Nov 2, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones


Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Series: Darklight #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS

Things get turned upside down for sophomore Lorelei MacAlister when the Angel of Death starts high school in her small town. What she doesn’t know is that she has been slated to die. It’s simply her time. And Death has been sent to do the deed. But when he touches her, when he peers into her eyes and reaches into her heart, he realizes she is more than what he was led to believe, and he disobeys his orders. He brings her back from the brink of death when he was supposed to push her into it. Because of this, he gets trapped on this plane. And that’s when all hell breaks loose. Literally.

I liked Death and the Girl Next Door, but I have to admit, it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It was cute and funny at times, but the plot wasn’t as exciting as I was hoping for.

Lorelei was a cool main character. I loved the fact that she was super short (as was her best friends Brooklyn and Glitch), because I’m kind of short myself. She was funny and witty and Brooklyn and Glitch were her partners-in-humor. They were very entertaining! The only thing was, I felt that’s really all they were and they didn’t add much to the true plot of the story until the end of the book. And even then, it seemed the author was trying to convince us that at some point she had clued us in to the fact when in actuality, she didn’t.

The Cameron and Jared feud was awesome. I really enjoyed the fact that they spent half the book kicking each other’s asses. They were dark and interesting characters and mortal (or immortal?) enemies. At first, I thought there was going to be the dreaded “love triangle” in this book with the two guys involved, but thank goodness we were saved from that. There’s a love triangle, but not exactly the one I was dreading and it was so insignificant that it was barely a blip on the radar. But it’s something that Lorelei notices and mentions a few times.

My main problem with this book was the whole religious aspect. As a religious woman, I don’t like it when authors tie religion into their fantasy novels. I’m aware that I write about Greek gods and such, but that’s mythology and I make it no secret that it’s a bunch of crock. Besides, do you know anyone who worships Zeus? I don’t. But when you bring God into the picture and tie Him into a fantasy book, it bothers me. He is not fantasy to me, but I do understand everyone does not feel that way and I respect that. It’s my personal opinion that God and fantasy don’t mix.

However, I do not hold that against Jones and gave this book the rating I think it deserved based on the writing, characters and plot. I’m not sure I’ll read the next book in the series based on the religious thing, but maybe.

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