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Sunday, 27 March 2011

Review: Desires of the Dead

Author: Kimberly Derting

Release date: UK 17th March 2011
Genre: Paranormal YA/ Murder Mystery
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Headline

Summary from Amazon:

Violet and Jay are finally dating, but adjusting to the new relationship is not as easy as Violet anticipated. Especially when she has to split Jay's time and attention with his new best friend, Mike, and Mike's pesky younger sister - who happens to be obsessed with Jay. Meanwhile, when Violet's special abilities lead her to the body of a young boy, her tip to the police puts her on the radar of the FBI. Violet tries to fend off the FBI's questions while maintaining the semblance of a normal life, but somebody's leaving her threatening notes and an echo around Mike's house reinforces that all is not right. Violet is forced to admit that perhaps the only people who can help her figure it out are the very people she's desperate to avoid - the FBI.


Desires of the Dead is yet another compelling teen paranormal meets murder mystery from the mesmerising Kimberly Derting.

I completely lost myself in this book and I really didn’t want it to end. I am honestly gutted that I’ll have to wait ages for the next one.

At the beginning of Desires of the Dead Violet is still coming to terms with the events that happened at the end of The Body Finder. Both in terms of her identity as a girl who can locate dead bodies and puts them to rest but also in terms of her blossoming relationship with her best friend Jay.

Two separate events happen in Violet’s life that set this plot turning. The first is when she takes a day trip with her friend Chelsea and discovers that there is a body in a location where she can’t help it. The second is the arrival of a new family in town. Both trouble Violet in different ways and cause her to withhold her feelings from the people around her. In doing so she begins to take risks but also sets upon marking out her own destiny.

In this way Violet is very proactive in this book. She is reflecting more deeply on her ability. It starts to dawn on her that she has a choice about who to trust with her secret. Jay was steadfast and as charming as in the first book. I love the connection between Violet and Jay. Despite the fact that Violet has a gift, their relationship is believable and down to earth.

I also love that Kimberly Derting uses a stable family model in this series. Violet’s parents are a source of strength for her but they also give her further internal conflict. In Desires of the Dead Violet begins to realise that her ability puts others at risk. Thus she takes it upon herself to resolve situations alone.

An exciting new addition is the character of Rafe. I found him enigmatic and loved the whole silent, intellectual air that he exuded. I foresee that I will be quite a fan of Rafe and I can’t wait to learn more about him.

Desires of the Dead is another fantastic book by Kimberly Derting. Gripping, tense and yet heart-warming, this book is an absolute must for paranormal YA and Lisa McMann fans! Just like me...

Thanks to Headline Publishing for sending me the book to review.


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

I only read the first and last sentence of your review, to avoid spoilers and to check it the sequel is good.:) Now I'm really excited to start this series sometime this year!

Nikki-ann said...

Sounds brilliant! This definitely sounds like a series I should read. Thanks :)

Christina / Book Addict said...

Yay! I am glad you read and enjoyed this one too. I can't wait for the next book in the series either. I'm a fan of the new Rafe character as well. Great review, Becky!

Crystal said...

I'm glad that you liked it!! I've heard so much about the Body Finder series around the blogoshphere that I had to buy the first one. I have yet to read it but I'm super excited to get started soon!