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
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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?”
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
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
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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
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
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
Long story short, I was quite disappointed with Darynda Jones's start to her new YA series. That's not to say that it didn't have moments I thought were worth merit, but seriously, how many mediocre insta-love, anta...more
When she touched people she gets visions or predictions she's not sure which. Most of her past visions have been pretty mundane, till the dark haired stranger. When she touched him, she saw something that lef...more
Three and a half stars: A solid beginning to a new, entertaining YA series.
Lorelei is prepared to spend the week with her two best friends, Glitch and Brooklyn, in order to take her mind off the anniversary of the disappearance of her parents ten years ago. The trio is piled into a booth at the local coffee shop, busy making plans. When Lorelei excuses herself to use the bathroom, a brief brush of her hand in the darkened hall spurs a strange vision in her head. Lorelei is no stranger to visions...more
Classic Motives with a thrilling paranormal twist (but... I won't tell!)
Girl meets mysterious, sexy boy and learns that there is a paranormal world out there and must embrace her powers to save the world. Heard before? Yes me too! Is it getting old? No. Not for me! It always depends on how you spin the tale, how you develop the characters and how you embrace the story. I love stories like this – I just love them. Which is why I was more than eager to dig...more
Quick & Dirty: A love triangle with a nephilim and an archangel. And I thought my high school drama was bad.
Opening Sentence: The small town of Riley’s Switch, New Mexico, had only one coffee house, and I sat at a booth in it with my two best friends.
Best-selling author, Darynda Jones, takes on young hearts and paranormal mayhem with her debut Young Adult novel, Death and the Girl Next Door. Small town girl, Lorelei, is about to get a crash cour...more
Going in, I knew that it was going to be awesome and I was so right. I finished this book in one go; I stayed up until 3 AM reading it because I just. couldn't. put. it. down.
Lorelei's parents went missing when she was a child. No one knows what happen...more
I can't believe how disappointed I am in this book. Especially considering how much I absolutely LOVE the Charley Davidson series.
It's almost baffling how Jones can get it so right with Charley, and yet so very wrong with this one. I can see the same quirky sense of humor trying to come through in Lorelei, but it doesn't quite work. Instead, she and the characters come off as vapid and shallow. Not to mention, Lorelei is almost physically incapable of putting two and two together.
Everyone who knows me know that I am a really big fan of Darynda Jones so I was looking forward to this book for a year now. When I was approved on NetGalley for the ARC i was so excited I started jumping all around my apartement. And of course, Darynda never dissappoints. I honestly enjoyed this book, from start to finish. It was interesting, funny and hot. Lorelei is as great character as Charley from Darynda´s Charley Davidson series, Jared, although he reminds of R...more
M’kay, on to my review. I’m actually giving this a 4.5.
The first half of this book is slow going, but first books in a series usually are, what with all the world-building and such that typically goes on. It’s not that there wasn’t anything happening, but the juicy stuff really picks up in the second half of the book when we start to get some answers to the mysteries Darynda has expertly developed.
Remembering that this is a YA novel, I h...more
Death and the Girl Next Door was an enticing start to a new Paranormal YA series by the bestselling author Darynda Jones.
Lorelei MacAlister may look like your average sophomore in high school. She tries to stay of the radar as much as possible; she has two of the greatest best friends a girl could ask for. She also has the full support and love of her grandparents. And with the tenth anniversary of her parents’ disa...more
When I first heard about Darynda w...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
Because I have such weird responses to Darynda Jones hit series, Charley Davidson, I thought I'd give something else of hers a try. Everyone (I swear it feels that way) but me is getting on with her sty...more
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