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Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Synopsis: 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


Review: Death and The Girl Next Door is a unique young adult paranormal about a girl who is caught in the middle of death and a battle between two supernatural hotties. I really enjoyed this story because it was so different from your average YA paranormal. Although it seems like the story has this crazy love triangle going on, it surprisingly doesn't really involve Lorelei. Let me just say that I really loved the characters throughout this story. The build up with the mystery between Jared and Cameron was intense and it was a great addition. It really complicated Lorelei's life and I loved that we saw those complications and disruptions played out. As characters I wasn't really sure who to root for because they were all so vivid and well rounded. I thought it was super creepy in the beginning how Cameron is just supposedly stalking Lorelei all over. I mean wouldn't you freak out if someone was standing out side your house, watching you, as it rained outside. I think one of the things that I was disappointed with was I was under the impression that the love triangle would be between Jared, Cameron and Lorelei. From the beginning you can tell right off that Lorelei already has a prefence toward Jared. Overall, Death and The Girl Next Door is an entertaining and interesting read. I would highly recommend this to YA readers


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