Saturday, 30 November 2013

Book review: Darker Days by Jus Accardo

Title: Darker Days
Author:Jus Accardo
Series: Book #1 in The Darker Agency series
Release Date:August 19th 2013
Publisher:Entangled Publishing
Number of pages:332 pages
Source: Copy purchased by reviewer

Grade: 2 stars

Novellus malus!
Goodreads appetizer: 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.

My Thoughts:It had been quite some time since I read a good YA book and Darker Days seemed exactly the book to end that long period for me. Jus Accardo is known for her witty and humorous writing style and the premise of Darker Days is more than interesting. And while in some departments this story delivered, in some others it failed miserably to do so. But let's take things from the beginning.

As soon as I started reading this book I was sure I had a winner in my hands. I was beyond intrigued with the story and Accardo's humorous dialogues and descriptions. But my enthusiasm lasted less than a few chapters into the story I'm afraid. As soon as I reached the middle, any novelty of the plot had wore off and the humorous writing style was just trying to keep the reader's interest in a story that just couldn't deliver in any other department.

First of all, let me say that Darker Days is the embodiment of every imaginable YA cliche out there and that was the first failure for me. Do you want insta-love? Check. Hot bad boy? Check. Bad boy but in essence naive and pure hearted? Check. Annoying heroine who thinks she knows everything? Check. Heroine who saves the world without even understanding how? Check. Heroine who thinks is normal but she's far from it? Check. And the list goes on I'm afraid.

The second failure was the plot. Huge gaps there and that spin in the end instead of surprising the reader just didn't really make much sense.

In Darker Days there is a huge variety of supernatural creatures, zombies, demons, half demons, witches, necromancers, lamiai but all of them felt disconnected to the main plot and unreal. Like they were thrown in the story for the sole purpose of variety. Not to mention that more times than once, I felt that the whole story was unrealistic.Because even though such a variety of supernatural creatures exists, population, in its majority, doesn't have the slightest idea about it. Even though they walk in broad daylight. And when a normal person is encountered with the possibility of the supernatural being very real, they just take it for what it is without breaking a sweat. I mean you are possesed by a Deadly Sin, you have no idea of the supernatural world being actually real and when the Sin leaves your body all you do is thank the one who freed you and not even freak out or ask what the hell is going on? I mean come on!!! In what world that happens?

Anyway, that is just one example of how unrealistic the plot was but believe me there are more. So many actually that I kept rolling my eyes again and again while reading Darker Days.

The next failure were the characters. All of them. They again felt unreal and without consistency. The author is trying really hard to make us believe that Lucas is a bad boy but news here, wearing leather and pulling of the bad boy image doesn't make you one. In fact I haven't encountered such a naive character in way too long... Lucas is Wrath for a reason, although throughout the book, I couldn't believe for a second that he could ever be Wrath. Thus, when he was fighting to remain calm it was almost comical... And Jessie! Well, she was the only female character you could like because all the other female characters were awful. And that speaks volumes of her character. Not that she was that dislikable but she wasn't a memorable character either.

But the most problematic character of all was Vida aka Lust. I never thought that Lust equals slut but apparently that's the way things work in this universe. Plus, the reason Lust chose Vida's body to invade was a story better not be featured in a YA book. Just saying....

Verdict: Darker Days failed to impress me I'm afraid. Even though it is a fun written book and I appreciated the humor of it, at least at first, poor characters and a very loose plot made me lose my interest in the whole story pretty soon.

Plot: 5/10
Characters: 3/10
Writing: 6/10
Ending: 3/10
Cover: 6/10

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