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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones

I'm extremely happy to be part of the "Death, Doom and Detention" by Darynda Jones 
Book Blog Tour! 

Below is my review and don't forget to read til the end as there's an awesome giveaway!!

Death, Doom and Detention
(Darklight Series, Bk 2)
By Darynda Jones


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.

Goodbye normal.

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?

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Viviana's Review:
It was nice to read about the gang again. Lorelei, Brooklyn and Glitch band together with Cameron and Jared to stop a war though they don't know when it will begin. All they know is they must protect the prophet!
As this is the second book in the "Darklight" series, one always fears that half of the book may be a recap of  the first book. Thankfully, this isn't the case with DDD!! Darynda does a great job of informing readers of events and details from "Death and the Girl Next Door" (review here) but it's not a retelling. This in fact, can be read as stand alone book, but why would you want to?

As I previously said, the gang is back, so we get to know them better. Lorelei's gift has developed and seems that it will continue to grow. Brooklyn is a true BFF to Lorelei; not only supporting her as she learns that not everything she thought was true is, but also by being the rock Lorelei needs, the reality check she needs from time to time, and that loud voice needed to shake off the self wallowing Lorelei falls into from time to time. Glitch continues to be the comic relief of the group but he quickly learns that not everything is a joke or can be solved with humor. He's also trying to figure out how exactly he fits in within the new, expanding gang. He was the only guy, but now, they have Cameron and Jared.

Speaking of Cameron and Jared - YUMMY! Ahhh,  I mean based on what I read and was told by Lorelei and Brooklyn they believe them to be "hot" (lol - phew, I feel better now! Minors and all).

Cameron is "The Loner" but is learning to be part of "The Gang". His first priority though is to keep Lorelei safe! Which "The Gang" doesn't always make it easy for him as they tend to forget to tell him some important events and/or information. They quickly learn that its better to clue him in on their plans as he will always find out and that he does have their best interest in mind.

Jared is the Angel of Death and his mission is to protect the prophet. His feelings for Lorelei have developed into more than he believed possible but her grandparents are against them being together. I get it, he's literally the Angel of Death and technically significantly order than she is. They know what Jared is capable of and that there is darkness within him. Yet, we know what happens when the love interests are forbidden to be together.

I'm happy that the adults in the book are more present than in most YAs. I do wish they would be more forth coming with Lorelei then they have been. The reality is they want her to behave as an adult, she has a huge responsibility placed upon her and she has no choice in the matter, yet, they do not provide her with information she needs to know.

The pace of the book is good and again, Darynda's writing style is evident. This was very entertaining and I'm looking forward to the third installment "Death and the Girl He Loves".

Rating: 4 Stars - I Loved It! 

About the Author: 

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.

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  1. Great review Viv!!! I really enjoyed DD&D also and look forward to the final book!

  2. I am really looking forward to this! Thank you.

  3. I enjoyed this one too and I've got the final book pre-ordered! Great review Viv! :-)

  4. Great review Viviana!! I really enjoyed DDD too. Darynda is just so awesome! :D

  5. Halfway through the audiobook and loving it! Darynda Jones and Lorelei King (narrator) are a fabulous duo!

  6. Loved the Review! Im so looking forward to October and Death and the Girl He Loves!

  7. There's a lot to love about YA books. One thing I appreciate is the variety of fabulous books out there that wasn't available back when I was actually YA! LOL I also enjoy watching the characters mature, become comfortable with who they are, and figuring out what they want out of life and love.

  8. I agree about the "minors and all" feeling. But then, they have very old souls. Does that help? ~Angela

  9. Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy.

  10. I love the romance! The innocence and awkwardness of it all. Love how they actually focus on getting to know each other first.

    great review!

  11. Thanks for sharing. I love Darynda and am loving this book!

  12. I loved this book I already have the third preorder! I will say it's going to suck when this series is over but I know it will be a happy ending!

  13. Really looking forward to getting the chance to read this!

  14. I love being brought back to a more innocent time in my life. Thanks for the chance to win

    Jolene A