BOO!ks for October: Death, and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones

Posted on October 25, 2013 by Regina | 0 Comments

The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister. Unfortunately for her, that is exactly where the world’s fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen firsthand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul. And on top of that she’s seeing visions. This is nothing new for Lorelei. But these visions are something more: death, destruction, and the end of the world. Lorelei must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril. Lucky for her, her friends and family include the handsome Angel of Death, a fiercely protective half-angel, and a ragtag group of loyal supporters who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in the name of fighting pure evil.

Hell hasn’t frozen over, Lorelie was sent to Maine.

(You can check out my review for books one and two in this trilogy here, and here.)

At the end of book two in the Darklight trilogy, Lorelei was ghosted away to a boarding school in Maine to keep her safe from the restless spirits and forces of evil that were hunting her down back  in Riley’s Switch, New Mexico.  She is the last prophet , after all, and needs to be kept safe so she can save the world from it’s biblical ending. But Lorelei quickly discovers that she isn’t safe anywhere, as long as she has a dormant demon inside of her, and her visions are getting worse. Moving to Maine hasn’t made her stop seeing the END OF THE WORLD, it’s intensified the visions!

While at boarding school, Lorelei meets some shady characters. She’s not sure who to trust, and is going through major withdrawals from her loyal group of friends and guardian angels back home. Someone seems to have it in for her at her new school, and it’s not long before Lorelei returns to Riley’s Switch.

Things are worse than ever when she gets back home, but she’s the only one who seems to have lost hope. Lorelei’s grandparents and followers of the prophet have faith that she will save everyone from death, doom, and destruction, and everyone does what they can to make sure Lorelei embraces the bad-ass prophet that she is.

I was thoroughly sentimental at the beginning of this book, and really, really, really missed the interactions/banter between Lorelei and her posse. Although the time she spent away from home was interesting, I was mad about her lost time with Jared. I was giddy with joy when Darynda brought Lorelei back to New Mexico, and that’s when I feel like the story really began for me.

The action in this book, and Lorelei’s internal dialogue were the best things about it. Once again, Darynda had me LOLing. Lorelei McAlister has become one of my all-time favorite female characters. I absolutely LOVE this trilogy, and am sad that it ended after only three books. That being said, Death and The Girl He Loves was my least favorite Darklight book. I felt like everything was wrapped up rather quickly, and a little anti-climatic for the series. The resolution to the story might be a complete shocker for some, but I saw it coming, and almost wished I had been wrong. You will either think the ending is really bad-ass and clever, or a little lame and feel cheated. I’m stuck somewhere between the two.

At the end of my review for Death, Doom, and Detention I said:

 I’m hoping for some EPIC Prophet/Angel of Death kissing scenes in the third book due out this October. I might go a little Azrael myself if Darynda doesn’t deliver.

Well, we definitely get some epic body-melting kisses, toe-curling touches, and lustful, lingering stares between the Angel of Death (aka Jared) and Lorelei (aka the Prophet), but I was still left unsatisfied. The title: Death and The Girl He Loves made me think we were going to get some serious quality time with them, but alas, I was mistaken. Don’t get me wrong. This trilogy is AWESOME and I think everyone should read it. I just wanted more. This wasn’t my best review, but I just couldn’t seem to piece together my thoughts on it properly. They still feel somewhat muddy since it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Dumb excuse, I know… Anyway, who knows. Maybe Darynda will write a spin-off series focusing more on Jared and Lorelei in the future.

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Classical music nerd by day, freelance writer and blogger by night. When I review books, I don't dish out and rehash every character and detail. What's the point of reading a book if you give most of the deets away in a review??? My reviews are more about my impressions and over all experience with the book. I am also a world-renowned armchair psychologist, and love to psychoanalyze authors.
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