Review: Death, Doom, and Detention by Darynda Jones

Monday, November 11, 2013
Series: Darklight #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: March 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

Death and the Girl Next Door left us on such a cliffhanger, I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked up this book. But I loved it. Darynda Jones crosses such barriers for me. She's easily one of my favorite authors. I love to see her style and rhythm come alive in a book. And she always starts off just as strong as she finishes.

War is looming on the horizon and Lorelei is the key to making sure that it doesn't happen. The fact that she's a teenage girl doesn't seem to freak anyone out besides her though. In fact everyone else looks at her with such hope that she can't even deal with it. It's too much pressure. In fact, she lies to her best friend and tells her that she stopped having visions because they're actually too overwhelming for her to deal with. Not too mention that her grandparents have basically lied to her her entire life and now she's not feeling as close to them as she normally does. And having a teeny crush on the angel of death is not helping things either.

Cameron (basically her half-angel bodyguard) and Jared (her angel crush) have been keeping things from her as well. Something has shifted and while they all have felt it no one is talking about it. Whenever Lorelei tries to get answers they ignore her or brush her off. She overheard her grandparents talking about sending her away to protect her from the people who want her dead. But no one is talking to her and everyone is still hiding things. Everyone at school is acting strange and not a good strange either. Lorelei has a vision of someone shooting up a classroom and she and the crew are on a mission to make sure that it doesn't happen. There are also a group of people (I use that term loosely) out to make sure that Lorelei winds up dead and quick like.

I'm such a fan of this series. I love that it's YA but there's no love triangle. I love that it's YA but there's no angst. I love that it's YA but it's gritty and still funny enough for a teenager to read. And also gritty enough for an adult to read and enjoy it. And did I mention how funny this book is? Because even though there is a lot of stuff happening, Lorelei and her friends are freaking hilarious. They're super funny and quirky but it's not TOO much, so it doesn't come off as cheesy. At least I don't think so. But I am pretty cheesy myself. I don't know I just love this series and I hope everyone else does too.


  1. I look forward to this one, but in particular its all those things you listed at the end which have me most interested. I'm not a fan of triangles and unnecessary angst.

    1. Me either! But this doesn't have any of that. So I'm a big fan.

  2. Great review Amber, I read book 3 last week, and it is great. Though the ending, some will love it, some will hate it. I still don't know what I think about it. So, read it soon and tell me :)

    1. I just reviewed the third actually. It'll post next week. I can't wait to get into it with you. :)


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