Friday, June 11, 2010
The Body Finder
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.
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting, oh how I love thee. This book is made of awesome, fabulousness (I know it's not a word, but still! It's that good!!). So fabulous, actually, that I'm positive I will only have to mention a few key points about it, and you too will want to read it.
So, before you read any further, please make sure you have ample free time. Not because this review is going to take up a ton of time but because as soon as you read it, you will want to go to the book store nearest you, buy The Body Finder, and then read it in its entirety, immediately. And I'm not kidding.
Here I go: (You can't say I didn't forewarn you!)
First, me being the cover junkie I am, I have to start with the cover. I mean, look at that cover! Isn't it beautiful? And the title, it's simple and intriguing and perfect! Now, who could pass up a cover and title like that?? If you can, you must be crazy. Then again, if you haven't read this book yet, you must be a little crazy already.
Moving on to my next point, The Body Finder is a YA book. (For those of you who don't know: YA=best books on the face of the earth! Yeah, you heard me: The Best!) More than that though, it's a YA book who's strong and lovable MC can sense dead people, which is super cool and kind of creepy. But mostly cool!
Oh, and did I mention there's also a serial killer on the loose. Kimberly Derting sprinkles the killer's POV sporadically throughout the novel, and I love that. It really set the tone for the novel, one that is both eerie and creeptastically awesome at the same time. I have to say, I haven't read very many YA novels with serial killers running around ... killing. [Cue the spooky music.... here]
And as always, I saved the best for last: Jay Heaton. ('Nuff said!) He isn't your normal, bad boy love interest that you can find in every other YA book on the shelves. He's actually the good guy. Really good. Which, in my opinion, is very yummy too. Like melt your Popsicle scrumptious! You won't want to miss him, I promise. When have I ever steered you wrong on that bookish boys? Hmmm...
So, what do you think? You all want to run out and buy your copy of The Body Finder right now, don't you?
Hello?? Is anyone still there ... [cue the crickets]
Well, I guess I was right. Ha-HA! But, if there is still anyone out there, quietly reading, waiting for this post to hurry up and end already, then I will be nice and let you sprint to the store, or to Amazon, and buy your copy now.
If you could just wait until Monday, when I share my interview with the fabulously-awesome Kimberly Derting, you might be able to enter my next contest for a chance to win a personalized, autographed copy of The Body Finder for yourself. Maybe.
Guess you'll just have to come back Monday to see. ;)
Have a great weekend, everyone!!