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Urban Fantasy Review: The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #10)

Ecopy thanks to St. Martin's Griffin

Synopsis from Goodreads
As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

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 I am actually very pleased with this book, peeps! The plot catching up to reason, and finally we get a clear picture of what to expect, because frankly? last two books were messy.

Charley is back from her amnesia trip with a lot of secrets to keep away from her husband. Don't worry, he's got a few secrets of his own. Like "where is Beep?" or "why do I keep my distance from Charley?". As usual, Charley gets landed a couple of paranormal cases. She needs to find a disappeared victim of a crime, and save a cursed child. No biggie. There is also a humorous encounter with hunters of all the things paranormal which reminded me of an episode from Supernatural

The best thing though is what's happening between Charley and Reyes, it's about a crisis in their relationship and the way they handle it. It's painful and at the same time sweet. I also love the plot arch about gods and their powers, which became pretty fascinating.

Overall, its a very good, very well-paced urban fantasy, and for once Charley doesn't, you know,  almost die in the end. Great series going strong, highly recommended.

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Я на самом деле очень довольна этой книгой, ребята! Сюжет наконец-то выравнивается и избавляется от рояля в кустах, и нам наконец-то становится ясно, чего ожидать, потому как, если честно, последние две книги написаны были грязно.

Чарли возвращается из Спящей Лощины после своей амнезии с парой больших секретов за пазухой, которые она пытается скрыть от своего мужа. Не волнуйтесь, Рейс скрывает от неё парочку тайн тоже. Как например, "где Бип?" или "почему я сторонюсь своей жены?". Как обычно, Чарли занимается парой паранормальных расследований - пытается найти исчезнувшую жертву преступления и избавить ребёнка от проклятия. Мелочи. А ещё за ней следует по пятам пара команд охотников, что мне до смешного напомнило эпизод от Супернатурал.

Лучшее, что происходит так это выяснение отношений между Чарли и Рейсом. Они как будто переходят на другой уровень взаимодействия, и проходят через кризис веры друг в друга. Читать об этом горко-сладко, несмотря на обычные шуточки Чарли. В то же время, мне очень понравилась часть сюжета, где раскрываются способности Чарли и её прошлое в качестве божества.

В общем, хорошо размеренный темп сюжета, качественное городское фэнтези, и это первая книга, в конце которой Чарли не находится на грани жизни и смерти. Рекомендую.                                                                                                                      

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