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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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 www.daryndajones.com.
SWEEEEEET! For fans of this Darklight series, this is a perfect ending to the trilogy. The crew is back to help Lorelei stop the end times as prophesied. At the end of book 2, Lorelei is sent away to boarding school in Maine in order to keep her safe. But she cannot outrun her legacy and no matter where she turns, she must confront her role in stopping the destruction of the world. Therefore, she runs back home. Thank goodness!
I loved this book for so many reasons, but here are some highlights:
1. No external enemies. We no longer have to worry about the strange cult. This is just Lorelei and friends trying to figure out how to stop the end of the world.
2. Like Lorelei, I too am crushed by her burden of responsibility. Everyone is counting on her and she feels like she is in the dark.
3. There is an incredibly interesting twist at the end that I found utterly satisfying. I suspect not everyone may appreciate it, but I thought the additional tension and drama resulting from this turn was exquisite and perfectly in line with the themes of this series.
4. Despite all the drama about end times, the romance with the Angel of Death, the threat of the cult, this series boils down to the bonds of friendship. Darynda Jones could not have made this sweeter. Like I said in my review of the first book, these friendships remind me of the gang on Scooby Doo - zany, honest, troublesome, and most of all, loyal.
My one small critique is that the episode at the boarding school seems a little out of sync with the rest of the book. It sole purpose seems to be to pick up an additional character, Kenya. Don't get me wrong, Kenya plays an important role in the story, but maybe her appearance could've occurred Riley's Switch.
When I first heard that Darynda Jones was writing a Young Adult series, I wondered what it would look like. I love her Charley Davidson books for the snark, action, drama, and of course, the hot relationship with Reyes Farrow -- a lot of which is for mature (or maturer) audiences. This series shows Darynda's strengths in storytelling, world-building, and developing relationships that hits to the heart.
IN A NUTSHELL:
The perfect ending to a fun, comical, endearing series. I will miss my "Scooby gang".
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