Happy Tuesday! I am beyond thrilled today to have the wonderful and talented Darynda Jones here today to celebrate the release of her newest book: Death, Doom, and Detention! It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Darynda Jones, and I absolutely adore her Charley Davidson series. I have had the pleasure of hosting Darynda here on the blog three other times! I am pleased to welcome her back today to share with you all a bit of an overview on her new book. First, if you have not met Darynda (you must read her books!) let me tell you a bit a bout her:
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.
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Hello Heidi, thanks for having me!
With the release of the second in the Darklight Trilogy, Death, Doom and Detention, I was excited to get the opportunity to explore Lorelei’s powers a bit more and delve deeper into how they are affecting her. While her BFF Brooklyn is completely gung-ho on the whole ‘vision’ thing, Lorelei is struggling under the weight of her new power. She is seeing things she doesn’t want to see and experiencing things on a completely visceral level. The visions are not just pictures in her mind but a conscious reliving of the actions and events of those around her, Whoever she touches. And naturally she doesn’t see the warm and fuzzy stuff. She sees her classmates deaths. She sees them being victims of crimes and of nature. She sees accidents and misfortune, but she also feels every part of what happens. She feels the excruciating pain of a leg being crushed in a car accident, the intense agony of a classmate slowly dying of thirst after getting lost in the desert, the shame and humiliation of a forced assault by a trusted friend. The experiences are trying and Lorelei is doing her best just to make it through the day.
These are the kinds of things I like to explore. What would happen if an everyday high school girl were to suddenly start going through something like that? What would it do to her? The human condition is fragile and one incident can send it crumbling to the ground. I hope you enjoy reading about my thoughts on this as much as I enjoyed writing them.
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Here is my review:
The normal part of Lorelei MacAlister’s life didn’t just slip away quietly the day Jared Kovach came to town. Nope. The normal part of her life shattered. It exploded. It burst into a gazillion shards of fleeting light.It went out with a bang.Goodbye normal.Hello dark and eerie.While her best friend, Brooklyn, is focusing all of her energy on helping Lorelei hone her abilities, Lorelei is dealing with the reality that Satan’s second in command has taken up residence inside her body. Oh, and the fact that she has a crush on the Angel of Death. But what a beautiful death it is. If those weren’t bad enough, something sinister has come to town and it wants nothing more than to hear Lorelei’s dying breath as it strangles it out of her. Thank goodness the gang has a supernatural champion. But what happens when the only being who can save them switches sides midstream? How can a group of misfits capture one of the most powerful beings ever created? And will they find out how to bring Jared back to them before it’s too late.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published: March 5th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
Four Stars: A solid sequel that is packed full of danger and snark.
Lorelei is struggling to cope with her not so normal life. She went from a happy teenager, who enjoyed sipping lattes in the coffee shop with her two best friends, Glitch and Brooklynn, to a girl who has a demon inside of her, and she just happens to be a prophet, the last descendant from a long line of female prophets. On top of all that, she is desperately attracted to Jared, who is the angel of death. Lorelei also has a bodyguard, Cameron who is a nephilim. In spite of all that craziness, she still has to go to school and do homework. Lorelei is also having visions regularly, and they are enough to drive a girl insane. At school, everyone starts acting a bit weird, and Brooklyn keeps warning the world looks fuzzy. Danger is coming, and it is up to Lorelei and the others to stop it. Can Lorelei prevent a war that will destroy humanity?
What I Liked:
- I admit that I had a bit of trouble with the first book: Death and the Girl Next Door. The story was good, the characters great, but it felt like it was just getting started when it came to an abrupt end. This time around, the book has a strong foundation and the story really comes together. I wasn't confused as I had a clear understanding of the characters and their powers and the impending danger. This book definitely does not suffer from the middle book syndrome. It is packed full of action and it advances the story, and the ending does a tremendous job of setting up the final book.
- I enjoyed that this book is full of Darynda's trademark humor and snark. It is a bit toned down from her Charley Davidson Series, which makes it more appropriate for the younger audience. I found myself smiling and snickering at many of the hilarious lines throughout. If you enjoy books with snark and wit definitely pick up a Darynda Jones book. I am a huge fan of her work!
- I love all the characters in series. Lorelei is an unassuming heroine. She is a bit awkward, and not exactly comfortable with her identity, especially since she discovered that she is harboring a demon and she is a prophet. Lorelei is funny and I am enjoying watching her hone in her powers and grow. Her two best friends Brooklyn and Glitch are always there in a pinch. Brooklyn is fiercely protective and fun. My favorite character, though is Cameron. He is a nephilim, born to protect Lorelei, which was unbeknownst to her until just recently. He is kick butt and all kinds of awesome. Finally, add in the angel of Death, Jared. Jared is still a bit of a mystery. He is dark and dangerous, and kind and caring, and he just happens to be in love with Lorelei. All of these characters are easy to like and very entertaining.
- This book is action packed and full of danger. From the onset, you know that something bad is on the horizon. Over and over, the two supernatural boys are forced to act in order to protect the gang, and let me tell you, these boys can kick some ass. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes where they let loose and went after the bad guys. Seriously, can I have a Cameron to follow me around?
- I really appreciate that this book does not utilize a love triangle. There are a few instances where it appears that a couple of the characters might be entering into the love triangle territory, but thankfully that never happens. By the end, everyone seems to have hooked up with someone and the love triangles are avoided!
And The Not So Much:
- I am very anxious to find out why the demon is inside Lorelei and how he will get out. Unfortunately, there is little movement with this story line. I guess it is building up for something big and exciting in the final book.
- There is thick tension between Cameron and Glitch. In the first book, there was a revelation that something happened to the two of them while they were on a camping trip together when they were younger. In this book, this incident is referred to numerous times and it appears to be the basis for the conflict between the two, but it is still not clear what exactly happened on that camping trip, and it is driving me crazy!
- This book ends with a cliffhanger, like book one did as well. I am not used to Darynda's books ending with cliffhangers as she always ties up her Charley Davidson books with a neat resolution. This time around, there is some resolution, and the ending was not nearly as jarring as it was in Death and the Girl Next Door. Believe it or not, it was a cliffhanger that I could live with, as it wasn't too terrible. It definitely sets up book three to be a fast and furious finale.
Death, Doom and Detention is a strong second book that progresses the storyline. It has fun, witty and unforgettable characters. The story is jammed packed with Darynda's trademark snarky humor that will keep you smiling throughout. This book has plenty of action from beginning to end, and it does a nice job of setting up the final book in the series. If you have yet to try a Darynda Jones book, I would highly recommend you grab one of her books right away, she is one of my favorite paranormal writers. I know I can count on Darynda's books to make me laugh. I cannot wait to see how everything plays out in the final book of this series: Death and the Girl He Loves which releases in October 2013.
"Life isn't always about what is fair and what's not, pix,"Grandad said. "It's about doing the right thing no matter the risks. No matter the consequences,"
"I've been on time lots of Mondays." When her mouth thinned in doubt, I added, "Well, I have thought about being on time on lots of Mondays."
"I was trying desperately to get back to normal. It was my new goal in life, right after grown five inches and get boobies."
"I wasn't sure what I did to deserve my two best friends. Even when they found out I'd been possessed---was still possessed---they didn't bail on me. That was true friendship. Or insanity. Either way."
"That near death experience taught me a valuable experience: Never get hit by a green delivery truck if I can help it."
All quotations are taken from an ARC copy that was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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