Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Body Finder Review

The Body Finder by: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pagers: 327
Genre: Paranormal Romance
From: Barnes and Noble

Synopsis: 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 that 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 the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun 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 him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping 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. From Goodreads.com

The synopsis sounds pretty good, and many blogs have been saying good things about this book.  It's a light read so it will help  me relax this summer.  Why not go ahead and buy the book? 
        I was heading for vacation in Florida and there was this particular summer read I needed to buy.  The library and Paperbackswap didn't have it.  There was twenty dollars in my wallet so why not?  There were quite a lot of people in there that day so I kept my head low.  Going through all the Twilight- like book filled shelves embarrassed me especially when a teenage girl and her boyfriend walked past me to look at them.  Finding the book I wanted, Spring Break by Katherine Applegate, was easy enough, but it was just a paperback and there were so many others from my TBR list.  Carrie Ryan's new book caught my eye but I put it down in favor of a lighter read.  Remember, we all make mistakes, some more stupid than others.  This was the book I picked up.  Does anybody want it?
        The beginning drew me in like the reviews promised.  The suspense kept the story rolling and the pages turning.  What really got me was the killer's point of view.  The way he talked about the "hunt"  finding a girl then convincing her to come with him was so creepy.  My paranoia subconsciously grew from just the thought of...it became a lot easier to scare me this week.  Violet's abilities weren't a new idea, but the way the author described them was very good.  That's unfortunately where the good comments end. 
         Violet quickly proved to be a stupid character.  Her crush on Jay made her blind to her surroundings.  Grady who seemed like a nice guy, changed in a split second to a sex crazed drunk.  All of the other girls were shallow in comparison to her, including her own friends.  The entire high school scene was quite stereotypical and infuriating to see all of these characters acting like MTV stars.  Jay himself was a whining brat who wouldn't talk to Violet when he was mad like a mature adult to Superman who was always in the right place at the right time to stop stupid Violet from letting the Killer kill her.  Of course he had to save Violet because after they finally got together and Violet stopped looking at him with longing eyes and describing how much he had grown into this sex god they started making out anytime they could.  Her parents of course let the door be closed and didn't suspect a thing. 
         Kimberly was already making me pretty mad, but there was still a mystery to slove.  The killer's Point of view gave away whodoneit too early so when the story should have been picking up and building it fell off the plot mountian and shattered at the bottom.  A pretty huge dissapointment.

Characters- 4
Plot- 3
Suspense- 4
Theme- 2
Mood- 4
Pace- 3
Cover- 4
Overall- 3.5

the sequel that I'm not going to read

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