Book Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Title: Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Details: Hardcover, 368 pgs.
Published: February 15, 2011 by HarperTeen
isbn: 0061779849 (ISBN13: 9780061779848)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Author (Thank you Kim!)
The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

When Violet Ambrose’s morbid ability to sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered leads her to the body of a young boy, she draws the attention of the FBI. She is reluctantly pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret…but her relationship and possibly her life as well.

My Thoughts:
One thing that makes me really love this series is the uniqueness.  It’s not the people that are necessarily so unique (but they are great!), but Violet’s ability.  It’s so different from anything else I’ve read and I love that.  I also love Violet and Jay’s relationship.  At the end of The Body Finder I was wondering how everything could be okay for the two of them with still keeping the story interesting.  I was terrified that something horrible was going to happen in this book (relationship wise).  I’m not going to give any spoilers, but I’ll say that even they have issues.  And there is a couple cute new boys introduced to the story.  You’ll have to read the book to find out anything else as far as that goes though!
In this book Violet had some tough decisions to make and I can’t say that I was the most patient person waiting for Violet to decide.  At times I wanted to scream at her to talk to someone, to just do something!  But everything came about the way it did for a reason and it just made me so much more eager when it came to things wrapping up as it came to the conclusion.  
I’m going to go back to the romance again here.  This book definitely has more of it in the kissing and more sense.  I think that talking about sex in a young adult book is probably a bit difficult.  The book needs to be realistic enough to teens for them to read it, but yet not really encourage poor choices.  At first I felt a bit surprised at how far things went (without many descriptions) but as I thought about it I decided that Kimberly did a good job.  Violet and Jay stress how important it is to them that they are completely sure, that they aren’t rash about their decision, and then about being safe when and if they do it.   So I think I’m okay with how things played out.
If you read The Body Finder you’ll remember we got mini chapters from the killers point of view.  Well, this book had chapters from someone’s point of view, and it’s fairly early on that it’s pretty clear who it is, but it makes the book even more twisty because we think we have it all figured out, but really, maybe we don’t… 
This book was fantastic!  I give it 5/5! 

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  Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book as a gift, I was not paid or influenced and all opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. I’m reading this now! Just got it on Kindle so I’m not far in, but I can’t wait! I loved the first one. I agree, it is so unique! I loved the idea behind it and I think Derting carried out the story great in the first book.

  2. I do like the uniqueness to this series as well. At first I thought I might not like it too well since the supernatural doesn’t play a big part, but there is enough mysterious attributes to the books that really grabbed my attention. Awesome review!

  3. I read this a while back and loved it. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Body Finder, but Desires of the Dead was so, so much better and more entertaining to me. I love how creepy the series can really be and I was happy where this one went.

    On the subject of sex in YA, I think Kim did a very good job of toeing the line in Desires of the Dead. She approaches the subject honestly and makes it work for teen readers.

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