First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1)
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.
Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. 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...more
You know that teen movie trope about a nerdy guy trying to be popular by joking around with the jocks? Only his jokes always sound rehearsed and fall f...more
First Grave on the Right is a girls' night in watching your all time favourite romcom whilst eating ice cream. I...more
I twisted around in my seat to face him. “My fore-parts, as you so ineloquently put it, have names.” I pointed to my right breast. “This is Danger.” Then my left. “And this is Will Robinson. I would appreciate it if you addressed them accordingly.”
After a long pause in which he took the time to blink several tim...more
But beware...if you do not like snark, do not read this book. It is loaded with snark with more snark on top and even some snark sprinkles but any girl that names her boobs "Danger" and "Will Robinson" and her ovaries, "Beam me...more
First Grave on the Right is a concoction of everything. It turned the cliched story line of grim reapers into that of a novelty. Have you ever considered a grim reaper being a cocky girl with an attitude? I certainly didn't.
I found the story line to be fast – paced, filled with humor and mystery. I also found the mixture of characters a little confusing but I got used to it. Jones has created an incred...more
Why do I think that? Well at first I was thinking it would be okay if not one I really liked. It opened with an account of the protagonists dream where she was having intercourse with a "hot" shadowy figure. She made sure to tell us she'd had an orgasm.
I sighed and went on...more
1. It is near perfect.
2. It affects me on a deep, emotional level.
3. I’m biased towards the author and/or series and I’m not capable of remaining objective.
There are books that I have loved unconditionally and books that I have loathed to ever read again, but despite how my tastes may differ from those who share my love for books, I must insist that if you’re a fan of paranormal romance o...more
We have Charley...
Charley is THE Grim Reaper...Not the guy with the black hood and scary face but the 27 year old brunette, full of attitude and snark. Can I just say that Charley went right up there with my favorite heroines? She isn't a badass like Kate Daniels or Elena Deveraux, in fact she mostly gets her ass kicked through the book but she is so full of sarcastic comments and hilarious innate dialogs tha...more
Yes, this review is going to have a lot of BOLD lettering.
My mind is currently blown away and thus, unavailable.
To all future heroines,
The standards have been upped to overflowing capacity.
Kindly settle for lower positions.
I cannot stress enough how AWESOME this book is.
I'm simply reeling in feelings of literary bliss.
“I stood and walked around the desk so I could stand over him. Menacingly. Like Darth Vader, only with better lung capacity.”
"You're about as inconspicuous as a monster truck at an exotic car show."Wince. I don't mind bad analogies in lieu of clichés. At least she didn't say "a sheep among wolves." Jones owns her narrative; the formula doesn't own her. Put that on a plaque. But she really needs some restraint. Jokes continue as she's fleeing a murderer or dying from blood loss until you just...more
It had a little bit of everything that I love!
What I loved:
♦ Charley: She was hilarious with the "attention span of a gnat"! She's an awesome heroine and reminded me a little of Stephanie Plum. She's kick-ass and hilarious.
♦ Reyes: He was yummy, hot, and delicious. (See sexy man photos below ↓ Thanks, Cayce!!)
♦ Swopes: If there was no Reyes I would take Swopes for myself!
♦ The lawyers: Even though they kinda made me sad :(
This review discusses the audio book qualities, as well as the actual story.
First Grave on the Right is the first book in Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series, and the world Ms. Jones has created is intriguing, exciting, and unique. I thoroughly enjoyed Lorelei King’s narration and her ability to give such distinctive voices to the many characters. She brings them to life with humor, passion, and a deeply profound poignancy that completely took me by surprise.
On the Cover: Charley sees dead...more
-- I knew I'd love this because I had it recommended to me by no less than five of my reader friends. It's official: they know me well!!
-- Charley is freaking awesome! Despite the fact that she's the grim reaper...it doesn't get much more awesome than that...she's also such a fun person. Her battle with morningtime routine and the whole getting out of bed process was worth reading the whole book
-- Ummm...Reyes?!?! Yes, please! He's...more
"It's $12.69, peeps! I can't afford that!" some alternate universe version of myself would exclaim.
Out of sheer desperation for something to read, I finally buckled and bought it. You know what? I don't totally regret it.
Firstly, I have the most massive crush on Charley. She unequivocally made this novel. She has more personality than a Jung and Bri...more
Pee. In. My. Pants. !!! Yes, I had to wear Depends while reading this! This was such a fun, fantastic novel. And, oh my god, Hilarious!!! Charley Davidson (that's right!) is a grim reaper, she sees and helps ghosts cross to the other side, but sometimes she helps solve their murders - which is why she is also a private investigator.
Quite honestly, I am still struggling to come to terms with the fact that I did not enjoy this book, or as much of t...more
So far it goes like this:
Stuck in between:
*** second read - I love it more! 4 stars! ***
Song of choice: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Ohkay, now here’s a new one. This was supposed to be a challenge of some sort. Most of my Goodreads buds read this book and are torn between two sides. They either hate the living hell out of it, or love it with the power of...more
However, I tried the audiobook recently and was floored by the way the narrator, Lorelei King was able to really bring the characters to life. She has that snark that I think is really important for Charley’s character and she does little girl’s voices SO WELL. I devoured...more
What an amazing read. And to think I wasn't even aware this author existed... I already know Darynda Jones will give me a new favorite series to be completely obsessed about. I was so sure I had completely lost my interest in the Urban Fantasy genre, so I must thank this author for proving me wrong, for helping me remember why this it's one of the finest. I have been extremely curious about this series as I just couldn't find a good review about it and everybody...more
I am very conflicted with this book. Because the last 100 pages kinda prevents you from doing anything but pick up the next one STAT... yet the rest felt like watching a Ghost Whisperer episode.
Or what I imagine an episode of that show would be like as I never watched it. Partly because I'm not a big fan of JLH's own Danger and Will Robinsons and, as I've recently discovered, anywhere else other than TV, procedurals are kind of a chore to dig into. Especially if the case isn't that ent...more
Make that several downers. I’m tempted to rate it lower by another ½ star. The dilemma of rating with a ½ star is: do I round up or down when I click on the GoodR...more
«Aprendí dos cosas de aquella experiencia: que la mayoría de la gente jamás creería en mis habilidades, ni siquiera los más próximos a mí , y que la mayoría de la gente nunca llegaría a entender la devastadora necesidad de las personas que quedan atrás. La necesidad de conocer la verdad.»
En First Grave on the Right nos encontramos con la historia de Charley Davidson una mujer muy peculiar: es el ángel de la muerte. Ella ve muertos y su misión es ayudarlos a cruzar la línea hacia el más allá. Ad...more
Loved this quote from the book:
"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."
Charley Davidson is a PI and a consultant to the Albuquerque Police Department. She helps them solve crimes in a rather unique way. She asks the victims who killed them. Dead people are drawn to Charley because - get this - she sparkles !
Then there is the mysterious Reyes Farrow, the God of Fantasies and all things sensual. Enough said. You've got to read the book to...more
This was a fun book on audio. The narrator clearly had fun with her job too. She dives in headfirst into the puns and verbal wordplay, imbuing Charley's voice with all the sassiness and spunk that is so much a part of her personality. At times, her cadence was a bit strange, but overall, I thought she was a good nar...more