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Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight, 1) Paperback – October 2, 2012
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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.
"Unique, witty, and touching―I LOVED THIS BOOK!" ―P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author of The House of Night Series
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312625200
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312625207
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.68 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lorelei has had a weird and interesting life so far. And weird and interesting friends to top it off, but back to her life. Lorelei, since a toddler, has always had visions that come and go as they please. Sometimes they are utter nonsense, and at other times they are very eerie predictions of the future. But after slightly brushing by a hot stranger she receives the weirdest vision of all. The hot stranger dressed in weird garb battling scary monster type things. Lorelei pushes the vision out of the way, more intent on the hotness of said boy, but imagine her surprise when the guy shows up the next day at her school! And an even bigger surprise? When he blows off the popular chick to sit with her and her two best friends, Glitch and Brooklyn. But while Lorelei's head is halfway up to cloud nine to find Jared next to her, she also has a very real and immediate fear of Cameron who has not only taken to staring at her intently, but also to an extremely bad habit of stalking her. Talk about a freak out, especially as Cameron is the loner bad boy type who has never taken a liking to any of the females throwing their selves at his blonde chiseled body. And before she can even feel a hint of flattery, Lorelei realizes quickly that there is bad blood between the two boys, and affection seems to be the last thing on Cameron's mind. The two have a definite mutual hate going on, and she seems to be in the middle of it without even knowing why. But leave it to this curious teen to trail after them to get answers, especially after nearly dying, being kidnapped, and either having hallucinations or testifying to the fact that she witnessed actual magic ability surrounding the two fighting boys. Lorelei, who believed life couldn't get more boring, is about to find out just how interesting it really is!
Death and the Girl Next Door was full of LOL moments. The dialogue was witty, fun, and fresh, and had me laughing at the most inappropriate times. (That'll teach me to read in public places). The characters themselves were full of life and a good dose of personality and charm that made each one unique. However, the actual plot had me hanging. I won't ruin it for other people, but let me say Jared was not what I thought he was going to be. I mean...it says "death" in the title, which immediately had images of the grim reaper filling my head. Unfortunately for me, I was every which way from wrong. The plot took a weird turn for me as soon as what Jared really is was fleshed out (most probably due to my prior imaginings), and while it was still highly entertaining, after finishing it I feel like a read a cult novel instead of a fun YA book. Maybe cult is too harsh a word for it as it isn't a deep book, but you get my drift. Also from the synopsis, and cover art, I thought this was going to be a love triangle, but imagine my sadness when I find out is isn't. Death and the Girl Next Door was still a fun read, and I do recommend it, but I vote if you can find it at your local library to borrow it instead of purchasing.
Lorelei is a normal teenager living life in Riley's Switch, NM. She, along with her best buds, Brooklyn and Switch, hang out at the local coffee shop, relentlessly tease one another, and love and support each other. Cameron, a notorious loner and classmate since elementary school, takes a sudden interest in Lorelei. Everywhere she is, so is he. She thinks he is stalking her but she has no idea why. One day in to this mix a new hot, hot, hunk enrolls in school - Jared Kovach. Lorelei and Jared are instantly drawn to one another and inexplicably, Cameron and Jared are immediately hostile to one another. Does Cameron know something that the others don't? Who is this new guy and why is he drawn to Lorelei? What does this have to do with her parents' disappearance?
If you have read Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series, you know that you will meet crazy characters both in the moral and supernatural realms. You will experience the kinds of friendships in her books that make you want to go out, hang with your friends, and do something crazy, you know, like expelling a poltergeist from a haunted house. The characters do NOT disappoint. Secondary characters contribute importantly to the overall story and they are all quirky. When Jared speaks I can't help but think of Mr. Spock, just sayin'. With their antics, the gang reminds me of the Scooby Friends from my childhood Saturday morning cartoons. The only thing missing is the Scooby snacks.
Darynda Jones' successfully captures the right voice of the Young Adult audience. The voice is fun and mature, light and heavy. Her teenagers have real conversations that sound like teenagers, not like adults in teenage bodies.
It is a good thing that Death, Doom, and Detention will be published next year because I'm already hankering for a little more Jared and Lorelei.
I love the Trio of Lorelei, Brooklyn and Glitch. They do not really go by the typical book version of a group of friends. Nothing happens, like lie and betrayal, like when there is a fight and everyone has to make up and come together. Lorelei, Brooklyn, and Glitch are true friends, that joke together, follow each other on adventures, scheme together, and support each other no matter what. They truly love each other.
The group as individuals have very similar traits that can be described as funny, spunky, kind, and smart. That why they can all get along so well. Then enters Cameron and Jared who add to the group. They have the supernatural element and they are gorgeous, so you can't go wrong there.
No this is not a love triangle Lorelei has only one love interest. I really do like this couple mash up. I really think that Lorelei is really suited for him. I think another pairing is going to happen with two other characters in book 2, so I can't wait to see that happen.
The ending was a total shock. I didn't see that coming and I am curious to see how this is going to play out. I already have book 2 and I will be getting book 3. I look forward to reading more.
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Doch scheint sie auch ein anderer Schüler neulich geradezu zu verfolgen, Cameron (auch ein machtfolles, überirdisches Wesen wie sie herausfindet)
Immer beglitet von ihren besten Freunden Glitch und Brooke versucht die das Rätsel um die beiden mysteriösen Boys uns einer immer wiederkehrenden dunklen Vision zu lösen und wird dabei fast ihr Leben lassen. Ihr bleibt nichts anderes übrig als auf den mächtigen "Bösen" zu vertrauen um nicht in die Finsternis zu gleiten.
Auch die Tatsache, dass ihre Eltern vor vielen Jahren spurlos von der Erde verschwunden sind lässt ihr keine Ruhe...
Die Geschichte hat Tiefgang, die Charktäre sind Glaubwürdig. Man taucht schnell in Loreleis Welt ein und wird mitgerissen . Darynda versteht es einen zu fesseln und man will das Buch nicht mehr aus der Hand legen. Spannung pur! Ich kann es kaum erwarten das nächste Buch zu lesen! Wer Charley Davidson liebt wird auch dieses Buch lieben! Sarkasmus incl.
Auch für Erwachsene ein absolutes Muss!