Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

Rating: 4 stars

Series: Charley Davidson #6

Sixth Grave on the Edge was really good but not the best in the series. Obviously these books are supposed to be light reads. Charley has ADD, which is kind of irritating at times, but if that is really how people with ADD think, then I clearly do not have it. She was all over the place in this one. My mind doesn’t work like that. There were a few times where something would be mentioned and way later on in the book it wouldn’t be mentioned again. So at some points I was thinking WTF happened to this storyline? Because, unlike Charley, I can focus on multiple things at a time. And in the end, some of those storylines were left hanging. There are a few things like who the fuck is Mr. Wong that I really want answers to.

This had the usual cast of characters plus a newbie: the Dealer. He was interesting and mysterious. He’s not a love interest, but much like Reyes it’s hard to tell whose side he is really on. Although as far as Reyes is concerned, it appears that he really does care about Charley and it’s not all just some agenda. There is still a lot that he knows that he’s not telling Charley. All of his motives won’t be revealed any time soon or the series wouldn’t be as interesting. Swopes was more appealing this time. Normally he’s kind of an ass although, to be fair, he has his reasons. He seems to be a fan favorite among many, but I am not one of them. He isn’t memorable at all IMO. I completely forget about him when he is off page. For the most part, he doesn’t serve a useful purpose other than to irritate Reyes.

Charley needs some character growth. The series is going to get ridiculous if she does not mature a little bit. She keeps running head first into danger without giving it a second thought. It gets old after a while. She constantly being told that she’s powerful, but she has no drive to learn how to use that power. Shouldn’t someone whose life is always in danger want to help herself? Others will tell her what grim reapers are capable of, but she doesn’t try to do any of those things or learn what other things reapers can do.

Overall it was really good. It would have been 5 stars but there were two storylines which didn’t have anything to do with the usual cast of characters that were dull. It wasn’t as funny as some of the others but I had a few good laughs. There was a cliffhanger at the end. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to see where this development goes. Not everyone will be pleased with it because some people do not enjoy that type of storyline in this genre. At least the next book comes out in the fall, so we don’t have to wait forever for some of these storylines to be resolved!

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The Horrorscape Trilogy by Nenia Campbell

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This series was highly recommended by a friend. I’m grateful I discovered these. It’s like these were books that I’ve been waiting my whole life to read and didn’t even know I was looking for. They’ve given me a hardcore book hangover. I can’t read anything else and truly enjoy it because I can’t stop obsessing about this series.

It’s hard to even pin down a genre. I’ve never read anything else like this ever. Psychological horror/suspense is probably the best way to describe them. The trilogy focuses on the relationship between Gavin and Val, but it’s not one that could really be classified as romantic. It’s dark and twisted, and I enjoyed every minute of it. By the end of the trilogy, it will fuck with your head.

Gavin is sexy, domineering, and demented. He’s not a hero or an anti-hero. He’s a character that should be despised, but no matter what he does, there is something incredibly alluring about him. He has charm and eloquence that shows through even when he is being despicable.

Val is a naïve young girl in the beginning. Her mind becomes warped from certain things she experiences. She’s not bad by any means, but she is emotionally damaged. Regardless of her emotional issues, she was easy to relate to. Her issues didn’t make the story depressing either. Her internal conflict and struggles were interesting.

It’s an incredibly fucked up story that gets darker with every book. The books evolve from young adult to adult as the characters age. The books did have some flaws but were highly enjoyable nonetheless. I can’t really say more without spoiling it so read these. They are awesome!