Thursday, March 17, 2011

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2)

Rating: 5/5 Hoots

Release Date: February 15, 2011 Summary:
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 Review:
I adored The Body Finder and had been eagerly awaiting its sequel, Desires of the Dead. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed!   Desires of the Dead had the same spooky, suspenseful tone as The Body Finder. I have read some great books lately, but this is the first one in a while that I truly could not put down. I had to find out what would happen to Violet next!

In this book Violet is being threatened by an unknown classmate and also trying to come to terms with her peculiar gift to sense and locate the dead. Over the course of the book she begins to change the way she views herself and her talent- she begins to see it as something which could be useful, instead of a curse that she is saddled with. I really enjoyed that element of growth in Violet.

The mystery/suspense elements of the book were great too. I kept thinking I had figured it out, then I would turn a page and *GASP* it wasn't who I thought it was! Plus, the book opens with a terrifying scene, and then goes back several weeks and covers all the events leading up to it, so you are already afraid for Violet from page one and have to wait over the whole book to see if she can get herself out of it.

In addition to the great suspense and character development, the romance in Desires of the Dead is very sweet as well. Violet and Jay experience some ups and downs and go through many changes in their relationship which I think many teen readers will be able to relate too. Jay is such a thoughtful and romantic boyfriend for Violet- he makes a great book crush!

The only thing that I found to be a little distracting in Desires of the Dead is how much time is devoted to describing Violet's obnoxious BFF Chelsea and her crush on the new guy, Mike. Otherwise, it was an excellent book that it is easy to become completely absorbed in!

I would pair Desires of the Dead with the Touch series by Laurie Faria Stolarz, All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab, The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams, and the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard.


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