Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Publisher: Harper Collins
Age: Young Adult
Species: human/ human-psychic
Rating: 4/5
Interest: Body Finder/ Teen romance/ 200 in 2011

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 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 dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope 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.
It took a little longer to review this one than I had planned, but I finally got The Body Finder's review up.

This book was amazingly sweet and heart-warming. Which come to think of it, is a really strange thing to say about a novel which features a serial killer and psychic teen. The Body Finder focuses more on Violet living a normal life in spite of her ability to locate serial killers and their victims. Honestly, there's more of Violet and Jay hanging out at school and her house than there's talk of corpses. If I had to put it into words... The Body Finder is like a cross between a Sarah Dessen love story and an episode of Ghost Whisperer. It sounds odd, but really it makes this awesomely funny, sweet and a touch creepy book that I loved. 

A really odd part of this book is there are little chapters or "glimpses" written in the point of view of the murderer. It becomes really strange to see how he views luring and kidnapping girls, how normal,  thrilling it is for him. The really scary thing was, he acted so normal, that if I couldn't see into his head, I might not have pegged him as the killer. (Maybe not entirely true, there's always this "you are not right" feeling I get when reading killers. I'm guessing this is a good skill I'll be able to use in the real world. Creeper-radar is always good right? )

Speaking of types of radar, Violet's body sensing powers were kind of cool. I mean I wouldn't want to have the power to sense dead bodies by any means. However, it was interesting to see what kind of echos the dead left on the world and the killers. Like the over powering taste of warm garlic, the sounds of bells tinkling like a cell phone, a buzzing sound like a swarm of bees, they're all different and unique. 

My goodness, Jay and Violet were so awesome! I loved them. Violet was strong-willed and independent, but she could cry and be a little vulnerable at times. (Not in that prissy, feel-so-sorry-for-poor-little-me way.) Jay was a stand-up man, protecting Violet, being the sweetest boy and friend a girl could ever ask for. SPOILER: Oh my god! I loved their scorching hot make-out sessions! They need to do more of that in the next book! END SPOILER.

All in all this was an amazing book that I would recommend to all "paranormal teen" readers. It has just the right balance of cute, funny, loving scenes and spine tickling mystery. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Desires of the Dead which will be releasing sometime this year. Pick up this book, it's freaking awesome!

Teaser Lines: "And then he kissed her. Gently. Softly. Not on the lips, as she'd imagined so many times before, but on her forehead. The gesture was sweet and a little possessive. Violet hoped, maybe, it was a start."
Series Order:
1. The Body Finder
2. Desires of the Dead (Releasing February 15th 2011 in the U.S.)

Happy Reading,

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