Thursday, November 8, 2018

Early Review: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (@Darynda, @StMartinsPress, @SMPRomance)

Check out post one of the day HERE

 Fun Fact:
By far the hardest story in the series to write, penning the last Charley book was a bittersweet experience. But Darynda knew she had to go big or go home, so what better way to go out with a bang than to end the world as we know it by starting the zombie apocalypse? Because that’s what writers do. We start apocalypses.

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: St. Martins Press
ISBN:  125014941X
ISBN13: 9781250149411
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series!

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.

I was both sad and elated when I finished SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE.

Charley's humor is alive and well in the final installment of the Charley Davidson series. I love how she looks at the world and the humor she brings to every situation. I re-read FIRST GRAVE before jumping into book 13 and I was both amazed at how far she has come, yet how unchanged Charley is. She has held onto herself through SO much yet grown with every situation.

Charley and Reyes are one of my favorite UF couples. They just 'get' each bother and I love their interactions. I'm a mom, so the whole having to give Beep to someone else to raise really killed me and I wish that it didn't have to be like that cause they would have been phenomenal parents.

There was some big revelations in book 13. Revelations I never would have guessed. It's amazing how things are connected and who turns out to be more than we thought they would be. Beep has a really fantastic army behind her.

I'm not quite sure how I feel about the ending of SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE. On one hand it makes total sense, on the other, it makes me sad and I really wanted there to be more to it. I still have a ton of questions and want to see more of Charley, Reyes and the rest of the gang. I really hope Beeps story isn't too far off and I'm excited to see how certain people turn out and how the story evolves with a different POV.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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