18 February, 2011

Desires of the Dead - Guest Review

Desires of the Dead

Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, Book 1) by Kimberly Derting
Publication date: 15 February, 2011 from Harper Teen
ISBN 10/13: 0061779849 / 9780061779848

Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Keywords: Contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, synesthesia, death

Guest Review by KimberlyBuggie

Find the synopsis at goodreads.com.

How I found out about this book: I read and loved The Body Finder (Book 1) last year. When I spotted the ARC at ALA Midwinter I let out a squee! My friend and fellow YA fanatic KimberlyBuggie agreed to do a guest post.

Guest review: I'm always hesistant when it comes to sequels. There's usually a lot to live up to compared to the first book. The author has to keep everything moving, while re-establishing the characters, bringing in a new storyline and, fingers crossed, not doing the expected. Lucky for us, Kimberly Derting does not disappoint. Desires of the Dead is a very solid sequel. Derting does a great job capturing the tone and suspense of the first novel without sticking to a formula.

I sat down on Sunday to read only a couple of chapters, 'cause I had errands to run, rooms to clean, etc.

Well, yeah. That didn't work out. Like The Body Finder, I found myself with this urge to keep reading, keep going, to find out what the mystery was and oh no! I won't stop until it's done! 'cause really, what's one more chapter?

All right, one more. Just another one. Yep.

Hours later, I left the couch, really really behind schedule but not feeling guilty about it at all.

As Jay and Violet's romance continues to grow, the lines blur between their old best friend relationship and the new romantic one. It was refreshing to see Jay and Violet's relationship develop in this book. It had a realistic forward momentum, and an endearing quality.

New characters are introduced and while they propel this story forward, it seems that the author is just laying the groundwork. I have no doubt Sara and Rafe will play even larger roles in the next books. Especially Rafe, who keeps his own secrets.

Can't wait for the next one!

Comments? What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)

Book Trailer

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ARC acquired from publisher at ALA Midwinter 2011.

1 comment:

  1. I tried reading DotD at work (during my 15-min breaks and 30-min lunch) and it was so nerve-wracking! I'd want to keep on reading and my timer would go off :((( I polished off the last 2/3 one night and was super creeped-out. The main thing that irked me was Vi going all moony over Jay ALL THE TIME. Srsly take a cold shower, girly! :P Can't wait to see what color the next one will be. They are sooooo pretty!