Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Death and the Girl Next Door Review

Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

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?   

3 out of 5 stars

Death and the Girl Next Door is the first book in the Darklight series.

On the 10 year anniversary of her parents' disappearance, Lorelei notices she's being stalked by her school's loner, Cameron. There's also a new student, Jared, that has taken an interest in her. Cameron hates Jared and tries to keep her away, but she's drawn to him. There's something different about both boys, though. There's also something different about her.

Death and the Girl Next Door is a typical YA paranormal book. Lorelei is a typical YA heroine who is apparently drop dead gorgeous but thinks she's the most pasty, hideous girl ever. I was really hoping that she wouldn't be like that. Jared is typically the most gorgeous person ever. At least it seems we will be spared the love triangle amongst the main characters... though it looks like one is going to happen with the secondary characters.

There was also supposed to be some secret as to who Jared really was, but it was a weak secret that was poorly kept. Jared kept trying to stop Cameron from spilling the beans, but any of the characters with half a brain could figure it out. The fighting between Cameron and Jared became tiresome, especially when it continued after finding out why Cameron hated Jared and Jared telling what really happened.

The author went with the same theme as her adult book series... Death. It goes further, though, to essentially become an angel book. We get archangels, nephilim, demons, and what is essentially a religious cult. To me, the story became overly complicated.

There were instances of the fun dialogue that Darynda Jones uses in her adult series but it doesn't come up often or stay very long. Lorelei comes off as bland most of the time.

I bought this book because I really like Darynda Jones's adult series. I had hoped that I'd like this one just as much... and I didn't. I didn't dislike it, but I was expecting more and didn't get it. I do want to give it a second chance, though, so I have the next book on pre-order.

*Picture and Description from Goodreads

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