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Eighth Grave After Dark

(Charley Davidson #8)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  23,216 ratings  ·  2,073 reviews
With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one t ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Yous Same here. But I wish it's not the case. It has this whole Jacob/Renesme thing from Twilight. And it's just creepy!…moreSame here. But I wish it's not the case. It has this whole Jacob/Renesme thing from Twilight. And it's just creepy!(less)
Amy Sounds good!! I just finished 7...so I may follow that plan as well!!
Sounds good!! I just finished 7...so I may follow that plan as well!!

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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
BR with Liz, Aly∞, Jo, Robin, Alexa & Jaime starting May 19, 2015.

DNF at 27%

Warning #1: I'm in a very bad mood today. I've only slept for three hours. And I feel like punching someone. This is not going to go well.

Warning #2: this review contains spoiler. And I don't give a damn. I'm insensitive like that.

Warning #3: this review might contain spoilers about Fever. Yes Fever. And I'm not sure I give a damn about that either at this point. Hell JZB would probably kick my ass if he knew. Ac
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Charley Davidson...I have always been your biggest fan.

When did you become so dull?
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.


Dear Book,

What I expect from you:

a) Epic Battle of Good vs. Evil

b) Reyes, Charley & the rest of the gang on the winning side

c) Arrival of Beep

That about sums it up...

No more unnecessary drama, por favor!


Now, after I've read the book, I must admit that even though I did like the story despite some "issues", I also can understand the more critical/negative reviews and even side with some of the issues the other fans o
Robin (Bridge Four)
2.5 Why Don't I Love You Stars

Buddy Read with some great girls Liz, Aly∞, oOSarahOo, Jo, Alexa and Jaime at Buddies Books and Baubles

This is one of my favorite series to read so it totally pains me to say ‘I didn’t really like it’. I’ve pondered my feeling about this for a few days now and there are a few things that I just can’t let go. Have you ever read a book in the series and wondered if you remembered everything from the previous book incorrectly? As we were wrapping up this book that is t
2.5 stars - Spoilers

This was difficult to rate, on the one hand I hated it for a multitude of reasons but on the other I enjoyed the familiarity of the characters and the world, and there were parts that were enjoyable in a mindless, fluffy kind of way. And underneath all of Charley's idiocy and hornyness for Reyes there was actually a solid story.

What I Liked:

-Skipping ahead to the end of Charley's pregnancy. I really didn't want to read more than one book of Charley acting all cute and precoci
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Why did I finish the 7th book so quickly? I just couldn't stop myself! I had to keep reading. I need my fix for Reyes, Charley's crazy humor, Cookie's awesomeness, and SERIOUSLY what is with these endings! THATS how you're going to end it? I need to know what's going on now. That Dealer is looking better and better. Oh and have you seen the cover? Love it :)

Wow! Darynda, how do you do it?! 5 stars and I'd give it more if I could! Just wow! This book answered so many questions I've had for
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 - 4.5 ★'s

Charley's well into her pregnancy and well into going stir crazy from having to staying on the covenant grounds in order to be safe from the hellhounds. Of course, that doesn't stop her from looking into cases or from cases looking for her!

Another action packed fast paced story from Darynda Jones. As always it had me sucked in from the beginning even if it started a bit slow. It was worth catching up on things and finding out what Charley and Reyes have been up to!

I couldn't imagine
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

This was the first time that I’ve read a CHARLEY DAVIDSON novel, so I was a little worried that the story just wouldn’t be the same without Lorelei King’s narration, and yes I did miss her sultry voice (audiobook’s been pre-ordered!), but I regret nothing. EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK was the installment that I’ve been craving since Darynda Jones began laying her trail of breadcrumbs in FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT. We get answers to oh so many questions, to the point that I’ll b
I loved the first 5 books in the series, but they have gone progressively downhill since. This series used to be UF/PNR. Now it’s practically a cozy mystery with a paranormal twist because Charley doesn’t do shit and figures everything out by talking to people. Except she doesn’t talk to anyone she really needs to and winds up in trouble because she thinks she knows best. The thing this book needed most was a plot. Almost nothing happened. The only reason I finished it was because I heard the en ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Yes, it’s finally that time of the year – Charley Davidson is back with us, in all her glory, to amuse and entertain, to make us laugh and even break our hearts.

Charley’s world is becoming more complicated by the second. Eighth Grave finally offers some answers, but with them come even more questions and uncertainties. Darynda Jones knows how to give us just enough, intrigue us even more, and leave us begging for the next installment.

Eighth Grave is more static than the previous book due to Ch
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
"Lover Awakened... Weren't you reading this book last month?"


He raised a brow.

"Yes. I can't stop. I've read it twenty seven times in a row."


So, Charley is prego and about to pop. I like that she constantly has to pee and lives her life from one food moment to the next. That's about right. Along with this:

I weighed too much. It was Beep's fault. Apparently, she weighed around eighty-seven pounds.

Silly, fat babies! They make us gain 30 pounds during pregnancy and then have the ner
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
So now I have to wait for E V E R for the next 3 books - that sucks! This series has become one of my favorite Urban Fantasies, almost at the level of Kate D. and I resent that they are both still developing... I used to have a rule that I do not read a series before its last book is published, but I have not been good at keeping with it lately...

I still do not like Reyes. He is still a domineering jerk and I wish he would learn to listen to others... This first-react-later-think is what is wro
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Charley still caffeine free and ready to pop. Her and super sexy hubby Reyes are hiding out on sacred ground while the gang looks for way to kill the hounds and the 12 that hunt them and the future.

That is all I'm going to tell you. I had to suffer and wait and you should too. Enjoy the ride not knowing where the turns will be because this is an E ticket.

I laughed, cried, laughed and cried, and then I cried ugly, real ugly.

I loved it, the only flaw was that it ended too soon. I only wanted a co
Under the Covers Book Blog
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Darynda is a force to be reckoned with. Not only that she has outdone herself, she just about blew my mind. Eighth Grave After Dark is the game changer of the series, and a definite must read of the year.

In the safety of a convent, Charley and Reyes are biding their time waiting for Beep to come. They continue to research on how to rid of the twelve hellhounds who are after Charley. Friends and relatives including Garrett, Angel and allies from the other side help them look for clues to solv

This instalment starts to get things back on track. Things are still a bit confusing, but starting to make more sense.

Beep. Beep. Beep.
I do.
Beep. Beep. Beep.
Well, hell! (And a hell-well!)
Beepity Beep Beep.
Mr. Wong!

(I forgot.)
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, that was some ending!

Got a lot of answers and revelations which I was thrilled about. We found out exactly who Mr. Wong is!! Finally!

(view spoiler)

I still cringe over Charley's recklessness, especially since she was either pregnant or had a baby! I wanted to shake her a few times and say "Do you think of your family at all?!!" I totally understand every time Reyes gets a
Krystin | TheF**kingTwist
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It hurts to say this, but I must tell the truth: I did not like this book.

I really do love this series and the characters have a special place in my heart, but what the actual fuck was that?

First of all, this book read more like a romance erotica novel than a true Charley Davidson instalment.

In case anyone forgot over the previous seven novels, Reyes is hot. Reyes is sexy. Reyes is the hottest, sexiest Son of Satan that ever did exist. And he's Charley’s new husband. Charl
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to win an ARC copy of this book! I don't write reviews too often, but here was my take on the book:


I'm going to try not to give a lot details away, yet still review what I liked and disliked.

I rated this book 4/5 stars. I'm pretty sure I gave all the other books thus far 5/5. I absolutely love Charley and all her quirkiness, and while this is still present, I didn't feel there was as much as there has been in previous books. Charley's humor and antics are one of m
Seriously! That ending has me coming undone...

I totally understand why Charley lost it...I mean, who wouldn't!? I'm scared for them all at this point. There so much uncertainty and a lot more challenges ahead and I hope Charley can pull through. Only way to find out is to dive right into the next one, even though it scares me a little because I'm hurting for Charley.
MissBecka Gee
Well that was freaking depressing.
I also disliked how the last 30 mins or so switched from being narrated by Charley to narrated by Reyes.
Too weird when it was the same voices on the audio track.
I hope this series picks up and brings back the fun it started with.
Jen Davis
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
So much happens in this book. So many question are answered. So many things we have been anxiously awaiting finally come to pass. It’s got everything I’ve been waiting for… and some things I never expected. It’s a great story with a fast pace, Charley’s trademark humor, and plenty of feels. It also has an ending that is not only a cliffhanger, but could create some mixed feelings among fans.

The book begins about 8 months after the end of the last one. Thankfully, Darynda Jones pressed the fast f
Douglas Meeks
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a close call at first as to whether or not to rate this 4 or 5 Stars. In the end I went with 5 because I could not get some of this stuff out of my head, I will probably be thinking about it for days and that is pretty much always the sign of a really good book (well, occasionally a really BAD book but obviously this was not the case)

Charley is still stuck on the ground of an old convent since she needs hallowed ground to keep her safe we learned in the last book.

Her step-mother who alway
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
BR July/August with Me Julie!!

It's with a very heavy heart that I say this.

There are too many problems for me to even start. I want to rant. I want to rant hard, but what is the point? This series is not what it used to be, it is taking a direction I don't like and I don't understand. It's become repetitive and I can see where the story is going and I'm not interested in investing more of my time on that journey. I adore this genre and I am aware that a religious element has to be present, I me
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
2.5 stars

Ok so this is starting to go off the rails a teensy bit. I mean I get it, eight books in, what do you expect? Well I expect it to be over and done with if it's not going to get any better.

It was the exact same thing from the other books. A lot of time spent on Reyes and how hot he looks, we get it, its been eight books now, we know he's hot. A lot of pregnant sex ( not that I'm knocking pregnant sex ) but aren't you not suppose to have sex after a certain stage, with all the sperm induc
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid middle book in the series, but it suffers from the dullness that always seems to creep around whenever any main character gets preggers and they're supposed to be cramped in some claustrophobic location or suffer the whole "being ripped to shreds by supernatural nasties" trope.

Fortunately, both the baby bounces out and the isolation ends, but what carries the tale is -- as usual -- the interpersonal quirkiness, her best friend's wedding, the hot pregger sex, and the proxy investigations.
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
Okay... Hmm I gotta be honest, I got a little bored with this one. Charley Davidson is one of my favourite series but this was a bit of a disappointment. I still liked it but not much happened. There was all this fuss over Beep and all but I'm really not that interested in kids. And the constant "Oh my God, Reyes is so perfect" Ugh, maybe a little less of that and more action - or sex scenes, either way. So mostly I was bored but fortunately things got a little more exciting by the end of the bo ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Pretty Color
Rating: NC-17
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: Excellent installment
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Solving mysteries while having a baby
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Reyes

SUMMARY (60 words or less)
This was a really good installment of the series. A lot happens and we get a lot of answers. Sometimes you wonder what would happen when all is revealed. This author pulled a rabbit out of a hat and what’s to come is really interesting.

For a ful
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oct. 10, 2014
I can't wait to read this book. Charley never fails to crack me up.

Oct. 22, 2014
I've just read Seventh Grave and No Body and I'm dying to read Eight Grave After Dark.

*Kneels on the ground* 2015, please come faster!

I sincerely hope this wouldn't be the last book in the series.

Anyone, aside from me, thinks that Swope's son is the thirteenth warrior? You know, the one who will tipped the balance and all the shimmers?

May 24, 2015
I'm pretty conflicted with this.
The book mad
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Book 8 was a bit different from previous books. Charley is pregnant and to keep little Beep (the baby) safe, her, Reyes and her posse all moved to an abandoned convent. The convent is on sacred ground and would keep her and the baby safe from the Hellhounds that are hunting her. Since Charley can't leave the grounds without getting attacked, her private investigation was almost brought to a halt. However, this is Charley we are talking about and she still found a way to help some of the departed ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Love this series so hard! Full review to come!
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