Category Archives: Darynda Jones

January 2017 Releases

Done with December 2016 Releases? Here are January 2017 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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5 New Covers (Armstrong, Clarke, Jones, Vega, Vincent)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Claire Cameron: THE LAST NEANDERTHAL: 2nd May 2017: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT (paperback): 27th June 2017: Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: ILLUMINAE (paperback): 4th April 2017: Buy (US)
Caragh M. O’Brien: THE KEEP OF AGES: 11th July 2017: Buy (US)
Beth Revis: A WORLD WITHOUT YOU (paperback): 13th June 2017: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: HOUSE OF FURIES: 30th May 2017: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: BURNED AWAY: 28th September 2016: Buy (US)
Danielle Vega: THE MERCILESS II: THE EXORCISM OF SOFIA FLORES (paperback): 6th June 2017: Buy (US)
M. D. Waters: GEMINI’S EDGE: 21st October 2016: Buy (US)
Francesca Zappia: ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS: 30th May 2017: Buy (US)

5 New Covers (Armstrong, Howrey, Jones, Meyer, Vincent)

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[REVIEW] The Dirt on Ninth Grave – Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, Book 9)
Hachette Little, Brown Piatkus (UK & AU: 12th January 2016); Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 31st May 2016)
Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

WARNING: Chapter 9 includes finding the corpse of a murdered dog.

I preferred this series when Charley Davidson was just a reaper. But when the true nature of her heritage was revealed, as well as celestial names and everything else I’ve forgot…Charley became a bit too “special snowflake”. And Eighth Grave After Dark totally jumped the shark with the birth of her daughter, followed by Charley’s amnesia.

The Dirt on Ninth Grave picks up where the previous episode left off. Charley is now a Jane Doe, working as a waitress in Sleepy Hollow. While the book has been described as Charley – and readers – falling in love with Reyes all over again, Ninth just goes to show that their relationship’s not based on much substance. It’s incredibly superficial, and they can’t seem to have any conversation without going on about how attractive the other one is, and it’s too over-the-top and boring. Reyes always has come across as a stalker, and this book does nothing to change that.

Meanwhile, Garret Swopes has a genuine friendship with Charley – I ship THEM together. Reyes is too obvious, but Garret is real and has a lot more going for him than just good looks and sexual prowess.

The book is at its best when Charley investigates the mystery of her co-worker’s daughter. But this unfortunately takes up very few pages in comparison to the rest.

28th June 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Darynda Jones
The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, Book 10)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 28th June 2016); Hachette Little, Brown Piatkus (UK & AU: 28th June 2016)
Buy (US); Buy (UK); Buy (CA); Buy (Worldwide)

As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension. There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers? Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murdering the daughter of a degenerate gambler, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

Amanda Panitch
Never Missing, Never Found
Random House (US & CA: 28th June 2016)
Buy (US); Buy (UK); Buy (CA); Buy (Worldwide)

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly. Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life. Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new co-workers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth…before it’s too late?

Tiffany Reisz
The Bourbon Thief
Harlequin MIRA (UK: 28th June 2016)
Buy (US); Buy (UK); Buy (CA); Buy (Worldwide)

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it’s to discover he’s been robbed. The only item stolen – a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it’s property of the Maddox family who owned and operated the Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War, until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris. In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.

31st May 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Sharon Cameron
Rook
Scholastic (US: 31st May 2016)
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Centuries after a shifting of the Earth’s poles, the Sunken City that was once Paris is in the grips of a revolution. All who oppose the new regime are put to the blade, except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a saviour of the innocent or a criminal? Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Darynda Jones
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, Book 9)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 31st May 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Charley Davidson is living in New York City as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a bit taken aback. Strangers who enter the diner where she works seem to know things about her… Then she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. An enemy that will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. And the diner’s devastatingly handsome fry cook, who vows to protect her even though he seems to be lying with every breath he takes. But in the face of such grave danger, who can Jane/Charley/whoever-she-is trust? She will find the truth even if it kills her…or the fry cook. Either way…

Kathleen Peacock
Willowgrove (Hemlock, Book 3)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 31st May 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Ever since Mac’s best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy’s ex, Jason, instigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf “rehabilitation” camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf. What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good.

Vicki Pettersson
Swerve
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US & CA: 31st May 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When Kristine Rush’s fiancé is abducted from a desolate rest stop en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, she is forced to choose: return home unharmed or plunge forward into the searing Mojave desert to find him…where a murderer lies in wait. Speeding against the clock, and uncertain if danger lies ahead or behind, Kristine blazes an epic path through the gaudy flash of roadside casinos, abandoned highway stops, and a landscape rife with unimaginable horrors. Desperate to save her doomed husband-to-be, she must summon long forgotten resources to go head-to-head against an unpredictable killer. And she’d better hurry. Because she only has twenty-four hours…to make one hell of a trip.