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Author: Darynda Jones / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 05 January 2012 / Genre: Fantasy / Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group / Title: Second Grave on the Left / ISBN 13: 9780749956097 / ISBN 10: 0749956097

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      01.06.2014 22:41
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      Still seems directionless to me...

      When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can''t help but wonder what Cookie''s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman''s name. Mimi''s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

      Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He''s left his body because he''s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can''t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they''ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven?well, let''s just say it wouldn''t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

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      I want to love this series, but the whole anti-hero angle and the whole tragic romance the author is aiming for isn''t capturing my interest, and it just distracts me from the other subplots. I''d only recommend this to readers who are primary looking for that Bad Boy romance, rather then those of us who are looking for a gritty urban based fantasy series.

      A shame; the ingredients for a fantastic series are all here, but the author seems unsure of what kind of series she actually wants to write, so she is trying to cram everything into the book, creating an uneasy balance, that is actually distracting.

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      05.03.2012 06:52
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      Five out of five stars

      ---Book synopsis---

      When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can't help but wonder what Cookie's up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman's name. Mimi's husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

      Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He's left his body because he's being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can't let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they'll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven...well, let's just say it wouldn't be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?


      ---Review---

      ""Well" Cookie asked as I walked to my apartment, her head poking out her door. How did she always know I was coming? I was pure stealth. Smoke. Nigh invisible. Like a ninja without the head wrap."Crap," I said when I tripped on my own feet and dropped my cell." (p.109)


      Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones is the second book in the Charley Davison urban fantasy series. I read the first book and just couldn't put it down so I was a little worried about starting Second Grave on the Left in case it didn't live up to my high hopes. But it did.


      I LOVED, loved, loved this book. It was just like First Grave on the Right in that it was entertaining from start to end.


      Charley Davidson is a grim reaper by birth and a Private Investigator by choice and in this book she stumbles across and around on another case, this time involving a missing person, Cookie's friend Mimi. However, as with the first book Second Grave on the Left is jam packed with subplots and interesting twists that mean there is never a dull moment.


      Charley Davidson really is a great character and I for one would love to have someone just like her as my friend in real life, it would certainly keep things interesting. In the first book I found Charley to be a bit like a caricature, with always something quick witted to say but she lacked a bit of depth, in this book I got to see more of her personality and I liked her even more. She was more believable in this book, if that can be applied to a grim reaper/private investigator dating the son of Satan.


      I was delighted to find that there was a lot more of Cookie in this book, she's the best friend that everyone would be lucky to have, loyal, dependable and makes a mean cup of java. I also loved their banter and I don't think these books would be the same without Cookie. Something I always notice about books that I love is that it's about creating not just one great character but a whole novel filled with them and Darynda Jones has certainly done that with this series.


      Speaking of great characters, Reyes was just as badass sexy in this book as he was in the first book. However, in this book their relationship was strong, dark and definitely a bit twisty. They are undoubtedly in love with one another but it was far from a perfect relationship and in fact they spent the majority of the book being mad at each other. But what else could you expect from the Son of Satan and the one and only super shiny grim reaper.


      Darynda Jones is a great writer and her prose just flows effortless. More often than I would like, I tend to find that I can love the first book in a series only to discover that the second book is a bit of a letdown. This is certainly not the case here, from the cover to the end I really enjoyed Second Grave on the Left.

      Highly recommended, I LOVE this series and I just hope Darynda Jones writes more and quickly because as far as I am aware after the third book (Third Grave Dead Ahead) I have to wait patiently or not so patiently for the fourth one to be published.




      Genre - Adult, Urban Fantasy
      Published by Piatkus Books (Jan 2012)
      Paperback - 304 pages (£7.99)
      Source - I bought a copy of Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

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