Author: Kimberly Derting
Publication: March 16th, 2010
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Description: 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.
My Review:With an intriguing new premise and characters that I loved, The Body Finder was defianatly a good book. It had everything to keep me interested: paranormal fun, mystery, suspense, and a yummy romance.
The storyline of The Body Finder was new and interesting to read. We've all seen our fair share of vampires and werewolves, not that I don't still love them, but it's nice to find something unique every now and then. A girl who can sense dead bodies.. A bit morbid, but defiantely in a good way. The story almost had the feel of a chiller mystery novel; not your everyday find in the YA paranormal bookshelves. And every few chapters the book would have a chapter from the killer's point of view. It was both creepy and interesting to read as you heard the twisted thoughts behind the killings, all while not actually knowing the identity of the killer.
The other 90% of the book was from the point of view of our main character and body detector, Violet. I liked Violet becuase, while she could be a bit dense concering Jay, she could think for herself. She knew that with her ability she was their best chance at finding the killer, and even though no one wanted to so that she wouldn't be put in danger, she went for it. I also liked Jay, Violet's best friend and love interest. He knew her better than anyone and always put her before anything else. Even though they lacked development, her other friends were fun and quirky and their dialouge always managed to make me laugh.
The only reason that this book didn't get a 5 heart rating from me was because of the lack of action and less than perfect romance.
The lack in action is pretty inevitable, of course, since Violet's ability is to find dead bodies - not a lot of fighting coming from them any time soon. But there was some action, as Violet tries to find and eventually trys to escape a serial killer. I personally like books that are filled to the brim with action that keeps my heart racing. The romance did help some in the heart-racing department, but not as much as I would've liked.
Like the book itself, the romance had a 4 heart rating. And 4 hearts is definately good, but not quite perfect. The romance between Violet and Jay was something fresh for me, since usually it's girl meets complete stranger and they eventually fall madly in love. Violet and Jay had been friends their entire lives and then started to grow more-than-friend feelings for eachother during the book. However, the already friends romance that made it fresh also took away from some of the adventure and mystery that makes romances exciting. Despite this, I still enjoyed their relationship as they discovered their feelings for each other while trying to remain the best friends that they have always been.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed reading The Body Finder and plan to read the second book, Desires of the Dead, as soon as I can get my hands on it.
Summed Up:The Body Finder was a good book. It had an interesting storyline and mystery, good characters, and a cute romance. However, I do wish that there had been more action