The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

Posted January 31, 2016 | 31 Comments

The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda JonesThe Dirt on Ninth Grave
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #9
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 12, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 337
Source: Publisher
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In a small village in New York lives 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.

I’m thankful I already had The Dirt on Ninth Grave after the ending of Eighth Grave After Dark, because damn. No way would I have been able to remain sane patient if I had to wait too long. It would’ve been so worth it though. I love this book! I know, I say that about every book in this series, but it’s true. I haven’t been disappointed yet.

What I enjoyed so much about this installment – in addition to many other things – is it had an ‘old school’ Charley feel to it. It brought back a lot of great feelings from the earlier books, especially when it came to Charley and Reyes. At the same time, there were some pretty significant occurrences that has me worried for what’s coming next.

The situation Charley finds herself in is beyond entertaining, especially when it came to the gang infiltrating her life the way they did. The things she concluded about herself and others, like Cookie, had me laughing hard. No matter what, Charley can’t resist getting involved in dangerous situations. That’s why we love her, though. She cares for people, even strangers, so deeply that she can’t ignore or walk away from anyone in need. Charley has a heart of gold! And humor! Oh, the humor is strong with this one.

There’s actually a lot going on in this book with different little storylines, but as usual it never feels too busy. I loved each one. The Headless Horseman – haha! I swear, though, I don’t think I’ve made it through one of these books without shedding at least a couple tears. And I admit, I did a little blubbering there towards the end View Spoiler ».

The Dirt on Ninth Grave was just so damn good! I could seriously make a very long list of every little thing there is to love about it, and it is hard to not go into detail about it all. It makes me giddy when I think back over all that transpired. Darynda Jones certainly knows how to bring on the many feels all while keeping me on the edge of my seat!

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31 responses to “The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

  1. Awww I can’t look, I adore this series, but I still have a few more books to catch up on. All I know is that is gets better and hotter. In term of Reyes too. This will always be my favourite UF series. Great review.

  2. Gaaah! Every time I see a praising review for this series I just want to hit myself for not getting caught up. It takes real talent to keep a series fresh and entertaining after 9 books so I’m really impressed with this author without even having read her book.
    I’m giving you permission to yell at me if by the end of the year, I haven’t caught up to the series, Christy! I want in on the Charley love! 🙂
    Great review, Christy!
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  3. I laughed my ass off at the headless horseman and then I felt so sad about what happened to him! Who else but Darynda Jones could think of such a thing, right?!?!?! And how Cookie sexually assaulted everyone *spit take*!!! And what about Charley’s great aunt…. I’m sooooo glad you loved this one 🙂
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  4. This is a series that I really want to read but for whatever reason when I’m at the library or bookstore I always completely forget about it. I’m so glad to see this review. I just went and ordered the first book before I forgot again! I’m really looking forward to it and will remember to already have #9 before I start #8!
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  5. OMIGOSH. Love that too! I love how each one of her gang kinda descended in Sleepy Hollow to watch out for her. Also, love the sort of new beginning for Charley and Reyes – kind of like, an alternate universe where they just met. I can’t wait for the 10th book!
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  6. I’m tackling The Others series right now Christy because that’s one I got tired of saying “I still need to read this!) every time a review went up, and then this series is next on my list! I need to finally get on the Charley and Reyes train:)
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  7. Well. I have books four through eight. How that happened I’m not sure. I’m going to get the first three and then FINALLY start this series. You make them sound so good, I’m not even afraid that I’m nine books behind!

  8. I actually have book one in the series, I’ve wanted to give the series a try since you and Joy love it so much. I think it’s one of the truly successful adult urban fantasy / paranormal series there is left actually. Fabulous review as always hun and thrilled to see the series still going strong <3
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