Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1)
Publisher: St Martins Press
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
Rating: 3 stars
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 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 has written a thrilling, fun tale with a whole new take on folklore and mythology of the supernatural. With it’s hodgepodge bundle of paranormals, I loved reading this fun book and seeing what was in store for all the characters.
From the moment I had heard the title, I was dying to read Death and the Girl Next Door – a title like that is an epic win. Darynda Jones manages to deliver a book exactly what the title promises- a witty story with a bit of humor.
The characters were Death and the Girl Next Door‘s biggest strength. I loved the large amount of diversity among the characters – they were all so different from one another. Plus there were several hot guys! Lorelei’s grandparents were my favorite characters of the book as they were always making me laugh or doing something unexpected.
The plot was where Death and the Girl Next Door fell a bit flat for me. While I enjoyed it, it didn’t push itself to that next level. I was missing that addicting quality that I crave with a good book. That being said, the foundation is set, and I cannot wait to see where the story builds in book 2.
Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones was a book to simply read and escape for an afternoon – complete light hearted fun. Overall, this was a cute start to a new series and I cannot wait to read more from Darynda Jones.
This review is crossposted from YA Books Central.