finishing the series quick and then having it be over O.O At least...until the next one releases! Oh man, yeah the sexy-times here are legendary :D Thanks Alyssa and I hope you check out the series soon!

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  6. I love how much you love this series! And I'm glad each instalment is never a disappointment for you, more of a return to a good friend :) I can easily see why someone could binge read the series no problem!

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    1. Thanks Aylee^^ It really is like reuniting with an old friend :) Falling back into the world and it's characters is as easy as falling asleep!

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  7. I have had this series on my to read list for what feels like forever. I have every intention of starting it at least this year. I'm glad you mention that the 'previously on' in the beginning is done so well. I like it when an author can catch you up without it getting boring. Also, love the idea of all these characters and this paranormal action happening all around. Excellent review!!

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    1. Oooh I hope you do at least start it this year Jaclyn! I could see you REALLY loving it too :D Yeah, Darynda is like an expert on bringing the reader back up to speed with minimal effort! I love it! Thank you ♥

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