Review copy was received from NetGalley, Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #13
Published by St. Martin's Press, MacMillan on January 15, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 8 hours, 39 minutes
Format: eARC, Audiobook
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plain for eternity – which is the appropriate amount of time to make a person starkraving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.
She’s missed Reyes and her daughter, Beep, but now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.
The Charley Davidson series has reached its final chapter. I have completely enjoyed this series, especially on audio. I have the books in all three formats somehow.
I won’t be sharing spoilers here. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave has the snarky, sexy story I’ve come to expect. There is also a fast paced plot with lots of action. There are some twists which are totally unexpected. A lot of things are happening, Charley is still learning new things and there are secrets. As readers we don’t really get much advance notice on their plans. Charley and Reyes are keeping some secrets from each other, also.
I do wish we had more development of Reyes’ character. I don’t know why I feel this, but perhaps it is because we don’t have his point of view. But then the mysterious can also be sexy. Everything revolves around Charley and she is the most special one who breaks the rules and succeeds in unusual ways.
The story arcs are mostly wrapped up and we learn many more details about things within the series. We touch base with almost everyone. One twist was a huge shock. Beep is a baby and her battle is in the future, so that story may come to life in a new series or something. The very ending puzzled me and maybe it leads to Beep’s story.
I am sad. I am sad the series is ending. I am sad for those who died in the battles. I am happy to have had such fun, exciting, sexy stories to brighten my days.
Lorelei King is a treasure and I always choose to listen to this series. Her voices for males and females are distinct and authentic. I was surprised I could listen at 1.5x speed comfortably. Her pacing was excellent. The timing for the humor was impeccable. Her performance is glorious.
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This is a print copy ARC which I received but since I have it in digital formats I did not read this one and am giving it away with a short timeframe on the giveaway so I can get it out quickly next week before the release.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
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- 2019 Releases
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