Monday, March 28, 2011

The Body Finder & Desires of the Dead; Kimberly Derting

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)


Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

The Body Finder Review

Using one word to describe The Body Finder, Powerful. Being able to find dead people is a super power I would never wish on anyone. I would be horrified by finding dead bodies or being called to them. What a gruesome experience for anyone to have to endure. Kimberly's writing was spectacular, she has a way with words. The ability to blend love and death into one story and not have the story hanging was incredible.

   Jay and Violet...FINALLY names that have not been played out. Violet and Jay's status as friend was sweet and I am sure everyone that had read The Body Finder and was jealous of their relationship, I know I was. It was sweet and humorous. Their relationship was one to watch play out.  Chelsea, one of Violet's friend seemed to play a bigger role then I thought she would have. I would have thought she was one of the girls to have gone missing.

    The "Bad Guy" was a shock to me, I was surprised by the addition. It was a great ending to a great book. I would recommend The Body Finder to anyone who can read!


Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

Desires of the Dead Review

Kimberly Derting has a pattern with her writing and it's good. I am glad I waited to read The Body Finder until Desires of the Dead came out. I have a problem remembering the books previously read a year earlier. So it ended up flowing great from one book to the next. I can see what all the raving has been about.

  Kimberly has a way of getting into the criminals mind. It's creepy, dark, and disturbing. I got the chills a few times. The characters continued to develop though out Desires of the Dead. I do wish Jay wasn't so perfect..even with his tiny flaw it's as if he started to go flat.  He needed to have something quirky about him to give him an edge.  Violet's character really revved up. She showed more of herself.

  If you are looking for a young adult take on creepy and freaky these are for you. I can promise you won't be disappointed.

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Summer Ross said...

Thanks for the reviews! Sounds both interesting and creepy- I wouldn't want to be called to dead bodies either. Thanks for posting!

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

I love these books! Jay and Violet have to be two of my favorite characters, and I love that Jay is a "good" guy. When so many girls are falling for the bad boys in YA novels, it was nice to see the "good guy" get the girl. I do agree that Jay has the potential to go a little flat, but I do like that he does the right thing. Love these books and can't wait for more. Great reviews!

Blodeuedd said...

Sounds good and I sure like that the bad guy comes as a shock, I usually guess things way too easily

Jenny N. said...

I love these two books so am happy to see that you liked them too.

Jan von Harz said...

I really enjoyed both of Dertings books and am looking forward to her new one The Pledge. Thanks for the great reviews.

Meredith said...

Yay for Violet and Jay! These books were so addictive!

Juju at Tales of said...

Great review :)

GMR said...

Add another "good" review to the bunch on these two titles. Really gonna have to read them eventually. Everything I've heard just speaks to their intriguing stories. Happy reading!

Lily Child said...

Awesome reviews! I loved the Body Finder and can not wait to read Desires of the Dead! :D

Bookish in a Box said...

I've been waffling on these for a while, but I think I may have to check them out now.

Darlyn said...

This series is actually I pined for. I wonder why I procrastinate.