I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

If you are not already reading this series, you should get in gear and get going.  This book is a one wild ride for Charley, a grim reaper, who is engaged to Reyes, the son of Satan.  She has just found out she is pregnant and the prophesies say that their child will raise an army and defeat Satan and that there will be peace for a thousand years.  So, much to Charley's irritation, Reyes is not letting her out of his sight, especially since someone has let loose the twelve hounds of hell in order to kill her and Reyes, and their possible ally, The Dealer, a demon who escaped hell, where he was known as the warrior for the many fights he won, can not make a dent in these creatures, its up to Charley to figure something out.


On top of this, a ghost who actually hangs out in the cemetery in order to watch her body slowly decay, finds not only her body, but that of others missing and asks Charley to help.  She's also helping an FBI agent she's helped in the past that knows there's something different about Charlie and that she knows things somehow, asks her to look at a cold case where some camp councilors and a few kids are killed at a camp that is just opening up for the summer.  When Charlie goes there, she finds more kids there than should be.  This is a dumping ground for a serial killer who likely killed the others because they stumbled across what he was doing.  Also, she is haunted by a dead enemy from her high school years and her uncle, a cop, is dealing with a rash of people leaving nearly identical suicide notes and then disappearing.  There seems to be no connection between these people. 


Charley also worries about being a mother, since she cannot even manage to keep a goldfish alive.  She is also beginning to realize how vast her powers can be.  She's been told many times by Angel, her gangster ghost who works for her, and Reyes that she can literally do anything she wants.  In previous books, she has discovered the ability to stop time and exist outside of it and keep a bullet from hitting someone and the ability to rip someone's heart out of their chest, which scares her.  Her bright light can destroy demons, but she is capable of so much more, including getting the drop on Reyes with a few words of Latin.  The bounty hunter, Garrett, has discovered from ancient texts that she came from another plane where she was to ascend to the throne as a god, but chose instead to be born on earth as a grim reaper where she could do the most good.  Names have power and if you know the true name of a being, you can have control over them.  Charley does not know her true name, though Reyes does.  He is afraid that if she knows it, she will cease to be human and become a permanent grim reaper, losing her forever. 


Its a busy time for Charley and her father has disappeared, off on his own investigation of her, but she still has her partner and best friend, Cookie, who gives up coffee with her to show her support.  The world has become a  dangerous place for Charley with lots of beings out to kill her and an unknown future.  This is the best book, so far, in the series.  Charley, is more than her usual sarcastic self without her daily gallons of coffee.  She is also worried that she will not be able to keep her baby alive or raise her if she does.  This is an unique series that is both humorous and action packed, as well as being filled with a very sexy Reyes who you would never turn away from your door.

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