In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.
But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.
First, mea culpa: this is the first Charley Davidson novel I read, despite raving reviews from people whose tastes & opinions I trues; I figured this would be a good time to jump on the series wagon, lol. I’ll read the previous ones too, at some point, cause deliciousnesss!!!!
Worldbuilding: I found the world of The Dirt on Ninth Grave fascinating, and I don’t think it showcased all the paranormal goodness of the Charley Davidson series. But what I did see here – gods, angels, ghosts – was really interesting. I also enjoyed the atmosphere of Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Characters: “Janey” was hilarious, and I loved her to bits. Super fun, witty, snarky, with a fabulous sense of humor and a passion for coffee – she’s a dream come true, me in UF! Well, minus the whole being a paranormal(won’t say word) thing, lol. I’m not entirely sure if she was a lot different than the Charley of the series, since I’ve already done mea culpa above, lol. But I loved her and wanna read more.
And huzzah, Reyes! So hot! So alpha! So strong! So want, lol! They made an absolutely awesome pair, smoldering hot chemistry, hot one on one, and the way they gravitated around each other – sigh. Awesome.
Gotta mention I loved pretty much all the secondary characters, which is rare. I’m not sure felt a lot of love for an antagonist, since it was mostly Janey’s loss of memory imo.
Plot: I loved the slow burn romance, and the action outside it was interesting, had an active pace, and kept me flipping pages excitedly.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Janey/Charlie’s POV. Loooooooved her voice to no ends zDDD
Curb Appeal: Uber-awesome cover, hooking blurb, and from now on auto-buy author name.
All in all, I totally loved the hall out of The Dirt on Ninth Grave to lovers of awesomesauce femalce MCs, urban fantasy with a delicious side of romance, and actually to fans of angels in paranormal. I tend to avoid angels and gods like the pest in my reading, but here it worked cause it wasn’t religion-related, if you know what I mean. I’m gonna be fully honest though, had they been anything other than angels and gods, I probably would have enjoyed it even more. I can’t help it, angels and gods make me cringe generally, sowwy!
But the writing! The writing is so ridiculously good, and juicy, and fun, and smart! Darynda Jones could be writing about paint drying on walls, and I’d wanna read it and probably find it genius, lol!