Review: A Darker Past by Jus Accardo

Posted 17 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: A Darker Past by Jus AccardoA Darker Past by Jus Accardo
Series: The Darker Agency #2
Publisher: Entangled Teen on November 11, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 314
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
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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.

Here Are My Thoughts

Check out my review of Darker Days (The Darker Agency #1)

Why I Picked It UpI really enjoyed the first novel in this series, Darker Days, so of course I had to read book two!

PlotA Darker Past follows Jessie and Lukas as they get themselves into yet another sticky situation of the paranormal kind. This time, Jessie has accidentally released a super-demon into the world and he is out for blood. A Darker Past was just as interesting as Darker Days. It was a really easy read with a good pace that kept me interested. It had me cracking up laughing at various points throughout the novel. There was a ton of drama in this novel, too—family drama, relationship drama, everything! It was definitely entertaining.

Leading LadyJessie was as much of a trouble-maker as usual. She was tough and sarcastic just as she was in book one. She is in servitude to a demon in this time around but that didn’t do anything to quell her spit-fire attitude. Jessie is always a fun character to read because of her internal and external dialogue. She never fails to give me a laugh!

Leading MaleLukas is a bit different in this novel—he’s been freed of Wrath but is now going through a different kind of change. He was a bit off in this novel because of it, but he was still a great character.

RomanceJessie and Lukas are one of those innocent couples that you can’t help but love, probably because Jessie doesn’t have boy experience and Lukas is really really old. They did have a few problems in this novel with secrets and Lukas’ transition. However, the fact that they did have problems made them more real as a couple. The relationship drama definitely added a nice touch all the action in the novel.

Other CharactersWe see a lot more of Kendra, Jessie’s witch friend, in this novel. She was going through some troubles with her mean mom, Cassidy. She really evolved over the course of the novel. She went from a unconfident witch to a strong one with enough guts to stand up to her mother and a super-demon. It was nice to see her personal growth over the novel as it really added depth to her character, which we were introduced to in book one.

ConclusionAn interesting mix of demons, fights, and drama, A Darker Past was another great novel from Jus Accardo. I can’t wait to see what else she brings to the table!

4 Stars
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About Jus Accardo

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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