Series: Darklight #2
Date Published: March 5th 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
Description: In New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones's Death, Doom and Detention, the normal part of Lorelei MacAlister's life didn't just slip away quietly the day Jared Kovach came to town. Nope. The normal part of her life shattered. It exploded. It burst into a gazillion shards of fleeting light.It went out with a bang.Goodbye normal.Hello dark and eerie.While her best friend, Brooklyn, is focusing all of her energy on helping Lorelei hone her abilities, Lorelei is dealing with the reality that Satan's second in command has taken up residence inside her body. Oh, and the fact that she has a crush on the Angel of Death. But what a beautiful death it is. If those weren't bad enough, something sinister has come to town and it wants nothing more than to hear Lorelei's dying breath as it strangles it out of her. Thank goodness the gang has a supernatural champion. But what happens when the only being who can save them switches sides midstream? How can a group of misfits capture one of the most powerful beings ever created? And will they find out how to bring Jared back to them before it's too late?
Death, Doom and Detention struck me as a fun title with an intriguing blurb – so I decided to give it a listen. I loved the prologue in all the creepy glory. I really enjoyed the refreshing jumping right into the story with the heroine and her friends already knowing about the Supernatural world around them and what/who the heroine is. I was so excited that it didn’t fall into one of those YA tropes of spending half the first book with the characters not knowing anything and the heroine not knowing about her special abilities. Only after halfway through the book did I realize this is the second book in the series. Oops. [Later I went on to read book 1, which sadly is exactly how I described above.] I did like how it read like a standalone, so the fact that I didn’t read the books in order didn’t change my enjoyment of this book.
I loved the group of friends being all Scooby Gang and protective. I’m enjoying all the different creatures – a prophet, Nephilim, an Angel of Death, demons, etc. I did find interesting character parallels between this series and the Charley Davidson, however. Lorelei is very much a YA version of sassy Charley, and her best friend, Brooklyn, reminds me of Cookie. Even Jared is a bit like Reyes in the way he is described. Of course, having the same narrator in the audiobook doesn’t help, so I’m making comparisons left and right.
The plot was pretty interesting, with classmates starting to act very strange and someone trying to kill our heroine. It sounds like the big battle has been saved for the 3rd book and I’m already getting it from the library as we speak.