THE CURSE OF THE TENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones finally made Charley’s goddess status conceivable, and it helped keep a couple turns that occurred in EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK from being the series killers I thought they were going to be. I was happy to finally have the old Charley back.
THE CURSE OF THE TENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones is the tenth book in the Charley Davidson series. This is an awesome, paranormal series. If you haven’t read any of the books, you’ll want to start with FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT. Don’t read any more of this review. Go borrow, buy, but not steal that book.
-Spoilers for EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK follow-
I don’t know about you, but I was kind of traumatized by the eighth book in this series. I was already having a hard time accepting Charley as a goddess because I thought it took away the vulnerability that makes Charley such a complex character. Then Charley did what I considered un-Charley-like behavior–she let her baby go. I was like, “No way in hell is Charley giving up her daughter.” I thought that was the worst of it, but then I had a sweet-baby-Jesus-no moment–Darynda ended the book with an amnesia trope. It was all very upsetting. I thought the series was falling apart. It was the first time I gave a Darynda Jones book a 3 star review. I felt like I was betraying one of my favorite authors. However, I should have had more faith.
The Ninth Grave book fixed the amnesia trope travesty (review to follow in two weeks), and the Tenth Grave book really helped get the story back on the tracks in reference to the whole god/goddess plot and the Beep plot as well as proving to the reader that Charley’s amnesia wasn’t going to ruin Charley. I can now accept that Charley is a goddess from another dimension and
-Spoilers for THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE follow-
Reyes is a god as well. Darynda has added aspects of the story to make the god/goddess status believable. In Tenth Grave, we also get what I find to be a more Charley-like response to being separated from Beep. I really enjoyed this book. It felt more like the old Charley before the whole goddess status happened. If any of these issues were a problem for you too, I suggest reading this book immediately. I can’t wait until the next one.
What do you think about the whole goddess/god plot line? Did you have a problem with it when all of a sudden Charley was a goddess who just needed to learn her celestial name? How about that amnesia twist? Did you want to throw your book across the room and scream, “No, Darynda, no!”? Oh, wait, that was just me? Sorry.