Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1)
Ten years ago, Lorelei McAlister's parents disappeared without a trace, ans she is finally beginning to accept the fact that they're never coming back. Life must go on. She's got her grandparents and the support of her best friends, and high school is not quite as painful as she thought it would be.
But This is What H...more
Lorelei's parents have mysteriously disappeared, and now she seems to have a stalker - or two. Lorelei, as I already expected from Darynda's characters, is witty a...more
Darynda Jones, you rock my world.
At the beginning of her writing career, she brought us the stunning First Grave on the Right, which was filled to the brim with laughs and clever wit. After that were the next two books in the Charley Davidson series, which were filled with the laughter and wit, but in even greater amounts. Those books made my spleen hurt from laughter.
Then, on October 2, 2012, Jones did something extraordinary.
She ventured into YA.
The YA genre as a whole has grown a lot ov...more
When Jared Kovach turns up at Lorelei’s school, she is quickly absorbed by his sexy demeanour, drawing towards him like a moth to a flame. She is swift to realise he looks like the star of her latest vision, in which a beautiful boy fights a horrific battle with an otherworldly creature under a violet sky. The mystery surrounding his unexpected appearance and the connection to her vision startles Lorlei, but not as much as the some...more
This book was bizarre, and not in a good way. The narrative was incoherent and disjointed. The main heroine was trying too hard to be funny, but actually came off as pretty lame. And the lame jokes went on and on.
The worst part? Several pages into the book, the silly twit lays her eyes on some tall muscled guy for a second, and from then on it's an unending ode to his 'hotness'. For pages and pages I got to slog through lines like these:
“So he’s hot.” “Can you say blazing inferno?”
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Entertaining and kept my attention
Plot: Twist and double twist to a story of life and death
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Book Boyfriend: Cameron
SUMMARY (50 words or less)
I love the Charley Davidson series. So, I wondered what Darynda would do in YA. I’m not sure what I expected but it was good. Not Charley good, but a lot better than many YA series I’ve read. There were laughs, not as many as Char...more
Darynda Jones is an author whose books I’ve always been curious about. With my friends singing high praises of her Charley Davidson adult series, I was given the extra push when I heard she was dipping into the YA, something that was completely new to her. I like it when authors try something outside of their comfort zone. So I was willing to give it a try.
Lorelei has been living with her grandparents for the last 10 years after her parent’s disappearance; there’s never been any clear e...more
My initial reaction when I first got my hands on this book:
I really, really wanted to like this book. I'm a HUGE fan of Darynda's Charley Davidson series, and I thought that in this novel she'd bring the same amount of witty comments, sexy heroes, and capable heroines. I was wrong. In actuality, I'd give this book 2.5 stars, and let me take you through my reasons why.
What I Liked
1. Lorelei's relationship with one of her best f...more
* I got a copy of this book from the Publishers as part of the Blog Tour *
This is the book you read tucked in bed with a mug of steaming hot chocolate. Or coffee. Or one after the other because you will have a long sleepless night ahead of you.
Also, it is advisable to not read it in public - there is high risk of laughing out loud & you just don't want people giving you the eyebrow. Not that you would notice with your nose buried insi...more
I am only 64 pages in and I have decided to put this one down. I have not been feeling the characters and the plot seems really predictable (obviously since I am not finishing I could be very wrong). The oncoming love triangle is something that gets done over and over again in YA and this one is not capturing my interest. I have thought about giv...more
Characters: I personally could not connect or even much care for any of the characters in this novel. The main protagonist Lorelei w...more
When I first heard about Darynda w...more
This book *frustrated sigh* was all over the place.
THIS review reflects how I felt while reading this book.
Answer: You get Death and the Girl Next Door that's what.
This was a fascinating book full of teenage drama, angst, first love, humor, good friends & the bitchy girls in high school you love to hate.
Darynda Jones has impressed & blew me away (as she will you once you read it) with this first novel from her new YA series Darklight.
Without giving to much away I will...more
The writing style is very "Darynda" and I enjoyed that aspect extremely! Its witty, smart and Lorelei is similar to Charley with her sarcastic undertones! Though a YA, there wasn't the typical teenage angst that many within the genre tend to have (sorry, been...more
Death and The Girl Next Door is Darynda Jones’ first book in the Young Adult genre. It is book 1 in the Darklight Series.
Lorelei is a normal teenager living life in Riley’s Switch, NM. She, along with her best buds, Brooklyn and Glitch, hang out at the local coffee shop, relentlessly tease one another, and love and support each other. Cameron, a notorious loner and classmate since elementary school, takes a sudden interest in Lorelei. Everywhere she is, so is he. She thinks he is stalk...more
Lorelei, after surviving a near death experience gets caught up in a battle between Jared, the guy she thinks saved her, and Cameron, the guy beati...more
with her Charley Davidson series, so I had high expectations for an exciting new young
adult series and I wasn’t disappointed.
Lorelei McAlister lost her parents a decade ago, but she’s a well-adjusted, relatively
normal teen who has loving grandparents, amazing friends, and on occasion the odd
vision. All is well—or as well as it can be—as the anniversary of their disappearances
looms. Though all things considered, Lore...more
Lorelei McAlister is starting to accept the fact that her parents that disappeared ten years ago just aren’t coming back. And while she misses them life must go on and she has her grandparents and best friends. Being a sophomore she is finding that high school isn’t as bad as she thought it would be.
At least it wasn’t until the school loner, Cameron Lusk, started stalking her. Every time she turns around Cameron is there. Not to mention the fac...more
This book is about Lorelei, her 2 bestest friends in the world, and 2 handsome guys, Cameron and Jered, vying for her attention, although not for the reasons she thought, as Lorelei found out later. Apparently, Cameron was stalking...more
Well, this is the YA version of Charlie Davidson, her other series about a grim reaper who falls in love with someone she shouldn't. Too bad it's not as well done. To be honest, my eyeballs got sore reading this with all the rollin' they were doin'.
Although, to be fair. This quite possibly may be how younger teens interact with each other. Thank you, god, that I am an adult. I suspect this is one of thos...more
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