ARC Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Posted May 19, 2015 by Angela in Reviews / 28 Comments

ARC Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark
by Darynda Jones

5 Stars

Released: May 19th 2015
Series: Charley Davidson #8
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

Recommended Read!

“Darynda is a force to be reckoned with. Not only that she has outdone herself, she just about blew my mind. Eighth Grave After Dark is the game changer of the series, and a definite must read of the year” ~ Under the Covers

Darynda is a force to be reckoned with. Not only that she has outdone herself, she just about blew my mind. Eighth Grave After Dark is the game changer of the series, and a definite must read of the year.

In the safety of a convent, Charley and Reyes are biding their time waiting for Beep to come. They continue to research on how to rid of the twelve hellhounds who are after Charley. Friends and relatives including Garrett, Angel and allies from the other side help them look for clues to solve the mystery. Meanwhile, Charley attempts some kind of normalcy. Despite the lack of caffeine, she keeps her snark in place and manages land a case to help a missing girl. I don’t think she can ever turn away from what she does. Helping is her life…her nature.

Charley still has a knack for getting herself in sticky situations. Sometimes premeditated and well, often by chance. I think this is expected of her; cracks me up every time. There’s so much going on; the prophecy, the wedding (yes there will be a wedding), the delivery, the smoking hot scenes and not to mention Charley’s emotional relationship with her stepmom, Denise. Charley and Reyes are sweet and sexy as ever. I have to tell you, Reyes is as perfect as ever!!! I was amazed at all the revelations of the prophecy among other things in this book. A lot revealed including who Mr. Wong really is. Readers will also learn more of Charley’s background which left me in a total state of awe. Eighth Grave After Dark is truly THE game changer of the series.

I also found myself laughing out loud, surprised, amazed and even little freaked with all the ghosts around. I know, I know. I am reading a story about the grim reaper. It’s complicated. I have this wild addiction to this series despite my fear of ghosts. I also found myself in massive tears at the end. No spoilers, but I know that this has to be the hardest Charley will endure.

The ending is not quite a cliffhanger but leaves Charley fans wanting more and contemplating what is to come. Most importantly, it seals the deal of having more of Charley. If you didn’t already know, Darynda is contracted up to book eleven.  The next instalment The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, #9) scheduled to release January 5th, 2016.

The recap was impeccable, and if someone was to jump at this book now, they will understand what is going on and quite possibly enjoy the story. Of course, what I recommend is to start from the beginning as there is way too much information and experience to truly bond with the characters and story. I promise doing so will be worth your time.



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About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at

*photo credit: Donita Massey Privett*




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A branded coffee mug and Grim Reaper nail decals,

plus the complete Charley Davidson series!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by St. Martin’s Press.




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28 responses to “ARC Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

  1. Nancy L.R.

    This is one of my all time favorite series! I just adore the characters so much, I seriously cannot wait to read it!
    I’m so glad we finally get answers!

    Awesome review! 🙂

  2. JoannaM

    I’ve been trying to start this series for what seem an eternity! Crossing my fingers that I win so I that can finally enjoy it 😉

  3. Anne

    I read that there’s an 8 month time span between this book and #7. I’m interested to see what happened during that time frame that the author did want to write a separate book about. It could just be that she didn’t want to be restricted by Charlie’s pregnancy.

  4. Amy R

    I’m reading this tonight, I need to know what’s happening since the end of book 7. I will also be ready for book 9 when I finish this one.

  5. Janie McGaugh

    I appreciate your review and can see that you love this series as much as I do. I’m really looking forward to reading this.

  6. Tracey Reid

    I have ‘t read ANY of this series yet, but this review has convinced me to start at the beginning! Thanks!

  7. Pansy Petal

    Oh my! Haven’t read this series . . . yet! But . . . won’t mind adding it to the tbr list. Thank you. aka Becky

  8. Mineliz

    I just started this series this month and am loving it so far, and that is saying a lot since I hate 1st person POVs! 😀

  9. Dawn Cavenee

    I’m sorry I didn’t read the review. I am so very excited about this book, that I do not want to take any chances. I have my own expectations of what will happen and where the story will go. I want to be completely entertained and surprised by the events. After I finish the book, I will read your review to compare notes and thoughts. Thank you!

  10. Laura Lovejoy Brunk

    I adore this series !! Cant wait to read it !! Great review and all i can say is….Mr Wo !!!

  11. Stephanie F.

    Great review. I am two books behind on the series and so eager to get caught up. All these teasing reviews have me anxious to read.

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