Sunday, November 11, 2012

Reviews by Shieka:First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right
Darynda Jones
Publisher: February 1,2011
Published:St Martin's Press
Series: Book 1 in Charley Davidson Series
Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and TBD
Source: Purchased
  A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper
Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.
I have to say I have been meaning to read this one for a while and now I have to ask myself what was I waiting on. I loved this book. It was just amazing on so many levels. Charley is one of the best female heroines I have run across in a long time. She is smart,witty,powerful,snarky and oh did I mention she can see the dead. Yes that's right Charley is a Grim Reaper but you can through out all thoughts you have of Grim Reapers as she is completely different. She does everything in her own awesome style. Charley is also a PI that leads to lots of funny moments too.I think one of my favorite things about this book was all the funny as heck quotes. I found myself crying from laughing so hard throughout this book.

The book also had plenty of action which is another thing I love in a great read. I think the other thing I loved came in the form of Reyes. Oh Reyes where do I begin with him. Let's just sum him up as sexy piece of man rolled into a mysterious package that  keeps you guessing. I loved his interactions with Charley and how she would seem to swoon so much around him. He just had such a calming effect on her. I loved too that Charley could truly be herself around him and he accepted her for what she was.

Charley had some awesome characters around her too in the form of Cookie who I also loved. I loved seeing these two bonded so well together and be true girlfriends. There are too many times when books show women not getting along but these two truly cared for and had each others back one hundred percent. I also liked Garrett too as it was fun to see Charley trying to explain to him what she was and what she could do. The way he interacted with her as if he wasn't sure if she was just crazy or was truly different was so funny at times.

Overall I loved this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series and so sad that I put it off for so long. I loved the action, case solving and paranormal elements of this book. They all combined together into creating a truly awesomesauce book that I highly recommend to others. If you haven't read this book yet you really need to stop everything and do so as you won't be disappointed. I have to thank the awesome ladies over at the Goodreads Paranormal with a Kick Group and Kim at Kimba the Caffineted Book Reviewer for all their lovely reviews and good thoughts on this that finally got me to read this one.

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  1. I have the paperback of this but haven't had time to read it yet

  2. This book sounds adding it to my TBR pile =]


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