Title: Fifth Grave Past the Light
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson, #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: July 9th, 2013
Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper, but she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes despite this unfortunate fact. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. According to her therapist, however, she lacks conviction.
When dead women start appearing in her apartment – lost, confused and terrified beyond reason – Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’s help, especially when it becomes apparent that her own sister Gemma is the serial killer’s next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who’s responsible. And even if he can’t, he is the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return: Charley. All of her – body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay…
Just a few years ago Charley Davidson came onto the Urban Fantasy scene full force and quickly won me over with her wit and humor but overall good-hearted personality. Now, five books into the series I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite series and the series only gets better and better, Fifth Grave Past the Light being my favorite installment from the series so far.
One thing that fans of Charley Davidson have been waiting for is more Reyes. We get little glimpses of him and learn a little bit more about him in each book, but when-oh-when will he finally be on the forefront and finally with Charley?! Well, if you’re one reader who’s been asking these questions you’ll be extremely happy with Fifth Grave. Not only is he in a lot of the book but his and Charley’s relationship definitely moves forward in this one and believe me it doesn’t decrease the suspense, but only increases the interest in the series.
So with the Reyes situation finally moving forward will the books lose their steam? No, I highly doubt it. This book was all the better for having more Reyes and Charley and let’s not forget that Charley is a very strong character in her own right. She doesn’t really need Reyes to be interesting, but it certainly adds a lot to the series to have him as her counterpart. There’s still a lot of questions and mystery surrounding what her and Reyes being together really means, so the future books will probably be focusing on that.
If you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy and haven’t checked this series out yet then you’re seriously missing out. Not only is it fun and witty, but the mystery is solid and Charley is one of the strongest UF females I’ve read to date — being a good mixture of strong and clever with very real vulnerabilities that only make you love her more.
I can’t wait for the next installment. I predict that this series will be around for a good long while and I’m looking forward to picking up each and every sequel as fast as my little hands can get them.
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