Series Recap – The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.
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The reason I am doing a series recap is because I only reviewed the first book in the series, and just happened to stumble on the rest at the library. They are quick reads for me, and I just didn’t have the time to review each one individually.
I was actually compelled to purchase the first book based on the cover alone. That wasn’t the ONLY reason – I was actually on the hunt for a new Urban Fantasy series and thought, WHY NOT. I have enjoyed this series immensely, but I have found that two things I loved most about the series is actually starting to wear on my nerves.
But let us talk about the good.
The world is fascinating. Charley is a private investigator AND “grim reaper,” using her abilities to help the policy department and her business, all in between escorting souls to Heaven. But as the series progresses, we learn there is far more to Charley’s abilities than we initially thought – hell, to what Charley thought – and I love it. Once you think you start to understand, something else happens that leaves you floored. Charley is hilarious and kick ass. But there is more than her tough exterior. She has vulnerabilities and such a big heart.
The relationships in this series are probably one of my favorite things about it. She is close to her uncle, her best friend is awesome and Charley develops deep relationships, good or bad, with everyone she meets. The banter is hilarious!
Ah, now the romance. We are introduced to Reyes in the first installment, discovering that he is the son of Satan. His purpose however, is what continues to floor me. There are so many different theories and opinions by other characters, I really don’t know what to believe. He is an alpha-male to the core, but I am starting to see that there is a HUGE soft side to him. Which is one thing that I am having issues coming to terms with. He seems TOO soft and TOO vulnerable lately. (Last 2 books). It isn’t like him at all.
Because of what has happened in the last two books – and I am curious but scared about the direction of the series. View Spoiler » I mean, they are married and having a baby! The baby plays a HUGE ROLE in what is to come, I understand that, but Charley’s PI business and her always scrambling around the city has been so much fun, and I can’t see where that can continue. I know, it’s weird… « Hide Spoiler
Now what has been bothering me.
I have loved that there is an overall plot arc, with 2-3 sub-plots going on at the same time. However, they are starting to blur together and I am finding it hard to keep each one straight. Not only that, there will be heavy emphasis on one sub-plot, but hardly ANYTHING on the next; only to have that one be continued in the next book. It’s frustrating. Because the whole book is a build up and then it just ends in like, 3 pages? NO.
I just hate that there is so much left unresolved at the end of each book. At first it didn’t bother me, because my need for the next book would soar. But now? I’m just exhausted.
My other issue? The humor gets in the way. Don’t get me wrong – I love how funny this book is, but I feel like there are times when the humor shouldn’t be there. One example – Charley names everything and I mean EVERYTHING. When her and Reyes are getting in on, she refers to her breast by their names. “ Reyes took Will Robinson into his mouth.” (That’s paraphrased) but see what I mean? It’s fucking WEIRD.
Even though these small things are starting to bother me, I still love this series! If you haven’t started it yet, DO IT.
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