Book Review: A Darker Past (Darker Agency, #2) by Jus Accardo

a darker pastSynopsis:

The past is Darker than they thought…

Between helping her mother with the Darker Agency and laying the smack down on monster baddies, Jessie Darker puts the “normal” in paranormal. But lately, things have gotten a little crazy…even for a smart-assed half-demon teenage girl.

For starters, Jessie’s been contracted into fifty-five years of annoying servitude. To a demon. Then there’s Lukas Scott, her sexy new boyfriend. Once the former incarnation of Wrath, he’s been going through some…uh, changes. Like residual anger. And trading chaste hangouts for lusty make-out sessions.

But it’s when Lukas and Jessie accidentally release a Very Nasty Demon that things get really bad, setting into motion a chain of death and mayhem that threatens both Earth and the Shadow Realm. Jessie has exactly four days to fix it…before all of Hell breaks loose.

About the Author:

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chjus accardoef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

My Review:

I was kindly given both books in this series, so this review will cover both. The Darker Agency is kind of like a teen version of Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson urban fantasy series – snarky heroine, lots of supernatural bad guys and an almost doomed love. It was pretty fast paced, but the plot did waver at times leaving me lost as to what was going on (this was more so in the first than the second book.)

From a writer’s perspective, I really didn’t like the main character, which was a shame as it was a first person narrative. I felt her a little too tweeny for my adult tastes, so that’s not say that the teen readers, this book is actually meant for, won’t love her. It’s nice to have quips and snarky/ funny comments in a book, however I felt that both books took them a little over the top and if it had been reigned it a bit and Jessie given a few more positive teen traits to give her some depth, I’d have felt a little more for her. One thing that I keep reading on teen paranormal romance book reviews is the ‘insta-love’ criticism which seems to happen here, but in the author’s defence teens do fall in love almost instantly. Hormones are going nuts at that age and, of any book with romance aspects, teen characters are more realistic to have this ‘insta-love’ reaction compared to much more weathered and cynical adults – so that’s a long rambling way of saying that this actually makes the story a bit more believable in my eyes.

The front covers are great – colourful and obvious what type books they are – they also look similar to another, so have that series marketing aspect too which makes them more recognisable to fans.

Overall, I’d give both books a 3 out of 5 for an adult reader, and a 5 out of 5 for a teen reader.

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