Warning: Cliffhanger (Cannot even be surprised. Should be illegal to end a series on a cliffhanger.)
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity –which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.
She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.
I gaped at him. For, like, a really long time. “I’m sorry,” I said, not the least bit sorry. “Are you suggesting that my hell dimension was less hellish than yours?”
I am angry.
The more and more I think about this book, the angrier I get.
I didn’t expect a lot out of this book. I predicted that there was going to be a spinoff ever since the prophecies about Beep were introduced. The story was never going to be over here, with Charley. I had already decided I wasn’t going to read any spinoffs to this series years ago. I didn’t want more stalling for the same ending we were always going to get. I’ve already grown extremely weary of spinoffs that exist only because the author wants to continue a story because it is popular, and not because they really need to do it.
The only reason that this needs a spinoff at all is because the little amount of time that happens in the series. I think only three years take place across all thirteen books. I wouldn’t be surprised if it has only been two years, even.
Yet, despite this spinoff anger, I’m angry still. I just don’t think this was a good ending. There was a ton of buildup to this grand thing. We have been building up to the end since book… seven or so? Build build build, with no payoff. I thought I would get at least some ending to the series. There isn’t. It is all deferred out to the spinoff. Because of course it is. Should I be surprised at this? I suppose not.
Further, there were several choices that I just completely disagreed with. I didn’t like how pretty much anything was handled in Summoned to Thirteenth Grave. I don’t like her family was handled. I hated the surprises with them, even. I hated the whole pseudo-zombie…. apocalypse… bullshit. It was ridiculous and it didn’t fit the series at all. I hated how nothing was solved except closing the..zombie..like..leak…thing. By the ellipses you can tell how utterly confused I am how this is even supposed to fit anything in this series.
But most importantly, I hate the decision that happened at the very end of the book. I don’t understand how that is supposed to solve anything, except “because the author said so”. Thanks for supporting your decisions with logic or storybuilding..or..anything Darynda Jones!
The Charley Davidson series has been all downhill from the halfway mark. There has been tons of stalling for time with multiple books where nothing much happens at all. It ended up not being entertaining anymore and I stuck around for more Charley and Reyes love time. And then that love time got broken up and I lost the last thing holding me to this series. I’m just so over it.
I’m just glad this is over. It has been a long time where I kept making excuses for the series. No longer do I have to make excuses to myself or others. I have been released.
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