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Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1)

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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
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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The Holy Terror
I apologize for my gushing status updates in the beginning. Please, don't pick this book up because of them. I'm not sure what happened here, but this book is nowhere near the caliber I expect from Jones. The plot made no sense, the humor dried up, and the male posturing was so over-the-top that it became absurd and incredibly annoying. I had to make a new shelf just for this book - "you disappointed me" - and it saddens me to put it there. If the beginning hadn't been so enjoyable I would've gi ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc, paranormal
I became a big fan of Darynda Jones when I read her adult series that proceeded to make me giggle spontaneously for days. Hearing about her new YA novel, Death and the Girl Next Door, prompted a lot of squealing. Within the first 20 pages, I already had taken note of a handful of awesome quotable lines; I knew I was in for a good time!

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

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
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
As a huge fan of Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series, I was incredibly excited when I heard she was writing YA. Death and the Girl Next Door is one of my most anticipated books this year, and even though it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be, I’m overjoyed that Darynda decided to write it. The fact that it wasn’t quite what I expected is actually one of my favorite things about this book: if you decide to pick it up (and you should), you can throw your expectations right out the window ...more
Darynda’s signature funny storytelling style. Sexy, mysterious hero, spunky heroine with abilities yet untapped. No love triangle as the description leads you to believe, yay! Fun start to the series, but information was frustratingly slow to trickle in, and the heroine was slow to clue in on a few obvious conclusions. Lorelei King’s narration makes up for most of that. I plan on listening to the next one.
DNF award!
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?”
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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3.5 stars

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
Nurse Lisa in Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Title: Death and the Girl Next Door, book 1, "Darklight" series.
Author: Darynda Jones
Published: October, 2012.
Format: audiobook via
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Genre: Young adult, paranormal, fantasy, mystery, drama, legend, spirituality, demons, possession, fiction.
Read (listened to): July, 2015.
My rating (0-5 scale): 3.75-4.

Brief remarks:

Very intriguing story, truly! Not Charley & Reyes (OBVS, lol), but a solid young adult novel built of a good storyline. I'll stick with it. :
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Nice
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Entertaining and kept my attention
Characters: Solid
Plot: Twist and double twist to a story of life and death
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Sure
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
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
I am a fan of Jones’s Charley Davidson’s series and when I heard she was coming out with a YA series I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! Death and the Girl next Door is NOT what I expected. Our Main heroine Lorelei is your typical sophomore, who enjoys hanging out with her two best friends Brooklyn and Glitch. Things start to get weird when the school loner Cameron begins stalking Lorelei, every time she turns around she sees him lurking in the corner. Lorelei always had visions; some come tr ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
I am a huge fan of Ms. Jones. She’s a brilliant story teller and a master in the art of sarcasm. Why it’s taken me a long time to read this book escapes me. Going into this book, I was expecting more of the same. I was expecting Lorelei to be like a teen Charley Davidson: hilarious, sarcastic, and one with a huge personality. I’ll tell you right now that if you’re going to keep the same expectations prior to reading this book, you’ll be in for a disappointment. Lorelei is nothing at all like Cha ...more
Jun 29, 2013 Taylor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
See more of my reviews at my blog:

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
Oct 05, 2012 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This book in my opinion is pure fluff. I can't think of any other way to describe it, it is just fluff. The plot took a major backseat to the insta lurve between Lorelei and Jared. I am all for romance in a book, but when you have demons, reapers, angels, and prophets I expect way more than a story filled with "oh he is hawt" and "I want to kiss him".

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
Khanh (the Grinch)
I am so, so disappointed in this book. I am a huge fan of Darynda Jones after reading her Grave series, and I was expecting much more than this. It's not a terrible book, I guess, but it is very slow and confusing. There is not much action, despite the fact that its two main male pro/antagonists spend much of the first half of the book fighting and beating the living crap out of each other. Not much is explained by anyone, and i found myself increasingly frustrated with the chauvinism with which ...more
"Death and the Girl Next Door" represents a smorgasbord of every YA paranormal stereotype there is and couples it with a bag of chips. Well, maybe not with a bag of chips, though I almost wish the chips were there, because then it would at least provide something different to the mix.

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
Full review to come...Darynda Jones is brillant. She has created a series full of riveting plot twists and young love to ensnare teens and adults alike. I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
Lorelei, has to live with the pain of her parents disappearance. The ten year anniversary is near and her two best friends stay near her during this period to comfort her. Everything is going normal till Lorelei brushes against a tall, dark, boy who starts an avalanche of change in her life.
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
Aug 27, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from goodreads. I wanted to push all the books that I had to read back so that I could read this and push out a review since this is a book that has yet to be released. My problem with this book is the lack of originality. I am sick and tired of Young Adult books (from a female's perspective) that follow the same pattern: Narrator is a plain looking girl (or so she thinks) who is attracted to a guy who is so beautiful it should be illegal. This boy does not glance at AN ...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.

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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.

The Review:

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
Aug 27, 2012 Pyxi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that enjoys PNR
Shelves: books-i-devour
*I received a complimentary copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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
Jun 21, 2012 Anjana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I found out that Darynda was writing a young adult series, I literally squealed in joy. Not because it's young adult but just because it's another book by Darynda. She's definitely the coolest author I know and one of my favorite authors EVER.
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
Oct 10, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Sep 04, 2012 Danny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Death and the Girl Next Door

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 di
Kerrelyn Sparks
May 28, 2013 Kerrelyn Sparks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this! Darynda has such a fun, sassy voice! I will be definitely reading more from her!
My thoughts

I think this was just an okay read. I don't plan to keep reading the series. I found a little confusing. I didn’t have any strong connection with any character. The pace was just okay but the story development lack of explanation. I liked one character though, the main character female best friend. On the other hand, I didn’t like the male friend. I also felt the main character relationship with Jared not convincing or justifiable. And the end made no sense, everyone suddenly knowing
Lea (Between fantasy and reality)
Between fantasy and reality

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 Daryndas Charley Davidson series, Jared, although he reminds of Re
C.L. Parker
Sep 09, 2012 C.L. Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Darynda, Darynda, Darynda … HOW do you KEEP doing it???

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
Jenni Arndt
Oct 02, 2012 Jenni Arndt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-own
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

Having never read Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series, I was more than a little eager to get my hands on her first foray into the YA world. When Death and the Girl Next Door was announced I was so excited and when the cover was revealed I was ecstatic. How do I feel after having read it? I feel very "meh" about the whole experience. That's really the only word I can think of. The story is anything but original and it delves into religion a litt
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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davids ...more
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