February 5, 2016

Review: Justice Calling

Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, book 1) by Annie Bellet

Justice Calling by Annie Bellet

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Justice Calling (1)

Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress.

Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine.

Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe.

As long as she doesn’t use her magic.

When dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He’s the shifter world’s judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she’ll have to use her wits… and her sorceress powers.

Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits.

Justice Calling is the first book in The Twenty-Sided Sorceress urban fantasy series. Readers who enjoyed The Dresden Files or The Iron Druid Chronicles will likely enjoy this series.


Review:

It's a true testament of Bellet's writing talent that this short of a book worked. Short reads like this have more pressure, especially as an official first book, to introduce the world and lead. To get readers hooked and say, “Hey, I've got some great stuff to show you!

Bellet really does.

There were some mild grammar issues and rough writing moments, but mostly the writing is solid. Jade's voice is awesome. She's clever, snarky, and nerdy. She's a gamer and that had potential to make it hard for non gamers to understand. I'm a very casual gamer so I know some of the lingo and games, but not all. There's just enough gamer inside jokes, but not to an extant to alienate non gamer readers. But Jade is a well rounded geek and I'm sure everyone can find some way to connect with her. (Come on we all have an inner nerd/geek.)

Jade is pretty cool. The book does a good job to introduce her, tell about her past, and make readers love her. As mentioned she's a fellow geek, so that immediately endears her to me. But I like that despite her fears she can't abandon her friends. Not to mention she can see when someone else is right and has the balls to make the decisions that need to be made. She's got a lot of work to do to be in fighting shape, but I think the journey will be well worth it. For her and readers. Plus, I have to find out more about what I thought was Jade's wolf familiar. She's an Undying? That happens to look like a wolf tiger, lynx, and other things! How cool is that.

“A girl needs options. To me, video games are like shoes. But with more pixels and a plot.”

Despite how well setup, and paced, the book was Jade and Aleksie's attraction felt off. More like an obligation. Aleksie is the Justice. A weretiger who helps to keep the piece in the shifter society. He's the law, judge, and executioner basically. So he's the perfect setup for a love interest. But there insta-lust felt off. Especially since it barely took a few paragraphs—barely a new page—for Jade to start imagining doing dirty things to Aleksie. (But I can't really fault her.) It just felt off. But. Yes, there's a but. I look forward to seeing these two characters connect and get a proper page time to develop.

“After all, in a world full of shape shifters, witches, gods, and sorcerers, maybe miracles can happen.”

Apparently there aren't vampires in this world. Bummer. However, console yourself with bad ass sorcerers/sorceresses, witches, all kinds of animal shifters, leprechauns, and more. At this point there's not a ton of detail on the magic, but I liked the range and variety shown so far. It's a promising setup and I can't wait for more to be revealed!

“Guess no one had ever told him not to bring a gun to a mage fight.”

Despite some minor issues Justice Calling is a solid introduction to Jade Crow's world. Readers get to know her and I can't wait to see her grow. Even better is the promise of what is going to be an epic show down once Jade's Ex tracks her down. Bad Romance, can't say no to that. Especially when he's out her eat her heart—not brain. (Sorry I made lots of Gaga references there. I couldn't help it!) I love the fictional town of Wylde, Idaho. I'm a sucker for any book in my state. The cast of side characters is promising and I simply want more of this cool Urban Fantasy world.

Sexual Content: Dirty thoughts, humor, and some kissing. Clean. (Well one dark musing.)

 
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back. 


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)
Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)
Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)

February 4, 2016

Review: The Trouble With Fate

The Trouble With Fate (Mystwalker, book 1) by Leigh Evans

the trouble with fate

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Paranormal Romance)
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: The Trouble With Fate (1)

Meet Hedi Peacock. She's half Fae. Half Were. And all trouble…

I Have Two Words ForWerewolves:

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

Bite Me.

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…


Review:

What putrid bull shit was this? Maybe I was more sensitive to annoying and stupid leads because of the last book I finished. Either way I gave this book my all. Even after it was clear that I disliked the female lead. A lot. I pushed on. Got up to 50 percent, realized I actually hated the female lead. I pushed on because of all the amazing reviews and recommendations.

But there is a freaking breaking point. And I promised myself that I would use my Did Not Finish rights!

So why didn't things work well for me with Hedi Peacock? I like characters who are different. They can give you a knew perspective. Well it can be summed up in five words: Hedi Peacock lacks common sense.

So think about this. As a young child you witness some werewolf breaking a treaty rule with the Faye. (But you don't know that because you're to stupid to realize this at the time, or to go forth and figure out as an adult.) That leads to the murder of both your parents and the kidnapping of your twin brother. At no point do you go forth and seek answers. Even though you have an aunt that's living with you and she should have answers.

No what do you do? Go on the run assuming things. Never asking questions. Nope. Why were my parents murdered? Who was responsible? Who are my real enemies? Maybe I should ask my Faye aunt?

No. Instead you wait endlessly for a childhood crush to show up. The childhood crush that you basically stalked and blame for the murder of your parents. (WHAT THE BOOKWORMS?) She admits to this. That her whole life she's been waiting for this guy, who is an ass. No really. The male lead is awful. He's the type of male lead the author assumes all of her female readers will fall for because he's a bad boy. AKA a stupid jerk. A jerk who spends more time insulting the lead then anything. No really there's this point where he then goes to strip bar to feed his alcohol addiction. At that point Hedi decides to use her Mystwalker powers for the second time. Which blows up spectacularly. And again I question why she never thought to seek information on how her forbidden and dangerous powers work.

Not to mention that Hedi is unlikable. She's day dreaming at work (AKA entering her aunt's dreams) and can't do her job. Her boss is upset from her lack of work, and he accuses her of stealing. So she quits, uses her powers to wreck work equipment, and then we find out later she is stealing. A lot, basically a thief. So her aunt dreams overcome her, but it sounds like she wants to sneak in on her failing aunts mind. To get sneak pieces of of the land of the Faye. She enjoys it, and doesn't even really feel guilty when her aunt smacks her out of a dream and calls her out on it. Hedi also likes to blame everyone around her for everything. And if she finds something out I'm sure her little mind will twist it again to make someone else responsible. Don't get me wrong she's got some guilt, but she somehow starts blaming it on other people.

In the end this is clearly a romance. The werewolf soulmate type. With two exceedingly annoying characters. The world is basically little snips of other series out there. It sounded cool, but ended up falling flat. Even if Hedi didn't annoy the crap out of me, the love interest would have killed the book all by himself. I will say don't just listen to my review, a lot of my Goodreads pals loved this book. Or read the first bit on Amazon, you'll know right away. You'll know.

Sexual Content: I believe there are sex scenes, but I didn't finish the book. I do know there were steamy scenes up to where I read.  There is adult humor and some minor dark themes.

  
1/5- I couldn't finish it or wish I hadn't

Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

The Trouble With Fate (1)
The Thing About Weres (2)
The Problem with Promises (3)
The Danger of Destiny (4)

The Trouble With Fate (1)
The Thing About Weres (2)
The Problem with Promises (3)
The Danger of Destiny (4)

The Trouble With Fate (1)
The Thing About Weres (2)
The Problem with Promises (3)
The Danger of Destiny (4)

February 3, 2016

Cover Coveting: Weather Warden Edition

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

So it looks like Rachel Caine will be continuing her Weather Warden series. She will be self publishing book 10, and has a Kickstarter page. It's supposed to be released July 1st, 2016. At least that's what Goodreads is saying, as there is no official Amazon link. Nor official news on the author's site.

Wow the last book came out in 2010! I wonder if Caine had to wait to continue the series so that she could get the rights back?

So let's take a peek at that cover!


Red Hot Rain by Rachel Caine

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Red Hot Rain Series: Weather Warden, book 10

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Matches the series well enough. It probably won't look as seamless as all of the others sitting on my shelf.

Yet I do like that it signals something new, that this is the self pub continuations of the series.

I love her stance. It makes me think of killer tango!

Synopsis:

RED HOT RAIN starts a few years after the end of TOTAL ECLIPSE, in a world that seems to finally be settled. Mother Earth isn't mad at us. The Djinn have kissed and made up (sometimes literally) with the Wardens, and the two sides work together to solve whatever problems do arise. All good, right?

Nope.

When Joanne Baldwin first hears about a freak monster storm that destroys the rebuilding community of Lubbock, Texas, she takes a personal trip to find out what's going on. Problem is, seems like it's exactly as it appears: a freak natural occurrence.

But when the same kind of storm tears a killer swath across the country to follow her home, and all her Warden powers can't put a dent in it, it's clear there's more to this storm front than physics. Soon, Joanne's embroiled in a deadly struggle against a mysterious, powerful opponent, and her husband David--most powerful of the Djinn--seems strangely unhelpful against whatever's coming for her. Even Lewis, her long-time friend and ally, now an otherworldly consort to Mother Earth herself, doesn't seem inclined (or able) to help. Someone's got the mother of all grudges against Joanne Baldwin, and they're coming at her hard.

And not just her. Joanne's not just fighting for her own life. It's coming for her son, too.

It'll be up to Joanne to save herself and her son from the storm that's coming for them ... a storm that wants to erase Joanne Baldwin and everyone she loves from the face of the earth.

I confess I haven't read past book 2. But it sounds cool that after the official ending this takes place some years after the first series.

I wonder if this means she might bring back the Outcast Seasons books? If this one goes over well. It also makes me curious if a book is successful if she'll end up making more money then going through a traditional publishing house?

Well are you guys excited?

February 2, 2016

Review: Grave Witch

Grave Witch (Alex Craft, book 1) by Kalayna Price

grave witch

Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Edition Reviewed: Paperback
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Grave Witch (1)

Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn’t mean she likes what they have to say.

As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself—who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans—nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around...

To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something—though it’s certainly not his dislike of Alex—but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life...and her soul.


Review:

For a first book this book impressed me when it came out, and years later it still impresses me. Grave Witch has an impressive world that is fully thought out, and I loved it. The lore and the city of Nekro are well thought out. I love the idea of the Faye letting their presence be known because they needed humans to believe in them again. Instead of still dying out they're now growing strong in power. There are more inbetween places, or other pockets of reality. I'm intrigued with the idea of these multiple plans of existence presented. Especially with that ending!

Grave Witch presents Alex Craft quite well and I enjoyed that there weren't actually any flashbacks. Instead the reader learns about Alex and her past as the story goes along. It never felt bogged down in an info dump. It was well paced and just enough given at the right moments. Not to mention that I loved that Alex wasn't a newbie in her craft as a grave witch and she had knowledge about the world. Including other magics.

Some Urban Fantasy readers advised me when I started my reread that this would be boring. But the mystery, characters, and world kept me eating it up. True I had forgotten about a lot the book because it had been so long, but I knew enough. And it kept my attention. Maybe it's because it's a different type of UF. The kind where knowledge and sleuthing are required. Alex doesn't approach the situation with violence. She does get to kick booty, but she thinks things through and I appreciate that.

Both male interests were just as fun as I remembered! I knew that Death was a character the revitalized Death as a character, and made him sexy. Spawning many different interpatations in other books after—which I'm thankful for. (Reyes from Charley Davidson anyone?) Sadly he remains a mysterious, dark stranger. With some great one liners. Falin was more developed and I think that's why I liked him more. He started out as the hunky jerk, and thankfully gained a personality as the book progressed. Of course there's plenty of mystery around him, not to mention some of the things discovered by the end of the book.

There were two sticky points for me. The first being the tired old line of parents keeping dangerous secrets from their children. Especially how her father made her suffer, and he was keeping that secret! Then there was Alex being handed the answer to the murders on multiple occasions. No really. People out right told her. But she just ignored it, and then during the revelation she was still an idiot. I hate willful ignorance as a plot line. It only makes the character look bad, and makes the reader think the author doesn't understand that we can pick up on things.

I can safely say that Grave Witch is not heavy on a love triangle. It actually doesn't even make itself known until the end of the book, and it's very mild—a vague idea. The book centers on Alex solving the mystery. Alex is on a time line and I appreciate that the book evolves mainly around that. While I felt like Alex's friends were more show then real, I look forward to getting to know them all more. The world is fantastic, and I can't wait to know Nekro city more! Not to mention sinking into Alex, she's a great character and I enjoy that she's unique from other Urban Fantasy character even after all these years.

Sexual Content: There is a sex scene, frank talk about sex and stuff. I enjoy that Alex is well rounded on it, meaning no self hate. Plenty of sexual humor and some minor dark themes.

 
4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Grave Witch (1)
Grave Dance (2)
Grave Memory (3)
Grave Visions (4)
Untitled (5)

Grave Witch (1)
Grave Dance (2)
Grave Memory (3)
Grave Visions (4)
Untitled (5)

Grave Witch (1)
Grave Dance (2)
Grave Memory (3)
Grave Visions (4)
Untitled (5)

February 1, 2016

Cover Coveting (6)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

Well looks like I want be reviewing episode 3 for Shadowhunters. Yet. Hulu and ABC have the episode on lock unless you pay for it. Which I refuse. So if after a week it doesn't "unlock" it looks like I won't be continuing with my reviews for the episodes. Sorry guys.

Now let's look at some covers.


All Your Wishes by Cat Adams

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


All Your Wishes Series: Blood Singer, book 7

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Action cover, that's cool.

I miss the style of the first few covers. But this matches the new look that the other books have.

Breath of Earth by Beth Cato

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Breath of Earth Series: N/A 

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Alternate History Fantasy Young Adult

Shera’s thoughts:

Love this cover! Her outfit and the magical look is great.

Love the title as well.

Greta and the Lost Army by Chloe Jacobs

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Greta and the Lost Army Series: Mylena Chronicles, book 3

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

It matches the series well.

Too be honest I miss the artwork from the first book.

Nemesis by Anna Banks

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Nemesis Series: N/A 

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

At first I didn't like this cover, but the more I look at it I do actually like it! I love how she looks metalic and her face tattoos are pretty awesome.

Love the background as well. Oh, and her eyes!

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Stealing Snow Series: Stealing Snow, book 1

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy (Fairytale Retelling)

Shera’s thoughts:

Hmmmmm. I always think of Beauty and the Beast when I see a mirror.

I have to make note that this is one of those times when "author of" bit is very helpful. I had forgotten that Danielle Paige was the author of the Dorothy Must Die books.

I love that the typography looks so good. Especially SNOW.

Unraveled by Jennifer Estep

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Unraveled Series: Elemental Assassin, book 15

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Another solid cover! Thank you.

January 29, 2016

Review: Born to Die

Born to Die (Blood Red Bells Saga, book 1)by J.W. Ellis

Born to Die

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Edition Reviewed: Kindle
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Born to Die (1)

A Secret Prophecy Lies Dormant in her Blood...

Lyric Mason is close to losing her sanity, after a decade of domination and torture, at the hands of her sire. Flashbacks to the moments that lead up to her breaking point push her to make one last attempt at freedom or die trying. When instead freedom comes from an unknown ally and promises to unite Lyric with her beloved, she takes it.

Her Past, Determines Their Future...

Free from imprisonment, a race to freedom begins with dangers lurking in the shadows. An accumulation of charismatic companions, fight to protect her and her the path. A slow manifestation of uncontrollable and deadly abilities threaten to destroy her happiness. Discovering who she really is, may be the only way to protect everyone. For her true heritage has set an apocalyptic prophecy into motion, that could change their world forever.


Review:

This is a debut novel and while I'm impressed, and it's a friend's book. I'm sticking to my guns. Because I'm mean like that.

Born to Die is a very character driven world. It immediately hooked me as Lyric began to muse upon her life in the first chapter. It sets up the novel well and established that this was going to be a dark and haunting read. Shit happens to Lyric, it's unpleasant and horrible. Gosh I loved it. The villain(s) is pretty dastardly and there's this huge mystery as to why he's fixated on Lyric.

The connections the characters have to each other are dysfunctional and creepy as all get out. No—dysfunctional doesn't even come close. I don't know!!! It's scary to see them interact and while they're interacting, at any moment one of them could go even more psycho and simply maim another character. Let alone kill.

The romance is very interesting and there's just enough mystery behind it. Not a terrible love triangle. Though the “dream guy” took me a while to swallow. Ellis works her character skills and eventually wins me over. Besides it was cool in the end. The vampires and the mystery of what other supernatural creatures are out there kept me driven to finish this book.

Driven to keep going despite the fact that I had numerous questions about the world. This is slightly futuristic, but at no time did I feel like it was really futuristic. So why the time line speed up? The characters and they're interactions were well done; I had a very clear image of them. The scenes and the world in which the story takes place was barren. A couch was mentioned here, a creepy basement talked about but not fully described to set the scene.

Basic things in the world were left out. Like the house that Lyric was staying in. Was it the vampire's house? Did they simply break in, why didn't people notice? Especially with the screams and psychotic noises coming from the house? Things are kind of hinted/assumed at, but I never felt like a scene was fully developed. Not to mention the important ones pertaining to the mythology and setup of the world.

I've said it before, well done characters can save an average world or average plot. However, it's hard to do if the world isn't fully explored, or a single scene setup. Make the time period you've picked for your book feel relevant; you're story is taking place in it. If a character is being tortured I want the full picture of the room. Sorry, but if I'm wondering what the room looks like I'm not truly enjoying the story.

The writing is pretty well crafted. At times beautiful creating haunting and chilling scenes. Sweet and moving scenes, and heightened emotions. However. A few times there were too many characters being referred to by “her/hers/she” and “him/his/he” that it was confusing. Especially at the start of the book. As if Ellis had forgotten she was talking about multiple characters and that it might be a good idea to distinguish them by name.

My final critiques on the writing is that at times it was repetitive. Saying the same thing over and over again just with different words. Sometimes I felt like the coma bombs were too much. Just make it two separate—or three—sentences. Again that was more at the beginning of the book. The final (and last one I promise) is that every now and then a description felt totally out of place for the style of writing. Imagine this haunting passage that left you numb, and then this hit: “it was sadder then road kill”. Or something like that. (Sorry my highlighting feature wasn't working so I can't remember the exact quote. It wasn't as bad as that example.) I think it was added to add flavor to Lyric and make her seem more like a simple country girl. It didn't work because it was so out of place!

A lot of readers might not mind those type of things. I know when I've read other books and they lacked on some front it seemed like I was the only one who found issue. Because this novel is chilling and haunting. This is a dark horror mashup that fantasy readers of vampires will like. Ellis isn't afraid to go there. Rape, slaughtering children, mental and physical abuse, and loss are the tip of it. Not to mention that no matter how dark things get, there's hope. This is a promising attempt and if Ellis does it right she'll be a formidable author.

Sexual Content: It's there. Nothing really slapped me in the face. However, there's rape and mental rape. Very dark themes and some minor sexual humor.

 
2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Born to Die (1)
Breath of Life (2)
Dark Paradise (3)
Untitled (4)
Untitled (5)
Untitled (6)
Untitled (7)
Born to Die (1)
Breath of Life (2)
Dark Paradise (3)
Untitled (4)
Untitled (5)
Untitled (6)
Untitled (7)
Born to Die (1)
Breath of Life (2)
Dark Paradise (3)
Untitled (4)
Untitled (5)
Untitled (6)
Untitled (7)

January 28, 2016

Review: First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, book 1) by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right  (Charley Davidson #1)

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Hardcover
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: First Grave on the Right (1)

This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
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 (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?

With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.


Review:

“I gotta tell you, Davidson, I'm impressed,” he said, his eyes glued to the screen. “That took balls.”

“Please,” I said with a snort, “That took ovaries. Of which I have two.”

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance books that are “supposed to be funny” never sit well with me. We don't mesh and I rarely end up laughing. There's very few authors who can pull it off and hit the mark. Molly Harper's Jane Jameson hit the mark, and remained one of my favorite series to make me laugh. Notice the “remained”. Because Second Grave on the Right just blew that out of the water! In fact, I'd put Jones first entry to this series on pare with Nicole Peeler's Jane True books. Yeah, it was that good for me. (Whoa, seems to be a theme with Janes.)

Charley Davidson is my new BBFF (Best Book Friend Forever!). She's genuinely clever, and when she's snarky isn't rude—unless you've ticked her off. She's a well rounded lead and she's been a Grim Reaper for while. So when readers come in she knows what she's doing and we don't have to go through denial and tons of other stupid things. Even though we're coming in late to the game Jones does a wonderful job on blending the current story with what Charley has gone through in the past. That way readers don't miss a beat and can feel completely connected to Charley. It's also charming that despite how strong she is, her flaws are real. Meaning she is very relatable . The life she's led makes me believe what she's thinking and feeling. Even if I don't agree with her on being a failure—mommy issues!

Then there's Reyes. He's the magnetic, enigma haunting Charley's sexed up dreams. (And now currently haunting mine.) I just adore that Charley has a bit of past with him that gives their relationship a foundation. Even better is that the mysterious part is given answers. It bothers me how many series simply let the mysterious man candy go on being that way. Reyes past is given a story. Charley learns about him! Actual answers! Even more answers then I had hoped for. You know what that did? It made Reyes super sexy and an actual person. Thank you Jones. Thank you.

What I enjoy most is that the story starts out simple. Charley is a Grim Reaper. Ghosts are attracted to her and they come to her to move onto the next life. Or tie up lose ends. She's a PI who consults with the police and I love seeing her use that gift. Then as readers get more information about Charley and how her Grim Reaper skills work it naturally ties in to some of the bigger leaps. The simple world that Charley lives in gets even more paranormal. At the end the revelations don't just come out of no where. There's a foundation for them and I was really happy by the end. (I'm being vague so that other readers can enjoy it.)

By page 33 I knew this book was going to be a favorite. Not just a favorite book, but series. It shames me that I took so long to read it. (Though part of it being it was the last book I ever purchased at Borders. Thus making it the last book I have bought in an actual bookstore. The heartbreak.) Part of it was due to heartache, and the other to fear of another “humorous” paranormal read being less than humorous. Jones balances out mystery, the paranormal, sexy fun times, and humor splendidly. If you haven't read this series for shame! I feel that shame and I plan to remedy it fast! This is an excellent addiction—err, addition—to any Urban Fantasy readers' collection.

Sexual Content: Nothing explicit or overly detailed, but there are sex scenes. Some minor dark sexual themes—nothing scary. Plenty of sexual humor!!

 
5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
First Grave on the Right (1)
For I Have Sinned (1.5)
Second Grave on the Left (2)
Third Grave Dead Ahead (3)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (4)
Fifth Grave Past the Light (5)
Shimmer (5.5)
Glow (5.6)
Sixth Grave on the Edge (6)
Seventh Grave and No Body (7)
Eighth Grave After Dark (8)
Brighter Than the Sun (8.5)
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (9)
The Curse of Tenth Grave (10)
Untitled (11)
First Grave on the Right (1)
For I Have Sinned (1.5)
Second Grave on the Left (2)
Third Grave Dead Ahead (3)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (4)
Fifth Grave Past the Light (5)
Shimmer (5.5)
Glow (5.6)
Sixth Grave on the Edge (6)
Seventh Grave and No Body (7)
Eighth Grave After Dark (8)
Brighter Than the Sun (8.5)
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (9)
The Curse of Tenth Grave (10)
Untitled (11)
First Grave on the Right (1)
For I Have Sinned (1.5)
Second Grave on the Left (2)
Third Grave Dead Ahead (3)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (4)
Fifth Grave Past the Light (5)
Shimmer (5.5)
Glow (5.6)
Sixth Grave on the Edge (6)
Seventh Grave and No Body (7)
Eighth Grave After Dark (8)
Brighter Than the Sun (8.5)
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (9)
The Curse of Tenth Grave (10)
Untitled (11)