by Kimberly Derting
The Body Finder series; book II
I really enjoyed The Body Finder so when I saw that Desires of the Dead was the sequel, and I saw the summary, I knew I so had to read it!
The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.
Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.
As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.
My Expectations: I fully expected to love it! I've been waiting to read it for a long time.
Delivery: fell a bit short, but still enjoyable.
Put-down-ability: Low!! 2.5/10
Desires of the Dead is a solid sequel, I think the author accomplished what she set out to do; there is suspense, mystery, action, and of course, romance.
I think what reviewers and readers will take away most from this novel would be the romantic development between Violet and Jay. I have to admit, I never found myself a fan of the romance due to Jay being way too perfect (which is impressive seeing he probably improved on his perfection in book 2), but I swear to G, I am the ONLY person who feels this way so I'll bet my opinion will not be yours. I'll bet you'll find the romance sizzling, steamy and sweet.
Violet is a more well rounded character in my mind, she has some serious and silly flaws, can be immature, stubborn and jealous, but always tries to do the right thing… these characteristics cause her to be a more interesting character as a whole. Oh, and I just love her relationship with her caring, not-dysfunctional parents, so yay! Jay has the whole nice guy, best friend turned perfect, protective, loving boyfriend act down pat.
Now the mystery. I completely adored the mystery in the first book, and I was just a little disappointed in it in the sequel, it just didn’t have as much oomph as I hoped (I won't divulge details though). The intermittent POV from a mystery girl was nowhere near the intensity as the serial killer in book 1, and the general ‘who-dun-it’ just wasn’t as satisfying. I felt there wasn't enough twists and turns to have me at the edge of my seat.
Despite some misgivings, I still have to say that as an overall novel, I definitely enjoyed it. I read it all in one sitting, and was kept engaged in what was going on by excellent writing courtesy of Derting. The development of the major characters, mostly Violet, was strong and I over-enjoyed (haha, not even kidding) whatever conflicts she had with Jay. Yeah, don’t judge. I watch Gossip Girl too. xD
Rating in HP Terms: Acceptable
Recommended for: All fans of The Body Finder, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
Acknowledgements: lovely, 4/5
8/10 – because it’s a good sequel that I wished was just a little bit better (yeah, that adjective is pretty lame). Many of you will just LOVE the romance (esp. if you enjoyed it in The Body Finder) but it just wasn’t for me. The plot is interesting and the solid writing keeps things moving; this series has a unique and fascinating premise that fans of both contemporary and paranormal won’t want to miss.
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