LMM's Reviews > First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
1533889
's review
Aug 31, 12

bookshelves: paranormal-pnr
Recommended for: Cat/Bones, Kate/Curran fans and The Succubus series when it started.
Read from August 29 to 30, 2012, read count: 1

I didn't think I was going to like this when I first started reading it but it was really entertaining. When I started it, the humor felt forced & the one liners so incessant, I felt like the author was trying to bludgeon me to find the character likable. Each punchline resulted in a "Ba Da Bump!" in my head.

However, I definitely got past it pretty quickly & ended up reading this overnight. It was well paced, pretty clever, I got used to the humor (or it genuinely chilled out & felt more natural), I liked the characters, the 2 story lines (Charley's & Reyes origins and the main plot mystery).

Overall it was very readable, surprisingly easy to follow (& I say surprisingly b'c there was a lot going on & the MC doesn't even know her full story yet), it held my attention and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. The chemistry between Charley & Reyes was also pretty palpable.

I liked the reveals they were good, they didn't blow me away but they were solid b'c the author wasn't trying to be too clever. The main mystery was understandable. I find with so many authors who try for mystery that one of a few things tend to happen...
A). They get lazy & lack heart (yeah..looking at you Harris) so it winds up being boring & flat & makes no real sense in the scheme of things.
B). They genuinely can't think of anything else & believe they are creating a great whodunit to boot.
C). They go completely over the top by trying to be so 'clever' that it ends up being telegraphed practically from the beginning & therefore winds up being a convoluted mess in actuality.

Nope, Jones handled the 2 parallel (well 3 actually) story lines well. Like I said it wasn't mind blowing but the main whodunit made sense & the Charlie/Reyes storyline is starting to take a nice shape & I understood it. I liked finding out who Reyes was, that was one I don't think I've read before. I can't wait to learn more.

I'm really looking forward to the next installment & hope it's even better.
likeflag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read First Grave on the Right.
sign in »

Quotes LMM Liked

Darynda Jones
“If I couldn't be a good example, I'd just have to be a horrible warning.”
Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right

Darynda Jones
“When fighting clowns, always go for the juggler.”
Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right


No comments have been added yet.