Friday, March 4, 2011

Book Review: The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publishing Date: February 15th 2011
Length: 352 pages
Genre: YA, fantasy, mystery

5/5 ***** The Body Finder- Sensuous, sexy and dangerous. An exquisitely exciting and insanely captivating read that should not be ignored! 

~ The Author ~

Kimberly is the author of THE BODY FINDER and it's follow-up, DESIRES OF THE DEAD. 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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~ The Novel ~

The Body Finder is the first novel in The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting. It was first published in March 2010. Desires of the Dead is the follow up and was released in February 2011. Derting recently announced two more books in her The Body Finder series.

Beside The Body Finder series she has a new book called The Pledge, which will be released November 15th 2011. Kimberly Derting posted this teaser:

A romantic fantasy set in a dystopic, war-torn world, in which a teenage girl realizes that she may be the key to saving her country.

~ The Story ~

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. 

Summary by Goodreads
~ The Review ~

Why did I wait so long to read The Body Finder? Last year I once read the summary and thought about it as a freaky murder mystery. Then Leanna @ Daisy Chain Book Reviews  was always gushing about it and Nic @ Irresistible Reads named the male protagonist Jay her Book Boyfriend #3  and I bought The Body Finder in hope to maybe encounter a freaky murder mystery, but also a good romance. 

Now that I read it in only one day I need to say that this novel has so much more than just some good romance scenes. If The Body Finder weren’t about gruesome crimes, I would call the kissing scenes that, forbidden, sweet and sexy crimes! Derting knows exactly what YA fantasy fans need to experience a reading night full of anxiety and longing with an insanely good and breathtaking novel.

Kimberly Derting applies the perspective of an omniscient narrator. Most of the chapters follow the story of Violet, Jay and their families and friends. In the other few chapters our narrator slips into the perspective of the serial killer. Derting shows that there doesn’t need to be a 1st person narrator to witness a character’s own voice, experience his story and learn about his feelings.
Each character has his own special voice. Violet is a very natural protagonist with a distinctive sense of justice and truth. Our male protagonist Jay is strong, protective, caring and I can’t but be crazy about him.

The potential for a new kind of love story is huge. This love story of Violet and Jay could be something really different, because they have been friends since they were little. Falling in love with your best friend and no stranger, not the new kid in town doesn’t sound exciting or adventurous, The Body Finder could prove the opposite. Violet and Jay have known each other for so long, they know the other. Nevertheless there is so much more to learn about each other, to adjust to the new way of seeing and exploring the other. Violet is falling in love with her best friends, but could they ever be more than that and still be happy?

Derting creeped me out with a cold-hearted and mad murderer. Reading his thoughts on chasing his victims, following and choosing them was scary. She played with my mind, making me make the weirdest accusations, suspecting everyone around Violet to be guilty, involved in some way. When I paused reading to go to the bathroom I glanced over my shoulder checking several times if someone was following me, I was so paranoid!

Although Violet’s gift, finding dead bodies of persons that were murdered, is supernatural, The Body Finder does not appear illogical or impossible. Hunting down the killer seemed so real, I felt involved and affected.

Kimberly Derting did a great job writing her first novel, her writing style is excellent and no single page is boring or like the pages before it.

I loved, loved, loved The Body Finder and am so mad that I hadn’t ordered the sequel, Desires of the Dead in advance. It took several days to get here and right after my review is posted I'll continue the sequel to The Body Finder!

~ We love this book because…~

1) of a natural heroine with supernatural talents
2) best friends always need to take care of each other
3) the lost can be found and rested in peace
4) of its versatile writing style 
5) of the best kissing scenes  

~ The Verdict ~

The Body Finder unites all senses to an unbelievable reading experience. It had all to keep me hooked: a dangerous supernatural gift, a murder mystery and an even more thrilling romance! If awesome novels were echoes, The Body Finder would be strongly calling to you. A must-read, go get it!


  1. Thanks for the awesome review! I've been wanting to get this one for a while but haven't had the incentive. Your word has sealed the deal1

  2. Thanks for this review!! I am getting it in a few days from UK tours, excited =)

  3. The best kissing scenes!! You are so right!

    I'm so honoured to get a mention in your fab review! I tell everybody to read this book, and I'm always so glad when people love it!

    Team Jay! *swoon!*

  4. Love, love, love this book! So glad you enjoyed it as well.

    Also: this line? If awesome novels were echoes, The Body Finder would be strongly calling to you = pure brilliance. Great review! =)

  5. I just finished this book, it's so awesome! I'm now half way through the second one, it's even better, you'll love it! =] Great review!

  6. I just started reading this book! And last night I wanted so badly to keep on reading but I was just TOO TIRED to keep my eyes open :-( Now that I'm supposed to be working (darn grade 11 maths marking..) I keep looking over at the cover, thinking how pretty it is, and wanting to carry on reading!

  7. I've got it! I just haven't managed to get to it yet. I will soon. It sounds so good. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on it.

  8. Oh this was a great I see why you told me that I NEED to read this one! I'll have to pick it up and add to my TBR collection on my shelf!

  9. I read this book in December and it was hands-down my pick for BEST BOOK OF 2010... I will admit that there was a lot of happy tears involved with reading it just because of its sheer amazingness... Great review!

  10. I enjoyed the love story, too. It was hot and didn't feel so forced because they had already been close friends for years. I was disappointed by the murderer though, he was really superficial and cliché.

  11. I think my favorite part of this story was the added narration from the killer. It gave the story an ominous feel...almost like, yes, I am here. I won book two and haven't gotten to it yet. Daughter is reading this one now!


  12. This book has been in my TBR pile for, like, forever, and I still haven't read it! But I'm definitely bumping it up on the pile.

  13. I honestly keep getting this series mixed up with the Dark Divine series >.> because of the colors on black covers heh. It's good that the romance is well developed, but also has more than that.

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

  14. I adore this book! Kimberly's writing style is incredible and she is super nice to her fans. I can't wait to see what you think of Desires of the Dead.

  15. I'm so glad you gave this book 5 stars! :) And I love what you wrote about Jay and Violet's relationship. I have to admit, they are my all time favorite. As you said, they have so much potential and I think their love story could be epic. I've already got my copy of the Desires of the Dead from BookDepository and I can't wait to read it :)

  16. My friends allready call it The Jay factor! Seriously, I have to read this book! :)

  17. I've always been a fan of crime novels and this one has the title of a great one.

  18. I don't think I've seen a bad review for this book, it's that good! I loved the whole idea and Violet and Jay's relationship is like jumping into cotton candy or something it's so sweet!! I just finished Desires of the Dead, hope you like(ed) that one too!