Tour Stop and Audiobook Review: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

Posted October 20, 2014 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 96 Comments

Seventh Grave and No Body Promo Tour

Hi everyone, and welcome to Day 1 of Darynda Jones’ SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY promo tour! This post is overflowing with amazeballs, so clear your schedule because you are going to be here a while. Check-out the must read / listen excerpts, my gushing 5-star review, and the THREE GIVEAWAYS! There’s the usual tour-wide one, but Rabid Reads also has the privilege of being one of only four sites to host a US-only AND international audiobook contest thanks to Macmillan Audio. And, Darynda Jones is doing something extra special for us hosts, so please don’t forget to vote for your favourite blog before you leave! Enjoy the Charley Davidson awesomeness. ๐Ÿ™‚


               Still covered in duct tape, he turned on his side to face me, his flesh straining against the binds. โ€œYou would tell me if something were wrong, right?โ€
               โ€œWhat do you mean? Of course, I would.โ€
               โ€œSo, if you knew something could happen to you, youโ€™d let me know.โ€
               Where was he going with this? โ€œYes. Nothing is going to happen to me. Well, unless the Twelve get ahold of me. Other than that, I should be fine.โ€
               He nodded in thought.
               โ€œReyes, what is it?โ€
               โ€œI think you keep secrets from me.โ€
               โ€œYou keep secrets from me,โ€ I said, teasing. โ€œSeems only fair.โ€
               He leaned forward and nibbled on my ear. โ€œWe can decide who gets to keep secrets and who doesnโ€™t later. Until then, want to do it?โ€
               โ€œReyes!โ€ I said, appalled. โ€œYou just had your arm nearly ripped off at the shoulder.โ€ That and the fact that a grown man asking me if I wanted to โ€œdo itโ€ was hilarious.
               โ€œWe can still do it.โ€
               I giggled. โ€œNo, we canโ€™t.โ€
               โ€œIโ€™m very creative with my mouth.โ€
               โ€œI am well aware of that.โ€
               โ€œYou should sit on my face.โ€
               A bubble of laughter escaped again. โ€œI am not sitting on your face. Oh, my god.โ€
               โ€œJust sit on my face. Iโ€™ll make all your dreams come true.โ€
               โ€œYou really need to practice humility,โ€ I said.
               โ€œHumility is overrated.โ€

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Author Bio

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heartยฎ, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ยฎ, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisherโ€™s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martinโ€™s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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My Review

Tour Stop and Audiobook Review: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones
Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #7
Published by Macmillan
Published on: October 21, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hrs & 23 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So thereโ€™s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything sheโ€™s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancรฉ who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

Weโ€™re doomed.

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*** Review may contain spoilers for previous installments in series. ***

Charley Davidson is back for her seventh round of cray-cray situations, murder n’ mayhem, and grim reaper pandemonium, only this time her snark is the sole weapon in her arsenal because she has to do it all sans caffeine. Fortunately for her, she has a strong crew of secondary characters at her back, and in this installment she’s going to need every single one of them! This audiobook was emotionally taxing; I went from laughing out loud at the heroine’s lunacy, to weeping with joy about that THING we’ve all been waiting for, to blubbering over the death of one of their own. But, this novel wasn’t just about the feels because it also featured mucho plot threads, wonderful epiphanies, and made some pretty significant mythology headway. The overall experience was rendered even more perfect with the delightful Lorelei King at the narrative reins.

I like listening to these books because they are light, fun, and typically don’t require much thoughtโ€”ear candy at its best! SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY changed all of that because every chapter, while entertaining, was also crucial to this series’ overall story arc. Charley solved a ten year old case in fifteen minutes, and even though that initial plot thread was quickly overshadowed by several others, it was still super important because it was related to the twelve, and pulled agent Carlson into Davidson’s inner circle. Then, the priest’s minor haunting episode brought Heaven and Hell to the fore by introducing the Vatican and bounty hunter angles. And finally, don’t even get me started on the suicide kidnappings and Silvia Star! There were a lot of seemingly unrelated incidents in this installment, however upon closer inspection every single one was part of the bigger picture. Genius!

Charley never fails to crack me up with her t-shirt sayings, eccentric naming habits, and outlandish sense of humour. Her lack of progression as a character used to frustrate me, but the evolution of her abilities, and that of her sidekicks more than make up for her shortcomings in that area. Cookie was as terrific as always, and it appears as though her daughter, Amber, will play a pivotal role in this story as well. Reyes isn’t quite as evil as he used to be, but both Charley and The Dealer definitely kept him on his toes. I actually got a kick out of Swopes for once, and even Ubie managed to surprise me. There were unfortunately two deaths in this installment; Belvedere’s which was a given (haha!), and one other that broke my heart.

Darynda Jone’s writing style is without a doubt addictive; however it’s Lorelei King’s voice that keeps me coming back for more. She adds a whole new level to Charley with her saucy tone, and uncanny ability to switch from silly to serious in the same breath. I gave this audiobook five stars, but it should be noted that the narrator earned at least one of them all by herself thanks to her A+ delivery. It takes longer to listen than it does to read, yet with King in your ear those extra hours feel like a gift instead of a burden. This novel was one of the most suspenseful in this series to date, and that aspect really came through in Lorelei’s performance via her character voices, and the high impact action scenes.

SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY was audiobook magic, plain and simple!

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96 responses to “Tour Stop and Audiobook Review: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

    • Hopefully I didn’t spoil it too much for you. At this point in the game it’s to be expected than one or two of the secondary characters bite the dust, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

    • I agree! The crying thing has got to go! And, the last few cliff hangers have been BRUTAL. At least the next one is due out in May, although I have a feeling that more peeps may die before it’s all over.

    • You MUST make time for Charley & Reyes! Did you listen to the audio sample?? Isn’t Lorelei King A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!? Thanks for your support, I appreciate it.

  1. Okay, I skimmed because I’m still on book one of this series. BOOK ONE CARMEL!!! I need to get moving, I have some serious catching up to do and I can’t wait. I think holding off on this series will work to my favor though since I know most of these installments have epically cruel cliffhangers:)

    • Haha! No, you can rest easy now knowing that it’s not just you. I can’t wait to read your thoughts, and compare notes. Thanks again for getting me involved in this tour.

  2. Nancy L.R.

    I love, LOVE the Charley Davidson series! It has everything I love in a book, sass, humor, mystery, action, a dreamy guy, and an incredibly likable MC, oh, and side characters!
    My friend bought me the 1st book one Christmas and I’ve been hooked ever since!

  3. PamM

    I love this series. Charley is a great female character and I love Cookie as well. Well really I love all the characters lol

  4. Omg I love to see the humor is still wonderful and hilarious and the reason I love this series! I haven’t read book 4+ though and I really NEED to catch up! And oooh the audiobooks sound like it has a great narrator I might audiobook them! I’m currently listening to Black Ice but maybe after! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Giselle recently posted…Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

    • The audiobooks are DEFINITELY the way to go! I can’t sing King’s praises enough. This is one of those rare instances where playing catch up won’t be painful at all. Happy listening!

  5. Amber Hughes

    I can’t wait until tomorrow! This is absolutely one of my favorite series! Great review. I wish I didn’t know that someone dies though before reading it. That makes me sad ๐Ÿ™

    • I wouldn’t be able to wait on the giveaway either, so I completely understand where you are coming from. I look forward to checking out your review so that we can squee together. Hehe!

  6. Stephanie F.

    Excellent review, has me even more eager to read. Love this series, it’s in my top 5 favorites. I’ve been so anxious for this one after the ending of the last.

    • Thanks! Oh yes, the last few installments have had super frustrating endings, and this one’s no different. You’ll be begging for book 8 in no time. Authors can be so EVIL!

  7. Berls from Fantasy is More  

    So I JUST read the first Charley Davidson book last month and LOVED it. At some point I was like, “oh! So this is Reyes!” LOL I’ve heard so much talk about him, but never knew what series he belonged to. Needless to say I skipped this excerpt and review because I’m too far behind to avoid spoilers, but I’m thrilled you loved it this far in. I have definite plans to continue soon! And its fantastic on audio so yay for that giveaway!
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  8. I see the reviews for these as they’re coming out and always remember I need to read/listen to these! So thank you for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I read book 3 (?) and really enjoyed it. Need to start from the beginning though lol

  9. I’m glad you had a great time with this one. I loved the book as well and I was happy about the story but now it’s a vicious circle lol because I want more!!!! great review!

    • Usually I have a difficult time finding stuff to say when a series is this far gone, but that’s never the case where Charley Davidson is concerned. Jones makes review writing easy!

    • There’s romance in this one too, I just left it out of my review because it’s kinda a spoiler. It’s that “THING weโ€™ve all been waiting for.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Clear your schedule, Brandee, because once you start, you’ll only have eyes for Charley & Reyes. I can’t wait to check-out your first review! Prepare to fan-girl it up!

  10. OMG!!! I can’t believe they gave you THAT part for the excerpt!!! That is so freaking hysterical!!!!!!!!!!! My hubs is wondering why I’m pounding on the keyboard ๐Ÿ˜‰ That was too funny – Reyes had come a long way from his brooding, mysterious ways, right?!?! I guess I can see Charley as not changing much as a character but I don’t know how she would change. She’s so free-wheeling as it is. I wish I could point certain things out but I don’t want to blow anything for non-readers who want to read it. Okay, remember when she had PTSD… that was big, right? Or is that too short term…. Oh, lets just meet for coffee ๐Ÿ˜€

    Fantastic review!!!!!

    • There are WAY too many precious Charley moments to list! And, yes that excerpt is priceless, I was thrilled when her assistant sent it to me. Then again, you could probably close your eyes and point, and you’d still strike gold. I hope you didn’t give your man a heart attack. LOL

  11. Laurie

    This is one of my favorite series because the characters are so funny and I can’t wait to see how the story/characters evolve and what is in store for them.

  12. Joy F

    Yes, I love this series. Hope it never ends. I love Reyes and I love Charlie’s sarcastic personality.