ARC Review: Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones

Posted March 5, 2013 by Angela in Reviews / 16 Comments

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ARC Review: Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones
Death, Doom and Detention
by Darynda Jones

5 Stars

Released: Mar 5, 2013
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

“Ms. Jones stepped it up a bit in this second installment of Darklight series. There is more drama, action, and the plot definitely thickened. Death, Doom and Detention captured my attention right from the prologue until the heartrending end.” ~Under the Covers

Ms. Jones stepped it up a bit in this second installment of Darklight series. There is more drama, action, and the plot definitely thickened. Death, Doom and Detention captured my attention right from the prologue until the heartrending end.

Lorelei McAlister has matured since getting to know her from Death and the Girl Next Door. She has taken in the reality of being the last Prophet from the bloodline of Arabeth rather well.  She is developing her abilities to see visions from future and the past.  Also, most of her memories from her past had come back, including how her parents disappeared.  Unfortunately, as the prophecy gets closer to reality, there are people who would like to hurt her.  There are non-believers/haters that will do everything to prevent the predictions from ever happening.

Like I said, Ms. Jones stepped it up a bit.  There are more emotions in this installment and I admit to tearing up once or thrice.  Ms. Jones had started this book with Lorelei’s memories of how she lost her parents.  Let me tell you, seeing chaos unfold through six year old Lorelei was just heartbreaking.  And seeing her go through the emotions of being a teen and being the person to save the world was tough to see as well.  She whined and complained but came through each time.  It was nice to see her friends help with that as well.  Brook and Cameron also having super natural powers and Jared being the sexy brooding Angel of Death are there to keep Lorelei grounded and safe.  Their banters and comeback were just hilarious.

Along with Lorelei’s maturity, we also see a bit of development in relationships in this book, which I loved!  Her love continues for Azreal aka Jared, aka Angel of Death.  They have more issues than a normal teen of course.  Jared’s past, emotions and even his powers have developed but I don’t know if finding out his past will help with their relationship.  He is every bit as loyal, in love and very alpha towards Lorelei but out of his control, he managed to break her heart…and mine.  With one kiss, my heart dropped to the floor.  Not only that we get to know Lorelei and Jared, we see more of Brook and Cameron, Glitch and would be gal, maybe.  Love finally blooms.  And the issue with Cameron and Glitch and Jared and Cameron was somewhat resolved.Lorelei’s  ’ grandparent also has a lot more secrets up their sleeve and they are all about to blow up in their faces.  Don’t they know that honesty is the best policy when it comes to teenagers? It’s never a boring day in this small town in New Mexico.

This book felt like a mash up of the TV series Smallville and Gillmore Girls. The characters are full of funny banters, secrets, preternatural beings they have to battle, young romance and cute boys to drool over.  Without a surprise, Death, Doom and Detention is another brilliant read.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at


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I am young at heart and a die hard romantic living in California.I am happily married to a man who understands my love for reading, blogging and my book boyfriends. I have two beautiful girls who are also avid readers but forbidden to any of my books.I like running, CrossFit and eat healthy but not necessarily good at it.My motto is “I have the right to choose my calories” and often, my choice of poison is a bag of Flammin’ Hot Cheetos.

I coblog and review here at Under the Covers and occasionally review for Hot Listens.I love to read PNR, UF, Contemporary, New Adult, and Romantic Suspense. Occasionally, I will venture to Erotica, BDSM reads and rarely Historical Romance. There are some sub-genres that I don’t always enjoy, but I’m open to stepping out of my comfort zone.For the most part, as long as there’s a hint of romance, I’m pretty much in.
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16 responses to “ARC Review: Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones

  1. I must yell from the rafters about how much I LURVE and adore this woman. She is amazingly talented with the written word and makes me laugh my ass off. I have quickly learned to never consume liquids while reading her books–unless I want to snort coffee up my nose.

    And if you haven’t read this series, get busy–because it rocks!

    Great review and a 5 Star that is well deserved!

  2. Angela W

    So glad that DD&D is finally here. I was “Jonesing” for my Lorelei & Jared fix!!! Darynda is one of the most talented authors out today and I love all her books!

  3. Marie Brown

    Fantastic review! This book was wonderful and the cover just stunning! Im waiting impatiently for October and the third installment in this wonderful YA series!

  4. tiffany

    Love the interview and I don’t even have to say how much I loved the book! Darynda you save me from going crazy with my kids when I get done with everything at home I sit and enjoy your books they are great reads.

  5. Misty S.

    Really great review, thanks for sharing! I am right in the middle of reading this right now and you are right about getting hooked right from the prologue, I didn’t want to put it down from the beginning. Can’t wait to finish it! 🙂

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