Death, Doom and Detention

I just finished this one. Damn! I am loving this series — to the extent that I was upset at the ending.


I wasn’t upset with the way the ending was written. I wasn’t upset with the writer for writing the ending the book in this way. I was upset with Lorelei for making the decision that she made. I’m not going to state what the decision was, just say I didn’t agree.

Actually, I wanted to shake her and ask her what the hell she was thinking. And in fact, I did. However, all I did was shake my Kindle, thus making it difficult to read the next book’s teaser.

Darynda Jones, the author, lives in a house full of males, yet she manages to reach into her not-so-distant past to channel her inner female teen. All aspects of high school girls rear their ugly heads: the tormentor, the odd-man-out, the sweet-but-shy, the oblivious, the bestie, the fringe (the one you know but don’t really interact with except to pass in the hall).

Of course the biggest player in any teen’s life shows up as well: the Hormones.There are the boy/girl interactions where both sides are oblivious of the other person’s attraction, the rush of the adrenaline at the casual touch and the heady feeling of the long-awaited kiss. Thrown in on Lorelei’s side are the casual touches that set off unwanted visions of classmates’ deaths. So, yeah, not all touches are good touches.

Through her interactions with her grandparents, Lorelei acts like a teen going through “that difficult stage.” So not attractive, but thoroughly understandable if you’ve read the first book.

What? You didn’t read Death and the Girl Next Door??!! Seriously, dude, you need to go do that now! The next in the series, Death and the Girl He Loves is out October 8, 2013. Please click the link to ask the publisher for a Kindle version.

Yes, this is a YA series, but there are enough twists, turns, comedy, and meat to keep an adult reader of the paranormal genre interested.

Death and the Girl Next Door

As I said in a prior post, I won this as a physical book from Goodreads. I entered a contest and actually won! I would not have entered the contest if the book hadn’t been written by one of my favorite authors because 1) I don’t do dtb now that I have a Kindle and 2) I rarely read YA books — notable exception being the Harry Potter series. The Hunger Games series is still on my TBR list even though I have bought the Kindle books.

Darynda Jones‘s Death and the Girl Next Door is set to be released October 2, 2012. I finished reading it early this morning. It’s a story that centers around 5 people who attend the same high school. Three are best friends, one is the loner from the area, and one is the new kid in town. Most of that you can get from the book description on the back cover, That’s all the detail I will give because spoilers suck and not well.

I loved the dialogue, especially between the three — Lorilei, Glitch and Brooklyn. The bit that takes place in the house of a certain über-wealthy family regarding the molding used in the rooms is classic Darynda Jones. As frequently happens when I read one of  her books, there’s a point when I reach for something to stuff into my mouth to keep from laughing out loud and disturbing others in the area. This was one of those points and yes, snorting my beverage was an ugly side effect.

I particularly loved the plot technique of taking legend/folk-lore/myth and using it as a base for the story. The author does not rigidly adhere to the legends, but uses them as the golden thread while weaving the tale. Jarad’s “real” name and Cameron’s biological father’s name are indeed the stuff of legend and teachings. It gives a feeling of reality in an otherwise fantastical plot. Hey, it’s supposed to be fantastical. After all, that is genre — YA paranormal fantasy with a nice dash of romance.

The only thing that bothers me about this book is that I have to wait a year to read the next in the series, Death, Doom and Detention.