Title: The Body Finder
Series: The Body Finder #1Paperback, 329 pages
Published by HarperCollins
Release Date: February 15th 2011
Get Your Copy: Amazon, B&N
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:I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I do now. I am practically dying for the sequel to be in my hands at this very moment. The Body Finder is the perfect YA book.
Violet hears the echoes and feels the call of dead bodies. She can see if you’ve killed someone and can find dead bodies. Her “gift” has never bothered her, not even when she was eight and found the body of a dead girl in the woods near her house. However, now her town has a serial killer and when Violet finds a couple of the bodies she’s not only drawn the attention of the police but also the killer. To top it all off Violet now has a major crush on her best friend Jay.
The Body Finder is absolutely fabulous.
Violet was such a cute character who is totally the average teenager dealing with things like bad dates, falling for your best friend, homecoming, and serial killers. Violet despite the odd gift she’s been given doesn’t dwell on the fact that her powers make her different. She’s strong and funny and was an all- around enjoyable character. She’s loyal, shy, and very intuitive. Whenever she was in danger she was always thinking of others or how best to proceed instead of coming up with a plan later.
Her cast of friends are completely hilarious and I found that even with the paranormal aspect it still had every day activities and portrayed just how shallow high school truly is. Her friends are all different but fiercely protective and were funny to read about.
Jay is honestly a great friend and that really carried over to his protectiveness into boyfriendhood. He’s loyal to a fault and even when he was upset at Violet for doing things she shouldn’t like chasing after killers without telling him he never stopped caring about her. He’s swoon worthy perfect and hysterical. He’s always making jokes and teasing Violet or her friends and it’s absolutely awesome. Definitely a perfect book boyfriend in my opinion. He’s absolutely perfect for Violet since she doesn’t have to hide her secret from him and he understands her in a way no one else would since he’s known her for so long. Plus he gives yummy hot kisses and you can’t pass that stuff up.
Violet and Jay are completely adorable and when they get together it is completely epic and adorable too. They both get each other and I can tell their relationship is going to get very interesting and hot pretty quick. You do not want to pass up this good stuff,
The Body Finder is a completely original story in my book. I have yet to read anything like it. Kimberly Derting from what I can tell is a completely fabulous writer and I am dying to get my hands on her other books. So yeah I love this book and am honestly sad it took me so long to read. Now I just need the other three books and my life shall be complete!
“She was so close to discovering whoever it was that carried the imprint of death, the one who was making her mouth feel like she’d eaten an entire plate of warm, buttery-soft garlic cloves. But she couldn’t help thinking that maybe she was too close. Maybe Jay was right. Maybe this was too dangerous.”
“But then their kisses became something infinitely deeper…they took on a languid, unhurried quality, as they began to learn the feel and taste of each other.”
Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins), THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster), and THE TAKING trilogy (HarperTeen). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.
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