First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

10333518Published: February 1st, 2011 By: St. Martin’s Press

Series: Charley Davidson #1

Genres: Adult, Paranormal-Romance

Format: ebook 

Source: Library

 My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5 STARS (1)

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.


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Why? Why has it taken me this long to start this series?!!!! I could kick myself for not starting this sooner, but I guess now is better than never. Upon first introduction, Charley comes across as a little sarcastic, ghost seeing chick who runs a PI firm. Some of her not-so-funny thoughts and comebacks left me wondering just what the author is aiming for in terms of Charley’s personality. Not everything she thinks and says is funny. I wanted to delve deeper into her character because, well, she came off as one of those offensive comedians. You know, the ones that crack jokes at the expense of others just to get a laugh. Still, I didn’t let that stop me from going gaga over this book. Holy S**t, son of satan, where have you been all my life?!

giphy (15)If you are looking for a grim reaper that kicks butt and forces people to the other side, that’s not exactly the case here. Charley, is more of a case solver. Well, at least in this first book she is. And a big chunk of her history is revealed, but I imagine as the books go on there will be more bombs dropped. She does usher the spirits that linger to cross over – even going so far as to trick some of them. I liked that they could pass through her to get there. I also loved the relationship she has with her uncle Bob. I have to wonder if he loves her so much because she helps him solve cases and looks like the hero to his fellow cops. Not a big deal, either way. Garrett….holy hotness. I love the banter between him and Charley, and I wonder if something more will come out of it. Surely, if Reyes has anything to say about it, there won’t be! F**k, I just can’t get over what/who he is! I hope to get more backstory on him as the books go on. Cookie, Charley’s best friend and assistant, is hilarious. I love how concerned she gets about Charley doing dangerous things and almost getting herself killed everyday. 

Here’s what you get in this first installment:

-Introducing Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire 

-3 dead lawyers

-Dead girl who wants to stick around for her cop brother (and annoy the hell out of Charley)

-hot, irritating skiptracer named Garrett 

-mysterious, bad boy Reyes 

Just wait until you meet Reyes Farrow. You won’t know whether to rejoice or hide in fear of him.

-Dead people hanging out with Charley like it’s totally normal. (I really love that kid, Angel. LOL)

-an abusive a-hole of a husband 

-Uncle Bob (who doesn’t know when TMI is TMI. Ewwww)


Aside from annoyance at first meet, I like Charley. I love how she gets info from the dead and uses it for good. She’s not about to let the wrong person get locked up for a crime they didn’t commit. I felt so bad for her at the end, when she received that news. That totally sucked. I hate her stepmother. Yes, I said it. HATE HER. I kinda wish Charley had let Big Bad sever her spine. Who the hell slaps a 5 year old?!! That’s f***ing child abuse! And can we talk about the sexy times? Yeah, total ovary explosion, and it wasn’t even that descriptive. If an author can make you want a being like Reyes to visit your dreams, she’s darn good. I highly recommend this book!


39 thoughts on “First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

  1. Omg I want to read this even more now. Fabulous review! I have heard about this series for a long time and I’ve been wanting to read it, but I just have never picked it up. I may have to bump this up on my list. 😀 I’m so glad that you enjoyed it so much!


  2. I’ve seen this series around and heard of the author, but I’ve never read her books. I know the latest book got a ton of great reviews from people I know though, lol! I guess it’s no wonder it’s popular, if it’s got all the good things you say. It’s cool that you’re getting a chance to start this series too!


  3. Great review, Lekeisha! I’ve been meaning to start this series FOREVER but it just keeps getting pushed to the wayside. Glad you enjoyed it!!


  4. I enjoy this series too. I’ve read the first two I think and the second was on audiobook and it works well in that format so I plan to continue the series on audio. I should probably do that, grab the next one since these books have a lot of humor in them they work for the dark dreary winter. So glad you enjoyed!


  5. Just added this one to my TBR! I do love the sound of this series and so many bloggers I trust have read it and loved it so much. I love the sound of the main character, the humor, the paranormal element and basically everything you pointed out. So excited!


  6. I only started this series last year, Lekeisha, and I love it, too! I think Charley’s sarcasm is just a way for her to cope with stuff. And I’m glad you enjoyed her so much 🙂 I need to continue this series, as I have only read the first two 🙂
    Have a fantastic week and happy reading.


  7. You think it’s taken you forever to read this one, I’ve been eyeing iit for YEARS. I always tell myself that I’ll get to it, then I forget. But not this time – I’m actually going to read it in 2016 thanks to you! I like that Charley works more like a PI/detective. I wonder if my library has this as an audiobook…


  8. Wohoo! I’m so excited that you loved this one, Lekeisha. I really enjoyed it myself and read up to books 3 or 4 and stopped for some reason. I think I just got swept away by my TBR, but seeing all the great reviews for the latest book makes me want to pick it up all over again. I need to make it a priority this year.
    Anyways, I remember really liking Charley’s interactions with Garrett too although I LOOOVED Reyes too. I think Charley and her sarcasm (and fun t-shirts) were the heart and soul of this series though. I hope you continue to enjoy this whole series.
    Great review, Lekeisha! 🙂


  9. I really need to start this series! This sounds like the kind of series that I would really love. I actually bought most of the series years ago but just have got around to starting it. I am so excited to see that you loved it. I may need to start squeezing this series in very soon. Great review, Lekeisha!


  10. Lol. This review is great. I actually got a review book of this series about 8 books in so I started it all wrong. I definitely enjoyed it so I want to jump into it from the beginning. Glad you enjoyed this one!


  11. Oh, you are sooo on track for a good time. This series gets better with the twists, turns, and all that stuff you like. Charley will continue to annoy with her humor. 🙂 I love this series.


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