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Book Review – Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) by Darynda Jones

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If I were to hashtag that moment, my status would read something like #impressed

Ok, so here at OUBB we are big Charley Davidson fans. Huge Charley Davidson fans really. My BBH Kristal got me into this series and I’ve loved it since the first book. We’ve decided to buddy read this book (#6) since we both knew we were going to spend A LOT of time discussing it with each other anyway….probably at random times as well… AKA after our kids music class 2 days ago on the side of the road where I felt we had a very in-depth heart to heart about all things Charley and Reyes… Yes, we really do have that much to say about it! So lets get started…

Charm – Ok firstly I didn’t know what to expect after book 5… That book was SPOOKY and heavy. A hard act to follow I think. This book to me had a TOTALLY different feel. It still had it’s heavy spooky parts for sure, but it was generally a lot lighter I thought. Which in some ways was a good salve after the last one, heavens knows Charley probably needed a slight break. But also was not at all what I was expecting!

Kristal – I LOVED book five. It was my favourite of the series so far, so I was beyond excited for this one. I really liked the slightly darker tone of book five and loved that we were getting a bit of character development where Charley was concerned. But I agree, book six had a completely different feel! I absolutely devoured this book, just like all of the previous ones, but I felt a little disappointed with the way she seemed to have taken a step back. I think I was hoping for bigger and better things for her but instead it felt like we just skimmed along the top of her personality.

Charm – Oh yeah Charley was as friggen hilarious as always. I LOVE her one liners and general ridiculousness. She is one character I wish I could absorb a little bit into myself just so I could be a tad cooler. I do have to mention, as much as I was cracking up all over the show there were a few points in the story where I was thinking she could’ve been a bit more serious about the situation. I’m all for reckless abandon, but sometimes a bit of maturity is important. I feel like with everything shes been through there might’ve been more glimpses of that?

Kristal – Definitely. At the start of book six it did mention she had nightmares about her experiences in the previous books but then….nothing? It felt like quite a few random story-lines were started and not followed through with. I’m hoping that this is leading up to one big, awesome grand finale, where everything comes together and blows our minds! It IS a Darynda Jones book so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is what is happening. The one story-line that I’m keen to hear more about is the one involving her dad – what’s going on there???!!! Oh and her “other” family.

Charm – Yeah this is the one thing in the book I was slightly iffy about, in every other book Charley always has a few cases on the go plus whatever personal/Reaper stuff is going on… In this book she has A LOT going on. There were so many storylines! Some haven’t been wrapped up yet, quite a few were… I LOVED Angel’s storyline. So I totally agree with you Kristal… I’m thinking there is a higher purpose to everything that’s been going on. Also I am totally with you on the Dad story… I want MORE. What on earth is happening. Also, I’m not going to wreck the ending for any of you that haven’t read it but WHAT ON EARTH!!! I’m seriously wondering what is coming up in the next book after that happened?!

Kristal – Hmmmm yea. That ending. People seem to be either loving or hating it. I’m in the hating it group for now to be honest (or at least very, very dubious), but that could always change in the next book depending on how things go. I just can’t see her being able to be her full self with that going on! But I’m keeping an open mind, so we shall see! I”m really looking forward to October now so I can see how it’s all going to play out. Eeeeep!

Charm – Yeah I think I’ll reserve judgment on the ending in this book until after I’ve read #7. I can’t wait to see what direction Darynda Jones will take… because really it could go anywhere. Also before we end this… my final words are: Reyes = Yum.

Kristal – Oh Reyes…sigh. I love him too. Definitely on my top UF Book Boyfriend list. This story really COULD go anywhere at this point. There are so many unanswered questions. Luckily we don’t have long to wait for Seventh Grave and No Body! Love that we get two books this year. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

He took hold of my chin and lifted my face to his. “I have a feeling a machete and a spork can work very well together.”

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Sunday Loves – 25.05.2014

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Charley Davidson love!


Tonight my BBH and I are starting our buddy read of the sixth Charley Davidson book, Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones. To say we’re excited is possibly a big fat understatement. So, with this in mind (and with the fact I am DYING to get reading!) I am dedicating tonight’s Sunday love to our favourite Grim Reaper…

Here’s the blurb for First Grave on the Right… (Goodreads) This should give you a taste of the amazingness to come…


This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.

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?

With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.

If you like UF or even if you just like a read that will make you laugh, love and be brave then you will seriously LOVE this series. Charley has the perfect amount of hilariousness and attitude to make you wish you were her best buddy. You seriously wont get enough of her… and her penchant for naming inanimate objects. Also, just as a warning… you will absolutely end up with a book boyfriend from this series. He is hotter than hell itself. Swoon. Seriously. Read it. And when you have, swap notes with us!

Third Grave Dead Ahead

By Darynda Jones


Oh and just in case you get as hooked as we are… here is the seventh book due out later this year….


Sunday Loves – 13.04.2014

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Counting down for this!

Counting down for this!





So Kristal reviewed Fifth Grave Past the Light today, the fifth book from the Charley Davidson series. In her review she mentioned we are HUGE fans of this series, and we really are. The amount of conversations we’ve had about this series is ridiculous… it’s definitely in our top 5 most discussed series list! So I thought I’d follow up with showing my love for the upcoming new release…. beyond excited for this. It’s released 20/05/2014, so just over a month to wait. So, if you haven’t experienced Charley yet you have a few weeks to read your butt off to be ready for this….

Sixth Grave on the Edge

Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conducts her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

Book Review – Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) by Darynda Jones

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Here at Once Upon a Book Blog we are HUGE Charley Davidson fans.  We love her with the fire of a thousand suns. And Reyes too. We looooove Reyes. I have actually left Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) for a while, waiting until I knew the sixth one was nearly out. And THANK GOD I did because it’s semi cliffy. 

Grim Reaper and P.I extraordinaire Charley Davidson has a problem. Her neighbour/boyfriend(?)/Son of Satan is the lead suspect in her arson case, so she decides to keep her distance from Reyes Farrow until she figures out the truth. However, her apartment is slowly filling up with terrified, frantic, and confused dead women. When Charley thinks that her sister Gemma might be the next victim in the serial killers sights she enlists Reyes help to keep her safe. Adding to the drama is Garrett Swopes who, after spending some time in hell, is determined to find out answers about Charley, Reyes and the battle ahead. 

So much happened in this book. SO MUCH! If I’m honest, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4), wasn’t my favorite book so far and I was getting worried that the series was going downhill. I was starting to get frustrated with Charley and pissy at Reyes, but Fifth Grave Past the Light got the whole story and its characters back on track for me. One of my biggest frustrations was that Charley never seemed all that determined to learn more about who she is, and what she could do. It just got swept under the rug a lot. I couldn’t understand it because I think anyone else would be running around begging answers of people, rather than putting it all in the too hard basket. In this book we definitely start to get a lot more answers about who Charley ultimately is, what her purpose is, and what may be ahead for her. Which I loved. It feels like the author might be setting things up for something epic to occur and I can’t wait.

In Fifth Grave Past the Light I found that there was a slightly more serious undercurrent.  It was there in her relationships with her family, friends and Reyes and also in her work. I think this series really needed it. I didn’t even realise how much, until I was reading certain scenes and thinking how badly that needed to happen. We got to see a softer, more serious side to Charley, which was perfect and absolutely heartbreaking all in one. There was still plenty of that quirky Charley humor though –

“I’d dressed to the nines. Or, at the very least, the eight-and-a-halves.”

And that brings us to Charley and Reyes. These two slay me. If anything happens with them, other than HEA, I don’t think I will ever recover from the heartbreak. They just seem to be a match made in heaven, and they are smoking hot together as well. Reyes finally came through for Charley in this book and I started to believe that he was a lot more invested in this than I thought him to be in earlier books. His actions spoke louder than his words. Finally. And that ending!!! Ohhh!!! I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it but swoooooon! I melted into a puddle and don’t think I’ll solidify again until I start reading Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6).

“You are everything to me. How can I not empathize with you for what you’ve endured?”

I would have to say that Fifth Grave Past the Light was my favorite Charley installment so far. It was perfection from start to finish. I absolutely cannot wait to read more of this series.  Bring on May and October!!