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

Darker Days (The Darker Agency, #1)

by Jus Accardo

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Darker Days is the beginning of a fun urban fantasy series for teens. It’s a bit lighter than other UF series, which I really enjoyed. However, there are some darker events that happen.

Jessie is a girl that is constantly trying to prove to her mom that she can handle bigger cases. She’s witty, and completely impulsive. She never thinks before she acts, and usually ends up causing some kind of damage. This chick is out to get the baddies come hell or high water. Her parents have an interesting relationship, and I think that effects Jessie more than she lets on. She’s definitely loyal, and I admire her about that. Oh, and the sarcasm/snarky. She’s awesome at it! And Lukas, holy mcfreakin’ hot! He’s considerate, but has his own skeletons in the closet. He’s mysterious, and you want to know all about him. He’s got a strong will, and that shows throughout the book. He’s also very honorable, which is funny considering what we find out about him.

The story is fast paced. Finding the box and sins has to be done within a short amount of time. You think it’s just this task that needs to be done, but you soon realize there are other agendas happening. You’ll laugh, cry, and want to beat the crap out of some people. It’s a great, quick read. ( )
  BookishThings | Mar 23, 2016 |
Darker Days by Jus Accardo was such an amazing book! After reading the synopsis, I knew the story would be right up my alley, yet the tale and, in particular, the characters, were more intriguing and laugh-inducing than I had previously hoped. The Darker Agency and family will certainly give the reader a grand adventure. Also, isn't the title clever?

Jessie Darker was, in my opinion, a great, and awesomely sarcastic, narrator. I know some would find her many snarky/silly comments annoying, but once in a while I need an entertaining character like her in a story. She is kind of quirky, although that could be blamed on her mom. For instance, Jessie's punishment for misbehaving is a "soggy zombie". So yeah, she is far from the average kid, yet she in never mopes or "wishes to be normal" like most heroines in paranormal books. That fact alone earned Darker Days serious bonus points in my book.

I also loved the family dynamics in Darker Days. Guess what? They all get along like a normal family despite the many paranormal interferences! The parents love their daughter, and vice versa. And both parents are alive! My favorite character in the book, was, funnily enough, Jessie's mom. I really want to know her story as the bits we get are extremely interesting.

The story was also creative. The way the Seven Sins worked, and the addition of other paranormal creatures, created a plot that was not cliche or predictable. Also, the length of the book was perfect. There were great action sequences and just enough time for a budding romance. Speaking of the romance... I LOVED it! The love interest was just right for Jessie, although I may have to admit I am a little jealous that she took him for herself. What do you mean she doesn't know I exist? She still should have let me have him! Anyway, the love interest, Lukas, is from like, a hundred years ago,which makes him adorable! I mean, he is formal and says funny things for the 21st century. Also, a lot of things are new to him, which is kind of cute to watch... (read? imagine?)

Overall, Darker Days. is an amazingly entertaining read. I would highly recommend this novel for book lovers looking for a light, cutesy paranormal story. I can honestly say there was nothing in this book I disliked. If Darker Days had any faults, they were overlooked in favor of the overall awesomeness! Also, I am anxiously looking forward to the next book. ( )
  Emily_Anne | Mar 16, 2014 |
Thank you Entangled TEEN for this eARC. The review that follows is as honest as they get.

Wow! Just. Wow!

I must say that this is the first book I've read by Jus Accardo, and if I have to judge by it, boy - I've missed a lot of action! And drama. And romance. Darker Days was amazing! Reminded me of other similar books, but it had its own spunk and mentality. I simply fell for it!

Jessie was at the center of it all, of course. A bad-A teen heroine determined to hold her own no matter what the situation entailed. She never backed down when things started getting ugly, only proving how brave (and okay, sometimes stupid) she could be. She couldn't be bothered to listen to her mom's plea to stay safe, which got her in more trouble than not. But I liked it. Made the pages fly by and the action fly high.

When Lucas first came in the picture, it was obvious where he'd land. Right into Jessie's arms. But to be honest, I've got nothing against that. They fit together like a glove on a hand. Besides, they did go through a bunch of obstacles before that happened. And the drama was hyped up enormously. Not to mention the few arguments they had, and the differences in ... well... everything. They were just bound to work out in the weirdest way.

Crazy chick Meredith was one heck of an insane witch. She was more messed up than I originally thought, so I definitely give a high five to Jus's imagination. I hated her, for who she was, and loved the depth of her character development. It was refreshing to have a well written villain for a change.

And the ending? I never even saw that coming. I hoped for some kind of a sensible resolution, and I got it. It wasn't perfect by any means. But it definitely left me satisfied and hanging on for more. ( )
  VanyaDrum | Jan 26, 2014 |
got an ARC!!!!!!!

of the must amazing book ever!!!!!!!

It´s no secret that I have fangirled all over the place about Jus Accardo and her amazing books and this time is not the exeption LOL!!!

OMG guys this book is just WOW!!!!, I loved it beginning to end.

Jessie Darker is Awesome, she´s got the witts and the moves to be the ultimate heroine, she´s fuuny and Smart, she even has some jazz LOL!!!!

This book was all kinds of fun, Jus Accardo has a winner with this new series of her. From zombies to demons this book has it all.

Imagine a small town being run over by the 7 sins, you know Brad Pitt and a Morgan Freeman those Seven Sins =S. not only are they running around creating mayyhem, they also took the bodies of "Inocent people" so there´s no easy way to get read of them either.

Jessie´s mom is priceless and creates a unique and fun bond on the book. this woman is full wicked charm and imagination too make her daughter do stuff she hates to do. and OMG the father of Jessie he has this evil charm. Gotta love this two, and being spawned by them sounds wicked awesome LOL!!!

This book is full of choices, really hard choices that Jessie has to take in order to... hehehe you would want to know hahahaha, nope no spoilers here, but the things is she does have to make a lot of very difficult choices but very important ones that will for sure define the curse of this series in the future.

Jus Accardo is by far one of my fav. authors ever, here is a list of why.

1.- she created the most amazing characters ever on this book.

2.- the background of the characters is spot on perfect

3.- the world building is the best I´ve seen from her and that is saying a lot cause she´s a master at world building.

4.- HAWT guys!!!! Heck Yeah Lucas!!!! Le Sight, he´s a panty dropper perfection to be meet.

5.- the pacing on this book is plainly perfect.

6.- descriptions: this book is like watching a movie, I could see it all in my head no need to double think a thing just 100% Green.

Did I mention that Jessie also has the best worst pet ever?????

OMG thats soome funny thing right there LOL!!!

This book is briliant, it did everything it had to, got me crazy about all the characters, made me love the story and has me dying to read the next book.

Bad Thing, ths book isn´t even out yet!!!!!!!
So I´m dying to read a book that Probably the author is still writting when book 1 meaning this baby I have here, is going to be released in about a month.

Ohh the life of an addict reader, and the pain we have to endure until we get our hands on the book we want, Le sight..

Eh.... Sorry about that, anyway you guys need to pic this book up as soon as it´s out!!!! it really is that good!!!!!
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  karlaihdez | Sep 20, 2013 |
Jessie Darker is an entertaining narrator. Her snarky sense of humor, love of all things chocolate, and Buffy-esque capabilities really made this book.

"Very few things in life couldn't be made better with chocolate. Well, chocolate and sharp weapons."

Obviously, a kick-butt heroine after my own heart. (Plus, she has a dog. But I won't say anything more about that, because it might be considered a mild spoiler. Trust me, though, it's cute. In a slightly icky paranormal kind of way.)

She's not without her flaws, though. Apparently, she's not much of a reader--as is evidenced by the "paperback growing mold at the bottom of her backpack" and the fact that she has a $50 bookstore gift card just sitting around, waiting to be offered as a bribe to demons. (I know. Who gets a book-related gift card and doesn't spend it immediately? It's just not natural.) She doesn't apply herself at school, and she frequently causes her mother--who is essentially, though not exactly, a single parent--to come up with new and creative forms of punishment for the times that Jessie neglects to exactly follow her directions.

Punishments like having to deal with zombie extractions and pet possessions. If only the rest of us had options like that.

Jus Accardo has created an interesting version of a paranormal world here, without getting readers bogged down in too much world-building detail. We're thrown right into Jessie's crazy world with her somewhat-skewed view of events, and not everything is minutely explained to us. (Apparently quartz has some key Otherworld butt-kicking capabilities. I am still not clear on why, but that's okay. I trust that Jessie and her mom know what they're doing. Mostly.) It's 300+ pages of wise-cracking, sin-busting, demon wrangling fun. There's chocolate. Hot guys. Zombies, demons, and Sins wrecking havoc across town.

However, I'm not sure I'll ever be able to step foot in the faculty room at school again without thinking of Sloth....

In a nutshell: a highly entertaining YA paranormal from a new-to-me author who I'm definitely going to read again (though I might dig out my quartz bracelet first just to be on the safe side). A solid B+ rating. ( )
  beckymmoe | Aug 26, 2013 |
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