Tuesday, August 27, 2013

REVIEW: DARKER DAYS

DARKER DAYS (THE DARKER AGENCY #1) BY JUS ACCARDO
Expected publication: August 19th 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
332 pages
*eARC provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review*
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.


Darker Days is a great series starter, full of twist, romance and snaky comments.

I’m not sure where to begin with this one, Darker Days had me laughing, swooning and crying since page one.

In a very true Jus Accardo Fashion, Darker Days starts right into the action. And I love it. The character’s voice is defined from the go as well, spunky, rebellious, sarcastic and strong. And, you guessed! I love it too! Plus Jessie has some really funny ways of expressing herself...

“Holy house of hogs getting blasted by the blue birdie brigade ...” - Darker Days, Jus Accardo
My first reaction to this was “This sounds like Veronika Mars meets the supernatural.” And if you haven’t watched Veronika Mars, I’m gonna ask nicely you go to see it before another kitten dies…

Jessie Darker works with her mom as a private detective but the agency specializes in the supernatural. Zombies? Ghosts? Witches? They are your girls!
This new job they have? Is a bit tricky though... The 7 Deadly Sins were released in the city and now Jess and her mom Klair only have 5 days to find out who opened the box and get all the sins back in it before the box calls them back and with them the bodies of the 7 persons they took... Or you know, before the Sins find a way to free themselves forever...

This book is a great series starter. The fact that she made it about the 7 Deadly Sins wins Jus major cookie points. This is actually the first book I read about them.

The romance is heavy and sweet. While it may seem like Lukas and Jessie’s feelings come too fast, and as much as Jessie probably will hate this: They belong together. It was Fate! Besides, Lukas is completely swoon *drool* worthy!

“Dark, shaggy hair that might’ve been in desperate need of a trim—if it didn’t work so damn well for him. Piercing, liquid brown eyes that radiated trouble—and I loved trouble.
He wore a leather jacket over a tight black T-shirt and worn jeans that were just a bit too baggy. Oh yeah. Bad-boy-vibe was off the charts.” - Darker Days by Jus Accardo
And I love me some Trouble and Bad Boys! Don’t let his bad boy looks fool you though, he’s one of the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet. I loved him right away and right now, he’s pretty high on the book boyfriend list.

The secondary characters are great additions as well, her mom and dad provided as much fun and “aww” moments as Jessie and Lukas.
Her best friend is a witch and a big promise, I can’t wait to see more Kendra and all she can do.
The bad guys are so good at what they do, they deserved cookie points too.

But let’s talk about what’s really important here... the Plot.
The Plot is awesome! It has so many twists and things you don’t see coming that will keep you on edge all the time. There were a million ways this book could have gone wrong (as in a not so happy ending, I don’t believe Jus can write a bad book). I was afraid I was going to end rocking myself in a corner somewhere waiting for book two.
Jus can definitively keep the suspense and set a perfect pace to the story so that you’re surprised and never bored without giving you all at once or making it predictable. And manages to balance it in a way so it’s not all about the world’s fate rest upon my shoulders and allows you to catch your breath between one snarky remark and the other.

I really can’t wait to see what else is in store for Jessie now and what other troubles she can find in her way. The Darker Agency is sure to be another great series by Jus Accardo and you should get your copy as soon as this is out in stores!



ABOUT JUS ACCARDO


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 the 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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