I am excited to be bringing you a review of Death and the Girl Next Door with DJ's blog tour:
Death and the Girl Next Door
by Darynda Jones
Series: Darklight #1
Publisher: St. Martin
Publication date: October 2, 2012
Genre: YA paranormal
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Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a
trace. Raised by her grandparents and
leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to
accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on. High school is not
quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can
be. Until the day the school's
designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least
expects it, standing outside her house
in the dark, night after night. Things
get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared
Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and
Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their
animosity. What does Jared know about
her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared
he can't have Lorelei? And what will any
of them do when Death comes knocking for real?
Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into
the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.
I was excited to get my hands on a copy of Death and the Girl Next Door
Darynda Jones is one of my favorite adult authors and I was anxious to see what
she would bring to her new young adult series. As the first book in the Darklight
series Jones introduces us to some
interesting characters, a couple of swoon worthy guys and um -death.
It has been ten years since the McAllister’s disappears that
left their six year old daughter behind. We meet Lorelei McAllister and her sidekicks
Glitch and Brooklyn as they enjoy coffee at the only place in their small New
Mexico town to hang out. Right away I liked the three of them and their
banter was hilarious. When Lorelei goes
to wash her hands she accidentally brushed up against a handsome stranger, and immediately
has one of her visions. In it this boy is fighting a monster that claws his
chest. The premonition scares her and
she tries to warn him but he’s gone. The
tale that unfolds was humorous, romantic, and action packed. It laid the groundwork for an exciting new series.
Jones has an incredible talent for bringing characters to
life. I really liked Lorelei, Glitch and Brooklyn. This trio was so funny, and
I found myself highlighting snarky things they said. I loved how they stood up
for each other and supported one another. The language, notes and comments
Lorelei and Brooklyn used to describe people (guys) had me giggling. Jared and
Cameron two swoon-worthy boys are both looking to protect Lorelei. I know you just shivered. Didn't you? You were thinking, “Oh, no not the
dreaded love triangle!” Well guess what…there isn't one! We do kind of get an insta-love
type thing but I survived and you probably will too. Cameron and Jared were likeable; despite some Neanderthal
tendencies and an abundance of testosterone. I loved Lorelei’s grandparents and
appreciated that Jones involved them in the tale. A nosey reporter and people searching for
clues shake things up and add suspense to the tale.
The world-building was fascinating, from the strange disappearance
of Lorelei’s parents, to the mystery surrounded her premonitions and the boys. The tale started off slowly and felt a bit awkward to me, but it quickly picked
up and I found myself swept up in the action. I like how Jones’s slowly reveals
things and then throws in twists and turns keeping me enthralled. The story is
not without issues but as the first book in a series, I am hoping these loose threads and unanswered questions are revealed in the next book. The romance was sweet and gooey and I am sure
it will have many of you swooning. The
ending was fast and furious and ohh the things that were revealed. EEP! While there is no cliffhanger, we are left
with a glimmer of things to come and I look forward to reading more.
I recommend Death and
the Girl Next Door
to fans of supernatural suspense and snarky characters. Darynda
Jones is on my auto-buy list and I look forward to Death, Doom, and Detention
which is scheduled to be released in
March 5, 2013. The third book Death and the Girl He Loves
is also scheduled for a 2013 release but no date has been set.
I want to thank St. Martin Press for providing this ARC in
exchange for my unbiased review.
I gave this snarky novel 3.5 coffee cups out of 5.
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