Monday, February 25, 2013

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson book 2)

By Darynda Jones

Book Blurb:When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.
Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

Love love love! This Charley Davidson series has sky-rocked to the one of my favourite series. Love love love. Did I mention that I loved it?

You know when you get a book and you devour it. Like a bomb could go off and you'd not lift your eyes from your iPad to notice. Second Grave on the Left was just like that. I was so wrapped up in reading that when I finally did look up, I realized that (1) the book was done (2) I was really hungry (3) oh wow, it was dark out. 

There is so much content in Second Grave on the Left. Family dynamics, mystery, murder, mayhem, destruction, laughter, friendship, a bit of romance, suspense, seriously the list could go on. There are stories upon storylines yet they are all extremely well plotted out that they don't overlap each other or compete for the reader's attention. 

What makes this series so good (credit to the author, Darynda Jones) is the character she created, Charley Davidson. She is smart but not a genius. She is funny and witty but not ridiculous. She is sexy but completely unaware. She is perfect but with her flaws. Simply put, I adore her. 

Charley's Uncle Ubie describes her perfectly, "You stir up more hornets' nests than a twelve year-old boy with a baseball bat. You're like Lois Lane on crack." So really, with a description like that, how can we not love her? 

The only thing I want to gripe about is the cost of the ebooks. In some cases, the retail price is almost $4 more than the paperback. For someone like me who no longer purchases paper books, it is so annoying. Of course not the author's fault, I just want to vent when I can. 

And oh boy, Second Grave on the Left ends with the reader hanging. Not a major cliffhanger but hanging just the same. Off to read the next book!

Teasers: high school secrets, demons, portals, more abilities revealed

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