Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight Series #1)

Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight Series #1)

by Darynda Jones
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Death and the Girl Next Door 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
kirstin913 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 Stars I love the fact that Darynda has decided to write a YA series. There are so many of us that LOVE the Charley Davidson series, but since it is a little graphic in places, it's not really appropriate for younger teens to read. Death and the Girl Next Door, the first book in the Darklight series is perfect for those who want a PG-13 version of Darynda's snarky writing. But with a new series there is the obvious drawback - having to wait months until the next installment. Being a Darynda Jones fangirl, I dove head first into Death and the Girl Next Door with the unwavering knowledge that I was going to LOVE every page. Now that I have finished the book I can officially say, I loved it - but not every last page. There is a point (about midway) when the forward momentum of the story seemed to stall a bit. This doesn't last for long before the pace picks up again. Just when I had pretty much figured out what was going on, another layer got added to the story! This made the end of the book hard to deal with - not because the story didn't have an awesome cliffhanger, but it made it hard BECAUSE there was an awesome cliffhanger. *Sigh* I am not going to dwell on the fact that I have to wait five months until Death, Doom and Detention, I am just going to start counting the days until Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet is released.
maida-hearts-books More than 1 year ago
**Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Darynda Jones for providing the review copy.** I always wondered what all the hype was about whenever Darynda Jones’ Charlie Davidson series popped up. I have yet to read said series, so I still don’t know what all the excitement is for...but what I do know is why Darynda Jones is so popular among teens and adults alike. It’s her writing style. Humorous, fun, light or in a one word description - entertaining. Death and the Girl Next Door was an exceptional start to the Darklight series. It left me wanting more! I just loved it! The storyline of this book was very interesting. Where the idea of reapers, angels and nephilim has all been done before, I found that Death and the Girl Next Door was original in the sense of presenting prophets as part of the paranormal world. I don’t think I have read a PN book with prophets - so that was something highly fascinating. But what’s even more intriguing is the idea of a past bloodline of prophets. The bloodline of Arabeth - which our heroine belongs to. I loved how Ms. Jones intertwined historic elements with modern paranormal ideas, creating a wonderful world for all readers to delve into. I have to say, where I liked and enjoyed the storyline, it was the characters that really drew me in. Lorlei was very kickass. She is smart, a great friend and she has prophetic visions! How cool is that!? I really enjoyed Lorlei’s determined personality. She handled every situation head on, and accepted her powers exceptionally well. The best thing about Lorlei was her authoritative side when it came to Jared and Cam. Every time they would begin an argument (that would lead to an all out battle) she put her foot down and told them to stop acting like 2-year olds. It was very funny. Although, I’ll admit, I did find her annoying at times, but that’s a minor detail amongst all the good in her. Now, this is where the good news come in. In the synopsis, it seems as if we are going into yet another love triangle. But don’t fret, we DID NOT have a love triangle. Yes, we have two guys - Jared and Cam - but only one of them is the love interest, and that would be Jared. I liked his relationship with Lorlei, but I found the romance to be cheesy at times and I thought the main characters “fell in love” way to quickly. Not that the romance was bad - it wasn’t - the story had plenty of swoon to dish out, I just thought it progressed too fast. That’s probably why (as much as I loved Jared) I found Cam much more interesting. Cam is the typical bad boy of the story. Where he and Lorlei don’t share anything romantic, I loved his character and determination to keep her safe. He was very mysterious and very likeable - what the hero of the book should be like.  My favourite aspect of this book, is the role that friendship plays in the story. Lorlei’s two best friends - Brooklyn and Glitch were amazing! They both had such distinct personalities, that it’s impossible not to like them. They were both hilarious and fun- and I loved their constant bickering with each other. Plus, they always stuck by Lorlei's side whenever she was in trouble. They were supportive and took care of Lorlei just like any close knit family would do. I couldn't get enough of them. Full of great dialogue, characters and non-stop action & mystery, Death and the Girl Next Door definitely got me hooked. After the crazy turn of events in the ending, I am anxious to get my hands on the next book, Deat
Mansa_Rae More than 1 year ago
Darynda has done it again! This time she’s going to rock the world of the younger generation! As you know this is a YA, the characters are in high school. My first experience with this author was from The Grave Series, so I was intrigued to see a YA book come out. I wasn’t disappointed, another bang up job by this awesome author! The characters had perfect chemistry and wit entwining into a well written story. I really like the lead and her friends; they all complement each other perfectly. I think Darynda has a knack for writing a good support group for her lead. The boys of course will be every school girls crush and some adults too (I can say that because they are OLD and all – you’ll get this comment when you read the book – see how I drug you in?)… Good job Darynda!
aeynera More than 1 year ago
I like Darynda Jones. I adore her Charley Davidson series. But this book I deleted as soon as my new nook came because I just couldn't figure out just what the heck was going on and it wasn't moving at any sort of pace where I could fathom its direction, either. The characters were cliched, too. For this one, I say failure.
Saptarshi More than 1 year ago
Death and The Girl Next Door is the first book in Darynda Jones's young adult Darklight series. This book is filled with not only suspense, mystery, horror, but also a great deal of humor and a little taste of romance. This is the perfect book for readers looking for a little mystery and action as well as comedy and just a hint of romance. I personally had a really fun time reading this book. There were pages that had me at the "edge of my seat" while others had me laughing out loud so much that it irritated my sister after a while. Each page had me hooked and wanting to know what happened next. Overall, this book is a quick read that will have you hooked from the first page till the very last, and leave you wanting to read the second book right away! Quotes: “What did one say to a stalker? Um, pardon me, Mr.Stalker, but could you, like, not?” *** “That boy needs a hobby." “Stalking is a hobby." “So is serial killing.” *** “If Cameron kidnaps you, kills you, then buries your lifeless body in a shallow grave in the desert where your remains lay decomposing for several decades until they're accidentally discovered by some guy on a journey to awaken his spirit at the Salinas Pueblo Missions, can I have your iMac?" I gaped at her. "You've really thought this out. "I love your iMac." "I love my iMac too, and you're not getting her." "But you'll be decomposing.” *** “And," Amber said, practically drooling as she ogled him, "it's tradition for new arrivals to help with the pep rally." Brooklyn quirked her lips in doubt. "Tradition?" "It's a new tradition," Amber shot back. "Clearly the deeper meaning of the word has escaped you.”
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This book lacks a lot of things. The book didn't grab my interest. Everything seems to happen so fast. And why would a person care for a guy who is trying to kill you is beyond me. One minute were getting to know the characters ,which isn't really much,the next it feels like you skipped a bunch of pages because all of a sudden there is this big fighting scene. The author just seems to want to get the story over with. We don't get what we usually get when we read good books, which is background on the characters to get to know them and connect so we will be pulled into the story. It feels like i have to read it. Like i am reading a grocery list. The book is just giving you facts about characters and then going into the middle of the story. I think what the author is hoping for is mystery, but its not hitting its mark. Plus there is no emotion. When you read a book you should be able to feel the emotion of the character as if it were your own and im not feeling that i feel detached. Like im just observing everything and feeling numb. There is no detail.
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Darynda Jones has done it again. Totally engrossing and fabulous. I thinm it may have been even better than Death and the girl next door which I loved. Great story telling and compelling characters. Always wanting more. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
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A great book, looking foward to the next two.
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Really enjoyed and can't wait for second book.
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Love the grave series so i decided to give this book a go. Loved it and can't wait for the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written story that would make a great read for early teens . I liked the fact that the girl was real and likeable with the romantic lead a little bit bad boy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book even though I am far from a young adult. Characters were fun and I enjoyed the banter between them. Good quick read