Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

May 19th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 69 Comments

19th May
Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark
by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #8
Published by: St. Martin
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums. Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine. While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones is a unique urban fantasy that combines humor, suspense, action and a steamy romance that make me swoon. Eighth Grave After Dark, the eighth book in the series is a pivotal one and I encourage you to devour it immediately.

Spoiler free review for folks who have read the series

Five Caffeinated reasons to call out sick and read Eighth Grave After Dark

  • Jones herself has indicated Eight Grave After Dark is a pivotal novel as we move forward with the series. Questions are answered, significant moments are shared and revelations are revealed! The tale picks up 8 months after Seventh Grave and No Body ends.
  • Charley and Reyes are living in an abandoned convent to protect their soon to be born baby “Beep” and in typical Jones fashion; we have a lot going on. Old friends and allies are popping in, the front lawn is covered with dead people and Charley is ready to pop. A nuptial is about to take place on the grounds, Mr. Wong has magically appeared and is in the corner. Kit shows up with a missing child case. The case Charley was secretly working on produces answers and unexpected results. A young ghost needs help and there is a wailing woman in Charles closet…yeah life is good.
  • It is a character reunion! So many characters begin appearing at the convent and it was delightful seeing them and learning new developments. Jones takes secondary characters and gives them pivotal roles for future novels. Folks you will not be able to set this down. Call your boss now. You need a mental health day.
  • For fans, this book might make you pee your pants a little because we get answers. I am talking big answers! Ones that have driven us crazy for example, “Who is Mr. Wong?” or “Who sent the twelve hell hounds?’ and so much more.
  • Twists, turns and oh baby, Reyes is in trouble! Jones continues to surprise me and it is clear she knows what direction she is taking this story and these characters. It is one hell of ride. While we see some of Charley’s wit and sarcasm and get some heated moments with Reyes this story is much more serious. The ending was brutal but it is not a cliffhanger. Jones likes to deliver these zingers and while it is clear where we are heading the last chapter will bring excitement, tears and have you contemplating driving to New Mexico for an advanced copy of Dirt on Ninth Grave. Unless you are up for a road trip and possible jail time, you will just have to wait like the rest of us for January 5, 2016.

Quotes

“I just don’t get it. I’m supernatural. You’re supernatural. Why can’t we have one of those quick pregnancies like Bella and Edward? Gwen from Torchwood. Skully. Deanna Tori. Or even Cordelia when that demon impregnated her. Twenty-four hours later, bam! Demon child.”

“… But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….”

‘I found him in kitchen raiding the fridge. We still had a lot of food left over from the caterers and the cookout last night.
“No,” he said before I could even get a word out.
“But you haven’t heard-”
“No,” he said again, standing up with his arms full of leftovers. “And that’s final.
” How do you even know I want something? ”
“It’s how you walk.”

About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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69 Responses to “Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..you need to read the series..such fun and yum

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was a strong one , this series really keeps you vested and lordy the fun we have!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I don’t want to switch formats since I already have the voices in my head, but plan to eventually do a re-read on audio.

  1. Jenny

    I’m holding out on this series Kim! I’m so excited to read it, but I know it’s going to be a brutal ride and I think it’s better for my mental and emotional health if I just take it on all at one time. Do we know how many books are going to be in this series? 10?
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Jenny she said she plans or hopes to be writing this series for a very long time.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I would trust Charlie..she takes care of those she loves and those she is responsible for 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed I was lost to my family while reading it!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *looks around and whispers, * Why, yes. Yes I am. *giggles*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh it was good..Sophia..so many questions answered!

  2. Ro

    I don’t normally read a lot of Urban Fantasy, but my goodness I have totally fallen in love with the quotes you mentioned and the characters sound fantastic. If I can use this book as a good excuse to call in sick soon, I’m going for it! Really like your review. Hugs…
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is a good one to dabble in..since it has a different vibe then traditional UF

  3. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    This was totally the pivotal installment! Maybe a bit less funny than the rest, but so very important! And the direction will change. I don’t doubt Darynda at all, I know I’ll enjoy it. But it was obvious to me that she was setting things up for a spin-off, and she totally was. She said so herself.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, she talked about it in her interview with us and said she had a hard time with this one, and felt it effecting the humor, but honestly it worked with all that developed. I need the spin-off!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh how can you wait? Well I am sure it will be worth it!

  4. Ramona

    Apparently, I’m the only earthling who hasn’t read this series. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, it seems. Everyone appears to love it! Wonderful review, Kimba 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      If I was just beginning I would do the audio..it sounds hilarious. I plan to do a re-read on audio when the series ends..but at this point I have created the character’s voices in my head

    • kimbacaffeinate

      3 day weekend approaching…time for a Charley-thon!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have a blast every time I open one of these books..love them

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is totally addictive and I can read a new release in a few hours. Try one and if you aren’t sold move on..but worth it to try.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh enjoy, yeah my review is mostly spoiler free but at this junction in the series it is hard.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Lindy, this is one of my all time favorite series

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes. Ya know I keep writing the next book in my head and it’s making me crazy..all the scenarios..gads

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I consume these books in one sitting when they release and then walk around for weeks contemplating what will happen next and quoting the characters…such a good ride Jaclyn

  5. Cyn

    Eight books in and still great. That’s exactly what I want to hear about a series! I’m pretty sure I have the first book, I just need to start it! Great review, Kim! Love the quotes (:
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series just rocks Cyn. I laugh so hard I cry.

  6. Dani C

    I just finished this yesterday. While I loved it I didn’t love it as much as the others. It did answer questions and yes I did actually cry at the end but for some reason it just didn’t hit well with me.

    But that doesn’t mean I am not looking forward to the next book… 🙂 I have some high hopes for it!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This didn’t have as much humor and really set things up for both the spin-off and book nine.