Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"The Body Finder" by Kimberly Derting

From Goodreads: "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." 

This book left me speechless and in the best possible way. I cannot convey to you how much I loved this book and how perfect I thought it was- and I am entirely taken aback by it all, because in all honesty, I just randomly bought the book, having only seen it a few times in the blogosphere world, and having no idea what it was about. I had been reading this book while my dad and I were driving and after each chapter I would set the book down and squeal (and I embarrassingly admit, there may have been happy tears involved each time) about how much I was loving it all. Kimberly Derting, you are a genius, and your wonderful creation has (rightfully so) earned its place in my favourite book series of all time, alongside "The Mortal Instruments" series by Cassie Clare and the "Shifter" series by Rachel Vincent. And though I love me some Marc, Jace, and Dimitri, Jay Heaton has hands down become my favourite male character (which I find surprising since he isn't at all what I almost exclusively go for in male characters- dark and dangerous).

This book is beautifully written and everything in it is impeccably interwoven. It also had the perfect combination of adventure and romance, and as I made note in my reviews of "The Dark Divine" and "The Lost Saint" by Bree Despain, the idea of romantically bringing together two best friends is genius, as it avoids the clique YA plot where the male and female character pronounce their undying love for one another almost immediately after meeting. What I also is that being best friends forever, Jay and Violet know everything about one another, just one eyebrow raise or one facial twitch speaks volumes amongst them, the other will know exactly what the other is thinking or is trying to convey. The characters are extremely well developed, take Violet for instance, she is such a headstrong young woman with a strong sense of good and evil in the world, whereas Jay is caring,  clever, and humorously possessive.

I will admit though that I am quite worried about the next book in the series, “Desires of the Dead”. As I have said many times in my reviews, there are cases, more than I would like to admit, where I believe that sequels do not deliver, and that they fall flat. However *positive thinking/ fingers crossed* that “Desires of the Dead” will be like “The Lost Saint” by Bree Despain, exceeding the first book in the series by tenfold, making me love the series all the more.

Rating: 11/10 (yes, you read that right, 11/10- the highest rating I have ever given out in one of my reviews. I love this book to pieces and think that you would be crazy to not read it- in fact, I am going to go and reread it right now).


  1. High praise! Well then, I guess that means I'll have to add this to my TBR.

  2. Whoa! An 11 out of 10? Can't wait to read it! I literally just picked this one up at the bookstore on Monday because I've read so many good reviews and since I trust your opinion I'm now dying to start it! Time to meet Jay:)

  3. Glad you liked it! I read this one not too long ago along with Desires of the Dead and both were fantastic!!

    I truly adored Jay as well, he's the kind of guy I could be friends with! I sort of had a friend like him too before he moved away. Sigh...

    I have The Dark Divine in my TBR pile and glad to hear that it's a good read!

  4. I'm happy you liked this one! Isn't Jay great? I don't usually go for the "nice" guy, but he was so cute. I'm worried about the sequel too. I thought this one ended well. Here's hoping the sequel is as good!

  5. I feel the sameeee way, girl! :) I have such a glowing review for The Body Finder because it was one of my FAVORITE reads this year. Violet and Jay's relationship was just squee worthy. I think this would be a good standalone, to be honest, but I'm totally not complaining about Desires of the Dead coming out - I can't wait! :) Great review!

  6. Wow! I really am missing out having not read this yet, eh?! I love how thoughtful your review was, Avery - it makes it so much easier to decide whether or not a book is for me. Great review :)

  7. Oh, I so need to pick this one up. I've been wanting to read this. Maybe that is my next meme... books I need to get my butt in gear to read because Avery says it is fantastic! Seriously! Great review!


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