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Friday, April 1, 2016

Audio Book Review: The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

The Dirt on Ninth Grave 
(Charley Davidson Series, #9)
by Darynda Jones 
Narrated by Lorelei King

In a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

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Viviana's Review: 
You know that feeling of anticipation and of having to wait to not only find out what happens next to your favorite characters... but to also see how the author is going to move the pieces to make things work out. You're watching for excerpts, teasers, and as a reviewer, your inbox for the ARC. Then the day arrives where you get the ARC and in my case the ARC in audio YIPPIE. I downloaded immediately and began listening to it at once.

Lorelei, the narrator, continues to ROCK! She captures the essences that is Charlie, Reyes, Cookie and the rest of the characters. She provides each of them with not only a unique voice and tone, but the personality also come through the speakers.

This is the 9th book in the series and one that at the point can not be read as a standalone. I cannot get into a lot of details or info without providing spoiler, but there is just so much going on in the story arc that its necessary to read in order.

"The Dirt on Ninth Grave" was a little slow to start and I will admit Charles "condition" was a cause of frustration for me. As a reader of the series and someone that loves it and Charlie like a friend and boy did I want to go through the book and shake her to make the condition go away. Due to the "the condition' it felt repatative at times some of the things Charley would say. This information was the majority of the book.

The good news is that once the action starts and we get our old Charley back, everything is better and BAM, add an OMG revelation and end of book.... NOOOOOOOOOO

As with any series, you need books that help move the story forward and this was one of them. While I didn't absolutely LOVE every single moment, this is Darynda FREAKING Jones! And there was humor and moment that tug at your heart throughout the book.

Again, I'm left with the anticipation of wanting to see what the heck happens next and how Darynda is going to make everything work out!

Narrator Review: I think I've said it before...Lorelei King is AWESOME! She rocks!! :) She adds another layer of depth to already phenomenal characters!

Overall, while not my favorite, still a story readers will enjoy because it's CHARLEY!!!! and REYES!!!!!!!!!! and COOKIE!!!!! and DARYNDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 3.5 Stars - I REALLY Liked It!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the MacMillan Audio in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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