Day Nine of Something Wicked Comes is here! I have more exciting stops with books to win. Please visit these stops today:
Katertot@A Belle's Tales R.L. Stine Goosebumps
Candace@Candace's Book Blog: Marrisa Marr: Carnival of Souls
Jennifer@ Passionate Book Divas: Joe by HD Gordon
Michelle@ Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books: Abbi Glines Existence and Predestined
Today, I have for you one of my favorite new authors, Darynda Jones. I am a huge fan of her Charley Davidson Series which will be up the end of the month. I am excited to introduce you to her YA debut with Death and the Girl Next Door. I hope you will check out all of her books!
I have a guest post from Darynda as part of The Death and the Girl Next Door Tour as well as an excerpt. Be sure to enter the giveaways!
Here is a bit more about the lovely Darynda Jones:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. You can find we on her website, blog, twitter, and Facebook, Goodreads and check out her Grimlet Street Team.
Now here is Darynda on Jared from Death and the Girl Next Door:
JARED Fill in the Blanks…
Jared but in mine I am called Azrael, the son of light and darkness. I am
the only angel ever given autonomous power over human life. I chose to
use that power to save Lorelei, a human prophet who comes from a line of
but Lorelei’s here, so I’m not complaining. Very much.
I'M A SUCKER FOR: Lorelei. And I have developed an odd fondness for
Fun is… Spending an afternoon with Lorelei. I also like fighting demons.
People would freak out if I….. Dematerialize. I hear it’s
quite a sight.
I'D REALLY RATHER…. Figure out how to stop a supernatural war that
threatens the existence of human life on Earth. But that’s not my job. It’s
Lorelei’s. Unfortunately, it will put her in great danger. I will help in any way
I can. I will give my life if I have to.
albeit a very strong and fast one. The things I have to do in the mornings
are mind-boggling. I would rather not discuss them.
Jared sounds interesting, right!? I am craving a grilled cheese sandwich right now!
Okay....enough about delicious, warm melted cheese.....and onto the excerpt:
Death and the Girl Next Door (excerpt)
By Darynda Jones
I laughed to myself and headed toward the back of our favorite
and pretty much only hangout. It sat a mere block from our
alma mater, Riley High, and we practically lived in our corner
booth. I ducked past the snack counter and into a very dark back
hall. Judging by the boxes lining the narrow passage, I’d be taking
my life into my hands if I risked a journey to the little senorita’s
room without illumination, so I ran my hand along a
paneled wall. Where would I be if I were a light switch? Just as
the tips of my fingers found the switch, a silhouette stepped out
of the shadows and brushed past me. I startled with a gasp.
“Excuse me,” I said, placing a hand over my heart.
“Sorry.” The guy paused slightly before continuing on his
way, and in that instant, I saw the makings of utter perfection: a
long arm with shadowy curves that dipped around the fluid
lines of muscle; a tall, wide shoulder; dark hair that curled playfully
over an ear and led to a strong, masculine jaw. Something
inside me lurched, craving a closer look at his face, but he walked
by too fast and the hall was too dark for me to catch anything
After a couple of seconds, I realized my hand had brushed
against his arm. It was enough to send a vision crashing into me,
like the flash of a nuclear bomb, bright and unforgiving. Tamping
down my surprise— I hadn’t had a vision in a very long time— I
pressed shaking fingers to my forehead to wait out the familiar
storm, to see what treasures would wash ashore in the aftermath.
Yet the things I saw were unreal, impossible, and certainly not
of this world: A desolate landscape lay before me with scorched
clouds and a roiling, violet sky. The air was stagnant and so impossibly
thick, breathing it took effort. Then I heard the clanging
of metal. I turned to watch in horror as a being, a boy of no more
than sixteen or seventeen, fierce and somehow not quite human,
struggled with a dark, monstrous beast. The boy’s arms corded as
tendon and muscle strained against the weight of the sword he
wielded. He slashed again and again, but the monster was fast,
with razor-like talons and sharp, gleaming teeth, and the boy
knew what those teeth felt like when they sank into flesh, knew
the blinding pain that accompanied defeat. But he also knew the
power he himself wielded, the raw strength that saturated every
molecule of his body.
Another herculean effort landed a thrust in the monster’s
shoulder and continued through its thick chest. The monster
sank under the boy’s sword with a guttural scream. The boy
looked on while the beast writhed in pain, watched it grow still
as the life drained out of it, and somewhere in the back of the
boy’s mind, he allowed himself to register the burning of his
lungs as he struggled to fill them with air.
Blood trickled between his fingers, down the length of his
blade, and dripped to the powdery earth beneath his feet. I followed
the trail of blood up to three huge gashes across his chest.
Evidently three of the monster’s claws had met their mark,
laying the flesh of its enemy open. I gasped and covered my
mouth with both hands as the boy spun toward me, sword at the
ready. Squinting against the low sun, I could almost make out
his features, but the vision evaporated before I got the chance. A
heartbeat later, I was back in the dark hallway, gasping for air,
one palm pressed against my temple, the other against the wall
I squeezed my eyes shut, fought the memory of the vision,
the fear that summoned the taste of bile in the back of my throat,
the feel of blood dripping down the boy’s arm.
Now that I have your attention and I know you are wanting more.....feel free to purchase a copy they are now available! I also have two opportunities for you to win! The first is the tour wide giveaway that you can enter and the second to better your chances is sponsored by Rainy Day Ramblings. For you all I have a copy of Death and The Girl Next Door along with a Darynda Jones tote bag from the New Orleans Authors After Dark Event. To enter fill out the Rafflcopters. For the second giveaway see Contest Policies if you are having trouble sleeping.....Sorry to all my lovely international followers, this is U.S. addresses only, but fear not, I have another fantastic international giveaway on Thursday! A big thanks to Darynda Jones for stopping by! Seriously, she is just awesome! a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1) by Darynda Jones
Darynda Jones, author of The New York Times bestselling series that began with First Grave on the Right, brings us Death and the Girl Next Door, a thrilling Young Adult novel garnering high praise and early buzz from major authorsTen 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? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.Paperback, 304 pages Published October 2nd 2012 by St. Martin's Press.
Lorelei is prepared to spend the week with her two best friends, Glitch and Brooklyn, in order to take her mind off the anniversary of the disappearance of her parents ten years ago. The trio is piled into a booth at the local coffee shop, busy making plans. When Lorelei excuses herself to use the bathroom, a brief brush of her hand in the darkened hall spurs a strange vision in her head. Lorelei is no stranger to visions. Random touches can sometimes give her brief glances into the future or glimpses of a person's past. This time she sees something out of this world. A devastatingly handsome boy is fighting some type of demonic monster under a violet sky. Clearing her head, Lorelei searches for the boy that she touched, but there is no one in sight. The next day, she is still haunted by visions of this boy, and then he shows up at her school. Lorelei is drawn to this mysterious boy, but there is something not quite right about Jared. Even more puzzling than the sudden appearance of Jared is that Lorelei now has a stalker. Cameron, a boy she has known since kindergarten, a quiet loner is following her everywhere. He even stood outside her bedroom window all night. Weird! For Lorelei and her best buds, life in their quiet town just got a little more interesting. Who is this mysterious boy, Jared and why is Cameron stalking her?
What I Liked:
- Darynda Jones is best known for her humor in her remarkable Charley Davidson Series. I was happy to find that this book is also filled with lots of snarky, witty and funny comments. It is a bit subdued compared to her adult books, but nevertheless it is still present and you are sure to laugh at the dialogue.
- I loved that Lorelei has two inseparable best friends, Glitch and Brooklyn, who stand beside her through thick and thin and they are just that, friends with no attraction whatsoever. I always enjoy books with strong best friendships but too often they move into something romantic. It was nice to see that this bond remained just a friendship!
- This book has a complex story line with numerous threads. I always love that Darynda Jones gives the reader a run for their money. Her stories are imaginative and multi layered and Death and the Girl Next Door is no different. I liked that this book presents so many unique ideas such as: angels, reapers, prophets, visions, demons, poltergeists, and a secret society. Expect to find unique ideas and original takes on reapers and angels and such.
- I adored Lorelei's grandparents. They are so fun, not stuffy and uptight and old. They both are kind, loving, and possess great senses of humor. Her grandpa always manages to steal the scene whenever he is present.
- This book refrains from the typical love triangle. In the beginning there were shades of a possible love triangle, but thankfully the story never strayed into that territory. You can expect some explosive, fiery kisses.
And The Not So Much:
- I went into this book with certain expectations having read Darynda's Charley Davdison series. This book ended up being entirely different than I anticipated. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, I was hoping to find something a little closer to Charley. That being said, there are some similarities, but all in all it takes a whole new direction. It is best when reading this one to get rid of all you're preconceived notations.
- This book starts out a bit slow and takes awhile to get going. Luckily, the antics of Lorelei and her friends will keep you entertained. The story line tends to wander all over as well and is not always cohesive. The climax and ending are full of astonishing reveals and it ends fast and furious.
- The biggest disappointment for me with this one was that it develops so many different story lines, but none of them reach conclusion. I am used to Darynda's multi layered plot that tie off neatly at the end. This was not the case with this book. It does not have a cliffhanger, but it leaves a bunch of unanswered questions. This book ends a bit abruptly, but it does establish a strong foundation for the series.
Death and the Girl Next Door is a book that tackles some interesting and new ideas regarding death, angels, reapers and demons. Lorelei is a plucky, witty heroine who will draw you in and keep you laughing. Her two best friends, the moody Cameron and the mysterious Jared round out a terrific cast. This is a different read than her adult series and I liked that Ms. Jones is willing to take new directions with her writing. Watch for the sequel: Death, Doom, and Detention in March 2013. I am excited that the wait is short for the sequel!
"I froze as his sculpted mouth descended onto mine. A kiss, soft as a summer breeze."
"Beautiful. Young. Expression soft with unconditional love. Her blond hair gave into the breeze, fluttering like butterflies around her backpack. He loved her hair. It smelled like apples."
"The rest of the world crumbled away as he lifted my chin. Your energy is liquid and hot. Even from a distance you burn, you scorch anyone who gets too close. You are wine on my tongue and honey in my veins, and I cannot get enough of you."
"Sometimes," she said, seeming to sense his confusion, " we must swim against the current to find our true purpose."
"You're eyes get darker when you are emotional." He took a step toward me. "They're darker now, like smoke from a forest fire drifting toward Heaven."
"Don't they keep all the old newspaper articles on eight-track tapes or something?"
"I seemed to be stuck in the land of bubblegum and lollipops. I still had to pray every night for the girl part fairy to get off her butt and do her job."
"Glitch was about as wild and unpredictable as a carrot stick. Though he did have an unnatural fear of turtles that was interesting."
All quotations are taken from an ARC copy that was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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