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Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Lorelei McAllister has lived with her grandparents in Riley's Switch, New Mexico, since the mysterious disappearance of her. Death And The Girl Next Door Darklight 1 Darynda Jones - [Free] Death And The Girl Next. Door Darklight 1 Darynda Jones [PDF] [EPUB] -. DEATH AND THE. DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR PDF | More Pdf Darynda Jones, author of The New York Times bestselling series that began with First.
Plot twist: Okay, maybe, I can download it. Apparently they were burning witches before Sappho's time, because Sappho is a decent of this powerful witch as well. And don't forget Joan of Arc. History fail that made me laugh.
Then it turns out she is important enough to have two angels, one sent to kill her and the other to protect her. Quinn Fabray does not approve. The main love interest: He was sent to stalk and kill her, but he couldn't so he saved her life. He is so tortured, and so sexxy so it's totes okay that the main character is in twu luv with him.
Totally healthy message to send to teenagers. If someone is sexxah enough let them stalk and attempt to kill you. I could have been okay with this plot point if it was the writer showing how unhealthy this is, but it didn't seem like that to me. It felt like the writer was actually approving of this. Upon further thought, I realized that the writer could be voicing her opinions through Cameron, the other angel, but it's unlikely because he also stalked Lorelei to "protect her from Jared", luckily since Lorelei isn't actually attracted to him it was just creepy, until it was revealed he was an angel, so it was no longer creepy.
Lorelei was actually surprised that he actually kills people, because he is the freaking angel of death. Kind of the point of his job title, sweetie.
Professor does not approve of your shenanigans. I suspect that there will be a future love triangle between Cameron, Jared, and Lorelei. My spidey senses are tingling. There is a lot more I could comment on, but I think I made my point. How I think this could have been improved: Third person narration, and stop with idealizing stalking and attempted murder, please.
How this should be marketed: It's the next Twilight meets House of Night. Do I recommend this? This is me, running away to find my palate cleanser. Dec 23, Jody McGrath rated it liked it. This would have been really good except for two things. Insta-Love 2. Predictable Still worth a read though. With my friends singing high praises of her Charley Davidson adult series, I was given the extra push when I heard she was dipping into the YA, something that was completely new to her.
I like it when authors try something outside of their comfort zone. So I was willing to give it a try.
Lorelei is lucky to have two best friends Glitch and Brooke to help keep her sane through the stressful times. When strange things start happening with Cameron Lusk the school loner suddenly stalking her and a gorgeous boy Jared starting their school, Lorelei is creeped out but excited at the same time. But despite this she is dragged into the middle of it, if Lorelei thinks her life was bad it takes a turn for the worse.
Lorelei finds herself smack bang in the middle of a tug of war competition between Jared and Cameron. As the book progressed I did like the character development of both characters but neither of them made a massive impact on me. I admit Jared occasionally made me swoon one favourite scene which comes to mind is the shower scene ;. Consequently most of the time Cameron had me utterly baffled!
Thank you Sam for reading this with me! This review can be found on The Readers Den Christian Grey rated it really liked it Shelves: Quick review: Nice Rating: PG Thumbs Up: Entertaining and kept my attention Characters: Solid Plot: Twist and double twist to a story of life and death Page Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend: Sure Book Boyfriend: So, I wondered what Darynda would do in YA. There were laughs, not as many as Char Quick review: There were laughs, not as many as Charley and there was romance.
For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at: It took a bit to not associate the voices with the adult series, but once I was in, it was good. And I have to wonder if Darynda purposefully named the main character after her narrator?
Death and the Girl Next Door, book 1, "Darklight" series. Darynda Jones Published: October, Lorelei King Genre: Young adult, paranormal, fantasy, mystery, drama, legend, spirituality, demons, possession, fiction.
Read listened to: July, My rating scale: Brief remarks: Very intriguing story, truly! I'll stick with it. Oh and plus, Lorelei King is the narrator and she's super good! D Enjoy! Cheers, Lisa Nov 16, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok.
I am so, so disappointed in this book. I am a huge fan of Darynda Jones after reading her Grave series, and I was expecting much more than this. It's not a terrible book, I guess, but it is very slow and confusing. Not much is explained by anyone, and i found myself increasingly frustrated with the chauvinism with which I am so, so disappointed in this book. Not much is explained by anyone, and i found myself increasingly frustrated with the chauvinism with which Cameron and Jared treated Lorelei, keeping her in the dark like that.
Suffice it to say that by the time we figure out who Lori was, I had completely lost interest. The humor and wit is similar to her adult series. The writing is good enough. I just had a big problem getting attached to any of the characters besides Glitch. I'm halfway through and I don't really feel an urgent need to find out what happened in the rest of the book, despite just getting past the big revelation.
Our Main heroine Lorelei is your typical sophomore, who enjoys hanging out with her two best friends Brooklyn and Glitch. Things start to get weird when the school loner Cameron begins stalking Lorelei, every time she turns around she sees him lurking in the corner.
Lorelei always had visions; some come true while others are just random and bizarre.
Next thing you know Cameron and the mysterious Jared are fighting over her. While Cameron tries to get Lorelei away from Jared, what does Lorelei do instead? She attacks Cameron and defends Jared! In the first quarter of the book, Lorelei is demanding answers to what is going on around her. Why are Cameron and Jared fighting over her? Why are they both so freakishly strong?
What is Jared? Instead of getting answers, the characters beat around the bush about it. This drove me nuts! I pushed on hoping that things would get better but not so much. Overall I felt this book lacking in the story, character development, and world-building. Sep 14, Taylor rated it it was ok. See more of my reviews at my blog: I really, really wanted to like this book.
I'm a HUGE fan of Darynda's Charley Davidson series, and I thought that in this novel she'd bring the same amount of witty comments, sexy heroes, and capable heroines.
I was wrong. In actuality, I'd give this book 2. What I Liked 1. Lorelei's relationship with one of her best f See more of my reviews at my blog: Lorelei's relationship with one of her best friends, Brooklyn - Their interactions seemed so real, and their comments reminded me a lot of the things I'd say to my best friend. The way that their friendship started in the third grade, I believe made me laugh. They're protective of one another, and you can tell that they really do value their friendship instead of Brooklyn being a simple "best friend plot device" with no personality that I see constantly in so many other YA novels.
Cameron - He made this entire book bearable. Amongst all of the confusion, and with Lorelei trying to figure out what was going on, his personality never changed.
He was still pissed off and agressive and funny, and he seemed to be the only character with substance. Not once did he come off as 2-Dimensional, and all of his reactions--blown out of proportion as they sometimes were--seemed genuine to his character.
His reasons for his hostility towards Jared were completely understandable in my opinion. Even their constant fighting had a purpose aside from Cameron's revenge. He was fighting Jared to protect Lorelei, and that raised him up a few notches in my book.
When Cameron came into the picture, I didn't really pay any mind to Brooklyn calling him "hot" or whatever. I never thought anything would come from it. But as the storyline progressed, so did their relationship, and I can't help but wonder what the future holds for these two. I may even read the next book to find out. Cameron seemed to lose some of his anger whenever he spoke to Brooklyn, and he seemed almost in awe of her, especially during their conversation about auras.
Plus, he seemed to listen to Brooke when he would listen to nobody else, and I think he has a genuine respect for her. What I Did Not Like 1.
It was so incredibly unbelievable. She couldn't have had more than 5 conversations with the guy. Keep in mind: She didn't ask any questions, and she tried to keep Cameron from hurting him still hide spoiler ] All she knew was that he'd saved her life, and that, apparently was enough for her to think she loved him.
She didn't know anything about him at first, and even when she did find out his "secret", she didn't give a crap. In my mind, this was all puppy love.
I think that Lorelei felt sorry for Jared, and was so blinded by his stunning, gorgeous, beautiful, etc etc I'm not even exaggerating here, she mentions his beauty ALL THE TIME that she convinced herself "since he saved me, he must not mean me any harm whatsoever" and that she was in love with him.
And Jared wasn't really better. He declared that after stalking her he never wanted to take his eyes off of her and that he couldn't let her die and blah blah blah I think they had one conversation before he saved her life and risked everything.
And, of course, Lorelei felt SO guilty I just couldn't believe their relationship. It felt too forced and too The "Sanctuary" Concept - Another thing that confused the hell out of me. In the beginning, we know from what Lorelei tells us that the Sancutary is like a church, and her grandfather is the Pastor.
By the end, we find out that it's a super secret, super ancient organization and almost everyone in the city is in on it. My reaction: It felt like a huge info-dump. One moment, her grandparents are normal citizens, and the next they know everything there is to know about angels and demons and possessions Questions were being thrown around, and answered just as quickly. I could barely keep up. Lorelei finally finds out what happened to her parents, and Jared's identity is officially uncovered.
We also find out some shocking things about Brooklyn and Lorelei. By the end of it, I was just like I mean, was he supposed to be the voice of reason, or something? No, thanks. He'd complain that he had football practice, or that he was grounded, and by the middle of the book I just wanted to shout: I feel like Glitch's character could've been deleted, and the story would still flow.
In all honesty, I think that the reason Glitch was actually in the book was to create a love triangle between Brooklyn, Cameron, and him. While I am interested in what would come of a love triangle, I don't care for Glitch at all. Plus, his refusal to admit what happened with him and Cameron made me angry and more confused than I'd been initially.
I really hope Darynda reveals what happened all those years ago, or at least give Glitch some redeeming qualities. And while she's at it, maybe a 3 Dimensional personality. Hardly any explanation - There were a lot of things in this book that just went unexplained, period. There were also some things that went unexplained until a few chapters later. I can't really mention them all without giving away tons of spoilers. For example, view spoiler [ Lorelei being hit by a truck in the beginning.
I had no idea of what was going on. One second, she was being shoved by the kid on the skateboard, and the next she's in pain. I didn't figure it out until a while later, when it was voiced what had happened. The concept of Nephilim and the other types of angels wasn't really explained when first brought up. Luckily, I already knew what Nephilim were, so I could infer a lot. But still, for someone who had no idea what they were, this book would be very frustrating.
It's a personal preference, really. I'm fine with mystery novels, but I don't want to feel completely and totally ignorant throughout the entirety of reading the book. Maybe others do, but I don't. Favorite Parts: Cameron stepped closer. Dec 27, Jacklyn ReadingBliss rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book made for cute and funny company while I was sick in bed over Christmas week.
I feel the cover and title says it all and really relates a strong correlation to what's between the pages to the potential readers. There is no love triangle, so never fear you triangle haters. The boys compete in other interesting ways, however, that add flavor to the backbone of the mythologies this story is heavily based on. Many familiar, but popular tropes are ever present but not without their own accom This book made for cute and funny company while I was sick in bed over Christmas week.
Many familiar, but popular tropes are ever present but not without their own accompanied creative twist to keep it unique. I really wish this series had adult "companions" for those who would like to delve further into the mystery of the world building Jones tempts and teases us with.
But hey, don't take my word for it. Go see for yourself how tantalizing some of its tidbits are. Jan 19, Crystal rated it it was ok Shelves: This book in my opinion is pure fluff.
I can't think of any other way to describe it, it is just fluff. The plot took a major backseat to the insta lurve between Lorelei and Jared. I am all for romance in a book, but when you have demons, reapers, angels, and prophets I expect way more than a story filled with "oh he is hawt" and "I want to kiss him".
Lorelei, after surviving a near death experience gets caught up in a battle between Jared, the guy she thinks saved her, and Cameron, the guy beati This book in my opinion is pure fluff. Lorelei, after surviving a near death experience gets caught up in a battle between Jared, the guy she thinks saved her, and Cameron, the guy beating Jared up for being something that surely nobody can be.
After finding out the who's who game Lorelei decides to side with Jared and figure out exactly what all this prophet stuff is about. Joined by her friends she discovers that things in her town are not what they seem and the guy she is falling for could very well bring death upon everybody. That is in a sense what this book is about. There are a few twists and turns along the way and something way more sinister working among them but if I reveal that then there won't be any point to reading the book so I am just going to leave it at that.
Honestly the plot of the story is kinda brilliant, but I don't know if I can read pages of nothing just to enjoy 50 pages of brilliance. The story was so slow and fluffy until the middle of the book where we finally get a glimpse of the hidden plot. All to soon though we are thrown back into sarcasm, mind numbing jokes, and that all too familiar inst love. The plot jumped out and took hold for the ending and I am a little mad about that.
I wanted the whole book to be this way. I didn't want to read Lorelei's internal monologue questioning if she was worthy enough for Jared, I wanted to read about the kick arse demons! So if the next book has more demons and dark I will probably read it but if it continues on being fluff I am going to have to say bye bye to Lorelei and company and hope they all get their HEAs even though I have no idea how that will be possible. View all 9 comments. Aug 06, Joy joyous reads rated it really liked it.
I am a huge fan of Ms. Going into this book, I was expecting more of the same. I was expecting Lorelei to be like a teen Charley Davidson: Lorelei is nothing at all like Cha I am a huge fan of Ms. Lorelei is nothing at all like Charley Davidson. Even if they share the same beginnings, their supernatural roles differ. One of the things that made me wary of this book was the cover.
As you know, I detest love triangles. The cover certainly implies something of that sort. What it has is a couple of boys who are — well, crush-worthy. Basically, one is the Angel of Death a grim reaper of sort and the other, a niphilim hybrid who has a bone to pick with the Angel of Death. How does Lorelei fit into the all this madness? I quite like the mythology here. The book was a fast read, addicting, even. So much so, that the poltergeist thing near the end looked more like an addendum than an original part of the plot.
No matter, I immediately ordered the second and third book soon after reading this. Mar 05, Moonlight Reader rated it liked it. Reasonably amusing. Dec 29, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Full review to come Darynda Jones is brillant.
She has created a series full of riveting plot twists and young love to ensnare teens and adults alike. I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
May 28, Kerrelyn Sparks rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this! Darynda has such a fun, sassy voice! I will be definitely reading more from her! Aug 30, Rose rated it it was ok Shelves: Well, maybe not with a bag of chips, though I almost wish the chips were there, because then it would at least provide something different to the mix.
That's not to say that it didn't have moments I thought were worth merit, but seriously, how many mediocre insta-love, anta "Death and the Girl Next Door" represents a smorgasbord of every YA paranormal stereotype there is and couples it with a bag of chips. That's not to say that it didn't have moments I thought were worth merit, but seriously, how many mediocre insta-love, antagonistic love triangle, specially endowed protagonist, boy-gushing books are we going to get out of this genre?
There's far more merit to the YA paranormal even paranormal romance genre in general than this, and so many releases as of late keep settling into the same generic lines like a paint by numbers book. I'm sad to say that "Death and the Girl Next Door" doesn't deviate from that template.
Not to mention the progression throughout this story was very rough in spurts before getting to some of the fruit this story had to bear. Lorelei is a sophomore with a special gift - the ability to have odd visions when she touches people that she can't always explain, but she's known about them for a long time. So have her friends Glitch and Brooke.
She's also been coping with the odd disappearance of her parents from ten years ago as well. Things in her world begin to change when Cameron, the boy she's grown up with for some time, suddenly starts stalking her, alongside a strange new boy who seems to captivate her attention Jared. Suffice to say, Jared and Cameron do not get along and some turns of events reveal that they're more extraordinary than Lorelei thought and fighting each other for reasons beyond themselves.
The reason - primarily because of her, and the secrets behind her identity which will ultimately throw her world in a tailspin once it comes to light. Original premise this is not.
Well, the sassy nature is there somewhat because Lorelei has a distinct voice that carries a certain hit or miss humor throughout the book. Sometimes it worked, bringing a chuckle out of me with references to Pigpen from Peanuts or something that struck a chord of familiarity to me.
The fact she calls her iMac "iPrecious" and the reference to the Lord of the Rings did make me grin. And while I'm at it for describing things I liked - I liked both Glitch and Brooke's personalities because they seem fun in their interactions with Lorelei.
I also liked Lorelei's grandparents, though they're not featured that often in the work. Lorelei generally has a sense of humor to kind of combat the craziness she faces in spurts. Othertimes, however, I thought the humor tried too hard and wasn't funny at all. It's not funny when someone's being stalked as is insinuated when Lorelei notices that Cameron's stalking her for the first time.
It's not funny when someone gets hit by a truck, though I figured Lorelei was trying to buffer her reaction to the situation when she realized it had happened.
Though I got Twilight vibes when I read that particular scene, and it was confusing as all heck to follow because the narrative was so loopy during those turns of events. Don't ask me where and why Cameron got a gun and started shooting at Jared when it seemed like he saved Lorelei's life initially.
Certainly not funny when Lorelei realizes that Jared's was trying to kill her and did an about face and saved her life. Let me make this clear: I don't care how hot someone is, if they tried to kill me, I'd be either angry, scared, hurt, or concerned, not lusting. But what does she do? She swoons after him anyway. No real explanation given except that he's all kinds of hot and contrary to knowing Cameron as long as she had, she's more likely to hear Jared out because of his hotness.
Insta-love in full swing. I rolled my eyes quite a bit. I know I may speak for myself when I say this, but the sinews and muscles of a male character don't automatically make my eyes pop and send my amorous senses tingling, not even when I'm reading between YA and adult literature.
It never has. I develop character crushes on how well the characters are defined, interact, and are shaped as people - that allows more character intimacy to shine through.
Physical attributes might be a factor of attraction, and that's fine, but it shouldn't be the only factor. I think Jared and Cameron struck me as the typical immortal enemies and Lorelei focused far more on Jared's body and physical hotness and strength rather than really connecting to him as a being.
Sure, later on she realizes what he is, but it isn't really developed smoothly or as well as it could've been. It took a long time for me to realize why Cameron hated Jared so much, and while it was a fair reason, the book not only took too long to reveal it, but was somewhat dismissive of it without much expansion, I felt.
I think there was an attempt to make this a love triangle, but seriously Jared came out as the leading person in the race if that was the intention. Cameron was pretty much a background antagonist for a good bit of the narrative and it didn't get much clearer as the book went on.
There were other more obivious antagonists who played roles, such as the reporter who witnessed Lorelei's accident and the fight between Jared and Cameron. Even still, I wasn't as invested in the conflict as much as I think the narrative could've shown in spurts.
And then there's the matter of Lorelei's identity and role - that I think was where the book had its intriguing points, but even that came a bit too late in the narrative and I thought the development of it was threadbare. I think the very last part of it lent an interesting break point where it would lead into the next part of this series, but considering all the bumps in the road I had with reading this, I'm not so sure I want to continue reading on. Overall, I thought "Death and the Girl Next Door" was a very derivative YA paranormal read and it didn't really excite me in the aftermath, even with being my first read from Jones's work.
I'm apt to see if her other work strikes me more than this, but I think this could've been much more than what it presented itself. Overall score: Martin's Press. Jul 20, Lauren rated it it was ok. I received this book free from goodreads. I wanted to push all the books that I had to read back so that I could read this and push out a review since this is a book that has yet to be released. My problem with this book is the lack of originality. I am sick and tired of Young Adult books from a female's perspective that follow the same pattern: Narrator is a plain looking girl or so she thinks who is attracted to a guy who is so beautiful it should be illegal.
This boy does not glance at AN I received this book free from goodreads. A guy like him doesn't look at a girl who looks at me. To make matters worse, the boy is a bad boy of some sorts and warns her not to be with him. Most likely, said boy sacrifices something to be with this girl and probably pisses off a lot of people by doing so. Throw in the best friend who's beautiful and the best guy friend who is either in love with the Narrator or most likely in love with the Narrator's best friend And you've got a Young Adult Novel.
I was at least able to keep interested enough to keep reading. I did skim most of it in hopes that the ending would come sooner, rather than later. Unfortunately, I'm sensing that this book is just the beginning of a few books. I definitely won't bother to read the following books. Jun 22, Yodamom rated it really liked it Shelves: Lorelei, has to live with the pain of her parents disappearance.
The ten year anniversary is near and her two best friends stay near her during this period to comfort her. Everything is going normal till Lorelei brushes against a tall, dark, boy who starts an avalanche of change in her life.
When she touched people she gets visions or predictions she's not sure which. Most of her past visions have been pretty mundane, till the dark haired stranger. When she touched him, she saw something that lef Lorelei, has to live with the pain of her parents disappearance. When she touched him, she saw something that left her with goosebumps, something evil.
There is a strange blond boy at school. She has known him all her life but he has been very distant the last few years. He avoids crowds, sneers at all. He's creepy and handsome. Lorelei starts seeing him staring at her, following her, stalking her, while giving her that glare.
Till a dark handsome stranger shows up at school and the glare switches and the fights begin. I love the characters that Ms. Jones writes. She develops full, interesting 'people' with ticks, troubles and intelligence. I look foreword to seeing where these teens travel to on their quest and who they become in the process. There is no sex, crudeness or extreme behavioral issues you see in many YA books just a great adventure with a light romance and some snark.
View all 11 comments. Aug 01, Samantha rated it did not like it Shelves: I can't believe how disappointed I am in this book. It's almost baffling how Jones can get it so right with Charley, and yet so very wrong with this one. I can see the same quirky sense of humor trying to come through in Lorelei, but it doesn't quite work.
Instead, she and the characters come off as vapid and shallow. Not to mention, Lorelei is almost physically incapable of putting two and two together. View 1 comment. Jan 12, Heidi rated it really liked it.
Three and a half stars: A solid beginning to a new, entertaining YA series. 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 Three and a half stars: 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. 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 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! 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: Expect to find unique ideas and original takes on reapers and angels and such. 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.
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: 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.
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.
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 I am excited that the wait is short for the sequel! Favorite Quotations: Lorelei, as I already expected from Darynda's characters, is witty a I became a big fan of Darynda Jones when I read her adult series that proceeded to make me giggle spontaneously for days. Lorelei, as I already expected from Darynda's characters, is witty and smart, and she can hold her own which is always a plus to create a character that is easy to root for.
She also has two fabulous best friends who are lively, supportive, and provide us with plenty of humoristic banter. Now the boys Cameron and Jared - both hot, both uniquely compelling, both defensive towards Lorelei. Who else automatically thinks Love Triangle? You don't have anything to worry about, however, this book is actually void of any love triangle.
Regardless if this is good news to you or not, you can look forward to a sexy, steamy, and swoon-worthy romance.
These boys are not without secrets. Once we get a glimpse at what Jared's powers are, a gazillion questions arise: About his abilities, Cameron's strong dislike towards him - basically, just what the heck is happening. I found it exceedingly interesting, unquestionably original, but I was dying for answers; it takes a while before details are finally given up. I was expecting Lorelei, when observing a very surreal scene, to scream for answers, no, demand answers.
She doesn't, which was surprising for her character and a little frustrating. She was obviously in some sort of shock and worrying about the boy's injuries, but I still felt like the information was being dragged out needlessly. Cameron makes a huge deal about how Jared does not belong here and is dangerous, he also keeps calling him an "it", yet he refuses to answer any questions.