Book Review

by Darynda Jones

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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The delightful Jones makes a smooth transition to YA in this really fun read. Her kicky dialogue and great characters are super entertaining, and the story unfolds with some surprising twists. Add in some laugh-out-loud moments, a hot hero and a satisfying, but cliffhanger-y, ending and you’ve got a hit.

Lorelai’s parents disappeared 10 years ago, and the upcoming anniversary has her on edge and her best friends on guard. But Lorelai’s distracted. Loner Cameron’s stalking her, and then there’s new guy Jared. He’s hotter than sin (there’s a reason for that), and Lorelai has a vision of him fighting a terrible creature. Soon the boys are beating the crap out of each other, as Lorelai tries to figure out what’s going on. Could it have something to do with her parents’ disappearance? (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Oct., 320 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9780312625207, PB, 12 & Up)

Reviewed By: Marie Bongiorno


Published: October 2012

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Death and the Girl Next Door

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 11:54am.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Aloha - Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC received from the author

Tis the season for several of my favorite paranormal authors to take the plunge and dive into the Young Adult sub-genre.

I have been incredibly lucky and honored lately to be able to advance read and review these new endeavors, and for me personally, it's been no tricks, only treats thus far. And with nothing but love and the utmost respect for each and every one of those authors, I still have to say that this was my absolute favorite of them all!

Over the past few years there have been several YA series that I let go by the wayside because of changes in my reading preferences and sadly, yes, disappointment. There is only 1 YA series whose installments are on auto-buy for me, at least there WAS. Not anymore!! :)

Death and the Girl Next Door was a 'YA for the not so young adult' that hooked me 2 pages in and didn't let go. Darklight is a unique & exciting new series with amazing characters, solid world building and plot, beautiful romance and dialogue to die for.

Lorelai, our heroine, is quirky, fun, confident and yeah, a bit extraordinary. She's forever flanked by her two besties, Brooklyn & Glitch, who leap off the page in their own right and beg for more page time.

Our hero [OK hero #1], Jared, is kinda heavenly - he's sexy, strong, sensitive, and willing to fight for what he wants, consequences be damned. Seriously, I think I'm in love! ;-) To back up my claims of the incredible dialogue in this book and the swoon factor of Jared, I want to share 1 - of many - memorable quotes from the book (condensed for the use of this review): "Because you move like fire rushing across the floor"..."Like flames licking up a wall"...Your energy is liquid and hot. Even from a distance you burn, you scorch anyone who gets too close. You are wine on my tongue and honey in my veins, and I cannot get enough of you."..."You intoxicate me...You will be my downfall".** ((sigh))

Hero #2, Cameron, is the dark, mysterious, loner bad boy. He's much deeper than he likes people to believe though, and I found unraveling some of his mysteries to be enchanting. He's also got a snarky side that I absolutely loved, and a loyalty & sense of purpose I found endearing.

25 pages into this book I posted an update to GoodReads that said: "Darynda Jones is a genius; a master of the written word. Just sayin... I swear she could rewrite the phone book and I would read and enjoy it because of her instantaneously gripping & witty writing style. I may only be a handful of pages in, but I already know I'm going to love this book!" I stand by that statement, and would highly recommend it.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Death and the Girl Next Door 5 Skulls and cannot wait for book #2. While there was a plethora of goodness in this book, Darynda ended it with a fabulous twist that opened it up for several more possible storylines and seriously had me jonesing for the next installment immediately. You really need to add this book and it's upcoming sequel(s) to your TBR and 1 Click Pre-Order ASAP.

**Reference: From page 206 of the .pdf version of Death and the Girl Next Door