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Monday, August 19, 2013

Darker Days by Jus Accardo (Book Review)

Title: Darker Days (The Darker Agency #1)
Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: Aug 26, 2013
YA Paranormal

About the book: A little sin can be deadly…


Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course…
When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.
Seven deadly ones, in fact.
They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they’re recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing…
There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.


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My thoughts: I can honestly say this book kept me interested and turning pages up to the very last one.  It is a great start to a new series and the possibilities for adventure are wide open.  There were witches, weres, necromancers, demons, and the Seven Deadly Sins of course.  

To most of Jesse's classmates she is just a normal teenage girl, but her family and best friend know she can seriously hold her own.  She is not mouthy, per se, but does have a lot of attitude - her one-liners gave the book some humor - which was right up my alley.  Her best friend, Kendra, does know what she helps her mom with though - but her best friend just happens to be a witch. Kendra hasn't really come into her powers yet and tends to do more harm than good when she tries to cast a spell.  

This book was paced just right with five days to round up the sins and save seven innocents.  Doesn't sound like an easy case and Damien, Jesse's father, is even temporarily released from his servitude to a demon to help out.  The case just gets more complicated as more of the history concerning the box is uncovered.  As it's history is discovered, Jesse discovers that her relatives and Lukas also have history together. 

I really liked the Darker family, Klaire, Damien and Jesse.  They all have their own strengths, but they are even stronger together and really care about each other.  Lukas is a great addition and his and Jesse's chemistry sparked off the page.  It was all very PG-rated and Lukas was very much a gentleman.  

If you like YA Paranormal - especially when they veer a little off the beaten path - then I think you should give Darker Days a try.  You can even read the first chapter here


~I received a complimentary ecopy from Entangled Teen in exchange for my unbiased review.~

About the author: Jus Accardo spent her childhood reading and learning to cook.  Determined to follow in her grandfather's footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America.  At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing.  Jus is hte bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013.  A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. 


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