Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ember blog tour: review of Darker Days by Jus Accardo

Hello and welcome! We are today's stop on the Ember Blog Tour and have our review of Darker Days by Jus Accardo. Entangled Teen's line, Ember, consists of wonderful titles to entice YA fans. We hope you get the chance to experience them.

Ember Blog Tour 

"Our fires burn brightly for our readers and as a way to say thanks to our readers we've launched our latest division of Entangled Teen and it's name is Ember. We have two exciting launch titles: Darker Days by Jus Accardo and Chaos by Christine O'Neil. Read away!" 

Entangled Teen Ember is a division of Entangled Teen that specializes in digital-first YA books.

Chaos by Christine O’Neil & Darker Days by Jus Accardo

My name is Maggie Raynard. 

After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. Turns out I'm a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I'm stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this annoying and super-hot—guy all
up in my business, I'm about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there's this watchdog council of semis who keep an eye out for any bad apples. They think I'm the baddest one in the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he's got secrets of his own...and they may just kill us both.

Darker Days 

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.

About the Authors
Christine O'Neil was born and raised in Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood outdoors catching salamanders, frogs and colds. When she wasn't terrorizing Mother Nature, she was curled up under the covers with her nose in a book. As an adult, she's stopped stalking amphibians, but still loves books. When she isn't reading, she likes to spend her time people-watching. In fact, she's probably watching you RIGHT NOW O_O She's also pretty obsessed with writing YA books, but if she had to pick another profession she would be a ninja...or a Professor of the Dark Arts. Christine also writes adult romance under the pen name Christine Bell.

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. 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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I thoroughly loved Jus Accardo's Toxic series and found Darker Days, the first book in her new The Darker Agency series to be an interesting, at times exciting, read. Teen girl Jessie Darker, a mix of witch and demon, is student by day, detective by night. Her latest case comes walking into her family's agency on two long, smoking legs. Lukas needs to have a job done. It seems the seven deadly sins and the box they were housed in are all missing. Jessie has a whopping five days to retrieve the box and the sins before the box reclaims the sins and sucks up the human bodies the sins are inhabiting. Oh, and Lukas has a secret of his own which may or may not impact Jessie's sudden crush on him.

Sins. One Box. Human Hosts. The author has set up an interesting concept with the family detective agency and the case of the missing box of sins. Jessie is a snarky gal, trying to demonstrate her independence, while trying to protect her family and those she loves. Can she complete the job in five days?

Again, as she demonstrated in the Toxic series, Jus Accardo is not afraid of embracing her dark side. Of course, if one's character has witch and demon blood in her veins, she would be dark and Jessie meets her challenges head on, no matter how dark they are. I thought the paranormal world and the idea of an agency was intriguing. Jessie is strong and can take care of herself. She faces her dilemma of what to do about Lukas when she discovers who and what he is. There is the insta-love connection between them and with five days, they do fall pretty fast. This trope didn't bother as much as I thought it would since the element of time was a huge factor in this story. I did wish there were a few more scenes between them to truly exemplify their quick couple status but time can be a witch. What did bother me throughout the story was the dialogue. Jessie's snark was a welcome addition but I couldn't wrap my mind around some of the wording used in the dialogue. Some times I felt I had to stop and re-read something or other times I'd roll my eyes. I understand the character has a quirky way of speaking but it did occasionally grate on my nerves.

The story has a lot going for it and all of it kept my interest. The paranormal aspects, the mythology, the believe-ability of the otherworld, the humans, action, mystery, love and romance offer readers a menu of things to be entertained by. There were some nice twists and turns and the pacing was just right for me. I liked Jessie with the exception of her speech at times, and she has a wonderful cast of friends. The family dynamic was cool, a bit sad about her parents, but still cool. Lukas was an enticing surprise, mysterious and hot. Jus Accardo has another hit on her hands as the first book in her Darker Agency demonstrates. Darker Days is a fun read and only proves that the YA paranormal genre is not going anywhere except into the hands and hearts of hungry readers and fans of all ages everywhere.

Rating: 4

Cover comment:
Surprisingly, I had to stare at this cover to take it all in. The colors are enticing but then I understood what they meant--the blue of the day and the purple of the paranormal world. That's very cool and Jessie's pose only showcases her kickass snarky demeanor.

Book source:
I received a promotional copy from the publisher in return for my honest review during a blog tour.

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