Series: Darklight

Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Posted October 3, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 6 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda JonesDeath and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
Series: Darklight #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley

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?

Even though I am not a huge YA reader I do enjoy one from time to time and since I love Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson adult series I knew I had to give Death and the Girl Next Door a try.

For me the 1st quarter of the book moved a little slow but then things started picking up for me when the plot started to get more detailed and action packed. There was a really cool action scene between two of the guys where time kind of freezes around them. It was awesome. I could see it all in my head like I was there and I thought this would blow the Matrix away if it was on the big screen.

The humor is much like that of Charley Davidson series but a little watered down for the YA crowd. Lorelei and her buddies, Glitch and Brooklyn are what I imagine what Charley and Cookie would be like in high school, snarky but safe for the PG crowd.

And because this is a YA novel the characters have some of the insecurities that teenagers have; that cheerleader is much more prettier than me, why would he like me? But Lorelei and company have more than just the everyday teenage problems. They have to think about how to save the world. Much harder than a pop quiz.

The characters are likeable and plot is interesting but the I got a little lost in the Christian mythology during some points. But it pretty much boils down to good vs evil.

As far as the hotness of Jared, the tall dark mystery guy that comes to town. He sounds like the perfect little brother to Reyes. Although he is way older than he appears.

All in all fans of Jones’ way of writing and snarky humor and YA readers will most likely enjoy this read.


About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.