The tenth book of the series and my review comes with the usual warning. DO NOT read this review if you haven’t read book nine or book eight and so on. I’m going to try to keep out major spoilers but since everything is starting to heat up, that will be hard to do. I’m a just going to warn you now- READ THE BOOK BEFORE THIS REVIEW.
There. With that done, The Curse of the Tenth Grave picks up right where The Dirt on the Ninth Grave left off. Charley has her memories back, plus some other very troubling ones, her dad passed through her, Beep is still with Reyes parents and has an army to protect her, Cookie and Amber are back living across the hall and all shenanigans are back to normal.
I’m not sure how many books are contracted for the series so I don’t know how fast the pace is supposed to move. I do know Tenth Grave started out like any other book. Charley has cases and they are quirky. She runs around, without rhyme or reason, and does whatever she wants to with no regard to her safety. She has become an even bigger detriment to herself because all she wants is her daughter. There are several times we see her come unhinged when thinking or talking about Beep. It almost seems as if she is at her end game.
In a frustrating move, Jones reverts Charley and Reyes back to books three and four. There is a huge gulf between them, no communication, no sex, many secrets and no successful attempts to work things out. Since I thought we were past all that, the first half of the book was not going well for me. Charley is keeping a huge secret from Reyes- the fact that he is the third god they are supposed to destroy. She doesn’t know if he knows what he is or how much is really him controlling things. All this time and all they have gone through and we see Charley have these lame doubts. So frustrating and I wanted to kick my kindle.
The first half of the book was a maddening mish-mash of Charley’s everyday cases. Then things start to pick up and the second half happens. Holy cow. What a difference. It was almost like Jones flipped a switch and suddenly I was reading an action-packed, fantastically paced rush that I couldn’t put down. Things were happening at a frantic pace. So many answers and one amazing moment where you learn just how deep the connection between Charley and Reyes is. That particular scene had me sigh with just how swoon-worthy it was. And one thing I think readers will like so much about it, is that you learn the sacrifice Charley made for Reyes. All along we have heard how Reyes made decisions based upon meeting her and being with her- but here it is Charley making the big move.
The secondary characters, per usual, are stars. Somebody important dies. I won’t tell you who but I was sad and I didn’t see the point until some things are explained. After the explanation, it still stings but the purpose becomes clearer. And then the hint of someone even bigger dying is how the book ends. This one will not be cool and I certainly hope they stop it in time. Osh’s story is heating up and becoming very interesting.
Overall, I was very disgruntled with the first half but the second half made up for it. I have no idea where Jones is going or how she will fix some things that are happening but I sure cannot wait for the next book in order to find out. Final grade-B
“What other secrets are you hiding behind those sparkling eyes?”
He grinned. “You have my heart. That’s where I hide all my secrets.”
“Then I guess I don’t have the key.”
“Are you kidding? You forged the key.”