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Lorelei McAllister has lived with her grandparents in Riley’s Switch, New Mexico, since the mysterious disappearance of her parents 10 years ago. When a devastatingly gorgeous new student arrives at the local high school—at the same time that Lorelei is being stalked by a broodingly handsome classmate—she finds herself at the center of a celestial battle. Jones, making the move from writing for adults to writing for teens, has thrown every possible element into this story, and by the end of the book—the first in a trilogy—readers may find themselves slightly overwhelmed by the information dump that sets up book two. But while the plot is at times muddy, the characterization is strong, particularly in the case of Lorelei’s best friends Brooklyn and Glitch, whose authentically snarky repartee helps to balance the sillier aspects of the story (such as Lorelei’s guilt about the fact that the Angel of Death is now stuck on this earthly plane because he didn’t kill her). Hand to fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen (2009) and Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush (2009). Grades 9-12. --Kara Dean

About the Author

Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript First Grave on the Right, New York Times bestselling author DARYNDA JONES can't remember a time when she wasn't putting pen to paper.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: Darklight (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312625200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312625207
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. 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 more than 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

She can be found at http://www.daryndajones.com

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Under The Covers Book Blog on October 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Darynda Jones is an automatic follow for me since reading the fantastic Charlie Davidson series. I am not much of a Young Adult reader but I am glad I gave this book a try because I absolutely enjoyed it.

Lorelei McAllister is a 16year old very quirky, very sarcastic and an independent girl with the ability to see visions with a mere touch. With her BFFs Glitch and Brooke, they try to unveil the mystery of the two very hot boys who suddenly became interested in Lorelei...in a stalker kind of way. She also discovers a few more things, such as her parents' disappearance, her grandparents secret and the history of her ancestors that makes the very being that she is now...the history goes way back.

Lorelei reminded me of a young Charlie, both having natural abilities that goes hand in hand with death, sort of. Jared aka Azriel as a young Reyes aka Rey'aziel also have some similarities. Reyes comes from evil and Jared doesn't, but both are very mysterious and their main goal is their heroines' safety and protection. I almost expected to find out that they were somehow connected. Lorelei and Jared were great together but you can see that there will be a complicated relationship between them. The steam factor between them is very mild but the attraction is definitely palpable.

Lorelei's BFFs, Glitch, Brooklyn and friend Cameron definitely have some kind of love triangle there. And there is a big mystery between the tree boys that kept the mystery going through out the book. The mystery goes on with the disappearance of Lorelei's parents and the connection between the boys and the local town's people.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shanna Harris on October 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
*I received a complimentary copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Death and the Girl Next Door was an enticing start to a new Paranormal YA series by the bestselling author Darynda Jones.

Lorelei MacAlister looks like your average sophomore in high school. She tries to stay of the radar as much as possible; she has two of the greatest best friends a girl could ask for. She also has the full support and love of her grandparents. And with the tenth anniversary of her parents' disappearance coming up, she needs all the support she can get.
Ten years ago, both of her parents vanished without a trace, leaving a permanent void in her heart. Most teenagers would fall apart if they were in her shoes but Lorelei isn't like most teens.

Lorelei is gifted in the oddest way. She not even sure how it works most of the time but sometimes when she touches people, she gets flashes of visions. More often than not, they are just pieces of nonsense and she just tries to ignore them. That was until she accidentally touches the dark and sexy new kid, Jared Kovach. The vision that assaulted her senses was violent and terrifying, unlike anything she has ever witnessed before.
She couldn't make any sense of the otherworldly scene but whom or whatever Jared was, she craved his presence.

To make matters worse, Lorelei is being stalked by a loner student, Cameron Lusk. She has no idea why she's the center of attention all of sudden after years of invisibility but she has a feeling it has to do with Jared. Both boys make no effort to hide their immediate hostility toward one another. But when their rivalry hits a breaking point, Lorelei finds herself in the middle of a supernatural war of epic proportions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HD on February 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
I had truly high hopes for this book. When I was told by the publisher that they would send me a copy for review, I literally told just about everyone I knew - I was so very excited to be able to read Darynda Jones' take on a young adult novel. What makes me so sad to say, is that I was incredibly disappointed.

Let me explain.

There were a few things wrong here. Firstly, I could tell it was the author's first venture into young adult. It was too formulaic. The slightly socially outcast heroine, the small group of rag-tag friends, the lack of any realistic feeling of a teenage life - etc. It felt a lot like someone trying to write a young adult voice. And it just came off really skin deep to me. I didn't connect at all to the characters.

Another issue I had was that nothing really happened. And then when something finally DID happen, the main character was just too busy being an "average teenager" or whatever was trying to be portrayed, that she just got on my nerves for being so clueless. Like - it's pretty obvious what's happening here, and I just felt myself wanting to smack her up the back of her head and tell her to stop acting so clueless.

In true Darynda Jones fashion, there were some seriously funny one-liners in there. It wasn't an awful book. But for me, it just didn't measure up to the platform that recent books have taken this 'young adult' genre to. It felt like what was expected from a young adult book 5 years ago. Not what you expect today in a young adult book - which is a breathless story, something that makes you think, something that pulls you in, etc.

At least that's what I expect from my young adult fiction these days. And I've read enough books recently to know that there are plenty out there that are willing to live up to this expectation. Unfortunately, Death and the Girl Next Door just didn't happen to be one of these.
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