Thursday, June 12, 2014

First Grave On the Right

Book: First Grave on the Right
Series: Charley Davidson #1
Author: Darynda Jones

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?-Goodreads
Review: I was excited to start a new urban fantasy series and this was overall fun. I like the grim reaper premise (it's unique to me) and while Charley was a little too jokey for my taste (it was hard to get a real read on her and I'm hoping she comes off as more of a real person in the following books) she certainly has spunk and a big personality. The potential love triangle is interesting, although I can already tell I will be routing for the wrong guy (sigh). Her main love interest is a person she had ONE memorial experience with (I'll avoid spoilers) years ago and they have metaphysical sex (yes, it's weird but this is UF so you just have to go with it). He does save her from from bad situations but he has almost no dialogue. It's hard to get behind a character who just kind of swoops in to save the day, disappears, they have odd ghost type sex encounters (not sure how to describe it) and then shows up again. Meanwhile, she works with a detective that has a personality. I'll definitely keep reading and see where the author takes us. I will say the ending took me by surprise, adding much bigger elements to the overall story arc. 

Grade: 3/5

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