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Friday, January 27, 2012

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Published March 2010 by HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
ISBN 9780061779817
327 Pages
Series? The Body Finder | #1
Rating: High School
Source: Library
Challenges: 2012

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 am all about shaking up my reviews because it makes them less boring and routine-like for me. I am thinking that for this review I want to go with a list. Or to be more precise: two lists. One on what I liked about the book and another on what I did not like about the book.

Let's start on a positive note:

1. Violet has a crush on Jay, her best friend. I was getting sick of the guy friend having a crush on his best friend and the girl somehow ending up with three other guys while completely ignoring their best friend. They don't even bother just telling their friend. When that happened to me I told the guy that I only saw him as a friend and yet for some reason he did not understand any of those words. Anyway, I really liked how it was Violet was the one with the crush on her best friend. So awesome.

2. The fact that Violet knew about her ability to find dead things and to connect them to the murderers when she was a kid and she still knew after she grew up. I so loved this part. I was really happy that I did not have to go through the fifty chapters of denial that Violet would have gone through if she had forgotten about that. It really helped that the ability is hereditary.

3. I liked how suspenseful the book was. Even though I knew that Violet would not be killed off in the beginning or that something would not happen I tensed every time a scene was stretched out.

Let's end on a sad and negative note:

1. The cover. I thought that it was weird and that was a huge reason for why I did not read it the first few times that I saw this book.

2. Jay's admirers. I did not really understand that. Jay and Violet were said to have spent practically every second together but I did not understand how she could have not noticed that he had changed over the summer and I was double surprised that every girl in the school was suddenly attracted to him. And very annoyed. He was hot, I got it. Can we please move on? We don't need to have literally parades of girls waiting for Jay to get to school. Going as far as to let them be late to school just to see him drive up. Has no one heard of lunch?

3. We had no murder suspects. Readers like to try and guess who it was who is the murderer but we were given no suspects.

In conclusion, I really liked this book and while I did get rather annoyed at points and sometimes Violet could act like an idiot (she tried to look for the murderer on her own *cough**cough*) I really liked this book because of its suspenseful and overall interesting plot and writing style.

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