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The Body Finder (Body Finder #1) – Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder (Body Finder #1) – Kimberly DertingTitle: The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly Derting
Publishing Info: March 16, 2010 by HarperCollins
Source: Anderson's Bookshop
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: October 21, 2012
Related Posts: The Pledge (The Pledge #1)

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 that 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; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
    Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

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I really enjoyed THE BODY FINDER — but the one thing that really sticks out in my head is I noticed that it wasn’t un-put-down-able (that is so not a word, but just work with me here). I know that as much as we love blogging and reading, we all have other things going on in our lives and for some reason, my other things tended to take presidence while I was reading this. That being said, I still really enjoyed it! I just didn’t find that I was racing to finish it or I couldn’t stop reading it.

Firstly, I love the concept of this book/series! A girl who picks up echoes of the murdered was so utterly fascinating to me. It made for some super creepy story lines when we start tracking a serial killer too. Another thing is that I really enjoy books where we see inside the killer’s head or get to read their POV. I think it makes it that much creepier to hear these thoughts first hand, and I think it takes a lot of talent to be able to write from that perspective and also keep the identity of the killer from the reader until the big reveal.

I’d have to say my favorite thing (as I’m sure it is for MANY others) is the blossoming romance between Violet and Jay. Guys, one of my favorite things EVER in a book is that best-friend-turned-romance thing and Kimberly Derting knocked this one out of the part. There’s tension, there’s fighting, there’s kissing – That relationship is so well done!

I really did enjoy THE BODY FINDER! I think I might have just been in a bit of a reading slump when I picked it up because I’m definitely quite interested to continue the rest of the series!

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Violet: Violet is definitely a BFF kind of girl! I absolutely loved her as a character and I felt like we kind of had similar personalities. Although I do have to say, I’m with Jay on this one – She gets herself into way too many dangerous situations! I understand that it’s for good purposes, but still – I would never have the guts to hunt down a serial killer on my own!
Jay: Oh, Jay. I love you! As I mentioned before, I love best-friend-turned-boyfriend romances. It just gives me such butterflies! I loved the tension between Jay and Violet and it really was written so perfectly.

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Buy it!

I really, really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to start the rest of the series! I absolutely loved the ending!

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Casting Call [7] – The Body Finder


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads:

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 that 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; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself.

We are so excited to officially introduce this as a meme for everyone to participate in now! Since we’re all casting, we’re no longer breaking up the cast amongst up. Now each week, all of us will do the full cast of characters of our choice – and we look forward to seeing your picks as well!! 

Lily Collins as Violet

Violet: I wanted the girl who played Violet to be pretty and kind of seem delicate but she’s really a fighter underneath. She had to be someone who was likeable and had a good sense of humor too. My ultimtate choice? Lily Collins (who I do NOT see as Clary, by the way).

Seriously…. great job growing up!

Jay: If there is ANY actor out there to play Jay, I’d pick Shia LaBeouf. Why, you ask? What other actor do you know of that was totally unattractive goofball and turned into mega hottie? He’s like the Cinderella story of puberty. Anyway – It’s not how I originally pictured Jay, but I couldn’t get that comparison out of my head how Jay used to be just normal, average, totally under the radar and then all the girls couldn’t keep away.

Robert Knepper

“The Serial Killer”: There are two guys I would like to cast as a creepy serial killer. Actually there are more than two, but still. I’ll stick with these guys for now. I’m going with Robert Knepper or Chris Cooper. I can’t imagine either of these guys as a good guy… EVER. They both kind of creep me out… Especially Chris Cooper. Okay, so MAYBE Chris Cooper isn’t as scary in The Muppets… but still. A super-creepy villain nonetheless. 

Chris Cooper – Villain extraordinaire!

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

This week at The Book Addict’s Guide…

Monday: A Fortnight of Fright: Guest Post from Kelsey – Haunted Walks Are Fun!Series Catch-Up 2012 Challenge: Sign-Ups!
Tuesday: 
Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads!
Wednesday: Something Strange and Deadly Read Along: Week 3
Thursday: A Fortnight of Fright: Favorite Halloween TV Episodes!
Friday: Casting Call [7]: The Body Finder