Hey! Danny and Heather here. And today, we would like to talk about and feature a series that we both just recently found and fell in love with!
The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones
The series consists of 6 books (right now… ) and 4 are out already! If you haven’t started this series yet, don’t worry this will be a spoiler free series review! And let’s start by admiring the covers!! We absolutely love them!!
Genre: Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
- First Grave on the Right – Book 1 – Feb 1st 2011 - goodreads | amazon | Book Depository
- Second Grave on the Left – Book 2 – Aug 16th 2011 -goodreads |amazon | Book Depository
- Third Grave Dead Ahead – Book 3 – Jan 31st 2012 – goodreads | amazon | Book Depository
- Fourth Grave Beneath my Feet – Oct 30th 2012 – goodreads | amazon | Book Depository
- Fifth Grave Past the Light – July 9th 2013 - goodreads | amazon | Book Depository
- Sixth Grave TBA
A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper
Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. 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 (i.e. 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
So instead of reviewing each book, we thought we talk about the series as a whole to get you all hooked!
Charley is the main character in this series and she’s The Grim Reaper! How do you like this paranormal concept?
Danny: I love this paranormal aspect! We are first introduced with her abilities already in the first book “First Grave on the Right” and Charley always knew she was different. There is no adjusting phase for us. I must also say that the Reaper idea is quite uniquely played! I always associated the Reaper with something dark, yet Charley is light and funny!
Heather: You’re right, Danny. Throughout history and literature, the Grim Reaper is always portrayed as a very menacing, masculine figure in a black robe, scythe at the ready… But Charley is so far from menacing, unless you count her scathing sarcasm and wit. And she’s not the one who decides who dies and when, Charley is just there to act as a point for the souls to cross over to the other side.
Danny: That is so easy!!!! It’s Charley! She’s incredibly funny, full of awesome sarcasm and she makes me laugh out loud constantly!!! She’s witty, smart and has the best onliners EVER!!
“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.”
― Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right
And on top of this, the stories are always fast paced and awesome!! But I swear, I kept laughing out loud while reading and listening to the audio so loud, people would stare at me..
Heather: I love Charley, but I really like her support system as well. Her assistant Cookie never fails to keep Charley organized and on point in an investigation while grilling Charley for information on the latest hotty she’s encountered. Detective Uncle Bob always comes to Charley’s rescue just when she needs it (and usually when Charley’s been beaten to a pulp by a perp), and he’s willing to bend the rules to keep her out of trouble. And with each book, there are a few new characters introduced that are just as colorful and well-fleshed out without taking the focus away from Charley and her latest mission.
Danny: Oh yes Heather! I love all the secondary characters as well! Especially Cookie *giggles*
Oh and there are the Chapter taglines that come with every new chapter! It always has a funny quote from a T-Shirt, or a bumper sticker!
“I know karate, and like two other Japanese words – T-SHIRT”
“I stop fighting my inner demons. We’re on the same side now. T-shirt”
Heather: The quotes always have a little connection to the chapter, and they always make me laugh without exception.
And… how about the Men?
Danny: OMG yes, thanks for asking!!! There is Reyes and he’s … incredible hot, sexy and total bad ass! At first neither Charley and we have no idea who he is, but we find out quickly in book 2 Second Grave on the Left and it’s an epic twist that I didn’t see coming!
Heather: Um, yeah, that’s Reyes all right. We won’t spoil exactly who Reyes is, but let’s just say that he’s supernatural and hot, hot, hot, and connected to Charley in a deep, unexpected way. And by book four, he’s in the book so much, you learn so much about him, and it’s just so…delightful. Yes, I’ll just say delightful.
But, there is also skip tracer Garrett Swopes, and he’s all tall, dark, and not taking Charley’s crap throughout the series. But I really love him, especially by book four (even though he’s not in that one very much). I’m really looking forward to seeing where his character is going.
All right, and what about the storyline?
Danny: The whole series has an overall story arc which is going to get better with each book. In each book we learn more secrets about Charley and also Reyes!
Heather: In the beginning, Charley only knows that she’s the one who crosses souls over, but she learns more about her real purpose over the course of the books. Of course Reyes plays a big part in her bigger purpose, but can he be trusted? I’m eager to find out.
The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones is made of win and awesome and quickly became one of my favorite series! It’s smart, witty, funny full of sarcasm and fun dialogue. It has hot guys, mysterious kick ass characters and basically everything that makes me happy!
Ditto, Danny. This is on the top of my list of favorite urban fantasy series! I can’t wait for the next book!