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Urban Fantasy Review: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones ( Charley Davidson #7)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that combined barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments—and a few distressing prophesies—have forced her to become a responsible adult. Exactly the kind of adult she’s never aspired to be. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

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8.5/10

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“Charley Davidson, Private Investigator, Because No One Is Better At Investigating Your Privates”

Mrs. Jones gets more and more comfortable with her particular type of wit in each book, and I LOVE it. The catch phrases, the t-shirts, the never-ending banter, - it's an amazingly comfortable routine, and every time I slip into it I berate myself: why didn't I pick up the book sooner?


What changes this time is that Reyes becomes noticeably more humanised. The stronger, the more powerful Charley is the more he exposes his vulnerability. Don't worry, gals! It only makes him hotter.

Seventh Grave is as dynamic as all Darynda Jones' books. Charley and Reyes team up with Garrett and The Dealer to try and figure out how to fight The Twelve, but there are also a lot of in between stories: the missing bodies, the odd suicide notes, whining ghosts and a confusing prophecy.

Include into this Cookie and Ubie, Amber and annoying Reyes Farrow fan club, Beep and the nuisance of planning a marriage, and future Mrs. Farrow has a lot on her plate. 

There were hard to swallow sacrifices, surprising twists and an intriguing side character of Daeva. I am really enjoying his involvement and can't wait to see how it'll all work out for him in the long run. Until then read it, it's a gorgeous story!

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Меня всегда восхищает насколько легко читаются книги Даринды Джонс. Её оригинальное чувство юмора, постоянные шуточки и запоминающиеся фразы в диалогах между героями сразу же создают такую уютную атмосферу, что читателю вылезать из книги совершенно не хочется. Вкупе с непрекращающимся экшном,  Седьмая Могила - идеальное городское фэнтези.

Что меняет сюжет ещё больше - это очеловечивание Рейса Фарроу. Чем больше Чарли превращается в могущественное паранормальное существо, тем больше он тревожится, что он её потеряет.  Добавьте к этому попытки понять как уничтожить Двенадцать, интригующее партнёрство с Даэвой, исчезающие тела, странные записки самоубийц, ноющих призраков, новые способности Чарли... и всё это превращается в одно увлекательное приключение!

Готовьтесь также к странному повороту сюжета в связи с новым тёмным игроком, следящим за Чарли всю её жизнь, и горько-сладкой концовке.  В общем, прекрасная книга, очень советую!
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