Book: Desires of the Dead
Author: Kimberly Derting
Edition: ARC, HarperTeen
Pub. Date: March 1, 2011
"The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.
When Violet Ambrose's morbid ability to sense the echoes of those who've been murdered leads her to the body of a young boy, she draws the attention of the FBI. She is reluctantly pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret...but her relationship and possibly her life as well."
Happiness. Joy. Excitement. Those are just a few ways I felt when I found DotD in my mailbox. Needless to say, nothing got done until I finished it. The Body Finder is one of my favorite novels, so I knew DotD was going to be fantastic!
Kimberly Derting knows exactly how to keep readers on the edge of their seats and always wanting more! And with every turn of a page, that is what happened. I have said before, not a lot of sequels live up to the first book, but DotD did!
We jump back into the life of Violet Ambrose. She still has her friends, her morbid ability, and her super hot, perfect best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay.
All seems okay in the beginning. Well, more than okay. Perfect. I mean, have you seen her boy friend?! Hot! And their relationship is just as amazing. For those wondering? Yes, there are plenty of Violet/Jay scenes. Very nice Violet/Jay scenes! But not everything can be perfect for too long. A new family moves into town and everyone loves them, except for Violet. And shortly after that, echoes start calling for her to find them. And, of course, in typical Violet fashion, she responds to their calls. Things just snowball from there.
The writing is believable. You feel a very strong connection with all the characters. Kimberly Derting definitely has a special way with words. Never did I find myself wanting to hurry the book up and finish because it was dragging on. Every moment is filled with something. Action, fear, romance. It’s all there, always giving you what you want.
The storyline was a lot darker than TBF. Violet is depressed a good amount of the time and you just want to give her a big hug and tell her “It’s okay”. And of course she is always doing things her way when it comes to finding the truth about the dead bodies. Not much will stop her from putting them to rest.
Back to those Violet/Jay scenes; I will warn you, they are a teen couple. Teen couples like to make out and do…stuff… Just throwing that out there, just in case.
Oh, and remember Chelsea? She is back full blast! Even though she is makes me feel like life is going 100 mph, her character is one of my favorites.
To put simply, I love this book/series. I recommend it to just about anyone that is a fan of YA. I keep seeing people ask “Should I read this book?” My answer will always be YES! Don’t delay. Read it now. Put it to the top of your TBR pile.
I think that about covers it for this review. I know I will read back and want to add more and more, but won’t. Because I know if I start talking now, I probably will not stop and will ruin the story for you!