Monday 12 December 2011

Review: First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

Series: Charley Davidson #1
Genre: I would like to call it.. UFR
Pages: 310
Published: 2010
Publisher: St:Martin's Griffin
Source: Won

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.

My thoughts:
Oh no! what? you all think, is it bad? The opposite actually, the oh no comes from that I now have another series to read, luckily I do not have much to catch up on. 

I liked the sense of humour, I liked the heroine, I certainly liked the hunky dreamlover she had, and I liked the plot. I had actually judged it a bit harshly from the cover, it looks so chick-lit, no what is wrong with that? Nothing, I adore chick-lit, but here it felt strange. Luckily I do not always listen to my brain and went for it. 

Charley is a great heroine, she takes chances, and she wants the best for the dead around her (well almost for all). I liked her from the start. The plot is fast paced as she has a bunch of dead people around her and she is trying to figure out who killed them. She is also dreaming about a hunky guy who seduces her, and she is seeing something big and bad in the shadows. All is not well in her reaper world. 

And then there are the questions and the thing that made me go all "wicked"! Haha, yes I loved that part, sadly I can't tell you anything about it, but it was good. So freaking good!

So yes recommended and I need book 2.

I do like it, but yes chick-litish


  1. I really liked this series and can't wait till book 3. I thought Charly and crew were fun----and it was quirky! It was right up my alley :)

  2. Felicia
    I love quirky, and I do think that is what made me enjoy it so much :D

  3. I just broke down and finally bought this myself! I bought book 2 as well. Thanks for the review, I'm looking forward to reading it.

  4. Wow this does sound pretty different, but in a good way.

  5. Lizzie
    Now that was good, I really should have gotten book 2 earlier ;) But one never knows

    SO it was :)

  6. I have this on audio just haven't gotten around to it yet. Glad to see you liked. I do love the cover, white and sparkly.

  7. Chris
    Lol, tell me about it :)

    I hope you like it when you get to it. it was fun

  8. This series has been on my wishlist for a while now, and now you recommend it as well! I really need to have some quality reading time, and soon! Ah well, there is always next year.

  9. Aurian
    I am happy to have read it and now I need the next book :D
    *starts writing bday wishlist*

  10. Believe it or not but I simply love her shoe...such a nice sandal!

  11. Ana
    Well it does look pretty cool :)

  12. Now, I just GOT to get this book!! :) 'coz I like humour...

    And thank you for making me blog spotlight of the week!! *I'm tickled pink*


  13. Cherry
    You are welcome :D

    I hope you like it! Cos yes humour in books, awww, I do love love it and here it worked oh so well

  14. I hope your birthday is soon (and someone buys you the next book)!

  15. Mary
    Really soon...ish :)
    And bf knows to ask so i will tell him

  16. So many series, so little time!

  17. I have this one on audiobook! Now I can't wait to start it. I like humor too! :)

  18. That’s an interesting combination of paranormal & chick lit. I’m glad your brain was wrong!

  19. YES! I have 1 and 2 on audio and have been trying to get to it. I can't wait!! I love humor and she sounds so up my alley!!

  20. Yay! I'm glad you finally read this and liked it. This was one of my favorite reads of the year.

  21. Sounds like a good book! Did you get my email? I'm really excited about winning the giveaway!

  22. I love chick lit covers..I'm a dork for sure. This one sounds like fun!!

  23. I have this book but haven't read it yet but I've heard lot's of good things about it, great review, new follower

  24. So glad to hear this is good. I have it!

  25. I just emailed you using your contact me button on your blog. If that doesn't go through, here's my email address


  26. I love this series! I won First Grave on the Right on GR's and then MacMillan sent me the audiobook and the print ARC's.

    I think Charley rocks-being a reaper and her interactions with the dead! She's snarky and hilarious! Reyes is a hunk with so much to lose... I just love the whole thing!

    Great review!

  27. Amused
    I hear you!

    I hope you like it. The book I got did had this audio clip in it cos it was a promo book, but have not listened to it.

    My brain never knows, silly little brain, do not judge books on covers!

    I do hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did, and the the guy, omg the guy!!!! book boyfriend material

    I am glad too :) It takes me a while sometimes but then again, she has just published it so at least I do not have many more to long after.

  28. Yvonne
    I hope you enjoy the book you won!

    I do love them too, so why did I judge this one? Dunno.

    Sarah B
    Hi there :D Nice to meet you. And yes this book was great and really worth checking out.

    Yay, enjoy!

    Oh Reyes *happy sigh* Such a hunk and the truth, loved loved loved it! hihi. I could go on and on about that.

    And she really is a kick-ass reaper

  29. At first glance I thought this is straight chick-lit too. But looking closely I can see the added touches like the design of the sandals.

  30. Carrie
    Romance is alwways good :)

    The added touches are great, but yes one has to look closer

  31. This is another series friends have been telling me about out here. Just like you! I think I need to give it a go too. :D Thank you!

  32. Melissa
    I am going wild with new books right now, and there are more to come..yup that is a warning, lol



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