Review: Death, and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones

January 29, 2014 Book Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review: Death, and the Girl He Loves by Darynda JonesDeath, and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones
Series: Darklight #3
Also in this series: Death and the Girl Next Door, Death, Doom, and Detention
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 8, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, YA
Pages: 272
Source: Amazon
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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.

I had a range of feelings while reading this, and I will do my best to explain why without spoilers. Of course since this is the last in a trilogy, this review could mention somethings from the previous two books but at this point it is unavoidable.

After deciding everyone would be better off without her, Lor is attempting to settle in at a boarding school, but not only does she not fit in, she has no one she can lean on when her visions assault her. And assault her they do. So at this point I am mad and confused. Mad at Lor and her grandparents for sending her away, and confused because Jared and Cameron can’t find her. Really? But she is missing everyone, especially Jared, so she goes into the picture she has of him, and we find out there is something a little different about this picture.

Well after a series of somewhat predictable events, she goes home, with a new tag a long. I felt like the friend could have gotten some more face time, because I never felt like I got to know her. And when we get back home all of a sudden Jared is all over Lor – where at the end of the last book he was practically ignoring her? There was a sudden character change and I didn’t see it.

Something else – and I LOVE Jared – I wanted to get to know him more. There were some things he said, especially near the end of the book, that were never really explained. We were left to draw our own conclusions and while I think I know what he means, I really wanted confirmation.

So being the end of the trilogy, of course the big confrontation takes place in this story. And that took a turn I wasn’t expecting. At first it kind of mad me angry but as it went on I thought it was perfect.

All in all, I thought the whole trilogy was entertaining, though somewhat predictable and not life changing. But it was certainly worth the time I spent over the holidays being sucked into the world!


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