“Death, Doom, and Detention”—A Book Review

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Death, Doom, and Detention by Darynda Jones was kind of a letdown after the first book in the series, Death and the Girl Next Door.

The first book in the Darklight series was extremely witty, snarky, and action packed. The second installment, however, I found to be extremely lacking.

I feel like nothing much really happened in the sequel. We basically just followed the main characters around school while their peers may or may not have been possessed by evil spirits. The hot guy (the Archangel of Death) Lorelei is crushing on is absent for most of the novel. And even when stuff is “happening” it wasn’t very exciting. I never really felt the suspense like I did with the first book.  

While the dialogue was still pretty fantastic and snarky, I just wasn’t feeling it with this one. Sadly, I have to give it two out of five stars.

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“Sea Change”—A Book Review

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Sea Change by Aimee Friedman is an enchanting summer tale. If you like mermaids, islands, and romance, this quick beach read is not to be missed!

Having just split with her boyfriend, and fought with her best friend, Miranda is totally fine with leaving New York for the summer. Her summer destination: Selkie Island, near the Georgia coast, to help her mother clean out and organize her late grandmother’s estate home known as The Mariner.

On the ferry ride over to the island, she hears a lot of gossip about Selkie Island, and many people warn her to beware of the mist that surrounds the isle. Upon arriving, Miranda quickly hears gossip of mermaids who can emerge from the ocean and walk on the shore.

And of course, a cute guy is involved. Miranda soon meets Leo, a mysterious islander with emerald green eyes and (naturally) she falls for him and begins meeting him on the beach, amongst the mist.

“Leo kissed languidly, a kiss like he had all the time n the world, a kiss as hot and slow as the summer itself. I understood why people sometimes went crazy, risked everything for a kiss.”

Then, as Miranda stumbles across books on selkies, mermaids, and mermen among her grandmother’s possessions, she can’t help her roaming imagination as she wonders about Leo’s amazing ocean-swimming abilities and the fact that he seems to just “appear” out of the water.

“I wanted to tell Leo that I’d imagined him as a merman so he could laugh with me too. But the mere word was too absurd to even say out loud. Merman.”

While the characters are only surface deep, this magical story gets a three out of five stars from me. If you’re looking for a light beach reach, Sea Change is the book for you!

“Die For Me”—A Book Review

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“There was something dangerous about him, as there was about all the revenants. Just knowing that a fatal accident could be right around the corner must make humans more cautious, a trait that Vincent and his fellow revenants didn’t possess. Their lack of fear of injury, or even death, gave them a reckless confidence that was both thrilling and terrifying.”

Die For Me by Amy Plum completely plunged me into the romantic world that is Paris: Tiny cafés, the Seine River, The City of Lights. Now just add to that a romance with an otherworldly, dangerous, beautiful guy and you have yourself a recipe for a thrilling, amorous tale!

Both of Kate’s parents have died, leaving her and her older sister Georgia to pack up their New York lives and move to Paris to live with their grandparents. While Georgia deals with her grief by partying and being a social butterfly, Kate closes herself off to everything and everyone, finding solace only through the escape of reading.

“I had begun to feel like I was encased in a layer of ice. I was cold inside. But I clung to the coldness for dear life: Who knew what would happen if I let the ice thaw and actually began to feel things again?”

 “My mom said I was an escapist at heart…that I preferred imaginary worlds to the real one. It’s true that I’ve always been able to yank myself out of this world and plunge myself into another.”

But then, Kate meets Vincent: dark wavy hair, piercing blue eyes, chiseled features all over. As Kate starts to spend time with Vincent, slowly the ice begins to melt. However, when things seem too good to be true, it’s usually because they are.

You see, Vincent isn’t a normal human guy. He and his “family” have a specific destiny they are ordained to fulfill. This particular fate scares the crap out of Kate, and she tries to run from it—tries to wall herself up in the confines of her bedroom. But in the end, she just can’t resist the call to be with Vincent—finally ready to open her heart again.

Will Kate risk it all just to have her heart crushed again? Is letting herself love again worth the risk? You’ll just have to read this book and find out 😉

Four out of Five stars for this intriguing Paranormal Romance with a fascinating new lore.

“Death and the Girl Next Door”—A Book Review

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Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones was a surprisingly entertaining read.

The plot is pretty much ridiculous, but the writing is very smart. The wit and humor in this book had me laughing out loud on nearly every page.

Lorelei’s parents disappeared ten years ago, and she has been living with her grandparents ever since, in the small town of Riley’s Switch, New Mexico. With her (also incredibly short) best friends, Brooklyn and Glitch, life isn’t completely horrible. At least her band of misfits keep her entertained.

Oh yeah, and Lorelei sometimes has visions when she touches someone. While at their favorite coffee shop hangout one day, Lorelei accidentally touches a stranger’s arm on the way to the bathroom and has the most bizarre vision ever—one that involves said gorgeous stranger battling a beast-monster.

And to top of the weird vision, her classmate since kindergarten, Cameron, has taken to stalking her. Like really stalking her, lurking outside of her house all night and whatnot. And when the gorgeous new stranger shows up at their school as a new student, it appears that Cameron has a bone to pick with him. The new guy, Jared, is interested in Lorelei and Cameron is determined not to let him get anywhere near her.

Sounds like your typical teenage love triangle novel right? Wrong.

Turns out Jared is some kind of Reaper and comes to Earth to collect souls…or something like that. And Cameron is some kind of not-quite-entirely-human being, hell bent on not letting Jared take Lorelei.

Like I said, the plot isn’t really all that great, but the fun and quippy dialogue more than makes up for it. It at least amused me enough to want to read the sequel. All in all, I give this book three out of five stars.

 

Here is a steamy scene to tantalize your taste buds:

 “And Jared’s hand on my back pulled me closer, molded me to him. The kiss deepened. He slid his tongue along my mouth, and I parted my lips to let him enter. When his tongue slipped inside, a tingling sensation raced through me. It pooled deep in my abdomen, liquid and hot.

He pulled me tighter and walked me back to a wall, pushed me against it and pressed into me. His body, solid and strong, felt like molten steel against mine. His lungs labored as he explored my mouth with his tongue. I savored his taste, sweet like candy.

Bracing one hand against the wall, he tore away from the kiss. But he didn’t let me go. Instead, he placed his forehead on the wall beside me, panting, his muscles constricted as if in pain. “I’m sorry,” he said, his voice husky and soft.”