To that end, I read Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting. This is the sequel to this year’s The Body Finder. Wow. Derting does it again. These books make me so happy, and desperate for a sequel. Which means I now have to wait until Spring(ish?) 2012. Whinge!!!
Anywho, intelligent review. Yes! Yes, I can do that.
Violet and Jay have developed their romance. As they get deeper Violet becomes aware of new, protective feelings of Jay. She’s become territorial, particularly when a new brother and sister, Mike and Megan, move into town. Besides that, Violet keeps experiences echos that signify bodies, bodies that will eat at her until she sees them laid to rest. She’s already dealt with a mass murderer but now she has a new conflict – someone is stalking her, and Violet has to find out why… and who.
Like I said, or rather implied, I love these books. They are creepy in all the right ways, tender in all the right moments and, better yet, have a wholly believable female character helming the ship. Violet is perfect, her voice rings. It’s refreshing to see a heroine who doesn’t just crumble under her romance with Mr. Perfect (coughcoughbellacoughcough). Violet is independent, headstrong, intelligent, and charismatic. Violet also swears, and does stupid things, and gets horny, and jumps to conclusions. Violet is a real character, which makes her that much more fun to read. It’s wonderful to find something in the young adult genre that is not just another abysmal Twilight clone. Especially now that so many publishers are publishing abysmal Twilight clones. I realize I am more or less repeating my impressions of The Body Finder, but the point is even more extraordinary with a sequel… the sequel stands up to the first one. That’s probably the best praise I can offer to Derting.
5 out of 5 stars. If you haven’t read The Body Finder yet, you must.
* Desires of the Dead releases March 15, 2011.
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