30/01/2014

Review: The Body Finder {Kimberly Derting}



 
Violet Ambrose has the power to sense dead bodies. Since she was little, Violet has felt the echoes the dead leave behind ... and the imprints attached 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 tired of. But now that a serial killer is terrorising her small town and the echoes of his victims haunt her, Violet realises that she may be the only person who can stop him.

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With the premise of a young girl with the ability to find murder victims and their killers, this book is overflowing with potential. But sadly all of that potential is drowned in a dreary romance with bland characters.

The first chapter of this novel was by far the best and I feel like if the rest of the book had followed that tone then I would've been hooked. Violet as a child finding a body with her father was creepy and unsettling and a perfect beginning that, unfortunately, was sullied by the rest of the book.

That's not to say the book was entirely awful, because it wasn't. I thought the use of echoes that Violet can hear, smell and feel radiating from the dead and their killers was fascinating. Those imprints of death had physical and emotional shadows that slivered into Violet's mind, making her repulsed by even her own mice-murdering cat.

The chapters written from the perspective of the killer were intriguing and I wish more of those were included. Maybe consistently alternating chapters between the killer and Violet would've been better and helped me understand more about the killer's motives. Unfortunately the chapters were developed enough to be a welcome change, but didn't provide much insight into his mind.

The majority of the story tended to take a back seat to Violet's crush on Jay and her denial that he could possibly reciprocate her feelings. Half of the book felt like an episode of 90210 and I got tired of reading the same conversations over and over. Also, anyone who shows interest in Jay apart from Violet is portrayed to be shallow and unintelligent and the rest of the characters were equally as mundane. They were shells of characters we've seen time and time again, with no attempt at developing them further.

This book ended the way it begun, which was with potential that only left me frustrated. There was a great action scene, a gunfight and then Violet smelling the echo of death ... and then all of a sudden it's months later and everything is fine and I wanted to take some metaphorical scissors to the nice bow it was all wrapped up in. Looks like this won't be a new series for me to get addicted to after all.

 
 
 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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9 comments:

  1. Aw, sorry the rest didn't live up to the beginning. I couldn't even get into the beginning, but I think it was subject matter

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    1. See I liked the subject matter - thought it was unique. But then it was all just abandoned for a love story :(

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  2. Aw..... I also remember the second book in this series being very romance-y and angsty, and then the third and fourth less so. Overall, I enjoyed them. But maybe this just isn't a series for you. You could try The Originals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- kind of similar but less focus on romance.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  3. I read this around the time it was coming out and enjoyed it, but I don't know what I'd think now. PLUS, I never read any of the other books. I'm still curious, so I should try the second one and see what I think. It does have a nice premise. I'm sorry it didn't work for you!

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    1. Yeah let me know - maybe if the second book is awesome I'll give it a try. But as it is I just can't convince myself to continue :/

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  4. So sorry to hear you didn't really enjoy it. The book does sound like it has good potential!

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  5. This is one of the rare occasions where I read the 3rd book before I read the 1st, but even reading that one I didn't feel the need to continue on. Your review makes me glad that I didn't, just the thing with being repetitive and having the crush take the forefront of the story. Thanks for the honest review Allie!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Normally I wouldn't mind a strong love story, but this one wasn't even compelling. It was really cliched and underdeveloped and bland, so it wasn't enough to distract me from how the rest of the plot was neglected.

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  6. I can't say I LOVED this book either and I had issues with the supporting characters too. Nevertheless I enjoyed the book because for some reason I found the whole concept very intriguing. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy The Body Finder. Hope your next read's better! :)

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