Sunday, March 4, 2012

Review: Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2) by Kimberly Derting

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: HarperCollins (HarperTeen)
Spoilers?: No.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.


I read this a while ago, around the time that it came out. But I thought I'd go ahead and review it now, what with the third book coming out next month, since I'll probably be reviewing it.
In this one, Violet is now officially with Jay, and she's still keeping her ability a secret while using it at the same time. Jay starts hanging out with the new boy at school, though, Mike, making her feel a bit on her own. Then she discovers something morbid in Mike's family's past that isn't very good.
This book felt a bit mediocre compared to the first one, as I gave it a lower rating than the first one. I'm still enjoying Violet, and Jay, and VioletandJay. I still liked the insight to the Bad Guy's head. I didn't feel much of a connection with the new characters, though. And I don't think that the mystery was as good as the first, and it just generally wasn't as exciting (that doesn't mean that it was hard to read or anything, though, because it wasn't). Which is disappointing, since I really did enjoy the first one.
I'm just hoping that the next one is better, and much more exciting.

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