Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

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  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Source: Book provided by the publisher for review
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Overview

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.


My Thoughts

This book was fun and entertaining. I really enjoyed the characters and they made me want to keep turning pages to see what would come out of their mouth next. The story was intriguing and kept me engaged. My only complaint was that I don't like feeling like a "stupid" reader and have things described multiple times. I don't need to be reminded that the lockers are bright red 4 times in less than 20 pages. (Especially when on the cover of the book they aren't red, which I know is a minor thing, but it bothered me.) I also totally get that Jared is dark and sexy. Besides the somewhat repetitive descriptions of things, I did really enjoy this book though. 

Lorelei is a really snarky and funny character. She said and thought some of the funniest things. She lives with her grandparents and has two super fabulous BFF's that I absolutely adored her interactions with. She is a very persistent person too. When things get super weird, she wants to know what is going on and will do anything she can to discover it. She accepts things a little easier than you would think, and falls head over heels for Jared like instantly which is totally eye roll worthy, but I liked her. 

Cameron and Jared hate each other for reasons completely unknown and unexplained to Lorelei. She spends a lot of time refereeing them. I wanted to love Jared since he is supposed to be Mr. Sexy and all, but I just never really was able to fall for him. He said some sweet things, but he was kind of stalkerish. I don't really care what his reasons are, it's creepy. Cameron too. Damn stalkers. Cameron really turned me off. Besides the fact that he is super moody and generally an unhappy sort of person, he keeps pushing Lorelei around. Like literally. When she tries to get between him and Jared he pushes her, tosses her aside, drags her away from places... abusive much. I just can't like a guy who is like that. Just won't happen. So Mr. Good intentions is an abusive jerk. 

Now Glitch and Brooke are fabulous and great fun. They are such awesome friends and will stick by her no matter what. Glitch seems to get a bit moody for a time, but I get it. He is completely forgiven for being moody. The dynamic that they all have with each other was great. My favorite parts of the book were when they were trying to talk about something and just start picking on each other. This alone was a reason to keep reading the book. 
 
There was plenty of action, a little bit of romance, (I wouldn't say it's sexy though), and a whole lot of laughs. This book was so fun to read and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. There are some little twists thrown in just to keep you absolutely hooked too. I am going to continue this series for sure. I will be counting the days until Death, Doom, and Detention comes out. I have to know where the story will go. 4 out of 5 stars

28 comments:

  1. Great review! I wasn't sure about this book but I think I might have to read this one now. I have been looking for a fun read lately and this sounds like one now. I thought the synopsis sounded good the first time I read it. The characters sound great too! I do agree though and hate when things are explained multiple times in a story.

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    1. This was a great book. The over explaining wasn't annoying, bit it was enough to notice at times. I think you would like this book though. It was fun!!

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  2. This one looks fun to me too. Hope to get to it.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. I hope you find time to get to it too. It was entertaining.

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  3. Yeah Cameron could be a little annoying huh? Lol. I loved Lorelei though she was so funny and snarky! I'm glad you enjoyed this one too. Have you read Darynda's adult series? If not you should it's 100 times funnier and I think you'd love it!

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    1. Ahh Cameron drove me nuts. Lorelei is cool. I loved Brooke too, she is a riot!! I plan on reading her adult series. I know you will #PeePressure me until I do. Lol!!

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  4. We both reviewed this today! Yayyy Though mine is a lot more negative. LOL this books was not for me at all. I am totally with you that neither of the guys were swoon worthy AT ALL. I found most of the characters in this book annoying in the end even though they were endearing at the beginning. Great review chick!

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    1. Hehe!! Review twins!! Except not lol!! I really couldn't get into thinking either guy was worth her time. And I found Cameron to be such a jerk.

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  5. Sounds good! Glad you liked it. Love your new design!

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    1. Thanks babe!! I love my new design too!! I can't stop looking at it.

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  6. I wanted to love this one *so badly* but there was just too many things that bugged me. I'm glad you liked it though :) Although I didn't LOVE any particular character, Glitch and Brook were definitely my favorite. They were cool and funny best friends.

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    1. Yeah, there were definitely things that bothered me, but not too bad. I want to read her adult series, I have heard that it's really great!

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  7. Whoa -- I don't think I've seen your new blog design. LOVE!
    Not sure if this book is for me, but thanks for giving me a better idea of what it's about!

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    1. It just got a makeover today!! I have seen a lot of mixed reviews on this book. Like all books it's not for everyone!

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  8. Umm...I wasn't quite sure where to put this but ZOMG, you have a new looook! :) And I'm so totally lovin' it! Eep!

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    1. Hehe!! I love my new look!! Giselle is so freaking fantastic at designs!!

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  9. I need to check out this book ASAP! It seems like SO much fun and something I'd enjoy - despite the lack of sexy times. Wonderful review, Amy, and I loove your new blog design! :D

    ~Keertana
    Ivy Book Bindings

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    1. This was fun!! I want to read her adult series. I heard that it is fun AND has sexy times in it!!

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  10. I think this sounds like a pretty good read, but I'm just not sure. People have been all over the place w/it. I'm sure I'll still give the book a try at some point. Nice review!

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    1. I think this is a book you either love or hate I think. I was in the mood for a good snarky book so I enjoyed it.

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  11. Really looking forward to this. I love the Charley Davison series and this sounds just as funny. But sad to hear the guys sound like jerks. LOL I dislike stalkers as well.
    And love the new design. I'm a huge purple fan :-D

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    1. The guys did nothing for me at all, but I liked Lorelei and Brooke.

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  12. Not gonna lie, I'm not liking the whole stalking thing going on here. But I think I'll be able to stand the romance if this book is super funny! I love book that literally make me LOL (although I always get these strange looks from my mom...). So I think I'll still have to pick this one up, even if the guys are a bit creepy and things are repetitive. I'm glad you could still manage to enjoy this one Amy! <3

    Fabulous review as always! And I am LOVING the new design!! Purple and so pretty!

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    1. Thanks hon!! It was definitely a fun book! I hope you enjoy it if you get to it. I love my new design. Giselle is super talented!

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  13. OMG YOUR DESIGN! OMG YOUR DESIGN! OMG YOUR *DESIGN*!!!! SO PRETTY! Giselle is totally an amazing designer! Also, I'm glad you liked the characters although Jared sounds weird O_O I'm getting the Edward vibe from your description lol. Awesome review though I'm glad you liked it!

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    1. Haha!! OMG yes. Totally a little Twilight-y! Cameron stands outside her house all night like right in the beginning. Total creeper!!

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  14. Great review! I have this book but haven't started it yet. It sounds really good. I love your new blog design.

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    1. Thanks!! I love the design too!! This book was fun!! Hope you like it!

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