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DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION by Darynda Jones

DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION

By Darynda Jones

Age Range: 14 - 18

Pub Date: March 15th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-312-62521-4
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Demons, prophets, possession, hot Angels of Death!

 Sixteen-year-old Lorelei’s parents were killed by a vicious demon, an act she witnessed at age 6. After the demon took care of her parents, he jumped straight into Lorelei’s body, and she’s been possessed by him ever since. Now she’s living with her grandparents in Riley’s Switch, N.M., and discovers that she’s a prophet, descended from a long line of tough, powerful women who help safeguard the world from the forces of evil. In her first novel for teens, Jones struggles to strike a balance between the everyday lives and conversations of her teen characters and the supernatural plot trajectory she sends them on. Dialogue takes precedence over plot just as saving the world takes a back seat to school, crushes, pizza, studying and other blasé activities in the lives of Lorelei and her friends. Things do pick up when Jared, the dark, misty-eyed Angel of Death whose job is to protect Lorelei, disappears. But the action dissipates soon afterward. Additionally, Jones makes some awkward jumps in setting that make it hard to tell where the action is taking place. Things get especially confusing when all the characters (Lorelei, her BFF Brooklyn, a half-human/half-angel boy named Cameron and their tech-nerd friend Glitch) all show up together in places teens normally wouldn’t be, such as asleep on the floor of Lorelei’s bedroom in the middle of the night.

What results is a contrived, confusingly fluffy stop-and-start supernatural romance that’s best left on the shelf. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)