Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Body Finder

This one's The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.

About and Thoughts on Book:
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.
From B&N

Ever since she was a little kid, Violet has been able to sense or feel "echos," what she calls the sounds, lights, or smells, that she can pick up when an animal has been killed. She didn't first get an echo off a dead body till she was 8. But since then, she has always picked up these"echos," and made sure that the animals had a proper burial this way the echos were calmer and not as easy to pick up. She has been able to handle this strange power of hers, deal with it, until she finds another body in the lake. A body of girl who's been murder. No one but her family and her best friend, Jay, know that she has this power, and they all try to keep her safe. They make it appear like she just happened upon the bodies, not letting people know that she's drawn to them and she can't help but go to the echos. After finding the girl in the lake, more girls go missing, and Violet is determined to find out who it is. Jay doesn't want her to, thinks that this will cause her too much problems, but Violet won't listen. She's head over heels for Jay, but she's not sure he feels the same way. He seems like the perfect guy for her. They've been friends since they were in the first grade. They know everything about each other, but Violet just keeps thinking that he will always treat her like a friend. It doesn't help that he got hotter over the summer, and now every girl is gaga over him, even the most popular girl in school. Yet maybe there is hope for Violet and Jay.

I enjoyed reading this book mainly for the suspense of finding out who was behind the kidnappings and murders. Little chapters that were told from the serial killer's point of view are thrown adding to the suspense. At some points I didn't like Violet. She acted somewhat immature for her age, at least in my opinion, and sometimes naive, even though she has this power that makes it where she knows their are terrible cruelties in this world. I felt like the things with Jay seemed to overpower everything. I mean I love reading YA Romance, but I felt this was suppose to be more about finding the serial killer, about Violet using her powers. I liked Jay, but I didn't understand how he all of a sudden got hot because I felt I never got a true description of him. It was hard for me to imagine what he looked like, but I still loved his personalities. Overall,  I liked this book, and want to read the next one, hoping that it focuses more on Violet's gift or power. 


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