BOO!ks for October: Death, and the Girl He Loves by Darynda JonesDeath, and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 8, 2013
Pages: 272
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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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Death And The Girl Next Door (Darklight #1)Death And The Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 2, 2012
Pages: 274
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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?  Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.

Darynda Jones had me at FIVE FEET TALL…
“I lowered my voice, controlled the tone and inflection of every word, every syllable, striving to make myself sound menacing. I took up a mere five feet of vertical air space, so menacing was not always easy for me to accomplish.”

Welcome to the world of Lorelei McAlister. At five feet tall, red-headed, and alabaster complected, Darynda Jones creates quite the firecracker in our petite heroine. Lorelei’s parents vanished when she was 6 years old and the 10 year anniversary of that fateful day is upon her. Since being orphaned, Lorelei lives with her grandparents who run the town church and a small store.  Lorelei and her two best friends, Brooklyn and “Glitch” spend their time between the cliché town cafe and high-school  in their small home town of Riley’s Switch, New Mexico. Things are taking their normal course until Lorelei brushes against a tall, dark, and handsome stranger. The vision this encounter gives Lorelei is both beautiful and menacing. Something she can’t make any sense of, and that’s when things start to get weird.

The handsome stranger who inspired Lorelei’s haunting vision shows up at her school and knows more about her than he should. His name is Jared Kovach and he seems to be paying special attention to her along with the school loner, Cameron Lusk (our blonde hottie on the cover). Both of these guys are demonstrating supernatural strength and explosive hostility towards one another, and Lorelei is the catalyst. Jared and Cameron both have a secret and these old souls have an agenda with her. Both want to protect Lorelei’s life, but only one of them is supposed to. Riley’s Switch, New Mexico is about to enter the Twilight Zone.

The snarky humor and wit in this book had me laughing out loud on the very first page. I instantly became a fan of Darynda Jones.  My short girl with tall, hot guy fantasies were shown the light of day. This is the first book that I have read where the main character was five feet tall, and being in the same height bracket I instantly connected with Lorelei. Lorelei is a special gal in this book, and I felt like it was about time the awesomeness of short people was represented. A lot of punch is packed into Lorelei’s petite character. She’s clever, charmingly self-deprecating, and brave. The chemistry between ALL of the characters is  edgy and humorous, making this story an entertaining read the whole way through. The events and details that unfold through-out caught me off guard. It was a strange and wonderful juxtaposition of heavy elements mixed in with the light. Sometimes you read the first book in a series and you don’t feel obligated (or motivated) to read the next one. This isn’t one of those books. I can’t wait to dive into book two. After reading book one, I’m definitely Team Jared, but I’m keeping Cameron in my back pocket. That’s how I roll.

 

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