Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Body Finder

Author: Kimberly Derting
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: 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.

    I started out reallly liking this, but then in the middle of the book, everything pretty much came to a complete stop and got really boring. But I can see how that would be nessecary so that there was not an insta-romance. Speaking of the romance, I loved it! Usually it's the same thing over and over with the romances, but Violet and Jay had been best friends thier whole lives, so it wasn't so sudden.
    I really did like the aspect of the main character being attracted to dead bodies, because it's so different from anything I've read in YA lately. Plus, there was a serial killer on the loose, and every couple of chapters was in his point of view, which was creepy but interesting.
    But other than that, it was kind of following the same standard format for all YA novels. It was predictable. But I know a lot of people will like this book, because it is similiar to contemporary fiction, and it's like a murder mystery without the scary parts. I think this is a really good book to give to the younger group of YA readers, as it's easy to read, and exciting in parts, but not too scary. It's good for readers in between moving from Middle grade literature to YA literature. I just felt like it was a little too watered-down if you know what I mean.
    That being said, my TBR pile is almost gone, and I need you guys to reccomend some good books for me that you want reviewed that are relatively new. I can't really buy any books right now though, because it'll just be more stuff to move. But I can order it from the library or get it when I move. Also, I'm really really bad with formatting websites, as you have nopticed. I just figured out how to put those count down thingies of the sidebar. So if you have any suggestions on improvements, they are welcome!

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