October 21, 2012

BLP #7: Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

at 10/21/2012 01:25:00 PM
~*~Theme Song of the Day: A Little Taste by Skylar Stonestreet~*~

Alright peeps, today's the last day of my blog launch party and I want to thank everybody who posted a comment, tweeted, or helped spread the word about my humble blog. I also want to mention that I do have a sister blog though its main focus is about shoes; one of my other obsessions. :] It's currently under construction at the moment, but I will have it up and running again in no time. Anyway, today's review is on Death and the Girl Next Door written by Her Awesomesauceness, Darynda Jones! (clapping) ^.^ I have been a fan of DJ's since I read her first book of the Charley Davidson series. Though this book is of the young adult genre, it still has all of the qualities that I love about DJ's writing and imagination. So the story goes like this...

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?

So there's the synopsis for you. Once I got my hands on this book, I started to read it immediately, chemistry homework be damned. This book's leading lady is Lorelei McAlister, a seemingly normal high school girl with the powers of psychometry (visions through touch). She and her two best friends Brooklyn and the Glitch. So much playful banter in the book! I love it! So much cleverness in between 274 pages. Now, on to the male leads. First up is Cameron Lusk, the boy bad around town, who hasn't shown any interest in Lorelei until recently. He begins stalking her, watching her from the shadowed corners. Then comes the new boy in town, Jared Kovach. Both hot guys focus on Lorelei and the tension was so well written I actually felt it. 

Jared, being the new kid at school, is the center of attention, and it's not because of his good looks. ;) He and Cameron immediately hate each other and nearly came to blows several times. Lorelei and Jared get closer and the chemistry between them is magnetic and sweet. This is not all there is in the book. There's also an exorcism, a no holds barred brawl, kidnapping, and visions of the past with a surprising twist at the end. I really liked this book and I am totally looking forward to the next one, Death, Doom, and Detention, which comes out on March 5th 2013. That is, if the world doesn't end on 12/21/12 :D Since I am already giving away a copy of this book, I will be raffling a copy of book 2, since I already pre-ordered several copies. Same rules apply, and since it's a long way from March 2013, entries will be short and to the point for now, but as 2013 comes closer more entry options will be made available. I am an advocate for instant gratification (did you get that reference?)  so I will also be giving away a $10 Barnes and Noble giftcard. Thanks again to everyone who helped yo make my blog launch party a success! >3< mwah!

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Mel Scifi on October 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM said...

I fell in love with Death and the Girl Next Door immediately!

Traci Horton on October 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM said...

Death and the Girl Next Door was terrific and I'm already jonesing for Death, Doom and Detention!

Vicki Wilson on October 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM said...

I love this book too!!!!

Redheaded Bookworm on October 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM said...

I LOVE the new YA series as almost as much as Charley! Cameron and Jared are explosive! Thanks

Wkonsunshine on October 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM said...

Lor could be a cousin to Charley and in my head I think, there must be some serious fun during the holidays!

Wkonsunshine on October 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM said...

I couldn't even imagine where DJ is taking this, but I can't wait to find out how Lorelei is going to live up to her potential!

Mrs. Jones on October 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM said...

This story sounds like it has it all and would be right up my alley!
what a great review

And welcome to the Blogging world. I started blogging about 5 months ago or so, and I still feel new!!
BTW Im a new follower via GFC, if you feel the urge, you should come check out my BLOG and maybe follow back, please.

Redheaded Bookworm on October 25, 2012 at 7:17 AM said...

I love the snark especially between Jared and Cameron! Thanks!
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WinterFaerie on February 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM said...

I want to read this book it looks SO good.


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