If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately. I lost interest in reading and I didn’t really feel like I had much to post about since this is my book blog. However, I recently discovered the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones and I quickly came out of my reading slump. I devoured this series and I didn’t want to do a full review for all 8 published books in the series but I wanted to feature them some way so here you go!
This series is by far one of the funniest I have ever read. Charley has such a great sense of humor and even though it was a bit morbid at times, I cracked up a lot. I haven’t laughed so hard in quite some time. The situations she found herself in were so crazy and she just rolled with the punches. She accepted her crazy lot in life and she really embraced it. It also helped that she had great family and friends to back her up. I admit the family situation in the first few books wasn’t perfect but I liked seeing her relationships develop. Cookie was the ultimate best friend. She was just as crazy as Charley and didn’t mind getting the crazy situations that developed around Charley. Uncle Bob was also pretty great. I grew to love him very quickly.
The stories are pretty predictable but they are fun. Each book continues the major storyline from the first book but they also each have their own mysteries so there is some closure at the end of each book. I think I enjoy the mysteries in each book even more than the underlying story about Charley and Reyes somehow defeating Satan. The mysteries are fun and Charley goes about solving them in completely convoluted ways. Her interactions with dead people help with the mysteries and honestly, those are some of my favorites parts of the books. A lot of the dead people have terrible stories and I admit to tearing up a time or two but a lot of them have really humorous interactions with Charley. Take her Aunt Lil for example. She’s quite the character.
The Charley Davidson series is like Veronica Mars and Stephanie Plum with the addition of paranormal elements. Charley has the same sassiness as Veronica Mars and a lot of the crazy antics of Stephanie Plum (along with an awesome sidekick). I highly recommend this series for both adult and young adult fans. I look forward to continuing this series and I definitely plan on checking out Darynda Jones young adult series.
Have you read these books? Did you love them as much as I did? If you have read them, do you have any recommendations for similar books?