Review: Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Monday, September 24, 2012
Series: Darklight #1
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Pages: 320
Publisher: St. Martins
Amber I.
Darynda Jones, author of The New York Times bestselling series that began with First Grave on the Right, brings us Death and the Girl Next Door, a thrilling Young Adult novel garnering high praise and early buzz from major authors

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.

When I started this book I was in freaking love. I could not put it down. I was so engrossed in it, I had to know what was happening. I thought it was going to be a for sure 5 star glowing rating. But at the end, when everything was coming together and we were getting all the info we wanted I was just not feeling it. I honestly can't even say for sure why, I don't know if it was too much info at once, or I was just not liking what I was hearing but I was a little disappointed. Its not to say I didn't really enjoy the book because I did but something took a wrong turn for me at the ending.

So besides the ending like I said I freaking LOVED it. Lorelei reminded me a lot of Charley from Darynda's adult series. She was witty and funny and always had something sarcastic to say. Her 2 best friends held their own and their banter was always entertaining. The two mysterious men Cameron and Jared where both exciting. Both had secrets and both were somehow involved in Lorelei's life. I was in love with Jared as soon as we met him, I didn't care who or what he was.

When we start piecing some of the puzzle together we hear Reaper a lot. At first I was like oh no! I thought that since Darynda's adult series was about a Reaper then she shouldn't be including that here. But she took this story and went a very different a unique way with it. Its nothing like Charley Davidson series.

What really kept me going was the big mystery. Exactly who and what were Cameron and Jared, why where they both always fighting and why was Lorelei somehow involved. Plus their was some fun twists in there that just made me want to read it as fast as I can. I guess I did since I read it one day. I wish I could point my finger on the ending though, but I am sorry I just can't.

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  1. I've read books before where the end leaves you a bit muddled... it happens. Glad you liked the book, though, I love Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series so I really want to try this one. I think it will be worth the read... thanks for the review! Book Savvy Babe

  2. I'm in the middle of this book now, I agree, she's so funny and snarky!

  3. Awesome! I love Darynda, I can't wait to get this novel, and now I'm even more excited!
    Thanks!!! :)

  4. Lorelei reminds me a lot of Charley from Darynda's adult series. She just has that personality. I am looking forward to seeing what other people I know think of it when they read it.

  5. Another to add to my TBR pile. That thing is stacking up.


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