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 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
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.”
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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 that...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
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
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 :(
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
Loooved it!! This is now joining my list of favorite paranormal series. Incredibly original, superb writing and dialog, the absolutely best kick-ass heroine. Everything, every character and plot twist hooked me so completely that as soon as I finished, I got the rest of the books published so far, to read them one after the other.
1, hot, FM
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
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Charley Davidson gerçek komik bir karakter, adlandırılmış uzuvları, ukala cevapları, insanları gıcık eden doğası ona ayrı bir hava katıyor. Tabii bazı espiriler çeviri ile resmen rezil oluyor. Ama bu kadını seviyorum. Beni Tehlike ve Will Robi...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.
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
So far it goes like this:
Stuck in between:
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 a thousand suns. Except for Aly, who doesn’t lo...more
As of late the paranormal/supernatural book market is choking with vampires, werewolves and witches. Enter Darynda Davis, whose debut book, First Grave on the Right, is a scintillating, slosh of freshness. Her writing slicks and soothes across our parched need for something refreshing and original. Behold, our new supernatural heroine, Charley Davidson, a sparkling beacon of light, she is the Grim Reaper. This...more
I love a story that can incorporate a lot of different emotions, and Jones does just that with First Grave. I never knew what was coming next, and part of that was thanks to the unforgettable characters and clever plot. Charley is a fabulous heroine, she made every page of this book memorable. Jones had me laughing hysterically o...more
Okay, I’m gonna be serious now. That’s probably a lie. Anywho, can we talk about “First Grave on the Right”? That’s rhetorical.
This book? It’s amazing. First off, Charley Davidson, the protagonist, is the badass, witty, sarcastic chick I wish I was. When I grow up, I want to be her. She’s a full-time P.I. working with the Albuquerque Police Department. She’s brilliant, and awesome, and she kicks major butt. Oh yeah, and she’s the Grim Reaper.
Charley basically exists on both pla...more
What a brilliant debut novel. I loved it. The characters, the story, the world... There's lots of action too, which is suspenseful and engaging. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting.
Charley is fantastic – I love her character. She’s sassy, brave and keeps getting herself into trouble. She’s smart, funny, witty, and I love her snark. Charley is a grim reaper who can see and talk to the dead. She’s also the light, the portal to the other si...more
First Grave on the Right is perfect for readers who like Chick lit and Paranormal Romance. Add a mystery solving to the other two and this was the perfect book for me. I read it in a single day and didn’t get bored at all! It’s a fast paced, funny and engaging story.
P.I. Charley Davidson is a grim reaper. Dead people are drawn to her, because she is very shiny. Actually she is The Light, the portal through which the souls must p...more