Friday, October 19, 2012

Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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?  -

This story had a unique twist to the "angel of death" tale.  I've read several other books that are written around the grim reaper or death angel, but Darynda Jones definitely put some very interesting mythology around it that made it a lot different and exciting.  I loved where this story took Lorelei.

The characters were good, especially Lorelei and her two friends.  My favorite scenes in the book were ones between her and her two friends.  They have such an easy comaraderie, a banter that can sound so forced in most books but which made these guys so real and endearing in this book.  This was definitely one of the author's major strengths.

I love the triangle developing between Loreilei, Cameron and Jared, although I must say I felt Loreilei picked the wrong least in this first book in the series.  Maybe she'll change her mind later, but for now, I definitely disagree with her choice.  I felt she picked him only because of his looks and his dark allure that is caused by what he is, not so much who he is.  It seemed to be kinda instalove to me.  Additionally, it took way too long for her to listen to Cameron and understand that she was in danger.  I figured she'd be smarter than that, so that aspect of her kind of got on my nerves a bit.

Another thing that I did love about the book though was how her family was brought into events so early and completely.  In most stories, teens are undergoing some high-danger or paranormal situation and no one knows but them.  So it was unique and refreshing for Loreilei's family to be a part of it. 

All in all, this was an intriguing story that did suck me in and keep me interested.  I am looking forward to seeing how things turn out.


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