Death, Doom, and Detention
by Darynda Jones
Genre: Paranormal YA
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Reviewed by: Kate | Source: Publisher
The normal part of Lorelei MacAlister’s life didn’t just slip away quietly the day Jared Kovach came to town. Nope. The normal part of her life shattered. It exploded. It burst into a gazillion shards of fleeting light.
It went out with a bang.
Hello dark and eerie.
While her best friend, Brooklyn, is focusing all of her energy on helping Lorelei hone her abilities, Lorelei is dealing with the reality that Satan’s second in command has taken up residence inside her body. Oh, and the fact that she has a crush on the Angel of Death. But what a beautiful death it is. If those weren’t bad enough, something sinister has come to town and it wants nothing more than to hear Lorelei’s dying breath as it strangles it out of her. Thank goodness the gang has a supernatural champion. But what happens when the only being who can save them switches sides midstream? How can a group of misfits capture one of the most powerful beings ever created? And will they find out how to bring Jared back to them before it’s too late?
DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION was a good book that isn’t perfect, but still a light, fun read. The underlying premise is different from a lot of paranormal YA I’ve read recently- instead of brooding werewolves or sexy vampires, we’ve got hot angels and terrifying ghosts. And while sometimes the premise verges on ridiculous, we still have some great characters, plenty of teenage angst and obviously, some supernatural drama.
If there is one thing Darynda Jones does well, it’s great, realistic characters and witty dialogue. We’ve definitely got all of that here, mostly due to the three best friends, Lorelei, Brooklyn, and Glitch, and their two supernatural companions, Cameron and Jared. The teens all together are goofy and fun, and when Cameron and Jared weren’t trying to kill each other (and even sometimes when they were), they were hysterical. The addition of the former “mean girl,” Ashlee, to the group was also great, and shook things up a bit. A lot of the humor in this book is focused on the teens and their interactions with each other, which I really liked. I also like the mystery- I want to know more about Lorelei being the prophet, and I want to know how she is going to save the world. I’m kind of like Brooklyn in this book, I want Lorelei to keep using her abilities, as sometimes her visions were the coolest parts of a scene. And Lorelei coming to terms with the demon possessing her is interesting and compelling to watch. I wish there had been more scenes that dealt with that part of her.
I did like DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION better than I liked DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, because sometimes book one is a bit out there, and expects a lot of suspension of disbelief while it it setting up the world and Lorelei’s dilemma. I would recommend you read them in order, though, because I think reading the second one alone may be confusing.
My biggest complaint is how similar the Darklight series is to Jones’ Charley Davidson series. Had I not read those already, I may have liked the Darklight series more than I did, since they just seem like a watered down version of the Charley books. As young adult, there are obviously some aspects that will be tamer than adult novels- like any kind of intimate interaction- but they just didn’t seem as well rounded as they could have been. Plus, the ending is a bit predictable. The bad guy is pretty obvious from the moment he shows up and so you’re just waiting for something to happen.
Despite my issues, I will be reading DEATH AND THE GIRL HE LOVES when it comes out. I have so many questions that I want answered, and DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION ends on a huge cliffhanger, so I just have to know what happens!
1. Death and the Girl Next Door
2. Death, Doom and Detention
3. Death and the Girl He Loves
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