by Darynda Jones
Series: Charlie Davidson #13
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Charley is dead angry. 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 Charley’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Surely not that much has changed since then…right?
She’s missed her daughter. Reyes. Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that Charley’s finally back on earth, it’s time to solve the burning questions that still need answering. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? Is a batch of cupcakes the best medicine to mend a broken heart? The epic showdown between good and evil is about to begin. . .
The last book in the series; the one meant to wrap up all the loose ends, and it does so admirably.
When I read the first book, I liked it for the mysteries and the humor, though the humor was a little over-played (her penchant for naming everything grated on my nerves, and though she never stops doing it, it plays a much smaller part in the narratives of future books). As the series progressed, I still read them for the mysteries and I enjoyed the humor more because it became more balanced, but I also got stuck into the mythology Jones was using for the overall series arc. And I genuinely became attached to the wacky cast of characters that surrounded Charley.
This final book winds up the arc concerning the prophecies involving Charley and Reyes – and keeps the possibilities open for a future series featuring their daughter and her prophesied battle against Lucifer. Since the 13th book was meant to be the finale, there are no loose ends or questions – though there were a couple of didn’t-see-that-coming twists, one full-blown M. Night Shyamalan shocker, and a single misty-eyed moment I’m wiling to admit to.
The only bit that left me disappointed was the end-end; the part where we find out what Charley and Reyes do. It’s not anything short of a happy ending, but I didn’t like it. I get it, and I get why it was the perfect ending, but I still didn’t like it, and mostly for juvenile reasons.View Spoiler »They left their friends and family behind to become incorporeal so they could protect their daughter. Altruistic and purely unselfish, but I still didn’t like imagining a book world where the gang isn’t all together. Sue me. « Hide Spoiler
While I’m sad to see the story end, and sad I won’t see the gang anymore, I’m happy with the series ending now rather than past its prime, and Darynda Jones has a new series coming out next year that sounds like it might be fun, so perhaps I’ll have a new series to love and look forward to.
I read this book for Halloween Bingo’s 13 square. 13 in the title, and 13th in the series.