Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Body Finder (Book 1)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 16, 2010

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.


Echoes. Do you hear them? Do you smell them? Do you taste them? Do you see them? If you do, you're like Violet. She keeps her ability a secret to everyone except those closest to her...including her best friend Jay Heaton. After an uneventful summer, she is faced with dead girls' bodies, a murder on the loose, and a growing romance with her best friend. Violet is the only one who can catch the killer. But time is running out. Soon, she won't be sensing other people's echoes, but rather, she'll be getting her very own.

The Body Finder is an original, edgy read that will pull readers into a convincing and authentic world of passion, romance, and suspense. Derting's prose is sharp, magnetic, and detailed. Fitting this with The Body Finder's enigmatic plot creates a solid and concrete semblance and ultimately captivates readers with its many innate elements. The idea of an 'echo' only adds to the curiosity and intrigue of The Body Finder and once readers are introduced to Violet's strong and genuine narrative, they will eventually connect with her on a more in-depth level.

Throughout the entirety of The Body Finder, readers will always have a feeling of unwavering intensity and passion. The whole book is one big climax, and when the real climax actually happens, it creates an even bigger boom of action. The same tone is potent between Violet and Jay. The tension between them builds up as they start to realize their feelings for each other. And when they do, there is a great sense of revelation and realization, but the depth and emotion is never lost. Their chemistry is apparent from the very start, and their background as friends only makes their romance more believable. Jay's fierce protectiveness of Violet is completely justified, but so is Violet's stubbornness. This clashing and conflict towards each other is what fuels the tension and the building excitement between them.

The Body Finder alternates between Violet's and the killer's perspective and provides a deeper look into the psyche of two very different people; a teenager, and a killer. Having the killer's point of view evokes more enigma and mystery, while Violet's narrative is made an opportunity to show teenage realism and the grappling struggles of teens whilst still pertaining to Violet's ability. Derting skillfully balances everything and perfectly combines touches of reality with fantasy.

Kimberly Derting's debut novel is sure to amaze readers with its unique, perceptible ideas that is completely balanced by the reality and fluctuating thoughts of a convincing narrator. The Body Finder is a passionate and engaging read that readers will never forget. It's a fusion of suspense, mystery, romance, and major drama. Let's just say that The Body Finder will never have its own echo...it'll never die out! The Body Finder has left me breathless with anticipation for its sequel, Desires of the Dead, coming in 2011. A+ =)

The Bottom Line: It's the face of TUBL! What other proof do you need for its awesomeness?

---Report Card---
Originality: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
My reaction/enjoyment: 10/10
Theme: 10/10
Imagery: 10/10
Setting: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Style: 5/5
Tone: 5/5
Cover: 10/10
Total Score: 100/100 (A+) !!!This is one of the NINE books that hold the title: !!!
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65 comments:

Jami March 10, 2010 at 9:30 PM  

WOW! Awesome review! I have been wanting ot read this one since I first heard about it. Your review makes me want to run out and get it now!

Michelle March 10, 2010 at 9:58 PM  

Great review Reggie! I'm so eager for this one to come out. It sounds like so much fun to read.

Kelsey March 10, 2010 at 10:09 PM  

I totally agree! The Body Finder is an amazing book and I wish Kimberly all the success she deserves for it!

Great review!

Elie March 10, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

VERY good review. Very detailed. This is how I imagine the book to be, very suspenseful and exciting. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review.

Miss Remmers March 10, 2010 at 11:02 PM  

Great Review! I'm definitely adding this to my list! Thanks!

Jessica Secret March 10, 2010 at 11:35 PM  

Awesome review, Reggie! I just finished this and it WAS really good!

Valerie March 10, 2010 at 11:38 PM  

I'm so excited to read this book, it feels like I've been waiting forever! I'm impressed it got the full 100 out of 100! That makes me look forward to it even more!

elizabeth March 10, 2010 at 11:57 PM  

I've heard so many great things about this book! Can't wait to read it.

Kelly March 11, 2010 at 12:34 AM  

Great review! You are so enthusiastic about this book. I have been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it. Happy Birthday!

Leslie March 11, 2010 at 12:58 AM  

I take it you really liked it. That makes me more excited to read it.

Annika March 11, 2010 at 1:10 AM  

That is a very inspiring review, there as it inspires me to read the book now! Sounds magnificent!

MannaB March 11, 2010 at 2:24 AM  

I wish this book would just come out already! I am pretty much jumping up and down in anticipation for its release!

P.S. Happy Birthday!

Jessy March 11, 2010 at 2:30 AM  

Glad to see you enjoyed it so much. I'll be on the lookout for it. I especially like the main characters name- Violet Ambrose. I would love to have a name like that.

Miriam March 11, 2010 at 3:13 AM  

Wow I'm glad you enjoyed it - another one with full marks! I've been wanting to read this book for a while, it just looks interesting plus the cover is coooool. XD

YA Vampire Books March 11, 2010 at 3:14 AM  

Amazing review! I can tell how much you loved this book! The Body Finder is on top of my wish list now! ;)

miss cindy :) March 11, 2010 at 3:46 AM  

Great review, I can't wait to read it now :)

Raíla March 11, 2010 at 4:07 AM  

Yay! I am SO EXCITED to read this one. I am also excited to promote it as much as I can to my friends and the Brazilian people! :) AWESOME review. I loved the first lines! I never know how to start writing a review. I change the "type" of it everytime I write one.

The Library Lurker March 11, 2010 at 4:32 AM  

Great review! I've heard mixed things about this one, but I'm glad that you liked it!

Justine March 11, 2010 at 5:12 AM  

Ooh another perfect! Wow, this must be really good then! Agh, I've yet to read it. I remember putting this as my WoW and thinking ... "GOTTA GET IT".
And this is a very well written review! I like the way you started it :) Very creative!

Dwayne March 11, 2010 at 5:44 AM  

OH wow - a must have! :)

Katy March 11, 2010 at 5:49 AM  

Wow--excellent marks for this book!

~The Book Pixie March 11, 2010 at 5:54 AM  

Dang, so glad you enjoyed this book so much because I'll be starting it later this month. Great review.

~Briana

Tales of a Teenage Book Lover March 11, 2010 at 6:28 AM  

Gah! This is in my cart and now I think I'm finally going to click "buy"!

KatieDoll March 11, 2010 at 7:17 AM  

I've been listening to you rave about this one for awhile now. It really must be amazing. (And saw the cake- that's incredible!) I can't wait to read it. Great review!

Catie S (Book Bound) March 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM  

Your review is much better than mine.
This is a fabulous book & I can't wait for it to be out!!!

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile March 11, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

Your writing is amazing. Don't take this the wrong way, but I often forget that you're just 15. :-) I love the way you described the book as having unwavering intensity and passion -- one big climax.

Cleverly Inked March 11, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

I have not gotten my hands on this *pouts* LOL Great review

Michelle @ The True Book Addict March 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

It's great that you feel so passionately about this book! That passion alone makes me want to read it...and it sounds really good. =O)

Great review!

enyl March 11, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

Your review sold me,I can't wait to read it.
enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

Mama Bookworm March 11, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Crystal March 12, 2010 at 1:46 AM  

Wow - I have been wanting to read this one, and now I really want to read it. It sounds amazing.

ally March 12, 2010 at 3:35 AM  

I'm DYING to read this book ever since i saw the trailer! And, to boot, it has a great review...

Can't WAIT!~

Little Miss Becky :) March 12, 2010 at 6:04 AM  

Wow! A perfect score! I really need to get my hands on a copy of this one!

chelleyreads March 12, 2010 at 7:33 AM  

lovely well-written review reggie! it's in the perspective of the killer and violet? i didn't know this. makes me really want to read this book more now as i'm in the mood for a creepy read. thanks for the review!

Jill of The O.W.L. March 12, 2010 at 9:55 AM  

Great review. I showed the book trailer to my students and they were very interested! Can't wait to read it myself.

Alexa March 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

I've been dying to read this book(only a few more days!!!) and after reading your review, I'm practically shaking with anticipation!

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages March 12, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

I can't wait to read this book. It looks amazing and I love the cover. Thanks for the awesome review!! :)

Ladybug March 13, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

Lovely review, Reggie! I have to say that I have looked at this book and I wasn't sure if I would buy it but you convinced me. Now I have to read it!!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) March 22, 2010 at 9:00 AM  

Wow!! A perfect, Holy Grail of a book! I've wanted to read The Body Finder for a while, but now I want to read it even more. Thanks for the fantastic review :D

bianca_riot March 28, 2010 at 6:01 PM  

Love the review Reggie! I am really looking forward to when i get a chance to read this book. :)

Anya March 28, 2010 at 7:17 PM  

AWESOME review!! Im reading The Body Finder right now and Im loving it! Such an amazing book!:)

L.J. Boldyrev March 28, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

Stellar review! I definitely have to read this one.

Kailia Sage March 29, 2010 at 2:39 AM  

Great review! I want to read this book so badly!

robin_titan March 29, 2010 at 4:54 AM  

I agree with certain things you said but not everything. Unfortunately I did not like this book much, I thought it was just okay, but I'm really glad you liked it. It always sucks not to like a book hehe

adiba March 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

the book was great. It was fresh and original. can't wait for desires of the dead.

Ali March 29, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

AGH.
I TOTALLY WANNA READ THIS.

Crystal Cook March 31, 2010 at 4:52 AM  

Wow, I now have to read this book. I'm new to your blog and now I have to check out the other ones you've marked as Holy Grail!

Malbebe March 31, 2010 at 7:59 AM  

This is an excellent review. I can't wait to start reading this book, especially now since this review. I bought it on BN.com and I've had it for a week now and have not gotten around to pick it up. I will really soon though.

Jessica Kennedy March 31, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

Me too, chica, me too. Loved it. I need to write my review though. :(

Maria the Bookworm April 3, 2010 at 1:20 AM  

I don't think I've read a negative review on this book. I'm sure I'll love it as well :D

Aik April 10, 2010 at 9:12 AM  

What an awesome review! I've always wanted to read this book! :D

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages April 21, 2010 at 12:27 AM  

I just got to read this book a week ago and I absoultely lovvvvved it! One of my new favorite books. I had actually borrowed it but I plan on buying my own copy to add to my favorites shelf. Thanks for the great review! :)

Natasa April 23, 2010 at 3:50 AM  

I just HAVE to read this one, it's been on my TBR for so long. Oh well. Exams first, books later, unfortunately, though I'm sure everyone doing SATs and A levels wish it was the other way around!

Max June 18, 2010 at 5:13 AM  

Wow you're review is really convincing i have to try it great review :D

Okapi June 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

I've only read half of this book so far, but it's one of the best books I've ever read. I agree with your awesome recommendation!

skyla11377 June 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

I have been interested in this book ever since I first heard it was coming out. Thanks for such an honest review. Makes me want to read this book even more than I did before. It is still on my to be read pile.

Bhumi June 19, 2010 at 7:13 AM  

Wow, you've given this book the official A+ reading, so it must be awesome! I have yet to read it and hopefully will do so soon. The cover itself looks amazing!

Samantha LeAnne June 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

Woah! A perfect score! I've been itching to read this one! I bought it and petted it, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I so can't wait!

jedi145 June 23, 2010 at 2:49 AM  

WOW, great review! I can't wait to read it , it is on my bookself. :)

Infertility Goddess June 24, 2010 at 3:56 AM  

I have never wanted to read a murder style book. (there is enough evil's in the world that we have to deal with in our lives, why read about it too?) The Body Finder changed my mind, and honestly was scary for my pg rated mind. THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK. I loved Jay a very sweet charecter.
Is there going to be a sequel?

MELi D- July 1, 2010 at 7:15 AM  

i agree with you in every single way! such a great read! i would recommend this book to ANYONE! :) loved it!

Nikki July 8, 2010 at 5:47 AM  

Beautiful review! I'm adding this book to my to-read list; I figure if I enjoy it even half as much as you have, it will be well worth my reading time. :)

ShadowedLogic July 8, 2010 at 12:19 PM  

Love your review...I've been questioning to read or not to read this book, and have read lots of reviews to try and help, but you're review put me over the edge. I'll be picking up this book as soon as possible.

Rica Eat World July 9, 2010 at 4:22 AM  

"Throughout the entirety of The Body Finder, readers will always have a feeling of unwavering intensity and passion. The whole book is one big climax, and when the real climax actually happens, it creates an even bigger boom of action."

I TOTALLY AGREE! great review! I loved this book. excited for the sequel? :)

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