Series: Charley Davidson #6
Published by Macmillan Audio on May 20, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Lorelei King
Length: 9 hours and 46 minutes
Also by this author: Second Grave on the Left
Sometimes I wrestle my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle. (Bumper Sticker)
Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She's a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who's known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he's dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes' childhood happens to land into her lap, she can't help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins. First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can't get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the 12 Beasts of Hell are unleashed....
I really don’t know what I think about Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones. I know it’s the same series I began listening to with First Grave on the Right, but there has been a fundamental shift from then to now, and I think I both like and don’t like it.
Sixth Grave on the Edge wasn’t as full of drama as its predecessors, but there was definitely some mysteries solved and some relationships solidified. But, the one thing I would’ve preferred was for this ‘filler’ story not have been so long. There was so much talking amongst the main characters that I completely forgot about the mystery they were supposed to be solving.
Also, Lorelei King’s narration of Sixth Grave on the Edge just didn’t do it for me. Her voice actually started to irritate me as I was getting closer to the end of the book, but I blame that on the writing because 9 times out of 10 Lorelei King can pretty much sell me on any book she narrates whether I like the author or not. Sixth Grave on the Edge just didn’t cut it for me in its entirety.
I think my slight aversion to Sixth Grave on the Edge came completely from Charley’s character. I believe I’ve stated my grievances about her character before with some of the previous stories I’ve listened to in this series, but with this installment she took her meddling and irritating personality to the max. There wasn’t one thing that happened amongst the main bunch of characters that she didn’t feed into or cause but would then act innocent when she was called out on it. Plus, I don’t feel as if she deserves Reyes in any capacity, she’s too immature and not completely ready for a committed relationship that doesn’t revolve around her and her otherness.
I have purchased books 7, Seventh Grave And No Body, 8, Eighth Grave After Dark, 10, The Curse of Tenth Grave, and received 13, Summoned to Thirteenth Grave, via the publisher, so I will continue on with the series, but I sincerely hope that with the bomb that was dropped at the end of Sixth Grave on the Edge we get a more relatable momentum going. I don’t think I could stand another story where we’re stuck dealing with Charley’s meddling ways and having to endure Reyes rescuing her because she can’t seem to tap into her Reaper powers to enact basic self defense tactics.