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Early Review: Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones

Title: Death, Doom, and Detention

Author: Darynda Jones

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Darklight (Book 2)

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0312625219 (Mac Teen)

ISBN-13978-03126214 (Mac Teen)

Reviewed by:  Bridget


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?

Quick & Dirty: Good YA Paranormal with fun characters and good action.

Opening Sentence: I was six years old, napping in the back seat of my father’s car, when I first saw the end of the world.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Lorelei MacAlister’s life will never be normal again.  She just recently found out that she is The Prophet and she is supposed to save the world from a horrible war between humans and demons.  She also recently met the guy of her dreams who happens to be the Angel of Death, but he has been forbidden to date her by her grandparents.  Lorelei’s parents disappeared 10 years ago and she has been living with her grandparents ever since and they have pretty much lied to her the whole time about a lot of things.  She has always had visions that are very unpredictable and she needs to start controlling them better so she can figure out what she needs to do to save everyone she loves.  In the mean time something is happening in the small town of Riley Switch.  Everyone seems to be acting really weird and there seems to be a lot of negative energy being let off and it is all being directed at Lorelei.  She ends up having some really intense visions and Lorelei is afraid that she won’t live through the events that are coming.  There is a group that has come to town that would love nothing more than to see Lorelei die and they will do anything and use anyone to accomplish their goal.  With her little group of friends, they need to figure out how to stop her vision of the future from happening, but they have another big problem.  Jared (the hot angel of death) has disappeared and they have no idea where he has gone.  To be able to protect Lorelei they really need Jared’s help, but will they find him in time?

Lorelei is our heroine in this book.  She is a young girl that has been through a lot in her life especially in the last few months.  She realized that her beloved grandparents have been lying to her basically her whole life and she has recently fallen in love for the first time, but she is not allowed to date him.  She is having a hard time dealing with everything and has a little bit of a woe is me attitude at times.  She has a really great group of friends that are a great support to her.  Overall, I really enjoyed Lorelei as a character and I felt that she grew a lot throughout the book.

Next we have Jared the hot yet forbidden Angel of Death.  In the first book Lorelei meets Jared and it is pretty much Love at first sight (which is one of my pet peeves and it honestly drove me a little crazy).  I felt that in the first book there was really no development to their relationship at all, but I am happy to say that this was much better in this book.  They aren’t really allowed to be together but you can tell that they both really want to, and it creates good suspense and anticipation.  I wish that they had a few more moments together, but we have the next book to look forward to for that.  I hope to get to know more about Jared and his story as well because he is still a mystery in a lot of ways.

There are three more characters that are very important to Lorelei and the story.  First we have Cameron who is a Nephilim charged with protecting Lorelei.  He is a loner and really doesn’t open up much to anyone but under the tough guy act he really is a good guy that cares about Lorelei and her friends.  Next we have the fun spunky Brooklyn.   She has been one of Lorelei’s best friends since third grade.  She has a great attitude and she adds a lot of humor to the story.  Last we have Glitch, he has also been one of Lorelei’s best friends since she was a kid.  He is smart, funny and at times clueless.  He is a great character and a great friend.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  There are a few things that bugged me but it was a good read that kept me interested.  The flow of the book was good and the plot developed very well.  I personally thought that book 2 was much better than book 1. I felt that more happened and that the character development was much better.  There is a pretty bad cliffhanger at the end so I am eagerly awaiting the next book.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes YA Paranormal.  It is a great fast easy read.

Notable Scene:

I realized instantly I was having a vision, but it hit like an avalanche, knocked the breath out of me and stung my eyes like an arctic wind. I’d never had a vision so vivid, so uncontrollably real. I could feel the slickness of blood as I slid in it, scrambling to get to Ms. Mullins. I could hear screams and cries of absolute terror as students rushed for cover. I could hear the splintering sound of gunshots, could smell the gunpowder and see the smoke.

Suddenly Mr. Davis came into view. He was trying to get to us, to Ms. Mullins. He glanced around wild-eyed and came face-to-face with the shooter a split second before the gun went off again, hitting him in the chest. It didn’t stop him. He barreled forward, determination locking his jaw. It took five shots to bring him down. He spun toward me and sank to his knees, his tie, a brilliant red, matching the stains spreading across the front of his shirt, his face frozen in shock. My bloody hands shot to my mouth in horror.

In all the chaos, I never got a clear view of the shooter. I saw a wrist. A hand. A gun. My line of sight stopped there, because the barrel was turning toward me and I couldn’t seem to look past it. A boy stepped into view, but he was simply the blurry backdrop for the gun, hazy and out of focus. When he pulled the trigger again, I could almost make out a sneer on his face before the bullet hit its mark right between my eyes.

Darklight Series:

1. Death and the Girl Next Door

2. Death, Doom, and Detention (March 5, 2013)

3. Death and the Girl He Loves (October 8, 2013)

FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Death, Doom and Detention. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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One Response to “Early Review: Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones

  1. Viki S.No Gravatar

    Thanks for the review. Loved the first book and am waiting on this one :)!

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