Thursday, July 29, 2010

Book Review: The Body Finder

TITLE: The Body Finder
PART IN SERIES: Book 1 in a planned series
AUTHOR: Kimberly Derting
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: paranormal, romance
PREMISE: Violet has always been able to find the bodies of the dead due to her "gift". When a killer starts preying on girls in her small town she starts using this gift to try and track him down...
MY REVIEW: I'm sort of split on this book. Parts of it I liked, parts of it were eye-roll worthy, mostly this is one of those rather forgetful books. I will say this: it was nice seeing believeable high schoolers. For once there's no, average girl falls for super hot supernatural guy...chaos ensues. No, it's instead the old best friends falling for eachother trope which is kind of a trope I miss in YA, about the only one who does it anymore is Cabot. The dialogue between Violet and her friends is great as was the banter between her and Jay. The premise was also different from what is going on in YA now.
On the other was kind of blah. I mean, you knew she and Jay would get together and after they get together they get rather boring fast. There's no major shock factor about who is killing the girls and of course he gets caught. It's just all very predictable. No real surprises, everything tied up neatly so much that it sort of felt like a tv-movie of the week thing. That said, I'm confused about why they're making this into a series because I was pretty satisfied with what went on and felt it was pretty much finished. Is Derting going to make things more interesting next time around? I hope so because I personally am not all that interested in a sequel for this.
In other words, this is one of those shrug books. There's not much to set it apart from the crowd but if you're in the mood for a decent paranormal cute book, it does the trick.
WHO SHOULD READ: paranormal fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five dead animals

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