Oct 7 2013 12:30pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Death and the Girl He Loves (October 8, 2013)

Death and the Girl He Loves by Darynda JonesDarynda Jones
Death and the Girl He Loves
St. Martin's Press / October 8, 2013 / $5.99 print, $6.76 digital

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. 

Life for Lorelei McAlister is anything but normal. For one thing, in this third and final book in Darynda Jones's Darklight trilogy, she is now Lorraine Pratt, taking on a new identity at a Maine boarding school in an attempt to protect her family and friends back home in Riley’s Switch, New Mexico. And for another, she has a bigger role she really can’t escape, no matter how far she runs: the prophet destined to thwart the apocalypse and save mankind.

I only recently found out I was apparently a prophet. I was the last prophet, in fact, that hailed from a long line of female prophets that dated back hundreds of years, beginning with my ancestor Arabeth, the first woman in human history to be burned at the stake as a witch.

Historically, anytime a woman had the gift of premonition, she was a witch. Anytime a man was born with the gift, he was a prophet. Least that was the way I saw it, and the injustice did not escape me. I’d thought of it often while holed up in a boarding school a thousand miles from my home with nothing better to do than to consider the injustice of pretty much everything on earth. World hunger. War. School uniforms.

The book opens in a new setting, where the cold drudgery of winter in the Northeast and being surrounded by strangers at a new school lends an eerie quality to the proceedings, and Lorelei’s attempts to stave off the coming war are short-lived. Fortunately, the reunion with her gang of loved ones who have always made this series something special arrives quickly, as they must band together to keep something they aren’t sure of from coming to pass. What’s so unexpected is how capable these teenagers are.

Lorelei grapples with self-doubt until her friends lovingly but firmly put her in her place. She is an incredibly relatable heroine, dealing with all the common teenage issues no matter how important she is to the fate of the world. The gradual intensifying of her supernatural abilities—seeing visions and being able to go into photographs to re-enter the past—propels the story forward. And of course, having Jared, the sexy Angel of Death, in her corner always helps.

I felt an arm around my waist as I was lifted up and back against a solid chest.

“Okay, Rocky,” Jared said, the humor in his voice apparent.

But adrenaline was rushing through me at light speed. I swung my arms, trying to get another piece of her until he wrapped his other arm around mine. His mouth was at my ear then, warm and sensual when he whispered, “Do you want a spanking, young lady?”

I stilled instantly, the thought of the Angel of Death bending me over his knee causing a second wave of adrenaline, only in other areas.




I was into BDSM.

Humor brightens the darker, heavier moments of escalating terror as the conclusion barrels forward all too soon. Time-bending elements are introduced that expand Lorelei and Jared’s love into something powerful and otherworldly, something that really will last forever. And Jones throws a big game-changer our way, a twist no one could have guessed and will be buzzing about for a long time to come.

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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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