Friday, 20 April 2012

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

3 Star (Paranormal) 

Fun and light-hearted. An entertaining read!

This book is full of snark and comedy, which is nice considering the main character is a grim reaper and can see and speak to the dead but not so departed. Charley Davidson is a go getter girl full of snark and sass which I love to read in a heroine. She's tough, capable, not a bullshitter and loves to protect the innocent folk. She also has a interesting career trying to help the souls of the dead pass over into the afterlife by trying to solve the mystery of their deaths.

I won't go into mighty detail about the plot itself, there is an interesting if not fully fledged love triangle, two very intriguing men to drool over, as well as enough wit and spark to keep the story moving. At times I did feel like the snarkiness went a bit too far - when I read a few pages where mostly every line was some pun or sarcastic joke it began to get on my nerves a bit, but I know several people who have read this book and loved the spark of humour. I prefer a good balance between humour and a darker edge which I felt this book could have maybe done with a bit more of considering we're reading about murder and demonic presence and all...

Overall, this book was enjoyable if not slightly forgettable. I liked Charley, she brings new meaning to a tough as nails heroine but she also had a more vulnerable side which made me like her even more. Both Reyes and Garrett are interesting characters and both a likeable so it makes the love triangle that is beginning to form that much more interesting. I liked the love/hate banter between Garrett and Charley and was sucked in by the mystery and intrigue and darkness that surrounds Reyes.

A light read, perfect to curl up with if you want a good laugh with an interesting storyline and cute heroine. 


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