Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Death, and the Girl he Loves (Darklight #3)

By Darynda Jones

About the book:
The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister. Unfortunately for her, that is exactly where the world’s fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen firsthand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul. And on top of that she’s seeing visions. This is nothing new for Lorelei. But these visions are something more: death, destruction, and the end of the world. Lorelei must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril. Lucky for her, her friends and family include the handsome Angel of Death, a fiercely protective half-angel, and a ragtag group of loyal supporters who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in the name of fighting pure evil.

Review
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After reading the first books in the series, of course I jumped at the chance to be part of the third book's blog tour. (You can see my review of book two, Death, Doom and Detention here.) Darynda Jones keeps all of the wonderful elements that the second book has, plus adds more. Death and the Girl he Loves is definitely my favorite book of the series.

Lorelei has had an eventful and a complicated life--especially in the past few months. Can you jump in and read the third book first (or by itself)? Yes, but I really don't recommend it.  The first two books of the series set the story up and add lots of drama. This third book is basically do or die time. Darynda does a good job of filling in the important details of what has happened in the previous book and she catches readers up, but there is just so much extra info that you miss if you skip to the third book.

The story was rolling along smoothly (or as smoothly as can be with Lorelei trying not to be killed while also trying to unravel the prophecy). Then, about 2/3 of the way through, the story completely flips and changes direction. Like it literally flipped. I thought I was at the climax (and I was), but Darynda was sneaky. You never see the actual entire war, but the aftermath of it (sort of). Characters who were supposed to be dead weren't dead anymore. Main characters barely knew who Lorelei was. It will have readers scratching their heads as they and Lorelei learn what is going on. I definitely have to say that these few chapters were my favorite as I tried to guess what was actually going on.

Reader are told that Lorelei will stop the war before it starts (oooh, how possibly cryptic does that seem?). Throughout the series, I've tried to guess how Lorelei will accomplish this. There has to be a logical way, right? I'm pretty good about guessing plots, but Darynda got the best of me. The solution is/was very logical.  All the clues where there and some readers will figure it out. I wasn't one of them this time and I loved it!

I have to be honest. I have a love/hate relationship with the ending. It ended so good, but I want more.  I want an epilogue or something. And the last page of the book will have you dying to figure out more about what will happen.

Fans of the paranormal genre (both adult and teen) should definitely give this series a try. It has an original story line, plenty of action scenes and a touch of romance.

***SPOILERS***
There were some questions that Darynda left unanswered.
What about Malak Tuk?  Really.  You can't end it like that!!
What really did happen between Cameron and Glitch?
Did Tabitha get her justice regarding the guy?
What about Jared and Loreli? How did her family/friends take the news?



About author Darynda Jones:
NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

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