Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Posted 4 September, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 31 Comments

Death and The Girl Next Door by Daryna JonesDeath and the Girl Next Door

Genre: YA, Paranormal
Book 1 in the Darklight series
Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
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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 authors

Ten 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.

“Unique, witty, and touching—I LOVED THIS BOOK!” —P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author of The House of Night Serie


I just recently read Darynda Jones Adult series “First Grave on the Right” and it was so so awesome! ! Sexy and Fun – those are the two adjectives I would  use describe her book and this is what I expected from also this YA story!

Death and the Girl Next Door


Classic Motives with a thrilling paranormal twist (but… I won’t tell!)

Girl meets mysterious, sexy boy and learns that there is a paranormal world out there and must embrace her powers to save the world. Heard before? Yes me too! Is it getting old? No. Not for me! It always depends on how you spin the tale, how you develop the characters and how you embrace the story. I love stories like this – I just love them. Which is why I was more than eager to dig into this story!

The only small problem I have now is – how much should I tell you about the paranormal twist here? I decide to stay as usual mostly spoiler free – in the end, I went blindly into this story and only knew what the synopsis told me. I’ll stick with this for this review….


Lorelei – smart, witty and comes with the most adorable best friends ever!

Lorelei does not come without her two best friends, and before talking about Lorelei, we must admire this trisome of friends! I loved their relationship, I loved their deep love towards each other, I loved their loyalty! It’s one thing to have a great heroine, but to have a heroine with a great set of friends is even better! Talking about well developed and perfectly placed secondary characters..

Let’s talk mysterious boys –shall we?

Seriously, there is no good story without the mysterious bad boy who steals our heart and … we not only have one of them. No! We get two of them! Both are hot, sexy and mysterious, but each one as intriguing as the other! Cameron is actually not the “new guy” but has always been at their school – but suddenly he seems to stalk Lorelei- just why? Then there is Jared – who is the very new mysterious guy! Just what does he wants? I love both boys equally!!!! They were amazingly portrayed, providing layers of questions and mysterious to uncover!

Kissing – Butterflies – Romance and Mysteries…

Before we move to the kissing part, it would be important to point out that the feared love triangle actually did not happen! For once I am grateful not having to choose between tortured & sexy and sexy & mysterious.

Jared was an incredible boy/man/mythical creature!!!! I was fascinated by him right from the start and once it was revealed what he was I was even more excited and fascinated. If you are now waiting for me to reveal who he was – I’m going to disappoint you and strongly recommend finding this out on your own!

However, Jared was a very contradictory character, which is something I always find most appealing. He’s both,light and dark – good and bad! There a few grey layers here to explore!

Then, we must take a minute to appreciate the kissing scenes. Holy Awesome!! Those kisses were so hot and sexy, I was actually reading them twice – I couldn’t get enough! Imagine scenes where you sigh along with the characters, and scenes that manage to plaster a happy smile on your face! Every girl should be kissed like this…

*insert dreamy face here*

Bewitched Rating


Bottom Line

Alluring, mysterious and sexy – Death and the Girl Next Door is a phenomenal read, which will appeal to all fans of the paranormal! Darynda Jones spins an epic tale of good and bad with a mysterious storyline that so far just scratched the surface and managed to get us hooked, desperately wanting to know more! I need More! Now!



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Additional Info

After following the Read Along for First Grave on the Right and now reading Death and the Girl next Door, I am officially joining Darynda Jones’ fanclub! She is a phenomenal writer, spinning fantastic tales and creating amazing characters!
Much Love,
Obsessive Reader by Night – Scientist at Day!
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31 Responses to “Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones”

  1. I love Darynda Jones too, she’s one of my favorite writers. I’m currently reading this one and I really like it so far. The premise at the beginning does sound a bit familiar, but Darynda knows how to bring originality and her trademark humor and sexiness to a story! (I haven’t gotten at the kissing part yet. Now I’m anxious!:)))

  2. “Before we move to the kissing part, it would be important to point out that the feared love triangle actually did not happen! For once I am grateful not having to choose between tortured & sexy and sexy & mysterious.”

    YES!!!! I can’t tell you how excited I was when I picked this one up and found no love triangle in sight! I just finished this book yesterday and LOVED IT SO MUCH DANNY! Lorelei, Brooke and Glitch were absolutely hilarious and I loved every minute with them, and I couldn’t help but adore Jared and Cameron even when they were being absurd. This was such a great start to this series, I need the next book right this minute!

    • Of course you loved it my Book-Twin-Jenny!!!!! I’m glad you found your way out of the borring-book.mojo!
      This was such an awesome book, it has everything I want. Hot Boy, great heroine, amazing cast of characters and .. KISSING!
      Oh and I was so afraid of the Triangle, because the cover totally implies that there is one.. Thankfully not!
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  3. I am so excited for this one. I haven’t read anything by Darynda before so this will be my first. I admit, I was a little nervous in that paragraph when you talked about the two guys we get to meet but happy that it didn’t turn into a love triangle! Those things are driving me crazy lately. Great review Danny!
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  4. Well I am glad you are now a Darynda Jones fan. I am fifty pages from finishing this one and I was up until midnight finishing Second Grave. I must admit though that Lorelei can’t compare with Charley’s witty sarcasm! I am so glad you loved this book!

  5. Kristin

    Aaaahhh!!! I can’t wait to pick this one up!

    I bought the first in her adult series for my mom when it came out in paperback (she likes romances and I don’t and I thought it might be too bodice-rippery for me) but she still hasn’t read it! I think I’m going to have to steal it from her.

    Thanks for the review!

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