Sunday, September 29, 2013

Review: Death and the Girl He Loves (Darklight, #3)


Death, and the Girl He Loves (Darklight, #3)Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Darklight, #3
Release date: October 8th 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Paperback, 272 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

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.

Death and the Girl he Loves appears to be the last book in Darynda Jones’ Darklight series (or apparently a trilogy – I must have been living under a rock), and as such, it is the best one by far. The first two books have been pleasant enough, but not extraordinary or even particularly memorable. With this third book, however, I can say that my opinion of the entire trilogy and of Darynda as a YA author went up a notch.

Still, the improvement didn’t erase the fact that this trilogy felt forced from the very beginning, almost like Darynda wrote it because she felt she needed to for some reason, and never really took the time to think things through. In all honesty, I never felt that she put her heart into it like I feel with her Charley Davidson series. This was more of a byproduct, here because someone somewhere thought Darynda needs to write for a younger audience too.

The thing is, it doesn’t suit her, it really doesn’t. She shines the brightest when she can let loose, make borderline inappropriate jokes full of sexual innuendo, all of which YA simply doesn’t allow. So while this was pleasant and entertaining, it was a far cry from Darynda’s usual standard.

I suppose it took placing Lorelei into an entirely unfamiliar environment to make this series somewhat more interesting for me. I didn’t think I’d appreciate her being taken away from everything and everyone she knows, but without her grandparents, Brooklyn, Glitch and even Jared, I finally got a better sense of her as a character and I must say I started to appreciate her more. Lorelei always seemed so young to me, which is part of the reason why I never warmed up to her entirely, but this time, I felt closer to her than ever.

In the first part of the book, Lorelei is hiding in an elite school in a different state and under a different name. Then she starts getting constant visions about the end of the world and she realizes that she accomplished nothing by leaving her home and her friends. In fact, her grandparents’ decision just made things worse. So she goes back and she rejoins the Order in the attempt to stop the gates of hell from opening and swallowing world as we know it.

The final battle was perhaps a bit choppy and awkward, but it did result in what I appreciate the most – a long Happily Ever After I could bask in to my heart’s content. I think it’s fairly obvious that I have some mixed feelings about this trilogy as a whole, but I do think it’s worth reading. Even subdued, Darynda’s humor is better than most, and as I always say, she doesn’t take herself too seriously, which is a quality I certainly appreciate. Also, Jared’s really hot, so there's that to consider.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.

17 comments:

  1. LOVE that last line! ;) I'm not sure if I'll be picking this trilogy up - after all, I'm not one to slog through weak starts - but I do like the concept of this series. I'm glad that this book seems the best, but then again, it's a shame the series as a whole seems so forced. I need to return to Charley Davidson to give it another shot, I think - I desperately want to be on the bandwagon with this authors books. Lovely review, Maja - I love your honesty. :)

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  2. As much as I hate cheesiness and perfect endings, I can't help but love hailly ever afters that are slightly open ended, they're the best.

    Great review as always, Maja! <33

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  3. I feel the same way about Sherrilyn Kenyon's The Chronicles of Nick - the whole series and the writing in particular felt too manufactured for my taste. And yet, I keep buying the books (personal problem). I'm a huge fan, though, that's why I can't resist.

    I haven't read this series yet but I don't know if I will. I'm trying not to spend too much time reading mediocre books nowadays but sometimes, you don't realize it's mediocre until you're almost at the end. :)

    Great review, as usual, Maja.

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  4. I should check it out as I love her adult series

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  5. I am still sad this series doesn't live up to her adult series, which I adore, but I am glad the last book was even better and more satisfying. Yours is the first review I have read on it and it is nice to see that there has been improvement on it. I read the first book and liked it but, yeah, I didn't love it. I will definitely be reading the second and third though when I find the time.

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  6. I am glad this brought the series up a notch. I adore Jones' adult series, but after reading book one decided to forgo this series. I felt bad since I adore her, but like you said it felt forced and awkward at best. Wonderful review.

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  7. At least J is hot and there's an HEA, sorry to hear some was forced though

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  8. There are so many YA titles written by writers who usually write really good adult novels that feel forced and almost manufactured. It's like the publisher/publicist/author decided that, hey, it's a good market with big readership that can bring lots of money, so let's give it a shot. But sadly, it rarely works out well. There will always be something off about YA books written by writers of adult fic. They just don't feel right. For example, I hated Project Cain even though the adult version of it wasn't all that bad at all.

    Thanks for a great and honest review! :)

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  9. I never started this series mostly because these books were avarage for everyone and I didn't want to waste my time when there is so many amazing books that I must read. Anyhow I'm glad to hear that this one was actually great.

    Great review Maja :)

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  10. Haha I love how you just threw in that last line of Jared being really hot in the end. I remember you having a few issues with the first two books in this series, and I completely understand that seeing how you've been a huge fan of Darynda's previous work. So I'm glad that this final book did meet your expectations somewhat. Another lovely review hun! :)

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  11. I'm glad you thought this book was a fitting end, no matter how perfectly wrapped up! I haven't heard of this series at all but the story seems interesting and the covers are eye-catching.

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  12. I still need to read book 2 so I skimmed through your review Maja, and I agree that this series is not as good as her Charley Davidson one, not at all! I'm glad to hear that it ended with a book that's better than the previous, cause book 1 was entertaining... but I couldn't help comparing it to Charley's series...
    Thanks for your review!

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  13. "Also, Jared’s really hot, so there's that to consider." Haha, this is definitely central to my decision making process, so I'm glad you threw that in. :-) I'm of course behind on this series (I feel like that's my default statement lately because there are so many series to read), but I'm looking forward to catching up and reading this one. Even though the experience was a bit mixed for you, it sounds like overall it's a series worthy of my time (plus I don't mind hearing I have a HEA to look forward to). Lovely review!

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  14. I have heard a lot mixed things about this series and your thoughts that Darynda just doesn't write YA as well, seems to be what many think. I'm not sure if I'll read this series. I still have the rest of the Charley books to read. But I'm glad this one went up a notch from the previous two.

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  15. I'm not sure I want to bother with this series after hearing you're middling feelings on it. I do like the Charley Davidson series, but I wouldn't want to read anything that's just mediocre. I love the covers, though! Great review, Maja! :)

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  16. Okay, so I'm definititly not going to read this series because I've read enough non-memorable, average books this month and I don't want to add anything else. Though I love how you ended your review. A hot guys is usually enough for me to say yes to a book, but this time it's different. Though I've heard great things about Charley Davidson series and I know that you're a fan of it, so I might give that a try. Great review, Maja!

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  17. I'm glad you think this is the best one so far! I had mixed thoughts about the first book, but I do think I'll eventually continue with the series. I definitely plan to get through the Charley books first though. I enjoyed the first instalment there so much more. Thanks for the helpful review, Maja!

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