Monday, March 11, 2013

Death, Doom and Detention (Darklight #2) Blog Tour

Death, Doom and Detention (Darklight #2) by Darynda Jones
4/5 Stars
Published: March 5th 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Darklight #2
ISBN: 0312625219

Book Description:
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 side’s 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 starts out pretty much where book one left off. Lorelei learned in book one that she has a Demon residing in her body hitching a ride and Brooklyn her best friend is trying to get her to use her powers so she can practice and learn her abilities.

But things take a turn for the worst when Jared goes missing for a few days, when he shows up again he does not seem quite like himself and most importantly how do they get him back on their said again?  

Darynda Jones has done an amazing job yet again with this second book in the series. It’s a little bit darker then the first one and that is one of the things I love about this second book, that and we get to know a little bit more about the order and what they do. We don’t really see too much of Jared in this book, and we get more Lorelei. Don’t freak out Jared fans I love him too he is in here just not as much as the last book. I did not really mind that because I really liked learning more about the other characters as well. That is one of the things I love about Darynda’s writing is that you not only get to know the main two characters but a few of the other ones as well.

I would not say this one has a lot of action like the last one but it had no trouble keeping my attention because of all the mystery unfolded in this story. I really, really can’t wait till book 3.


Chapter One

“Is this class ever going to end?”

My best friend, Brooklyn, draped her upper body across her
desk in a dramatic reenactment of Desdemona’s death in Othello.
She buried her face in a tangle of arms and long black hair for
effect. It was quite moving. And while I appreciated her freedom
to express her misgivings about the most boring class since
multi-celled organisms first crawled onto dry land, I wondered
about her timing.

“Miss Prather,” our Government teacher, Mr. Gonzales, said,
his voice like a sharp crack in the silence of study time.

Brooklyn jerked upright in surprise. She glanced around as
our classmates snickered, either politely into their hands or more
rudely outright.

“Is there something you’d like to share with the class?”

She turned toward Mr. Gonzales and asked, “Did I say that
out loud?”

The class erupted in laughter as Mr. G’s mouth formed a long
narrow line across his face. As though a miracle from heaven,
the bell rang and Brooklyn couldn’t scramble out of her seat fast
enough. She practically sprinted from the room. I followed at a
slower pace, smiling meekly as I walked past Mr. G’s desk.
Brooklyn stood waiting for me in the hall, her face still frozen
in surprise.

“That was funny,” I said, tugging her alongside me. She fell
in line as we wound through the crush of students, fighting our
way to PE. I wasn’t sure why. I didn’t particularly enjoy having
my many faults and numerous shortcomings put on display for
all to see, so why I would fight to get there was beyond me.

“No, really.” She tucked an arm through mine. “I didn’t mean
to say that out loud.”

I couldn’t help but smile despite the weight on my chest, a
weight that seemed to be endless. “Which is why that was funny.”
I did that a lot lately. Smiled. It was easier than explaining
why I wasn’t.

“You don’t get it,” she said. “This is exactly what I’ve been
talking about. Everything is weird ever since . . . you know.”

I did know. Ever since Jared Kovach came to town. Ever
since he’d saved my life after a huge green delivery truck
slammed into me. Ever since we’d found out he was the Angel
of Death and he had been sent not to save my life but to take it.
To tweak the timing. To take me sooner than nature— or a huge
green delivery truck— had intended.

And ever since I found out I’d been possessed by a demon
when I was six years old.

Still, that wasn’t the worst part of that day all those years ago.
The worst part was the fact that my parents were gone. Vanished
in a whirlwind when some guy— we still had no idea who—
opened the gates of hell. And I’d led them straight to it. The fact
that a demon—Malak-Tuke, to be exact, Lucifer’s second in command—
escaped from his fiery pit and decided to crash at my
place was just the icing on the cake. But I didn’t know any of
this until two months ago.

I’d been living with my grandparents since the disappearance,
but my semi- normal existence changed forever when I was
knocked into the street by a skateboarder and hit by that truck.
That near- death experience taught me a valuable lesson:
Never get hit by a huge green delivery truck if I can help it. But
if I hadn’t, if my life hadn’t almost ended that day, then Jared
Kovach would not have been sent. And oddly enough, Jared Kovach
was definitely worth the risk.

The events that followed were both terrifying and life changing.
I learned that there really was a heaven and a hell. That
there really were angels and demons. That I was a prophet, the
last prophet in a long line of incredible women, descended from
a powerful woman named Arabeth. And I’d learned that I had a
demon inside me, that I’d had him inside me for years.

Even Jared had never seen anything like it. Most people possessed
by evil spirits were lucky to survive. People possessed by
demons— a rarity, from what I’d been told— never survived more
than a month. Ever. And yet here I stood. As possessed as a girl
with a demon inside her could be.

And, yes, things had been weird.

Author Bio:

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at

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  1. Reading DD&D right now & love it!

  2. Great review! I finished DDD a few days ago and loved it!

  3. Loved your review. There is SO VERY MUCH to love about Darynda Jones's books, especially with this YA series. She is so dang talented at creating plots that reel you in from the get-go and just keeps you guessing throughout the whole book. Even though there isn't err..any sex, there is ALWAYS plenty of steamy scenes anyway.

  4. I really love the strong female characters that YA's have lately. It's a great trend. I also like looking back at being that "age" and thinking how I would have handled things.
    I love all of Darynda's books. Charley got me hooked and this is just as good :).
    Thank you.

  5. Love reading YA, always that kick*ss heroine, capable and that´s something great to read when you´re younger. Great reading now, as well =D
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Tuesday!
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

  6. Thanks for all the kind words, all!!! And thank you so much to Starry Night for this review!!! This site rocks!

  7. Great review. I've got to get this book pronto!

  8. Thanks for sharing this! I am almost done with this book and its so good! :)

  9. I really enjoyed this book I wish Oct was here already!


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