Mar 1 2013 4:00pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Death, Doom, and Detention (March 5, 2013)

Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda JonesDarynda Jones
Death, Doom, and Detention
St. Martin's Press / March 5, 2013/ $9.99 print, digital

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?

Darynda Jones first entered the world of Young Adult with Death and the Girl Next Door; with Death, Doom, and Detention, she proves she belongs there. In the second book of the Darklight series, prophet Lorelei McAlister, her love, angel of death Jared, and her protector, nephilim Cameron, return to pick up where they left off, and barely come up for a breath in this fast-paced joy ride. Best of all, with much of the mythology established, the book is able to just get straight to the action.

Lorelei, along with her two best friends Brooklyn and Glitch, is still trying to figure out her place in high school—much less the fact that she carries the fate of the world on her shoulders. After learning that she is the key to saving mankind once the epic end war begins, then discovering that her ability to see into people's lives with prophetic visions is becoming more intense, Lorelei is dealing with a lot. And she still isn't convinced she's the right girl for the job.

“You've been acting really strange lately. I know it's a lot, everything you've been through with your parents and finding out about what happened to you as a kid, but it just seems like there's more to it than that.”

I couldn't suppress a soft laugh, though there was nothing humorous about it. “More than finding out that I led my parents to their deaths?”

She put her hands in her jacket pockets too and lowered her head in silence.
“More than finding out I was possessed by Lucifer's second-in-command and he's still inside me?”

She lifted a shoulder. “It sounds so bad when you put it that way.”

“And more than finding out my grandparents sabotaged the only real relationship I've ever had with a guy who could double as a supermodel slash international spy? More than that?”

Now there's a new kid in town, and the group quickly learns a bigger, more immediate threat looms when their fellow high school student body begins acting really strange, giving a whole new meaning to adolescent mood swings and even tapping into the fear that school isn't the safe place we'd like to imagine. And when Jared is also possessed by the dark side, Lorelei and her crusade learn that the stakes are much higher than they believed.

Jones takes high school stereotypes and gives them new meanings, her famous humor blends perfectly with the young adult genre, and the loose ends from the first book come together here. As for Lorelei and her supernatural love, there are obstacles in their way, but the feelings haven't waned, no matter how much Jared tries to keep his distance.

“Right. When they told you to stay away from me.”

“They didn't say that. Not really. They just – They reminded me of the truth.”

“Of course. And what truth would that be?”

His gaze didn't waver as he said, “That I am not worthy of you.”

If the world had fallen out from under me, I would have been less surprised.

“That I have no right to pursue you. I have nothing to offer,” he continued. “No future here on Earth.”

I was fairly certain my jaw was hanging open at that point.

“That you are destined to do great things. That you were prophesied about over four centuries ago.” He closed his eyes. “And I am nothing more than an errand boy.”

Jones continues to build the romantic tension she's known for, knowing the payoff will be the greater reward. But for Lorelei, Jared, and the rest of the group, there's strength in numbers. By the time the doom and detention is over, the war is stirring, the setting is in place for the next incredible adventure, and it's only too lucky we get to come along for the journey.


Tiffany Tyer is a writer and editor who loves reading and analyzing all things romance. She also works as a vocalist, a tutor, and a non-profit ministry assistant, and she loves it that way. Her book reviews can be found at Happy Endings Reviews, a blog she co-founded.

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