Monday, February 13, 2017

#Monday Review - Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones (Urban Fantasy) @Darynda @StMartinsPress

Series: Charley Davidson # 11
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Library
Genre: Urban Fantasy

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight is the Eleventh installment in author Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series. So, where does one start? Does one start out by saying that I'm still a huge fan of this series, and I am in love with Charley, & Reyes, & Cookie, & Amber, & Osh, & Ubie? Does one start out by saying that the humor never gets old, and that I adore the banter between Cookie & Charley, and the steaminess of Reyes & Charley in this story? Or, does one start out by saying that Charley has her hands filled, again, this time with Amber, with Ubie & his future, and with the fact that she is being followed everywhere she goes by Angels?

Charley has finally come to accept that she is more powerful than anyone on this plane. She's accepted that she has to understand all of her abilities if she is going to save her daughter, and defeat another powerful God who wants her daughter dead. I'm glad that Reyes spends a whole lot more time trying to open her mind to the possibilities of who she really is, and what she is actually capable of. I'm also curious by the stop in Scotland and what Charley finds there. I'm glad that they spend some more time together, even though Reyes continues to run hot and cold at times. Plus, there is a surprise guest who shows up in Charley's office which leads to more danger, and I'll just leave that there. 

I have to talk about the ending, of course. Holy, just wow! Wow, that I'm glad we don't have to wait a full year for the next book, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave. Wow, that things are apparently headed once again towards an interesting direction for Charley & Reyes & crew. Wow, that perhaps Jones has something wicked in mind for Charley and her allies, and we all better buckle up for what's coming next! But, on the other hand, I am disappointed that someone decided to post the synopsis for the next book online. 

One can tell someone not to look at something, but as with being in a car, and seeing a major accident in front of us, we, as humans, can't help ourselves. We have to look. We are inquisitive by nature. We are also blood thirsty by nature as well, and that's a fact of life. So, yes, Charley has some interesting choices to make in this book. She is at war with two separate gods; one who is malevolent and will do anything to find Beep, the other is the almighty himself who we find out has taken Charley's memories of her past away. But, if you tell someone to not look at the synopsis for the next book, before you've read this book, you're just asking for spoilers to be spread online & elsewhere.

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