The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones #Review

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones #ReviewThe Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by St. Martin's Press on June 28, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A new installment in this addicting fantastic series?  Yes, please!  The series took a little detour to New York State in its last installment and clipped right along leaving some big series rattling reveals at the end.  I was eager to dive into this one to see what came next for Charley and the gang.

This is the tenth book of an ongoing series that really must be read in order.  Start at the beginning and prepared to get addicted yourself to this coffee downing, distractable, funny detecting grim reaper and her friends.

Charley is back home and after all that happened she needs some time of reflection, but does she get it?  Not hardly.  Charley is kept busy with a couple intriguing cases while her mind whirls on what she learned back in New York.  A slick ADA wants to extort her help for his friend up on charges of murder while a homeless girl is terrified that a curse will eventually kill her.  Reyes is reticent and distant making her wonder what secrets he keeps and what is wrong in their relationship.  Her recently revealed powers keep her on her toes.  A revealing video of her is getting lots of action on YouTube.  She misses Beep.  The gods that she needs to trap in the other dimension is a problematic situation, but it’s that child support receipt that Reyes paid causing her the most loss of sleep.

All in a days’ work for Charley.

This one like previous books offers a couple mysteries, Charley having some grim reaper action, and Charley finding trouble without trying along with her cat and mouse relationship game with the hot, dark Son of Satan she is married to.  But beyond that, things have gotten complicated as Charley’s true nature and past is revealed.  There are more revelations in this book about Charley, but most especially Reyes and even Rocket.  Didn’t see that stuff coming.

The reader has to be able to switch gears and keep up with Charley’s distractable nature.  There is so much going on.  Too much probably.  I kept up, but it was chancy a few times particularly since some story threads I found more interesting than others.  The blend of humor, mystery, paranormal, and passion is always well done, but I can’t help shaking my head at what thoughts and actions keep Charley busy.  I really had to chuckle over her priorities with all that she had going on.

I find Charley and Reyes’ relationship since their marriage not to have altered much.  They keep secrets from each other and go about their own plottings and way of doing things.  And holy cow was that champagne in bed scene a scorcher.  I enjoy watching them together and trying to still figure each other out.

The surrounding cast of endearing and adorable characters was a delight as always.  Cookie and Bob are a cute couple.  I loved that Charley made her rounds with them all particularly the ones who didn’t go to New York.  There were some interesting new characters that came into this book and I’ll be curious if they get to stay- please let the three geeky ghost hunters return.

And be prepared, that ending…it gives new meaning to abrupt.  And right after a statement like that.  Yes, the next book is required soon.

So, it was engaging and raced about in all sorts of crazy fun directions.  I had a good time and can only urge others to give Charley’s zany Urban Fantasy series a try.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #218 UF
Bad Boys #27

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • It’s awesome when a series you’ve been following for this many books don’t let you down.

    • Yes, for sure. I don’t expect every book to be a hit out of the park b/c that’s not realistic, but I do enjoy that this series is consistently pretty good and worth anticipating still.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh Sophia, I have seen this being raved about all over. I have VOWED to start this series this year and I ordered book one which should be arriving soon. Great review!!

    • Debbie, you are going to laugh until you wet your drawers. These are so fun. Look forward to seeing what you think. And each chapter header is a must-read. 🙂 I’m excited just b/c you get to experience Charley in all her zaniness for the first time.

  • Glad you loved this! It’s not my favorite of the series, but I’m so glad to be back with Charley and Reyes. I’m ready for number 11!

    • Me, too. I love the cast of characters, the humorous writing, and the whole world of Charley so it’s always a treat to snag the next one.

  • I’ve seen a lot of great reviews for this one recently. Seems like everyone has been reading this one.

    • Haha, yes, sometimes it seems that way. I’ve seen it where three or four of my favorite blogs to visit are all posting the same book’s review for the same day. Fun to compare their thoughts.

  • I really need to just start reading this series. I don’t know why I keep putting it off! It is wonderful that you are still enjoying it after 10 books. Too bad this one got a little busy for you but it sounds like it recovered nicely.
    Great review!

    • You’ll have fun, Carole. The first one was a fantastic surprise b/c it’s so unique. 🙂

      I should be used to the ‘busyness’ of these by now, but they are an adjustment. Still good stuff.

  • Whee! I loved this too, especially how there are always so many threads being played at once & then all get tied up nicely by the end. Yes, we need the next book ASAP!

    • Yes, that is one of the amazing parts. So much going on, but in the end, we get a good wrap-up of most threads. Grrr, I do need 11th Grave. 🙂

  • Bwahaha…yes her endings are always drw dropping but this one has me itching for the next one!

    • I think this is one of the few series where a cliffie is only a little painful and just makes me eager for more. But grrrr, I need patience.

  • Ah Sophia. I can’t believe I’ve not started these yet. I’ve even had book one for years now. *hangs head* Yay for it still being a great series. Hopefully the wait for the next won’t be too horrible for yall 😀

    • It’s like saving room for awesome dessert. No sweat. You have something fun to look forward to. 🙂

      And yes, I needs the 11th Grave. 🙂