Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1) by Darynda Jones
This is a young adult paranormal fantasy novel
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.
I read this about two weeks ago before Christmas and I really should have written my review then. I’ve read and done so much I can’t remember all the details that I normal like to impart in a review.
I will say that as memory served, this book isn’t as laugh out funny throughout as the author’s Charley Davidson series. It’s not that this is a disappointment, just factual. Don’t fret, there were times I remember cracking up.
The other thing to note, this felt almost like a YA version of Charley. Jared felt much like Jared but maybe that’s because the narrator did both books and I’m a tune to the voices. Still, Jared’s character is almost to cliché, new guy in town becomes love interest.
And despite the promising cover, no love triangle is here. Which for me is a bit of a disappointment. I ‘m rather fond of love triangle on average. But I know most would be really happy to know none exist.
Still the world building is interesting and it’s a twist on the paranormal that I haven’t seen. The ending sets up future books without a killer cliffhanger of an ending, which I don’t mind but I know there are those that do.
Lorelei King narrated this series as she does the Charley Davidson series. It took a bit to not associate the voices with the adult series, but once I was in, it was good. And I have to wonder if Darynda purposefully named the main character after her narrator? Hmmm.
Overall, I look forward to more. The author does a great job with all her characters including the minor ones.
My book boyfriend, Cameron. (Not sure why other than Jared will probably be the next book)
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