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This review has been edited since its original posting.I normally won t touch books that I didn t finish because I think it s unfair for me to judge without thoroughly examining the product The Body Finder is one of the rare exceptions because I hated this book so much I just need to and I mean need to a warn my great Goodreading friends to stay away b , get this piece of work out of my mind for good and c vent But just a little bit.So, I ll skip the intro and get right to the dirty 1 Violet was a rip off of Bella and yes, I m talking about that Bella Beyond ordinary, beyond boring and beyond awkward I could tell Derting was attempting to make Vi seem like an regular girl, but in all honesty, Violet s attitude was simply disgusting because not only was she nothing special, but she was cruel and mean and full of hate She made fun of girls who were dependant on her hot best friend while, and I quote, She Violet needed Jay to go with her Because despite her bold words about doing it herself, it was all just a bluff She really wasn t sure she could do it on her own And sure, that could come across to the untrained eye as Violet proving that she s human for needing someone to hold onto for moral support and all that crazy jazz but really I don t do hypocrites.2 What kind of person is stupid enough to go hunting for a killer when they aren t actually employed by the law enforcement Like, really, come on And if you said that Violet felt a need to help because she had the type of tools that others didn t, I d just ask you this if your friend was trying to cut down a tree with a plastic knife and you had a chain saw, would you help your friend even if neither of you knew how to use it Because that s exactly what Violet did sure, she could identify the mark and smell of death, but was she really able to use and understand her power No That friend, in this case her town, would be better off attempting to cut down the tree with the knife as opposed to risking the safety of everyone with the stupid chain saw And because Violet was incapable of knowing her gift and she was still stupid enough to go forth with her plan to hunt the hunter, she was openly and willingly putting Jay, her beloved at risk Which brings me to problem number 3.3 I can t stand controlling, unreasonable guys who don t have valid reasons to be controlling and unreasonable Let me tell you a little story this guy P., who I m not dating but am currently working things through with, has an issue with my relationships between myself and other guys He has gone up to those aforementioned other guys and has told them to back off from his girl Did I not mention that we re not actually dating More specifically, we re not even seeing each other So who is this guy to tell me that I can t talk to other guys Jay is just like P He won t own up to his obvious feelings for Violet P s case is not so as he adamantly screams he loves me , he has issues when she does her own thing and talks to other guys ahh, you see my story come into place , and he is a total jerk I think P and Jay were separated at birth This is so damn annoying because Violet lets him walk all over her because, as she thinks it, she s in love with him Not only does that sound hypocritical of Violet, taking her view of her classmates into consideration, but she also comes across as sort of pathetic Because, you see, the difference between Violet and I is that I don t let guys walk all over me And if I were to, I wouldn t be criticizing other girls for doing the same All of this goes to show how inhuman and inhumane Derting s characters are And how big a hypocrite Violet is I mean, damn, this girl s consistent.4 So now that we ve established the faults in characterization, I ll move onto the plot This area of the novel could have been somewhat acceptable if it wereunique Mysterious behavior that only applies to the female teen s of small towns is not something new see the Soul Screamer s series, Bad Girls Don t Die, Deadly Little Secret Because I really wanted to like this one, even that overused plot would ve been excused to save my opinion of this book But because Violet had an old, rusty car that didn t work, and she lived in a small, rainy town in Washington, and her object of affection was just another too hot to be true guy who was mauled by dumb girls at every corner, I had to admit defeat Twilight rip offs are not cool.Honestly, I could have written a list that would ve reached ten More honestly I m sick of thinking about this book and because I didn t finish it and my internal alarms are going off at my break in habit, I ll stop where I m at I think you get the point. REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 2009Okay, I realize that it is ridiculously early to be posting a review of this book, but really, with a book this good, who cares I am, quite simply, in love with this book I read it three days ago and I m still in love with it I m considering rereading it I RARELY EVER reread books The Body Finder has so many elements that really appealed to me Firstly, I found the serial killer and murder mystery aspect of the book really well done I m a big fan of shows like Criminal Minds, so I already had an interest in that type of plot line Coupling that aspect of the plot with a supernatural ability and budding romance pretty much set this book over the top Violet s ability was, though creepy, very interesting I really was a bit creeped out when some of the bodies were found Violet dealt with her ability much better than I ever would she is a very strong, resilient individual I really liked Violet as a main character In books and movies and television shows where there is a female lead and a murder, the female lead generally does really stupid things that leave the reader or viewer freaking out about her stupidity Violet wasn t like that, which was very refreshing Yes, she makes a few bad choices, but overall, she was smart I really like it when my main character has a brain, so I was very happy about that.Now, on to one of my favorite aspects of The Body Finder Violet and Jay Kimberly Derting did an AMAZING job of writing Violet and Jay s romance I loved their flirting and dialogue I found the scenes filled with flirting and sexual tension to be very true to life and realistic I love those tension filled scenes and The Body Finder was full of them The confusion and jealousy associated with falling in love with your best friend, who is suddenly very good looking and a bit of a stud, was spot an as well Ratings Out of 10 Plot 10Characters 10Writing style 10Romance 10 Originality 10Total 50 50 A I think Kimberly did an wonderful job blending the different aspects of The Body Finder I loved every aspect the mystery, Violet s ability, and the love story The Body Finder was one of those books that I couldn t put down until I forced myself Seriously, I had about 30 pages left and I made myself go to bed at 5 a.m because I didn t want it to end Not surprisingly, I picked it up right when I got up the next morning and finished it The Body Finder is definitely a must read for 2010 It s a little bit difficult for me to rate this book Don t get me wrong, I did enjoy it in parts and it was definitely not boring I finished it in a few hours , but I had expected .Violet can sense echoes feelings, smells, colours or sounds left behind by murder victims, which not only make it possible for her to locate dead bodies but also to find their murderer.So far, she mostly had to deal with dead animals, but when a cruel serial killer is on the loose in her hometown, she believes it to be her responsiblity to stop him In the meantime, she also has to deal with her growing feelings for Jay, her best friend since childhood Sadly, the crime part of the story fell totally flat for me Once Violet decides to hunt for the killer, the solution comes too fast and too easy, almost without any action on her side Also, I found it somewhat disappointing that there wasn t even a list of suspects, so that I as a reader had no possibility to guess who the murderer could be.For a serial killer book, I didn t find it creepy at all, and I missed being on the edge of my seat with a constant feeling of suspense while reading certain scenes The glimpses we get into the killer s mind didn t really do anything for me either They didn t scare me, and they certainly didn t make me fear for Violet but maybe I read too much Henning Mankell in the past and have become desensitized The chemistry between Violet and Jay at the beginning was great I really like their kind of love story life long friends suddenly develop feelings for each other, but do not dare to mention them to the other out of fear their friendship won t survive then.Towards the end, their relationship got a bit too all consuming for my taste, though They were practically together 24 7, only thinking of each other and sooo in love Especially the whole homecoming event was seriously over the top.I went into this loooking for a good mystery with a paranormal twist, but got a love story instead If that s what you are looking for, you might enjoy The Body Finder, but I was disappointed Overall, I don t think you ll miss something if you skip this I don t think I ll be reading the sequel, Desires of the Dead. The Body Finder is an unfortunate example of wasted potential I am sad to say that, because I feel that Kimberly Derting throws out some great ideas, ones that could have been amazing, but inevitably fell short and got buried under a nauseating romantic plot and a sea of characters who were nothingthan stereotypes.I loved the beginning of the novel We start off with a young Violet finding the body of a dead child If the whole story had followed in the footsteps of the prologue first chapter I would have loved it Violet s ability to find dead bodies isn t exactly a new concept but I thought the way in which she did it was very neat Dead bodies came to Violet as an echo The echo represented their life and death It could attack any one of Violet s senses She might hear the sound of fireworks, smell strong coffee or feel the touch of downy feathers on her skin She could also sense death on others as an imprint It was difficult for Violet to even be around her cat since he carried the imprints of the creatures he d killed.I also found the murder investigation to be entertaining despite being a bit predictable I read the majority of this novel in one sitting and was completely engrossed by the chapters in which Violet uses her ability to try to catch a killer I also liked the included chapters from the killer s perspective Unfortunately, I envisioned several endings that would have beenshocking than where the story actually went I also didn t like the attempts to trick the reader into thinking something, because it was rather obvious that it was being done, so I didn t suspect it was true I think that if these risks were actually taken with the story specifically a trick played near the end it would have made for agripping read.My main gripe with this novel is the relationship between Violet and Jay Honestly, they did not have personalities outside of each other It was yet another situation in which the lead male is being fawned all over by every girl in his vicinity, but of course he only has eyes for our awkward heroine who couldn t possibly understand what he could see in her Not only was it annoying that all of the other female characters in the novel apparently lost all sense of themselves when Jay was in the room and only cared about fighting other girls for his affections ugh , it was also annoying that Violet inwardly mocked these girls and then turned around and did the exact same thing herself She was constantly thinking about melting and how hot sexy attractive Jay had gotten since going through the apparently magical process of puberty.In connection with this, I also didn t appreciate the treatment of Lissie Adams in this story She is Violet s competition for Jay She is referred to as shallow and boring and just another brainless cheerleader and given no depth beyond being the obvious bitch stereotype ready to claw Violet s eyes out to get to Jay Is this really all we want women characters to amount to in novels It s also said that she is a slut and she gives it up to all the guys and goes by the nickname kneepads This is a conversation being had at a table of girls Was this necessary I don t agree with slut shaming and I don t see what purpose this cattiness served for the novel Jay, of course, can just cast this girl aside very rudely for Violet and it s viewed as ok, romantic even, because she is a bitch slut walking talking bag of evil He even says that he was using her to make Violet jealous so she would realize he liked her Um, couldn t he have just I don t know told her he liked her Too simple, Jay Too direct Not enough casualties involved There is also a friend of Violet s whose only purpose is to be the stupid friend who never gets anyone s jokes and doesn t understand anything At one point another friend of Violet s jokes to the girl that she must ride the short bus Nothing like a good dose of ableism on top of all of that slut shaming There was also a situation where one girl was to said to like to play the bi curious card even though she was like SO TOTALLY STRAIGHT as if it would be weird if she weren t and all of the other girls would yell Gross in response to her fake advances One of the girls is even said to be homophobic I enjoyed the serial killer plot, and I thought the idea of echoes and imprints was very original Too bad the rest of the novel brought such an interesting concept down to its level in the dumpster of stereotypes and offensive tropes.More Reviews and other fun stuff at my blog The Night Bookmobile Two stars because it was compelling enough for me to finish, although I wouldn t recommend it to anyone else There s a lot of telling in this book Whole scenes are told to you instead of actually occurring in a way you can read about them The author would benefit from a basic writing class or twelve There are numerous interactions between Violet and a boy who is not her love interest but rather an obstacle before her love interest This interactions are unimportant, at least according to the author, because you are given summary after summary rather than any actual scenes It was very annoying.Derting also lacks any real understanding of serial killers or crime scenes, or you know police procedures I kept getting drawn out of the book by how ridiculously unrealistic so much of it was I figured out the twist pretty much from the get go I can give her some leeway here because not everyone shares my obsession with serial killers Let s just say if we played a drinking game listing serial killers I d win, win, win Most people won t realize how far off the mark she is, but that doesn t change the fact that she s far off the mark If you re going to write a book that has plot points that lean on things like criminal behavior maybe you should know as much as a novice possibly can.What was worth while in this book The relationship with Jay and Violet was sort of cute I found myself skimming to read that stuff It was mostly fluff and none of it was written with a great amount of skill or sophistication, but it was still cute.This book is a skip Anyone old enough to read content about a serial killer murdering teenage girls will not be drawn into the writing quality here.Edit I made a friend who annoyed me read this book when she lost a bet so I guess it qualifies as an instrument of torture now. This book sucked.I won t go into great detail about how badly this book sucked, because if you re drawn to it, you ll probably have to find out on your own But suck it did.Derting s book has an interesting premise her main character, Violet, can sense the location of murder victims Her gift is hereditary, and she inherited it from her grandmother Everyone in her family, and her best friend Jay, know about the gift As a small child, she found the location of a murdered girl For some time after the discovery, she was distraught, but once the girl was buried, she recovered.This set the pattern for her life to this point Violet can sense any murdered body including those killed by animals Once she discovers the body, she buries it, and then she finds peace Until that time, the body radiates a sound, scent, or taste that overwhelms her other senses Unfortunately, her family owns a cat that does kill birds, so this feeling happens often She s managed to get by so far by having a small graveyard in the backyard.Sounds promising, no Trust me, the no is the right word.When Violet returns to school for her junior year, she s troubled by her attraction to Jay He s been her friend for years, but he matured greatly over the summer, and he s now the object of desire for nearly every girl in the school and apparently the tri city area When she s not obsessing over Jay, Violet is disturbed by the reports of missing girls in her community, but the disappearances only become real once she finds a body.At this point, the novel takes a nose dive.Here, as readers, we are introduced to a random chapter from the point of view of the killer He s hunting these girls and gets off on the chase Oddly, he likes girls that surrender meekly if they struggle, it ruins his mood His sections of text are always in Italics you know, in case we mistake his thoughts for those of Violet We have to have that extra visual to make certain that we understand that Violet would never consider a girl her age delectable I could be wrong about the word there, but it s the sort of word he would have used I m too lazy to flip through my nook and find a real quote Personally, I hate mysteries that include chapters from the point of view of the killer The viewpoint hopping disturbs me simply because I m not a fan of splitting a book between two characters, for one reason For another, in this book it seems like a sloppy attempt to imitate adult mysteries or television shows In a show like Criminal Minds, it makes sense to show the killer s POV This gives viewers a chance to compare his her behavior with what the profilers recognize and to build suspense However, in a novel, it doesn t work so well In this case, the killer is used to build suspense and cause readers to constantly fear that this time he s got Violet in his sightsbut he doesn t The cheap trick of having Violet and the victim act alike gets old, and quickly Evenannoying, I have to admit that I don t think this trick belongs in a YA novel I have no problems with YA novels about murder However, I don t think it s a good idea for a YA to be from the POV of the killer Asking teens to read those thoughts seems inappropriate Add to this the fact that the novel was boringly predictable When I realized the timing of the end of the novel, I bet my husband 5 how and when the novel would end He didn t take the bet, which is just as well I would have won.I found this book to be a terrible waste of my time I will not read the second book, and I doubt that I ll read anything else by Kimberly Derting I understand that this is a young adult novel I read YA novelsthan almost any other genre, so I m familiar with its tropes Just because it s YA doesn t mean that it has to be bad, and this one is very, very bad In fact, it sucked. 2.5 starsThis is a hard one for me to rate First off, I flew through it it s an easy and fairly addictive read but I don t think it s a book that will linger or be a favourite.For a serial killer book, it wasn t that creepy and there weren t clues for the reader to feel a part of the investigation which is part of the thrill for me as a reader I can t help but think of books in this similar genre in Adult fiction which pack a lotpunch, and maybe it s unfair to compare a YA novel with Adult thrillers, but it fell a little flat for me there was nothing original or surprising about the killing investigation part of the story.The book really wasabout Jay and Violet Unlike most people, I found Jay to be fairly dull despite his gorgeous grin We are told he and Violet are best friends, told he is hot and then watch for a good quarter of the book how half the girls in the school are falling all over him The scenes with him and Violet were sweet, but he didn t do anything to impress me His dialogue was standard, neither funny or brilliant That is, until half way through Okay, so after the party things turned suddenly hot and Jay s personality finally showed up It just took half a book for him to get there And considering nothing happened between him and Violet for the first half, well, Dertingthan made up for that in the second half Jay knows how to charm the parents but once they leave the room, he brings the sexy right on back.As for the supporting cast of friends, they all seemed a little interchangeable none made an impression on me I did love the family vibe, Vi s parents were cool and so was her uncle.This book is written for teens and it probably is the perfect blend for them some wish fulfilment with a hot stud of a best friend turned boyfriend, lots of sexy hot scenes that are still PG, a not too freaky serial killer to ease young teens into the genre although when I was a teen I read lots of thriller killer adult fiction with some freaky bad dudes and coped pretty well 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 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 KillersViolet Has Never Considered Her Strange Talent To Be A Gift It Mostly Just Led Her To Find The 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, She Realizes She Might Be The Only Person Who Can Stop HimDespite His Fierce Protectiveness Over Her, Jay Reluctantly Agrees To Help Violet On Her Quest To Find The Murderer And Violet Is Unnerved By Her Hope That Jay S Intentions Are Much 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 I don t remember what inspired me to add this to my TBR list, but possibly I was swayed by all of the 4 5 star reviews Unfortunately, there are sooo many reasons I disliked this book, that I don t even know where to begin So, rather than writing a proper review, I m just making a list of issues, starting with Violet s power We learn that Violet, the protagonist, has the ability to sense dead people animals Basically, she feels an overwhelming pull in a certain direction and will be lead to a dead thing which has its own distinct smell, taste, sound or feeling If the thing was killed by another being regardless of the intent, so murdered by a person, hunter, predator seeking prey, etc the killer will bear the same smell or whatever as the dead thing So Violet then feels incredibly uneasy until the dead person thing has been buried in consecrated ground leading her to construct a pet cemetery of sorts, so that she may put to rest various dead animals she comes across Sorry for the long explanation, but I just don t buy this supernatural power Granted, Derting deserves some kudos for creating something new when we are all reading a lot of the same old over and over But this power is just so specific and doesn t seem to make much sense For example, the whole buried in consecrated ground issue is obviously rooted in Christianity so what of people from other cultures, with other beliefs What if Violet converts to Buddhism, for example would she wish dead things to be cremated Would she suffer conflict between her super power her religious beliefs Yeah this is a YA book and I am an adult who is taking it way too seriously But this power doesn t seem to be anythingthan a opportune plot device to involve Violet in the murder mystery Speaking of which, she inherited this ability from her grandmother so her uncle, who happens to be a cop working on the murder case, can take advice from Violet and she doesn t have to come up with a reason for why she knows what she knows since Uncle Cop is already familiar with her sixth sense Convenient, eh Violet s involvement in the mystery So, if you read any synopsis of the book, you already know there is a serial killer on the loose And as I mentioned, Violet does manage to put herself in the middle of the hunt but not through wits, detective work, or even trickery She her ability simply happen to be in the right place at the right time Further, every time she lands herself in a bit of trouble, she is rescued by a male Nitpicking Perhaps But I really do like to see any protagonist think their own way out of a situation Violet is the worst sort of role model for young girls has creepy relationship issues Not that any author has a responsibility to create a decent role model But Derting has painted Bella Swan s ickier little sister or something Violet screams when she discovers a dead body She allows herself to be picked up and carried multiple times by Jay, her friend love interest And all these times, she is protesting, but lets him do it anyway She always waits for Jay to make a move, romantic or otherwise Violet just doesn t take any initiative with him But even worse, Jay is ridiculously protective, which Violet doesn t mind, because it shows he cares Argh Jay didn t ask her if she was ready to go or not he just put his arm around her There was nothing gentle or reassuring about the contact, it was meantto guide than to comfort her, as he led her out of the mall to the car Again I don t believe that authors have a responsibility to create upstanding characters But on the other hand as an adult I am aware that super protective and sometimes controlling guys in books are one thing, because they have other awesome qualities, right But in reality we all know that relationships like this often become unhealthy at best, abusive at worst So, while I don t mean to sound as if I endorse censorship of any kind I do have a problem with YA authors writing over protective, controlling guys as the perfect, romantic boyfriend It s just wrong And regarding the creepy relationship SPOILER ALERT HERE AND IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH before Violet Jay confess their feelings for each other, they use other people to make each other jealous But, no hard feelings because the people they used were bad people Uh Violet s guy got on her nerves and made a very aggressive pass at her when he was drunk That is what was wrong with him And Jay speaks to Violet of the girl he used, Don t worry about her If she wasn t such a bitch I might have felt sorry for using her We never see Violet or Jay suffer the repercussions or their actions they never apologize to these people or even privately reflect on their behavior Hell, even the folks on Seinfeld had to answer for their crappy deeds in the end, right I m not against characters behaving badly so long as someone is aware they are behaving badly, you know But apparently, in this case, it is just me I mean, we don t even see the people they used approach either one of them and say, You really hurt me Another complaint with is that a lot of the extra material isn t very original The head cheerleader is a blonde bitch The bad guy is deeply disturbed and carries his abduction tools in a duffel bag yeah, I m grasping at straws here and this is all from my life long reader adult point of view But I m just saying My last issue with The Body Finder involves the big twist at the end so warning HUGE SPOILER ALERT IN THIS PARAGRAPH but in the final pages we learn that there isn t just one bad guy but two bad guys who work as a team A man who gets off abducting young girls, and his mysterious acquaintance who likes to kill them These two have been in cahoots for quite some time but we never learn how they met or when they started doing this which is something I would really like to know How, exactly, does one go about finding a sociopath friend who enjoys the same activities you do How fucking convenient that one only wants to enjoy the chase without the messy killing, and the other loves to kill but is too lazy to get his own girls Unfortunately, Dertling doesn t see the need to include that bit of information If my ridiculously long rant isn t enough to make anyone avoid The Body Finder, this nifty description of Violet Jay s first big makeout session should, She was only dimly aware that they were moving, that he was maneuvering her through her own home, as he stroked, and touched, and explored her with his firmly gentle hands It wasn t until he was easing her down that she realized they were in her bedroom, and that he was lowering her onto her bed Man, I wish my first kiss was that smooth And for the record, the only times I have been so unaware of my surroundings well, there were lots of chemicals to blame for the distraction Oh My Goodness ONE HELL OF AN AWFUL BOOK IT IS.It took forever for me to finish this book, and I don t enjoy a mere second of it Yes, reading The Body Finder is as painful as having my teeth pulled out one by one.Get the picture now You may want to know, just how bad The Body Finder actually is Well, let me tell you one thing You just know something must have gone terribly wrong with a book when you would rather read about an evil serial killer kidnapping and hurting innocent girls than reading about how the heroine is getting on with her daily life.See that guy s pissed off face and the dude in the back s middle finger I reacted to this book in the exact same way.And why would everyone be so excited about Kimberly Derting s supposedly original idea about a girl who has the special ability to find dead bodies I mean, hello Violet Ambrose you are a Body Finder, you can sense and locate corpses, right Sohave you ever heard of a woman named Harper Connelly before Miss Connelly also can find dead bodies And guess what Her books were published before yours did Therefore, please don t tell me The Body Finder has an oh so original idea.Plus, Violet is a purely innocent special snowflake, to a point she makes me feel sick She s also so damn boring, holier than thou and hateful to be neither interesting or likable Instead I think she s quite a mean spirited little bitch Not to mention she s also Too Stupid To Live, for why else would an untrained person go after a serial killer sighs Let s face it, Violet Ambrose is not better than Bella Swan Yes, I m talking about Bella Swan from the godforsaken Twilight.Her love interest, Jay is no better The guy shamelessly uses a girl to get Violet jealous Right, he doesn t even have enough balls to own up to his own feeling nor run the risk of being rejected Instead he just has to play games.Violet s friends, they re also not any better, they re a bunch of fools who re only interested in dating and makeovers, whose IQ drop right to zero whenever a handsome guy walks on by they act like they have nothing in their heads aside from drooling over boys I am serious, from start to end all I can see is these girls talking about dresses, makeup, who is dating who, and how to get themselves a boyfriend Plus they freely badmouth the Popular Girl for being a slut and make mean spirited remarks on said Girl giving it all up to every guy I want to throw up.And I think it s unrealistic for Violet s ability to sense dead bodies to remain a secret in her hometown Wouldn t people be talking Wouldn t they be a bit suspicious Wouldn t they talk about Violet as that girl who had discovered the little girl s corpse in the wood or that weird girl who likes to bury dead animals in her personal graveyard I bet this kind of things would be mentioned for years upon years in a small town.It drives me crazy when the author, Kimberly Derting, wrote in an outrageous, charmless, over the top Tell, Not Show style In fact, her writing is all about telling, with 0% of showing Her writing is that bad.Final Words If you were interested in making yourself suffer, then go ahead and read this book.