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Posted March 5, 2013
A lot of time the second book in a trilogy can be a let down. Th
A lot of time the second book in a trilogy can be a let down. The first book introduces readers to the characters and the world while the third book contains the climax of the series. Second books tend to be transition books and a bit of a let down. Luckily Darynda Jones didn't follow suit. Instead she adds momentum while continuing to build the plot for the third book. Basically, this is the delicious appetizer before the main course!
Though this is the second book in the series, readers can enjoy it without the first book. It can be a stand alone story, but why enjoy one slice of cake when you can eat the whole thing! Jones continually fills in the gaps if the characters reference something from the first book. (example: something bad happened at camp between Cameron and Glitch) If you want the whole backstory, then definitely check out book 1, Death and the Girl Next Door. Scratch that. Check out book one whether or not you want the back story. I doubt you will be disappointed, and best of all, no calories will need to be consumed!
I love that Lorelei has guts. Sure she has people around her (2 hot guys in particular) that try to protect her, but she doesn't just accept that. Lorelei is a modern teenage girl and wants her independence. She doesn't want to cower, but rather she wants to stand up and defend herself (or run) from danger. She doesn't want to hide and let the bad guys come to her. She wants to go out and bait them and then let her super-powered boy toys handle the rest. Many teen novels have girls that become useless when they like a boy, so this one really stands out. I love the girl power!
Jones does a good job bringing the sarcasm and wit found in her Charley Davidson series to her new Young Adult audience. I love some of the statements Lorelei made throughout the book. Some of them even had me laughing out loud. This helps readers to better connect with her characters and makes them seem very realistic.
If you enjoy paranormal action along with mystery and a touch of romance, then you are really going to enjoy Death, Doom and Detention. And don't forget to checkout Death, and the Girl He Loves when it comes out October 8, 2013.
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Posted January 5, 2014
**Mini Review** I picked up this book immediately after finishi
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I picked up this book immediately after finishing book 1 - and dove right into it. I might have missed some sleep. But you know what's funny? I can't tell you WHY EXACTLY. I mean it is a good book, with interesting people, but there wasn't anything SPECTACULAR. *shrugs*
Now that Lor has come to terms with what she is and what she can do, she now needs to come to terms with what she HAS to do. Which wasn't so bad when she had Jared to lean on, but he has been distant. And then he vanishes.
While the story kept my interest, and I wanted to know what happened, there didn't seem to be a whole lot of substance to the story. It was pretty predictable and standard. Which isn't always a bad thing, there just wasn't a "Oh my gosh did that just happen?!?!" moment.
Overall, this was a good not great story. Worth the time to read it, and entertaining, but not a life changer.
Posted April 21, 2013
Lorelie MacAlister is still struggling with her abilities...and
Lorelie MacAlister is still struggling with her abilities...and the fact that there's a demon residing inside of her. It's not helping that her best friend, Brooklyn, is pushing her to practice her abilities constantly, she's picking up on the worst visions possible from her classmates, AND her grandparents are against her relationship with Jared. So he's the Angel of Death...that doesn't mean he won't make a good boyfriend, right?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
But when a new threat comes to town, the gang is going to have to face something they never planned on...one of their own!
Death, Doom and Detention has a nice, comfortable flow plus Darynda Jones' trademark humor. My favorite part of all of Darynda's books (both the Charley Davidson and Darklight series) is the friendships between the characters. Lorelie, Brooklyn, and Glitch have the kind of friendship that everyone wants to experience...total trust and acceptance of each other's strengths and weaknesses. They make each other a better person and together can solve any problem. Usually with much teasing!
DDD is the second book in the series and the events build upon book 1, so if you haven't read Death and the Girl Next Door yet then you need to go back and read it first. Trust me...you'll be glad you did! The final installment of the trilogy, Death and the Girl He Loves is out October 2013. I can't wait!!!
Posted March 31, 2013
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olso
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Death, Doom & Detention, book #2 of Darynda Jones's DARKLIGHT series is a great continuation installment with lots of great
moments, tons of character growth for the leading characters' supporting cast, a new evil villain, and a wonderfully developing storyline.
I didn't love it as much as the first book, but it was still a very enjoyable read.
Darynda does an amazing job of both making the book work well as a stand-alone, yet allow many of the missing pieces from book #1
to be filled in for those of us that read and enjoyed it.
To be honest, I think the reason I didn't love this release as much as the debut was the lack of Jared, and therefore the lack of the
continuation of Jared and Lorelei's love story. The necessity of Jared's removal for much of the main story allowed for a lot more Brooke
and Cameron though, and THAT I thoroughly enjoyed! It solidified one of the things that I loved most about Darynda's YA... the lack of a
love triangle for the leading characters! There is somewhat of a love triangle amongst the supporting cast, but it's subtle, and even that is
broken up by the introduction of another interest.
Like all of Darynda's books, DD&D is chock full of mystery, and while this release wasn't as action packed as I generally expect from
Darynda, it was very intense towards the end and ended with a crazy cliffhanger that had me wishing for Death and the Girl He Loves
LITERAL ADDICTION gives Death, Doom and Detention 4 Skulls and would suggest that those who started the series definitely read it!
And while I would still suggest it for those looking for a good stand-alone, my personal opinion is that the series is better served by
enjoying the books in order.
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