A Darker Past

A Darker Past

by Jus Accardo

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ISBN-13: 9781503016101
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/06/2014
Series: Darker Agency
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 1,185,581
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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A Darker Past (Entangled Teen) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 3 stars!                                Teenage Jessie Darker doesn’t have the typical high school problems of crushes and frienemies…no her problems are much darker, and more sc-fi than that, especially seeing as she is a half-demon.  Her family has owned the Darker Agency since her great-grandfather – exercising ghosts, hunting down cheating spouses, and keeping the town of Penance safe for generations.   And to make matters worse, since saving her parents, she committed to a fifty-five year to the demon Valefar.  Of course, things are all bad, with her hottie new boyfriend, Lukas Scott, who was recently liberated from Wrath in tow, Jessie’s life is really heating up. With her father back in her life, Jessie tries to feel like a normal teenager, but she knows with her family history of being a half-demon Darker, the chances are slim to none of that happening.  Giving that she has inherited her father’s shadowing ability (being able to pop in and out of any shadow, even halfway across the world when necessary), it comes in handy when she’s out “Monster-Mashing”, or tracking down stray demons with her mom.   But when Jessie and Lukas sneak into the Town Hall to retrieve some Darker family items and they inadvertently set an elementary demon loose that is looking for some vengeance from, wouldn’t you know it – the Darker family, as well as the Belfair family of witches (which also happens to be the family of Jessie’s best friend Kendra).  He swears his vengeance and begins with killing several of the Belfair coven.  So not only does Jessie have a crazy demon active seeking out ways to hurt her and her family, but there’s the demon she is tied to for the next 55 years constantly popping in to call her in for “jobs”, as well as her part demon boyfriend that is fighting his urges that accompany his transformation from Wrath to demon…yup, all in a day’s work for Jessie Darker!  But can she find a way to make it all work this time – or will she be brought down once and for all? While I liked this story – it was light, not scary, while still being an intriguing story; I had a really hard time connecting with Jessie, her family, etc.  For me, the best part was finding out about the mystery of Lorna Belfair (won’t give any spoilers, but she was involved in trapping the demon, Gressil, in the mirror in the first place, along with one of Jessie’s relatives, Charles) and what really became of her.  It had action, as well as a little romance, but I just had a hard time getting into the story.  This is probably a great book for teens/ tweens that enjoy stories about the supernatural, just not really my cup of tea.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A thrilling and thoroughly entertaining YA paranormal romance, A Darker Past was a wonderful sequel that I really enjoyed. I thought it was a lovely read. Jessie was great. Clever and feisty, she definitely livened up the pages. Lukas was wonderful as well. Sweet and determined to be a better person, even with the effects of Wrath still lingering. I thought they were both as likable as ever. The romance was lovely. Jessie and Lukas still had some obstacles to overcome, particularly with the changes going on with Lukas, but what made them a great couple was that they knew how to work through them. Despite everything, they were always sure of their feelings for each other. I thought they were great together. The plot moved quickly and had me hooked the entire way through. There were plenty of thrills along the way, and a few surprises in store. I really enjoyed the story and the ending had me curious about what will happen next. A Darker Past was a wonderful YA paranormal romance that I really liked. It was a lovely sequel that definitely won't disappoint, though there was enough explanation that it could be read as a standalone. YA lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored Darker Days, and I had been looking forward to the sequel for some time. A Darker Past did not disappoint. Accardo's lovely and captivating writing combined with Jessie's sense of humor and Lukas' depth made for a terrific novel. Everything I loved about the first book was present in the second installment as well. I can't wait to see what's in store for Jessie and company next! The characters in these books really make the stories what they are. Each character has depth and is extremely unique. I absolutely love Valefar. I know he's supposed to be a horrific demon, but he just cracks me up. Lukas' adjustment to the 21st Century is also endearing and funny. Jessie's sarcasm makes me love her, and Kendra's flirty nature is a nice offset to Jessie, who had sworn off boys until she met Lukas. I also enjoy reading about Jessie's parents. Her demon father and human mother make for an interesting couple. I'm so glad that the parents aren't conveniently MIA for the novel and that Accardo has included them in the story. Jessie and Lukas both evolve over the course of this novel, and every change felt organic. It seems as if Accardo lets the characters tell their own stories instead of manipulating them to fit her plot. I really love books like that. The plot itself is packed full of suspense, not only because of Lukas' changes (showing a darkness that his character lacked in the first installment), but also because of the fact that they have four days to fix their mistake before they have apocalyptic repercussions. Between my interest in the characters and the suspense of this novel, I was flying through the pages. However, Accardo's exquisite world-building can't be ignored. I really love she gives us more history about the Darkers and Belfairs and talks about the ancestry in this novel. I'm a big history dork, so seeing more history made me understand the world that much more. Also, the author paints vivid pictures of both Hell and the Earth-bound settings. My only complaint about this novel is the ending, which I felt was a little bit too clean cut. I'm still looking forward to the next installment, though! If you're looking for a lighthearted, fast-paced read, look no farther than this series. It's a great escape from your everyday life, and Accardo is a fantastic author.
Sophie_Valencia More than 1 year ago
Recommended for YA Paranormal newbies (like me) I admit, I'm a little wary of YA fiction since it's been a couple of, ahem, decades since I've read a YA book from front to back. And YA paranormal? Well, let's say that I almost never voluntarily read anything paranormal. But after reading A Darker Past, I definitely need to reconsider YA paranormal stories. If I had to pick one thing that I really enjoyed about Jessie, the main character, it would be that she has so many, fully-developed dimensions -- daughter, friend, girlfriend, awesome paranormal investigator. This is a credit to the writing of Ms. Accardo. All of it was pretty seamless. It didn't feel as if Ms. Accardo was telling Jessie's story in a lock-step manner, like "in this chapter, I'm going to show Jessie as a girlfriend, and this chapter I'm going to show Jessie as a daughter." Rather, the story felt like Jessie was revealing an aspect of herself little by little with each page so that readers were right with her, as opposed to observing her from afar. Paranormal activities aside, this book tackled the universal themes that are present in every great story -- friendship, family bonds, young love, and self-discovery. I really enjoyed this book because these themes, as explored from Jessie's teenage point of view, were heightened and felt more acutely. For example, as love develops, it can cause tension between friendship or family bonds. Loyalty to one's family can sometimes stifle self-development and self-discovery. It was a throwback to the best -- and sometimes not-so-great -- parts of my own teenage past (minus the demons, of course). Overall, this was a great book that I would recommend for YA paranormal newbies (like me). It's difficult to covert someone like me, who has avoided YA paranormal for years. At this point, the highest complement that I can give to a YA book is, "Yeah, I'll read another one." So, my verdict on this book? I'm looking forward to the next Darker book and have placed Book 1 in the series on my "To-Read" list. Reviewer's Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and errors are my own. This review is an excerpt of the review on my book blog.
love2dazzle More than 1 year ago
"A Darker Past" by Jus Accardo is the second novel installment in the "Darker Agency" series. The main character Jessie is just as snarky as the first novel. I am glad that she is back and here to protect her family and friends. Jessie is not your everyday teenage girl. She is part demon and has a contract with a demon to basically do his bidding. Valefar is his name and he seems to want Jessie at the most inconvenient times. Valefar comes across has being a scary but interesting character. Jessie has to serve Velafor for 55 years. Life is never a dull moment for Jessie. When she and Lukas accidentally break a mirror that imprisoned a nasty demon who hates the Darker family; the demon promises to rain down all the evil in the world down on them if he doesn't get what he wants in 4 days. Now Jessie and Lukas are on a mission to figure out who this demon is and what he wants. With this new demon being on the loose, Jessie has to dive into the past of the Darker family. It was really enjoyable getting to know Jessie's parents a little better in "A Darker Past." It is really nice to see Damien actually being a dad. How Accardo dies into the entire families past is really enjoyable and I feel like the reader gets to learn a lot of good information. This book is written really well and it definitely gets the reader's attention right away and keeps them hooked. I believe this shows that Accardo is a great writer. I am anxious to know what is going to happen next in the story. Accardo made it extremely easy to step right into Jessie's world and life again. I don't feel like I missed anything from last time and I was able to connect into this world again. If you are interested in the paranormal fantasy world then this is a great series to kick off with.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. A Darker Past is book two in The Darker Agency series.  Seventeen year old, Jessie Darker has an interesting life.  By day, she's your typical high school senior with her best friend, Kendra. But in her off hours, she works alongside her mother, father(a demon), and boyfriend Lukas in an investigative agency.  While recovering some special Darker trinkets before they are in the public, Jessie angers a ghost that in turn damages a mirror that was keeping a demon trapped. Now they must race against time to uncover the secret to recapturing him.  Will they be able to piece the puzzle together? Is the rumors about the Belfair magic true? This was a really great book with lots of action and never a dull moment. I loved how Kendra stood up for her friend to her mother.  The characters each had their own unique personalities and they complimented one another.  The descriptions of the Shadow Realm is very imaginative, you can easily visualize the image in your mind's eye.  The growth of Jessie gradually progresses as she soon realizes what is really important to her. I can't wait for book three too see what other trouble Jessie and Kendra get into.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'A Darker Past' is the exhilarating and fun second book in a young adult paranormal series. It continues to follow our leading lady - Jessie Darker - as she spends her time helping her mom with the family detective agency (which deals mostly with the strange or supernatural), spending time with her boyfriend Lukas (fresh out of entrapment in a small box for over 100 years and now turning into a demon), and running errands for Velafor - the demon she has to serve for the next fifty-five years. These daily occurrences are natural for Jessie and she's getting into kicking some real monster butt, along with managing her first relationship, when everything hits the proverbial fan. Jessie and Lukas accidentally break a mirror that was imprisoning a nasty demon who hates the entire Darker clan - and promises to rain down all sorts of hell if he doesn't get what he wants within four days. No pressure or anything. Now Jessie and Lukas have to figure out just who this demon is and exactly what it is he wants - before it's too late. I absolutely adored the first book in this series and waited anxiously for this installment to release so I could see what Jessie would get into next. I had high hopes for the book considering how much I loved the first one - and I'm happy to say that it went above and beyond anything I could have wished for. It was just as fast-paced and exciting as the first, if not more so. Jessie continues to be an awesome main character. She's one of my favorite heroines actually, mostly due to her various personality traits. She's half-human and half-demon and (for some unknown reason) she inherited some of her father's demon abilities. When it comes to personality, Jessie has it in spades. She's witty, sarcastic, smart, devoted to her friends and family, and determined to kick some monster butt. On the other hand, she does have some bad traits - she can be incredibly pushy and stubborn with a habit of not letting things go. Which usually lands her in trouble of some kind. The book is told from Jessie's point of view, so the reader gets to know her on a really intimate level - more so than any other type of writing style. Because of this, we get to hear her snarky and hilarious inner dialogue (I found myself snickering a lot throughout the book) but we also get to see the hidden things about her - the hopes, fears, and doubts that she tries to hide from those around her. I loved getting to know Jessie even better in this book, along with watching her character continue to grow and mature in different ways - both normal human ways and part demon paranormal ways. I also loved watching Jessie's relationship with Lukas grow. I think the romance was the perfect amount - not too much to overrun the main story line, but enough to satisfy our demanding romantic hearts. The plot was intense and full of almost non-stop action. It seems as if Jessie can't go five minutes without something happening - whether it's her fault or not - paranormal or not. She's like a magnet for these types of things. I loved getting to know more about the history of the Darker family along with the mythology involved in the series (with all the demons and their backgrounds and other details). I hope we continue to learn more about all of these things in the next book too. I believe it adds a depth to the series that helps to set it apart from others in the genre. Underneath all the paranormal bad guys and the magical problems, the book deals with some heavy topics that you don't really catch while reading it - probably because you're so wrapped up in the story. It talks about family - both good things and problems - relationships and love, friendship, determination, and not giving up. It adds a solid layer of deeper issues underneath all the fun and scary moments. The writing was phenomenal, as usual. I was immediately drawn back into Jessie's world from the first few sentences - and I didn't come back up for air until I finished reading the entire book; which happened to be only a few hours in one sitting. The tone was so conversational and it had such an easy flow that I lost myself and the time within the pages, and before I knew it - I had finished it. I seriously can't even begin to tell you how much I love this book and the entire series. It's got something for everyone - paranormal, fantasy, monsters, romance, action, adventure, humor, etc. I very highly recommend this book to everyone - especially fans of YA paranormal and fantasy fiction as well as those looking for a fun and original twist on the usual paranormal books out there. If you haven't read this series yet - do it now. I promise you won't regret it! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Booksalamode More than 1 year ago
I didn't read the first book in the series and you don't have to. I wish I did so I could know Jess character better.   Jess was very witty making her character very interesting.  "Hell in a Hail storm." She said it so often and made me Laugh each time .  There was a plot twist. Plot twist make the story more interesting.  If you like Demons and magic you will like this book.    Character were fun to read about. and the plot was fast paced.I would give this book 31/2/5  stars. 
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Even though I hadn't read the first book in this series, this book just places you in the action from the very first page. The background information from the earlier book is provided where it is relevant to this book, making it easy to get on and enjoy this one without necessarily having read the first one (I can vouch for that as I haven't read the first one yet!) The central character to this is school girl, half shadow demon, Jessie has agreed to essentially be enslaved to the 'bigwig' demon from the shadow world, Valefar - not just for a day but for fifty-five years to save her parents from a madwoman. Now he wants to get her working and life is going to get interesting for her yet again! What with Valefar and her 'eighteen-going on one hundred and forty eight year old boyfirend' Lukas Scott life is certainly not that of your typical seventeen year old but then again, she's anything but typical! The story is fast paced with a thread of humour as well as horror running through it. Jessie's best friend Kendra is one of the Belfair witches and their families have a long and tangled history. Will they work together now and in future or will the past interfere? Can Jessie work with her family and friends to save the world from the new demon that threatens now? Well you'll just have to read the book to find out! A lively, thoroughly enjoyable book I have no hesitation in recommending! I'll certainly be looking out for the first book in the series and the sequels when they are published! Thanks to the author and publishers for enabling me to read an ARC of this book in exchange for this honest review.