July 17, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Desires of the Dead

Title: Desires of the Dead.
Author: Kimberly Derting.
Pages: 355.
Format: Hardback.
Series: The Body Finder Series, #2.
Publisher: HarperCollins.
Published Date: February 2011.

"The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.
Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.
As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger."

Cover: 5/5

Even though, I'm not sure if the pink thing is a flower or not, I just love this cover. The clean and slick black background not only makes the pink, but also the title and the author stick out much more. The cover is simple, beautiful and get it's point across.



Jay's been my favorite since The Body Finder, but I found myself liking him more and more throughout the second book. He might not have been on Violet's side at one point in time (I don't want to give any spoilers!), but he's still such a sweet guy! Awwww(: When Jay became friends with the new boy in their school (Mike), they had a little bro-mance, but he still made sure not to leave Violet out.
If I had to pick a second character I really enjoyed, it would have to be Chelsea. She so bold, and outgoing, doing things I would NEVER do in public! But Chelsea added humor to the story, which was a huge plus(:

Least Favorite:

In The Body Finder, I felt like Violet could be someone that I wanted to be friends with. I understood her, and some of the things she was going through (obviously I can't spot the dead or it's murders, but just some teenage-girl-life things). But in this book, Violet seemed different. She was sneaking behind peoples backs, she got mad at Jay and didn't speak to him for days, and she also avoided the FBI.

I loved the roll Violet played, but it was a little frustrating that she could just never ask for help, always wanting to do it on her own. Come on Violet! Their your family, they love you and just want to help!

Story Line: 5/5

Ask anyone, "If you could have any super power, which would it be?". Most likely they answer won't be, "Uhhhh, I wish I could spot dead people, and their murderers!". Well, unless your in the force oooor your just ... a big weirdo. Violet, didn't exactly have a choice. The power runs in her family, even though it skipped her mom.

I had so much fun reading Desires of the Dead, even if the ending was a little sad. It held up to my high expectations, I set after falling in love with The Body Finder. I can't wait to get my hands on the third book! I hope we get to learn more about Violet's grandma, and how she dealt with this power, Jay and Violet's relationship, and maybe even include Chelsea and Mike a little more(:


  1. haha i agree with you, the cover is pretty indeed. im not sure if its a flower, it looks like a leaf too :)

    thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  2. I love covers of this series. It looks like flower but who knows?:D
    Jay...all I have to say is awwww.

    Great review and thanks for doing this awesome giveaway:)

  3. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  4. I'd love to read this book very much, thanks for the chance!

  5. I agree that Violet seemed a little off in this book, but I guess being stalked by a serial killer can do that to you. :$

    oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

  6. Thanks for the giveaway!
    The swag looks amazing!!!
    - Oops I Read That Book!

  7. These books sound pretty dang amazing. Thanks for the review and the swag giveaway, you rock.

  8. Thanks for the SWAG .. the posters look amazing


    If I won this I would seriously be the happiest girl in the world, giving me the ability to fly.
    However, if I don't go out and buy these books soon, a very angry unicorn will come looking for me, and we all know how those can be..

  10. Great Review. I love all things Kimberly Derting. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway. :)

  11. Thanks for the chance to win some awesome swag!

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  12. You convinced me to read this book...I think I have to say thank you for make me to add a new book on my wishlist(I don't read this book yet:()

  13. I love The Body Finder... of course mostly because of Jay :D

  14. I love this cover too! :) Thank for the giveaway! :)

  15. Glad you enjoy the book! I am a fan of this series and I am looking forward to read The Last Echo which has an anticipated release date of 17/4/12.

  16. Wow, this book sounds awesome! Nice review and thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Bromance, lol! I was actually glad that Jay found a boy f... a friend that is a boy in DotD. He's my favorite in both TBF and DotD too.

  18. Thanks for the giveaway! I LOVED The Body Finder! :)

  19. I really enjoyed this one, although not quite as much as TBF. Still, I adore Jay. <3

    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  20. I loved these books! Jay is awesome. <3 Thank you for this great giveaway :)
    Love, Carina

  21. thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!!

    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  22. Thank you for this giveaway

  23. I keep thinking I've read this series, but I'm pretty sure I'm getting it confused with another one. I can't keep all the fairies and vampires and people who see dead things straight any more.

  24. Eeee! Great giveaway! I loved the series! :)

  25. I actually read somewhere (Reading Teen's blog?) that they're not actually flowers. It was a guest post from Kimberly Derting and I thought that was pretty cool :)

    Anyways, great review! I haven't read this one but I loved the first one. I'm kind of scared to see Violet acting strangely! I liked her in the first one but... hiding from the FBI? Whaaaaat?

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I want those posters hung up in my bedroom O_O LOL, fingers crossed!

  26. I love the covers of these books. So beautifully eerie. [Which means I totally want those posters for my new room!]

    I'm reading Desires of the Dead right now and loving it. These books are awesome.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  27. Just found these books myself, not long started book 1 and I love it so far :D

  28. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series :D Great Review (still need to post mine up :P) and thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  29. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway. I would love to be entered. I love your review, I so have been wanting to read this series for some time and after reading your review I want to ever more.

    chikittie (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. I just read The Body Finder and loved it! I wasn't to sure what the Desires of the Dead will be like since I feel The Body Finder wrapped up really well, so it's always great to read positive reviews! Thank you so much for the giveaway!


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