Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review: First Grave on the Right

Title : First Grave on the Right
Series : Charley Davidson #1
Author : Darynda Jones
ISBN : 0749956046 (ISBN13: 9780749956042)
Edition : Paperback UK (Released November 2011)
Publisher : Piatkus Book
Page counts : 310 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Average Rating : 4.07 (per January 31st, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : January 26th, 2017
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Note : Winner of RITA Award by Romance Writers of America for Best First Book (2012), HOLT Medallion by Virginia Romance Writers for Best First Book and for Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy (2012), Golden Heart by Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance (2009)

Private investigator Charlotte Davidson was born with three things: looks; a healthy respect for the male anatomy; and the rather odd job title of grim reaper. Since the age of five, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross over. Thus, when three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered, they come to her to find their killer.

In the meantime, Charley's dealing with a being more powerful - and definitely sexier - than any spectre she's ever come across before. With the help of a pain-in-the-ass skip tracer, a dead pubescent gangbanger named Angel, and a lifetime supply of sarcasm, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn't nearly as dangerous as falling in love.

First Grave on the Right was not something I planned on reading. But I'm a sucker for a good review, especially when it comes from my go-to reviewer. This book is supposedly good, and when I got the book, I couldn't wait to read it.

Never knock on death's door. Ring the doorbell then run. He totally hates that.
- T-shirt

Well, there are several things to love about this book, and several things to hate #sigh

Charlotte 'Charley' Davidson is a licensed PI with a slight advantage--she can see and communicate with dead people. People who don't cross and still have unfinished business. That's why she could solve most murder cases, and often helps her Uncle Bob, a detective on Albuquerque PD. She's the Grim Reaper, one who's born every few centuries. She doesn't quite grasp what she can do, and what's the limit of her power is. For as long as she's alive, there is a presence, a dark entity she affectionately calls the Big Bad or just Bad. But recently, there is also something infiltrating her dreams, making her dreams more...let's just say sensual.
Charley wants to find out if Bad and the stranger in her dreams are related, and then she stumbles into Reyes Farrow, a man she met years back, and now a convicted prisoner in coma. While still trying to solve a murder of three lawyers, she also needs to know about who is Reyes Farrow, and what's his role in her life.

“He said you sparkle like a newborn galaxy and have more attitude than a rich kid with his daddy's Porsche.”

One thing I like from Charley is her smart-ass ways and witty quips. They don't come too crazy, just weird in a good way. She also has a penchant for naming every single thing. From her Jeep (Misery) to her boobs (Danger and Will Robinson). That's hilarious and gives her character. She also has ADD, and her attention is painfully short-timed. Oooh, not to mention her obsession with hot guys--like men in uniforms. On this case, Charley and I can relate. In fact, we could be best friends XD Though, Charley is too dangerous on her own, she's like a magnet for troubles.

In this book, Reyes is still a mystery (well, he's in a coma!) and what I could gather, he's bordering on crazy on his possessiveness. Sexy, yes, but 'visually', because honestly he doesn't get too many scenes in this book. I like the other characters in this book too, like Uncle Bob, Cookie Kowalski (Charley's assistant-slash-multitalented go-to-girl), even Garrett Swopes. The plot, while a bit flat, is still enjoyable.

What I didn't like is that I feel this book fell on the mediocre. I don't know if it's supposed to be mystery, thriller, or romance, because everything is so in between. The romance part, I get, but it's too vague and unclear. The mystery part is also just lukewarm. The book focuses more about the characters rather than the storyline. 

I'd still love to find out more about Charley and what her real power is, also more about Reyes and how he'll play his role in Charley's life, because I think there are too much more for Darynda Jones to explore. I like the book enough to want to read the next books. I was just hoping First Grave on the Right wowed me more.

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