Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

Fifth Grave Past the Light
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: St. Martins Press
ISBN:  0765328089
ISBN13: 9780765328083
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher

Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper, but she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes despite this unfortunate fact. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. According to her therapist, however, she lacks conviction.

When dead women start appearing in her apartment - lost, confused and terrified beyond reason - Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help, especially when it becomes apparent that her own sister Gemma is the serial killer's next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who's responsible. And even if he can't, he is the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return: Charley. All of her - body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay…

*Slight series spoilers present* 

Fifth Grave Past the Light starts with a bang and ends with a bang. Charley is one of my top 5 female heroines and I don't see that changing anytime soon. The series gets better and better with every book.

Let me start with our favorite couple. I love that Reyes now lives right next door to Charley. It was funny watching her fight against going over there. As always the romance between Charley and Reyes is HOT. I love the way that Darynda describes their feelings and relationship towards each other. The scenes between them come fast and often and I loved every minute of it. The supporting characters of this series are always fabulous. Cookie continues to be another source of entertainment. The opening chapter with her was especially fun to read and I always look forward to her and Charley's interaction. Swopes finds out some pretty major information about Charley and Reyes. We get a small look at it but they don't dive into it as much as I wish they would have. We get a slight peek at what is to come in regards to Charley's ghostly side kick when his mother shows up at Charley's office. I am excited to learn more about him. Uncle Ubie and Charley continue to be close. His presence is there when she needs him and she needs him often.

There is one particular scene in FIFTH GRAVE that was really hard to read. I was in complete and total tears and heartbreak having to read it but I made it through and I could see how it will change how Charley looks at some situations in the future. The ending paragraph will make your eyes bug out and leave you panting for book 6. If you have not started this series you are nuts! Start from book 1, you will not be disappointed.

I gave it 5/5 stars