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They're back, and it couldn't be a more welcome sight! I hugged my Kindle when Fifth Grave Past the Light arrived. Oh, to be back in the world of Charley Davidson! Bliss!
This book is the fifth installment in the world of Charley - aka. The Grim Reaper. Back with her friends - Cookie, Uncle Bob, Gemma, Garrett, and the drool-worthy Reyes - Ms. Jones takes us along another zany, breath-taking ride. Charley, like always, is juggling a lot situations: There is a serial killer on the loose, Gemma is keeping secrets, a loved one is scheduled to die, another loved one has been to Hell and back and is telling stories, Cookie literally shoots from the hip, and Amber falls in love and tries her hand at signing, and the "situation" with Reyes heats up (like a lot).
I love Charley because despite the fact that she is the Grim Reaper, she is accessible. She could be a superhero - but even with superhero powers, she is down to earth. She is funny, snarky, and loyal to the bone. She is a true Girlfriend. In high school, she would be voted "Most Desired to be Stranded on a Desert Island With" because she is so giving, supportive and entertaining.
It's not all about the fun. There are some difficult and heart-stopping moments as well. Darynda Jones knows how to balance a story to keep it from becoming too silly or too serious. It's this balance that keeps the narrative compelling and not-able-to-put-downable.
IN A NUTSHELL: This is one of the best in the series. Bringing all that I love about Charley Davidson and putting a little cherry on top. (and that ending...I don't know how I'll manage until the next book)
NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.