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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3)Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

Books Stats:
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Hardcover: 310 pages
Publisher: St Martins Press
Release date: January 31st, 2012

Series: Charlene Davidson #3

Source: Personal Shelf

Reviewed by: Christine

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Charley Davidson—grim reaper extraordinaire, private investigator . . . meh—is practicing her profession under the influence, caffeine and copious amounts of it, due to an extreme desire to induce insomnia. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan, is there. Only thing is, he's a tad peeved. She did bind for all eternity, so it's hard blame him. But 13 days without a wink is bound to bring out the crazy in a girl. So when she accepts a missing persons case, she discovers that her focus is sketchy at best. But a woman's life hangs in the balance, and Charley fights her ADD tendencies to find her.Together with the help of her fashion-impaired receptionist, Charley sets out to bring the bad guys to justice and to single-handedly make bloodshot, sleep deprived eyes the newest fashion trend.

The third book in Daynda Jones´s Charley Davidson series picks up right where the second book left us. Due to the events that happened at the end of the last book, Charley tries her best to avoid Reyes, even if it means no sleep in fourteen days.

All of you who know Charley also know that she is really funny even in a well rested state. But being sleep deprived makes her absolutely hilarious. There are so many funny quotes I could share with you, but trust me, it´s better you read the book yourself! Charley´s character definitely sets her apart from all those heroines you know in other urban fantasy or paranormal romance novels. Her sometimes random behavior and the fact that she does not take herself too serious are refreshing and endearing.

If possible, some of the secondary characters Darynda Jones has created are even more endearing than Charley. I have to admit that I have a huge girl crush on Cookie, who never pales in comparison to Charley.
After the last book, I was pretty excited to find out who was behind the mysterious email Charley got and boy was I surprised when I found out. I would have never ever seen that one coming!

There are several story lines in the book, one missing person case, one case that introduces a biker gang as new characters and the main story arc, concerning Reyes and Charley´s gifts. Like in every previous books, the missing person case is gripping and I can´t wait to see what Miss Jones has planned for the biker gang she introduces in Third Grave Dead Ahead.

But as always, I´m most fascinated by the relationship between Charley and Reyes. We get a few new tidbits about that as well as about Charley´s abilities in general. The end of the book is once more a huge turning point for her. She has to grow to deal with the aftermath of everything that happens in this book and I, for one, can hardly wait to see what´s up next for Charley.

By now, I guess you can tell that I loved this book. If you love paranormal stories that are truly funny without trying too hard, this book is a must read for you. If you don´t, I´m asking you to read it, because trust me, you will love it!

So, has anybody else fallen in love with this series? Do you enjoy those shirt slogans and bumper stickers as much as I do? Where is a sexy son of Satan when you need one? =)

Read an excerpt here.


Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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10 People left their mark' :

  1. Sorry that it's posted under my name, we had some technical difficulties!

  2. Every time I see a review for this series I get all happy! I LOVE Darynda's books!!! I'm like 50 pgs away from finishing this book! I adore everything about it! :-)

    1. I´m a huge fan as well! I´m already curious about her upcoming YA book!
      The end of the book could change so much... maybe you can let me know when you´re finished, I´d love to hear what you think about it!

  3. I am dying to read this book but I'm holding out till I finish a big project I'm working on. Must not cave. Must not cave. I'm going to end up caving.

    1. Believe me, I know the feeling! =) I kept coming up with excuses to read this book even though I should have been studying for my exams! It was totally worth it!

  4. I've never read this series but it sounds interesting. Great review Christine!

  5. Great review! I love, love, love this series! One of my fav's! I'm also really looking forward to her new YA series. And yes, the chapter bumper sticker/t-shirt quotes are great :-)

  6. I have read the first book, and the shory after that one, and I started the second book, when something interrupted. But did she not start the second book sleep deprived as well? I will keep reading this series, it sure is different and fun.

  7. I've read the first two and liked them, but I'm not a big fan. As long as the library gets them, I'll read them.