The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister. Unfortunately for her, that is exactly where the world’s fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen firsthand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul. And on top of that she’s seeing visions. This is nothing new for Lorelei. But these visions are something more: death, destruction, and the end of the world. Lorelei must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril. Lucky for her, her friends and family include the handsome Angel of Death, a fiercely protective half-angel, and a ragtag group of loyal supporters who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in the name of fighting pure evil.Audio CD
Three and a half Stars: A satisfying and surprising finale.
Lorelei is hundreds of miles away from her grandparents and friends. She is hiding out in a private school under an assumed name in hopes of protecting the ones she loves, but trouble finds her anyway. Lorelei accidentally touches a fellow classmate and she is immediately assaulted by visions of her death in the next few days, and then the next person and person after that all present their deaths on the same day. Something big has happened that will kill everyone in the next five days, unless Lorelei can find out who or what is going to bring about the end of the world. That means it is time to come out of hiding and go home. Can Lorelei and her friends stop impending doom?
What I Liked:
- While I have enjoyed the Darklight Series, I have to admit until this final installment I wasn't overly impressed. I think the biggest reason was that I am a huge fan of Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series, and I felt like this YA series was a bit watered down. However, at the midway point, the action ratchets up and then there is a shocking twist that caught me by surprise. I loved that I was caught off guard, and then I particularly enjoyed the long happily ever after portion. This book is by far the strongest in the series and it is a satisfying conclusion.
- I loved how unique the ending was. Just when the fate of the world is in the balance, and Lorelei is faced with heartbreak and doom, there is a big twist. I won't give away the details, but I will say, I spent a few minutes confused wondering what was going on right along with Lorelei. Finally, everything becomes clear, and I was most impressed with the creative and exciting end. It was so unexpected and cool. Once the dust settles and everything is explained, there is plenty of time to enjoy the goodness of a happy ending. It was nice to get such a strong and satisfying ending.
- I like that the focus of this series all along has been on friendship. Lorelei is dependent on her best friends, Brooklyn and Glitch, and then she also has Cameron, a nephilim guardian, and Jared, the sexy of Angel of Death, at her side. Yes, there is a bit of romance between Lorelei and Jared but it is tame and not really a focus. Instead it is all about the friendship and the strength the characters draw from one another. I loved that Lorelei admits that she couldn't have accomplished it without her friends. It is nice to get a YA book that is more focused on friendship than romance.
- I enjoyed the humor and the snark, even though it is tame compared to Darynda's other series. I think the humor works for the YA audience. I also appreciated that it lightened up the book. If you want lots of snark, definitely check out the Charley Davidson series.
- I listened to the audio version of this narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King is one of my favorite narrators (she also narrates the Charley Davidson series). I always love Ms. King's voices and I think she does a top notch job. If you are a fan of audiobooks, I highly recommend grabbing something narrated by Ms. King.
And The So Much:
- Overall, I was a tiny bit disappointed in this series. Yes, the final book saved it, but I know what Darynda Jones is capable of, and I don't think this series shows her talent. The humor is held in check and the entire series lacks a bit of something. I think I would like this series more if I wasn't such a big fan of Charley Davidson, but when you compare them, though you shouldn't, Charley Davidson far outshines this series. Still this is a YA series, and it is appropriate for the audience.
- I struggled a bit with the first portion of the book as I was missing the rest of the cast of characters. Lorelei without her cohorts is missing something. However, it was nice to get a glimpse of Lorelei on her own.
- While Lorelei is away from New Mexico she makes an unexpected new friend and ally. I was disappointed that this new ally didn't have a bigger role in the final portion. I was hoping that she would have more of a role than a mention in an email.
Death and the Girl He Loves was a surprising and satisfying ending to the series. It took a bit for the book to completely suck me in, but once I reached the climax and the big twist, I was hooked. I loved the big twist and the long happily ever after.
I borrowed a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.