Review: Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Monday, September 16, 2013
Series: Darklight #1
Publisher:St. Martin's Press
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Reviewed by: Amber R.

I'm starting to think that Darynda is obsessed with the grim reaper. If you're a fan of her adult series, Charley Davidson is a grim reaper. We have a grim reaper in this book series too. The most amazing part though is you would think with the same author writing two separate series, each focusing on the same type of supernatural being, there would be similarities. And honestly, she approaches this book completely different. Don't get me wrong, she's still super hilarious, witty, and completely engrosses you in the story. But things are a bit different for sophomore Lorelei.

Lorelei is a teenage girl from a small town. Her parents disappeared into thin air ten years ago and Lorelei has been living with her grandparents since. Her two best friends Brooklyn and Glitch, along with her grandparents, and a mix of love, laughter, and snark have helped her life be as amazing as it could be without her parents. You would think dealing with losing your parents at such a young age would be enough to deal with but Lorelei also has visions. They mostly seem random and nonsensical but she has them. At the beginning of the school year Lorelei notices the hot, tall, loner guy from school has been following her around for no apparent reason. Not too mention loner guy, Cameron and new, supernova boy Jared seem ready to battle it out every second for reasons yet to be revealed. And they both keep telling Lorelei some pretty cryptic things that are just weird. Things do eventually cleared up but not necessarily for the better.

I absolutely loved this book and the different approach to a YA book. It is obviously not as gritty as UF or descriptive as PNR but it can definitely hold it's own. I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything like you sometimes do with YA. I read through this book extremely fast just so I could find out what was going to happen next. Lorelei is good heroine in this book, she keeps her wits about her, even when things are spiraling out of control. Plus all of the other characters in this book are just as great as her. It's funny, witty, unique, smart, and a downright 5 out of 5 for me. I would recommend this book to everyone, even people who don't normally like YA.  


  1. This one was a blah for me. I almost didn't finish it. I'll stick to Jones' Charley Davidson series.

    1. Charley is amazing. But I'm really liking YA right now and this was a hit for me.

  2. I had a little of a hard time getting into this book because of the small similarities to the Charley's series (maybe cuz is the same narrator), but I really enjoyed the following book, I hope you do too :)

    1. I actually liked the similarities because she spun it around.

  3. I did enjoy this one as well, but never considered the Angel of Death to be the same as the Grim Reaper.


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