Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bookanistas Love: THE BODY FINDER

I’m back from LA, folks. Just got in a few hours ago. For those of you who don’t know, I was at the SCBWI conference rooming with the fabulous Sara McClung and Casey McCormick last week and stayed a couple extra days to do the touristy thing. I’m exhausted, but I’m totally in the mood to blog. Besides, it’s Thursday. And that means it’s time for a little book lovin’ from the Bookanistas.


This time around, I’m reviewing Kimberly Derting’s THE BODY FINDER.

I know, right? It’s been all over the Internet. Truth is, I kept trying to win this baby from one of the blogs giving it away, but no such luck. So I went out and bought a copy for myself. So glad I did. It was totally worth it. And I loved it so much, I just had to share my thoughts on the book with you. But before I do that, let me tell you what some of the other Bookanistas are up to:

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THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting

body-finder-200The Book jacket summary: 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 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. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town…Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness of her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer…and becoming his prey herself.

My review:

I’ll admit that as much as I wanted to read this book, a small part of me was a little nervous to do so because I don’t do well with scary stuff. And something about a girl who can sense the echoes the dead leave behind was just a hair terrifying to me. It turns out, however, that my fears were unnecessary. While it was gripping and suspenseful, it didn’t have the fear factor of something like Psycho or Silence of the Lambs (thank heavens). Yes, there’s some serial killer action in this, but Derting handles it all so smoothly and excludes the grittiest of grit that you might typically see in serial killer thrillers. So for those of worried that you (or your teens) might have nightmares for life, you can stop worrying. It’s not that kind of book. You’ll be flipping the pages with lightning speed, though. The intensity of the mystery and suspense made this an incredibly fast read for me. I read it in one day.

There’s just nothing like a good thriller to keep you on your toes, right? I mean, seriously…a girl who can sense deadness and killerhood ? Brilliant premise. But, eh hmm, did I mention the bangin’ sexy romance in THE BODY FINDER? That will always suck me in.

I’ll just be honest: I want my own Jay Heaton (except one who is perhaps of legal age, and in a parallel universe where I’m not already married). He’s like Prince Charming with a wicked grin and a killer way with his hands.  It’s not R-rated, but Derting will have you using your imagination in R-rated ways. Ooooo la la.

But that’s all I’m going to say about that. Just trust me when I tell you that it’s an enjoyable read. And even if you manage to figure out the off-the-hook un-figure-out-able plot twists, you’ll fall in love with Jay and Violet.

P.S. This book has already been released! So look for it on Amazon, Borders, B&N, etc.

P.P.S. Here I am with Kimberly Derting!!


I had the opportunity to meet Kimberly at SCBWI last week, and was delighted to discover that she’s every bit as warm, funny, and amazing as Violet.

Yeah, I’m kind of girl-crushing on her now.


  1. So awesome! Sounds like you guys had fun. What a great conference. I want to read this so bad. The problem I have so many books I want to read.
    I need more time in the day.

  2. Aww girl crush away!! :-)

    Thanks for the review of the Body Finder - great to know that rather than going for the shock/horror angle it's an intelligent horror/thriller with a bit of romance thrown in too!

    Take care

  3. Hey there....everyone is going to conferences....making me jealous. It is the best way to meet folks. Did you meet/talk to any agents? The book sounds good but I tend to gravitate to the R-rated. Jay sounds hot and you make me wonder what he does with his hands.:) I recently reviewed SOLAR but it wasn't complimentary and manybe we aren't supposed to do that... Oh well, it is what it is. Hope you're having a great summer.

  4. Carol, I loved this book! I recently just saw the cover for the second book and I can't wait. Winning it would be nice, as I'm buying so many good ones these days :) Thanks for the review. It's great to see other people enjoy a book that we do, too!


  5. Welcome back,C. I'm glad you had fun!

    My daughter loved the body finder. (I liked it.)


  6. I love this book. I didn't realize Kimberly was at the meeting. I met Kiersten White (she's sooo cute), but not Kimberly.

    Hope you enjoyed your sightseeing, Carol. I only got as far as the Mall and surrounding area (when I went for a run). Maybe one day I'll actually SEE LA. :D

  7. Great review! I'm one of the few that still needs to read that book! Love the pic of you and the author!! Looks like you had fun times in LA!!

  8. Sounds great! And I'm a major fan of the teasing romance and the 'kind-of-bad-boy'. Sweet. Glad you enjoyed yourself in LA. Looks like an amazing time.

  9. This was a great read! I have to admit that I skipped the parts that weren't in Violet's POV. There's just something about being in the mind of a killer that freaks me out. Big time. Once I did that, I wasn't so scared.

  10. I have to read this one - sounds terrific!

  11. I loooooooooved this one too! Just blogged about it! :) I heart Jay as well!

  12. LOVED this book. I'm excited to read her future books. Great review!

  13. Okay, I so have to go get this book and read it now. Thanks for the super review. I'll be picking this one up soon. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  14. Dying to read this one! Thanks for the great review (and reminding me I want to pick it up when I'm out this weekend!)

    Can't wait to hear all about SCBWI!

  15. I'm totally intrigued by this title now...and it's all your fault ;) I wish I could be a jet setter like you...

  16. Another cardboard cut-out, Carolina? I can't work out if it's you or Kimberly.

  17. Yay for Kim! LOVE this book, and love anyone who spreads the word about it.

    And it's so sad that you're gone! We absolutely must find another place and event to meet up at--the sooner the better!

  18. I can't wait until this comes out in the UK in November, it sounds fantastic!

  19. I love this book! And I'm so jealous that you got to meet Kim. No fair!! Oh well, there's always next year or her next tour, I guess.

    Loved your review, Carol. It was dead-on.

  20. Okay so first of all I LOVED THIS BOOK! And second of all, Kim is SO awesome IRL. I had a blast with the two of you in LA.

    And to commenter Lucie--it's SO worth the wait, trust me you'll heart it!

  21. This is on my TBR list and I'm dying to read it! Great review, Carol. :-)

  22. This book sounds so good! Next time I'm at B&N, I'll be on the lookout.

  23. What a tantalizing review! I'm currently making a list for last moment summer reads and you convinced me to add this one to the mix. :)

  24. I keep trying to win a copy too!! I might break down eventually but I already have a bunch of books at home. Sigh. Awesome review!

  25. I own the book and haven't had a chance to read it yet. I bought it because of all the great things I heard.

  26. Great review I to just went out and bought it could not wait anymore,keep hearing so many great things about it. I have found so many great books from blog review :)


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