Monday, September 09, 2013

Review: Darker Days by Jus Accardo

From Goodreads: 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.

My Rating: Wavering between 3.5 and 4 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Darker Days by Jus Accardo was a light, entertaining read featuring a feisty heroine and a great mother-daughter relationship. I do think however that I was in just the right mood for this novel as I wasn’t as bothered by certain things that typically annoy me (e.g. insta-love).

The main character, Jessie, was someone I liked. Although her choice of curse words was a bit strange, she was relatable for the most part. I also found her to be snarky, loyal and very determined.

Another thing that I liked was the close relationship Jessie had with her mother. It was nice to read a story where the main character not only had good rapport with her parent, but more importantly, idolized them as a role model.

As much as I enjoyed Darker Days, I wish that Jessie and Lucas hadn’t fallen in love so fast. I also found that despite being the personification of Wrath, Lucas was remarkably in control of himself most of the time. It would have been more interesting to see him lose his temper a few more times to remind us that he’s not a normal guy.

The first book in The Darker Agency series, Darker Days wraps up satisfyingly, without a cliffhanger.

Darker Days was released in August 2013 by Entangled Publishing. 

Comments About the Cover: I think the model’s pose suits Jessie’s personality, and like how the background shows both Penance and the Shadow Realm. 

In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher (Entangled Publishing) for free.


  1. It's nice to know that the main character gets along well with her mom. You don't see that too often in YA anymore. I haven't heard of this book before, but good to know that the characters are likable despite the insta-love. I may have to check this one out.

  2. It's funny how your mood can affect a reading experience, right? "light and entertaining" sounds good to me, though I had more mixed feelings about the first Touch book. Still, sounds like this might be fun. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  3. Strange choice of curse words? Heh, I wonder what those could be. Anyways, it's good to hear that you were in the right mood for this one, because that's critical to your enjoyment. I could also do without the insta-love, but the characters and daughter-mother relationship sound like they could almost make up for that. Nicely reviewed!

  4. Ah, instalove bothers me more often than not, but then sometimes I just don't care. i have a feeling this might be one of those times for me too. Light and entertaining is my cup of tea these days so even though I didn't much care for Touch, I'm happy to give this a try.


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