Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Darker Days by Jus Accardo

Darker Days (The Darker Agency, #1)
Darker Days by Jus Accardo

Release Date: August 19, 2013
Publisher: Entangled
Pages: 332
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Author
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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.

Seven Sins. Six innocent people. Five days. Piece of cake...

Jessie and her mom come from a long line of Darker's that take care of paranormal problems. Lukas Scott enters the agency with a big problem. The box full of the seven deadly sins has been opened and released him and six other sins. See wrath was connected to him permanently with a spell. The other six sins have stolen bodies that will die in five dies if they don't recuse them. The box will call them all back so time is of the essence. This was actually kind of confusing to wrap my mind around but Jessie asks lots of questions and eventually I understood the situation.

I loved Lukas as a love interest. He is a hundred or so years older than Jessie but he has been locked away in the box so when he comes out he is really only 18. I often find it creepy when guys that have been around for hundreds of years like teenagers lol but he is a real teenager. Except he isn't exactly caught up on all the new slang and technology. He adapts well but says some very humorous things. Even though he is in this very unfair position attached to a sin he is a good person does the right thing. He wants to be free but doesn't want anyone else to take his place.

Jessie is a snarky teenager that wants more jobs and responsibility in the Darker Agency. Her mom wants to protect her. Of course Jessie doesn't listen and goes after the sins. Her mom yells at her not too and then she goes after them again. This part kind of got annoying and repetitive. They only have five days and it sure didn't seem like her mom was making much progress so you would think she would just go ahead and work with Jessie.

Jessie and Lukas work together and sparks start to fly but it was a good slow build. Jessie feels an instant attraction but their friendship takes some time. They made a good team and find many of the sins who were rather comical. There were a few twists but most of the I did find predictable but it didn't affect my enjoyment. I am actually even more excited for the next book because this one ends with Jessie in a rather interesting job situation. I also loved that it ends with no cliffhanger. The plot and mystery of this one is all wrapped up but still open for the Darker Agency to get plenty of new and exciting cases. Can't wait to see what is next.

"It saddens me to bear witness to the decline of the English language."

"My entire life, all I wanted was to find something different. Special. I never would have guessed I'd have to sleep for so long to find it."

"I waited 147 years to find her."

Rating: 4/5


  1. I've heard so many great things about this book! I think I'm definitely going to pick it up soon! I love reading about someone from the past who suddenly finds themselves in the modern world and how they view things that have become so commonplace to everyone else. Awesome review!

  2. I am so glad you liked this, I am really looking forward to reading it!

  3. Yay! I'm glad you liked this one, Jennifer. I had such a fun time with this one as well. I also loved Lukas. He was a great character and I didn't expect to like him very much either because of the age thing. It was quite hilarious how he didn't understand slang.
    I loved Jessie too! She was a fun protagonist and I loved how snarky she could get.
    Great review, Jennifer!

  4. I’m really looking forward to this one! I keep hearing great things.

  5. Yes, the mother daughter head butting did get repetitive, but then on the other hand it was nice to have the parents involved instead of absentee.

  6. This book sounds like so much fun! I'd definitely like to give it a try.

  7. I adore this cover, and the story sounds really good. I'm glad you like it, because that means the probability of me liking it is high. :)

  8. Jessie and Lucas sounds like characters that I would fall for hard!

  9. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS! I love Jus Accardo and I have been waiting for this to come out. Jessie and Lukas sound like fabulous characters. And I agree even though it is kinda weird that he is a hundred or so years older, I really enjoy the couple working out their differences. The plot sounds great and I am so happy there is no cliffy. I can't wait to read this. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this Jennifer! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  10. Sounds like a cross between Veronica Mars and the Dark Swan series -- fun!!

  11. This sounds like a really entertaining read! I wasn't sure about it at first, but all these positive reviews since have completely convinced me. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Jennifer. Fantastic review. :)

  12. Ineteresting...I also find it creepy when an immortal is 100 years or more older than the protagonist, but if he's been locked away, I guess that's kind of different. This actually sounds pretty good!

  13. 100 years older? Yes, creepy. I'm pretty intrigued though... This sounds good! :)

  14. This sounds really cute! I'm always pretty skeptical of love interests that are really old, but look like teenagers anyway, but since he was locked away this one might not be too bad! Thanks for the review!


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