Thank you to everyone who entered the contest to win an ARC of Darynda Jones’ Third Grave Dead Ahead. I loved reading all your comments and attempts to bribe me into giving you the ARC. Unfortunately, as tempted as I was, I had to let Randomizer choose a winner. And the winner of the ARC is… *drum roll*
Dawn Ages! Dawn, I’ve sent you an email, so please get back to me as soon as you can!
Thank you again for all the tweets and links on Facebook. You may not have won the ARC, but Third Grave Dead Ahead releases January 31st — 23 days to go! That’s not too bad, is it? Pre-order your copy of Third Grave Dead Ahead, now!
You know that book I reviewed the other day? The one with the girl in the red chucks holding a scythe in an evening gown on the cover? Yeah, that one, over to the left? Well, do you wanna read it? Cause I’m giving away my copy of the ARC.
To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post using contact information where I can reach you. Up to 2 extra entries can be earned by sharing this post on FB and/or Twitter.
1. One entry per person (with the exception of two extra entries applicable by sharing this post on Facebook and/or Twitter. Each additional entry must be confirmed with a valid post on either social media platforms and you must include the links to where you shared this post in your comment). And you must leave a comment to be entered!
Sample tweet: Third Grave Dead Ahead ARC Giveaway – goo.gl/Ub79f via @syd_gill
2. Contest begins at 10:00 p.m. PST on January 3, 2012 and will end at 7:59 p.m. PST on January 6, 2012.
3. This giveaway is only available to residents of the US and Canada.
4. Winning entry will be selected by randomizer.org.
THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who entered! Winner will be announced shortly!
I usually don’t beg. Well not often, but when I didn’t win an ARC contest that Darynda was holding for Third Grave Dead Ahead, I might have succumbed. I subtly let her know that I was really bummed to not get to read her third book in the Charley & Reyes series as soon as possible. She suggested that I could try and contact her publicist and see if I could get one from him. So of course I immediately emailed that wonderful man, laid out my resume of blogs/twitter followers/FB reach (heh) and begged him for a copy. He so graciously agreed and didn’t even mention how psycho I sounded. There was a little mix up in the delivery of the ARC (apparently there could be a lost copy somewhere in the Canadian postal system) but Loren was nice enough to overnight me another one.
So when I finally got my hands on this book, I couldn’t wait to get started. In fact, I might have read a few pages right outside my PO Box across the border:
Darynda is a master at leaving you hanging and both books end with a desperation to know what comes next. Fortunately, the wait is almost over and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
If you haven’t read the books and don’t want to be spoiled, do not read any further. SPOILERS AHEAD.
At the end of Second Grave on the Left, Charley has bound Reyes to his mortal body and Reyes is p-i-s-s-e-d. Like umm, really pissed. So we’re left wondering, what kind of danger will Charley be in and will she be able to save herself with his help? How long is Reyes going to be mad? When and how will he escape? And did he really kill his father? How long is Reyes going to be mad? Yeah, he was really mad, so it bears asking twice cause I was afraid for that girl!
All of these questions are answered in Third Grave Dead Ahead and we’re given a reprieve from the major cliffhangers we had to deal with in the first two books.
Darynda is master sculptor of witty dialogue, high-energy action, hilarious characters and incredible can’t-turn-the-page fast enough plots. As a writer, she is the type of author whose work I read and think I will never write again. If you’re a writer, you know what I mean and what I’m saying about Darynda’s talent. She truly is the type of writer that could write the phone book and it’d entertain you.
I could tell you that technically this book is a “filler” book. A book that is the lull in a series before we get into the next big story ARC. I could also tell you that I have a hard time reading “filler” books in a series because they just don’t hold my attention, but I’d be lying if I said that about Third Grave Dead Ahead. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Even after I finished and realized that Reyes and Charley still haven’t progressed much further in their relationship since Second Grave on the Left, or that we still don’t know what Charley is dun dun dun, “capable of” I didn’t feel cheated. It was just a great book.
Charley is even funnier in Third Grave Dead Ahead (if that’s possible) and I thoroughly enjoyed her banter with, umm, everyone…Cookies antics, Swopes annoyingness and the introduction of a few new characters. Charley remains one of my most favorites fictional characters who I really wish was real. If she was, she’d be my best friend. She is a hoot. But she has a softer, vulnerable side to her that we usually see after the climax when almost everything has gone to hell in a handbasket, and this addition is no exception. My heart broke for her heartache and I definitely shed a few tears along the way. Of course I would have loved to see some more of Reyes and the dynamic between Charley and him, but I realize that good things come to those that wait. And I have no doubt that this series is just getting started! Not bad for book 3 in a series, huh?
When trying to think of titles for this post, I had a moment of indecision. It seems silly to include the name of Darynda’s character in a review about the book, I mean it would make more sense to name the book, but the truth is this is about Reyes and I’m completely enamored with the devilish bastard.
Well that’s not completely true, I love Charley, too. She’s a great protagonist — smart, funny, tough, but innocent too. Those are the types of heroines I love. I like the independent women, but want to see a softer, feminine side to them too. And Charley has it all — she is one of my all-time favorite characters. If she was real, she’d definitely be my best friend.
Both books left me desperate for more because Darynda is a master of evilness. Each books ends with a need to get the next book real bad. So bad you may be reduced to blubbering.
I actually did and my incoherent babbling actually worked because I was fortunate enough to score an ARC of Third Grave Dead Ahead! I don’t know when I’ll receive it, I’m just over the moon that I get to read it early! Although Jan 31st, 2012, isn’t that long of a wait.
In the meantime, to help me deal with my Reyes addiction, I made some custom art — a wallpaper of my favorite general:
And a countdown widget which you’re welcome to use anywhere and everywhere:
Out of curiousity, are any of my readers entering this year’s Golden Heart? Back in March my plan had been to finish my book and enter this November…but…umm…yeah…no…don’t think it’s gonna happen. Anyone wanna share good/bad experiences?