Death And The Girl Next Door (Darklight #1) by Darynda Jones
October 2, 2012
St. Martin’s press
Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “Turtles are not the innocent, harmless creatures everyone thinks they are. Mark my words.”
Darynda Jones hooked me solid with her adult Charley Davidson series, so I jumped quickly and trampled a few friends when offered a chance to read her debut YA series-Death And The Girl Next Door. I’m not proud of my actions, but I can live with them.
Lorelei MacAlister is your average high school sophomore. She has lived with her grandparents since her parents mysteriously disappeared ten years ago. She’s always had “visions” but they make no sense until she accidentally brushes against a dark handsome young man. Things turn surreal when antisocial bad boy Cameron Lusk suddenly begins to stalk Lorelei and the dark handsome young man shows up at her school as new student-Jared Kovach. The two boys seem to know each other and the animosity rolls off them, igniting the air, with Lorelei stuck in the middle. As Lorelei learns the reason behind their hatred for one another, she finds herself connected to both of them in ways she never imagined.
Death And The Girl Next Door is a YA paranormal romance, (reminiscent of her adult series), with humor, mystery, suspense, and witty dialogue. Personable characters keeps the story running along as Jones uses a majority of the book to set up the series and build her world. Heavily character driven, the three main protagonists are strong but enhanced by equally formidable secondary characters.
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