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A Darker Past

(The Darker Agency #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The past is Darker than they thought… 

Between helping her mother with the Darker Agency and laying the smack down on monster baddies, Jessie Darker puts the “normal” in paranormal. But lately, things have gotten a little crazy…even for a smart-assed half-demon teenage girl. 

For starters, Jessie’s been contracted into fifty-five years of annoying servitude. To a demon. Then
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Published November 11th 2014 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (first published November 6th 2014)
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Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in this series and was excited to get back into Jessie's world. Jessie works at a paranormal agency with her mom. They have a fun sort of Gilmore Girls partnership but with demons and mayhem. Jessie has been able to spend more time with her demon dad since he was freed. Except now Jessie is locked into a 55 year contract serving the demon, Valefar. She also has her new boyfriend that was trapped in a box with Wrath for over 100 years. Danger is never far from Jessie and sh ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

There is absolutely no doubt that Jus Accardo is one of my favorite authors. She continues to entertain me thoroughly with every book that churns out and I could not be happier to have found such a fun author. The first book in this series, Darker Days, was a blast and I was eagerly waiting for news on this second installment. I did not hesitate to click that request button as soon as I saw the book up on NG. There was honestly nothing I hated about this book and I loved how much it made me laug
*I received this book for free from Entangled Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

*Genre* YA, Paranormal
*Rating* 3.0

*My Review*

A Darker Past is the sequel to Darker Days and picks up several months after the conclusion of said novel. 17-year old Jessie Darker and her mother Klaire, operate the Darker Agency. They pursue the darker aspects of living in Penance, New York like demon possession, zom
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Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This was a fun read. I did not read the first book but didn’t feel like missing something. All-important background from the first book were also covered in this one, which helped a lot.
You can find my full review here:
Stephanie Ward
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

'A Darker Past' is the exhilarating and fun second book in a young adult paranormal series. It continues to follow our leading lady - Jessie Darker - as she spends her time helping her mom with the family detective agency (which deals mostly with the strange or supernatural), spending time with her boyfriend Lukas (fresh out of entrapment in a small box for over 100 years and now turning into a demon), and running errands for Velafor - the demon she has to serve for the next fifty-five
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Review posted here...
A Darker Past is the sequel to Darker Days and second book in The Darker Agency series featuring the very awesome Jessie Darker. Following the last book, Jessie is now in service to Valefar for 55yrs in a deal that freed her father and allowed him to be with her mother full time. As he puts her to work, Jessie finds she doesn’t realise what she has let herself in for being at the beck and call of a demon who has the habit of poppi
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, for-review, blog-tour
Originally posted on City of Books

It had been ages since I read Darker Days, the first book in this series. So of course I needed a re-read, and while doing that I remembered just how much I loved that book! A Darker Past is a great follow-up, and it was awesome to see all the characters again, especially Jessie and Lukas.

Jessie has begun her fifty-five years of service to Valefar, and though she finds it annoying that he can summon her whenever he wants, it's overall not too bad. She's also hav
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
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I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, Darker Days, so of course I had to read book two!

A Darker Past follows Jessie and Lukas as they get themselves into yet another sticky situation of the paranormal kind. This time, Jessie has accidentally released a super-demon into the world and he is out for blood. A Darker Past was just as interesting as Darker Days. It was a really easy read with a good pace that kept me interested. It had me cracking up laughing at variou
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling and thoroughly entertaining YA paranormal romance, A Darker Past was a wonderful sequel that I really enjoyed. I thought it was a lovely read.

Jessie was great. Clever and feisty, she definitely livened up the pages. Lukas was wonderful as well. Sweet and determined to be a better person, even with the effects of Wrath still lingering. I thought they were both as likable as ever.

The romance was lovely. Jessie and Lukas still had some obstacles to overcome, particularly with the change
Nay Denise
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great sequel to Darker Days. This was a very balanced novel with such thrill and romance that I couldn't put it down. Jus Accardo is fabulous! This was a fast paced book, which I loved! It kept me on the edge of my seat needing to know what happens next. I enjoyed the action, twists and turns that occurred and the build up for the next book.

Jessie, the protagonist, is such a sassy character. She keeps me laughing and waiting for her next line to come. With her humor she brings smarts which mak
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly...Not a huge fan. Left a lot of unanswered questions. Almost sounded like there was going to be a 3rd book but there isn't. Got so tired of the eye rolling. It was too much. Not a dark book, hardly any cussing and no sex but they did make out a little bit. I skimmed through parts of the book where she rambled. I was almost more interested in her mom and dad's love story than Jessie's and Lukas. And again, the big unanswered secret that Lukas couldn't tell her because it wasn't his to te ...more
Priya Kanaparti
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jus writes captivating characters that are equally witty and daredevils. AND A darker past is no exception. I ABSOLUTELY LOVEEEDDD this book. Its not your typical paranormal kind and entertains you in a way that you want slap the MC and hug her all the same.

But that's what makes Jus's writing sooooo tempting. It's the way she ensnares her readers to hate, but still fall in love with her characters. For those that enjoyed the Darker Agency, you won't be disappointed with this book! I can't wait
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, really entertaining, and yeah, a 3rd book wouldn't be too bad! ...more
Jenn Hill
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enjoyed
Quick and enjoyable read. Could have gone far as a series, but it still had a semi-ending to it.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A darker read!

The past is Darker than they thought…

I absolutely adore the heroine - so snarky, bada$* and witty! The hero *sigh* Love these characters. So enjoyable.

Such a perfect sequel! A real, absolute treat and a rare gem of a book. The author has real talent - incredible writing, characters and story!

So much happens here that I could whiplash. I am so eagerly awaiting for the next book. Hopefully it will be published soon.

Full of demons, Hell, action, adventure, twists and turns, family,
Maghon Thomas
I love this series! I know I need to read the rest of her books, which I will, but this is the first series I have read by her and she's just amazing :) This is a great sequel to the first, which features a mother and daughter, who run the Darker Agency. Sure it's like a PI, but they do supernatural problems as well. I loved this. Kalire is Jessie's mom, and all she wanted was for her daughter to be normal. Except after the last book, normal is out the window, way way out the window. And, Jessie ...more
Jennifer Scott
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

3 stars!

Teenage Jessie Darker doesn’t have the typical high school problems of crushes and frienemies…no her problems are much darker, and more sc-fi than that, especially seeing as she is a half-demon. Her family has owned the Darker Agency since her great-grandfather – exercising ghosts, hunting down cheating spouses, and keeping the town of Penance safe for generations. And to make matters worse, since sa
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015

This review might contain spoilers if you have not read the first book.

My Review:
I think I can officially say I like this book better than the first one. Jessie Darker is a snarky, funny, bad ass supernatural fighter, only problem is she is bound to a demon, had a demon for a dad and her boyfriend use to be Wrath, one of the deadly sins. All was going somewhat normal for her until she broke a mirror and let out a rather nasty demon.

I thought I knew Jessie in the first book bu
Angela ReadingCave
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Amber at Fall Into Books
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored Darker Days, and I had been looking forward to the sequel for some time. A Darker Past did not disappoint. Accardo's lovely and captivating writing combined with Jessie's sense of humor and Lukas' depth made for a terrific novel. Everything I loved about the first book was present in the second installment as well. I can't wait to see what's in store for Jessie and company next!

The characters in these books really make the stories what they are. Each character has depth and i
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit, I'm a little wary of YA fiction since it's been a couple of, ahem, decades since I've read a YA book from front to back. And YA paranormal? Well, let's say that I almost never voluntarily read anything paranormal. But after reading A Darker Past, I definitely need to reconsider YA paranormal stories.

If I had to pick one thing that I really enjoyed about Jessie, the main character, it would be that she has so many, fully-developed dimensions -- daughter, friend, girlfriend, awesome paran
Unabridged Bookshelf
Darker Past is just the book I have been looking for, and even though I have not had the chance to read the first book, Darker Days, I enjoyed it immensely. With all the reading I have on my plate I do not always get to series and books when I want, and even without reading the first book, Darker Past stood on its own. I am defiantly going to have to clear sometime to read the first book though, and soon. I defiantly found a new favorite character in Jessie Darker.

I love Jessie’s attitude and s
Devon Ashley
3.5 dreamcatchers

First off, I'll admit I haven't read the first in this series, but I didn't let that deter me from diving right in. I loved Jessie's sarcasm, especially in the first quarter of the book. Her snarkiness seemed to fade a bit from there, but she occasionally graced me with something sassy to lift my mood. Her boyfriend Lukas is recovering from being Wrath's b*tch for way too long, forced there by his crazy ex, and is now under the tutelage of Jessie's Father in hell, but can go ba
Jennifer Strand
Original review posted at on 11/19/14:

Oh, man. I can't go that long between reading books by Jus Accardo again. The wit this woman writes with makes me look like a fool when I'm reading because I've got a perma-grin plastered on my face. Her heroines have the exact same sense of humor I do and that makes me feel more than a little bit awesome.

There are two things that kept me from enjoying this story as much as I could have. Number one, the relationship between Jessie
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Move over girls, Jus new book is out! Jus is one of my favorite authors, her books always make me laugh, cry and sit at the edge of my chair waiting to see what happens next. I can happily tell you that Darker Past didn't disappoint one bit.

Jessie is back and almost better than ever... because you know, she now has to serve a demon for the next 55 years. But she has her boyfriend, her witch best friend is learning new tricks and her parents can finally be together. So life is looking good until
Even though I hadn't read the first book in this series, this book just places you in the action from the very first page. The background information from the earlier book is provided where it is relevant to this book, making it easy to get on and enjoy this one without necessarily having read the first one (I can vouch for that as I haven't read the first one yet!)

The central character to this is school girl, half shadow demon, Jessie has agreed to essentially be enslaved to the 'bigwig' demon
Yvonne (The Shadow Realm)
Also posted on: The Shadow Realm

A fabulous sequel, this book was just as exhilarating as the first. I am seriously loving these books and one of main things I love is the snark and biting wit of the characters. Especially Jessie. I seriously love that girl, she is just all kinds of awesome. It was fun watching the relationship between her and Lukas develop more. They are a great couple and couldn't be more perfect for each other. They had some really sweet and some really intense moments and it
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"One of the most important things I’d learned, though, is when things that shouldn’t happen do happen, the demon shit eventually hits the fan."


Hell in a hailstorm! The Monster Masher is back in the saddle! And Jessie is way too ready to bring trouble all over her head. Not that I've expected anything tranquil or rational on the part of Jessie...

"Mom kept telling me I acted first and thought second. She was dead on. The sad part? I never seemed to learn f
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-wishlist-ya
I’ve said it before and I will say it again – this should be a TV series. Move over Buffy there is a new slayer in town ;)

Jus Accardo does a fabulous job of recapping events at the start of the book so you don’t feel as if you’ve forgotten crucial details before embarking on the new journey with Jessie.

I utterly love Jessie, she is fill of sarcasm and sass. Not only that but the way in which she can banter with anyone, even Lucifer’s right hand man, is a skill that needs to be fully appreciated.
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JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and th

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