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( Read Kindle ) ä The Body Finder ⚷ Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability While the sixteenyearold is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is 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 the dead leave behind in the worldand the imprints that attach to their killersViolet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop himDespite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much than friendly But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killerand becoming his prey herself The Visual Dictionary of Ships and Sailing she is disturbed by her power to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered Since she was a little girl Fact and Artifact: Writing Nonfiction she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the worldand the imprints that attach to their killersViolet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town The Suicide Exhibition (The Never War and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily The Suicide Exhibition Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop himDespite his fierce protectiveness over her Language, Truth, and Logic Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much than friendly But even as she's falling intensely in love Uniform Dolls Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killerand becoming his prey herself Oh My Goodness ONE HELL OF AN AWFUL BOOK IT IS.It took forever for me to finish this book, and I don't enjoy a mere second of it Yes, reading The Body Finder is as painful as having my teeth pulled out one by one.Get the picture now?You may want to know, just how bad The Body Finder actually is?Well, let me tell you one thing: You just know something must have gone terribly wrong with a book when you would rather read about an evil serial killer kidnapping and hurting innocent girls than reading about how the heroine is getting on with her daily life.See that guy's pissed off face and the dude in the back's middle finger? I reacted to this book in the exact same way.And why would everyone be so excited about Kimberly Derting's supposedly *original idea* about a girl who has the special ability to find dead bodies?I mean, hello Violet Ambrose; you are a Body Finder, you can sense and locate corpses, right? Sohave you ever heard of a woman named Harper Connelly before? Miss Connelly also can find dead bodies! And guess what? Her books were published before yours did!Therefore, please don't tell me The Body Finder has an ohso original idea.Plus, Violet is a purely innocent special snowflake, to a point she makes me feel sick She's also so damn boring, holierthanthou and hateful to be neither interesting or likable Instead I think she's quite a mean spirited little bitch Not to mention she's also Too Stupid To Live, for why else would an untrained person go after a serial killer!?*sighs* Let's face it, Violet Ambrose is not better than Bella Swan Yes, I'm talking about Bella Swan from the godforsaken Twilight.Her love interest, Jay is no better The guy shamelessly uses a girl to get Violet jealous Right, he doesn't even have enough balls to own up to his own feeling nor run the risk of being rejected Instead he just has to play games.Violet's friends, they're also not any better, they're a bunch of fools who're only interested in dating and makeovers, whose IQ drop right to zero whenever a handsome guy walks on by; they act like they have nothing in their heads aside from drooling over boys I am serious, from start to end all I can see is these girls talking about dresses, makeup, who is dating who, and how to get themselves a boyfriend Plus they freely badmouth the Popular Girl for being a slut and make meanspirited remarks on said Girl giving it all up to every guy I want to throw up.And I think it's unrealistic for Violet's ability to sense dead bodies to remain a secret in her hometown Wouldn't people be talking? Wouldn't they be a bit suspicious? Wouldn't they talk about Violet as that girl who had discovered the little girl's corpse in the wood or that weird girl who likes to bury dead animals in her personal graveyard? I bet this kind of things would be mentioned for years upon years in a small town.It drives me crazy when the author, Kimberly Derting, wrote in an outrageous, charmless, overthetop Tell, Not Show style In fact, her writing is all about telling, with 0% of showing Her writing is that bad.Final Words: If you were interested in making yourself suffer, then go ahead and read this book. scary thriller yummy romance = book that made me miss my subway stop yes it's that good. This review has been edited since its original posting.I normally won’t touch books that I didn’t finish because I think it’s unfair for me to judge without thoroughly examining the product The Body Finder is one of the rare exceptions because I hated this book so much I just need to – and I mean need to a) warn my great Goodreading friends to stay away b), get this piece of work out of my mind for good and c) vent But just a little bit.So, I’ll skip the intro and get right to the dirty: 1) Violet was a ripoff of Bella – and yes, I’m talking about that Bella Beyond ordinary, beyond boring and beyond awkward I could tell Derting was attempting to make Vi seem like an “regular girl,” but in all honesty, Violet’s attitude was simply disgusting because not only was she nothing special, but she was cruel and mean and full of hate She made fun of girls who were dependant on her “hot” best friend while, and I quote, “She [Violet] needed Jay to go with her Because despite her bold words about doing it herself, it was all just a bluff She really wasn’t sure she could do it on her own.” And sure, that could come across (to the untrained eye) as Violet proving that she’s human for needing someone to hold onto for moral support and all that crazy jazz but really? I don't do hypocrites.2) What kind of person is stupid enough to go hunting for a killer when they aren’t actually employed by the law enforcement? Like, really, come on And if you said that Violet felt a need to help because she had the type of tools that others didn’t, I’d just ask you this: if your friend was trying to cut down a tree with a plastic knife and you had a chain saw, would you help your friend even if neither of you knew how to use it? Because that’s exactly what Violet did – sure, she could identify the mark and smell of death, but was she really able to use and understand her “power?” No That friend, in this case her town, would be better off attempting to cut down the tree with the knife as opposed to risking the safety of everyone with the stupid chain saw And because Violet was incapable of knowing her gift and she was still stupid enough to go forth with her plan to hunt the hunter, she was openly and willingly putting Jay, her beloved at risk Which brings me to problem number 3.3) I can’t stand controlling, unreasonable guys who don’t have valid reasons to be controlling and unreasonable Let me tell you a little story: this guy P., who I’m not dating but am currently “working things through” with, has an issue with my relationships between myself and other guys He has gone up to those aforementioned “other guys” and has told them to back off from “his girl.” Did I not mention that we’re not actually dating? More specifically, we’re not even seeing each other So who is this guy to tell me that I can’t talk to other guys? Jay is just like P He won’t own up to his obvious feelings for Violet (P.’s case is not so as he adamantly screams he loves me), he has issues when she does her own thing and talks to other guys (ahh, you see my story come into place?), and he is a total jerk (I think P and Jay were separated at birth) This is so damn annoying because Violet lets him walk all over her because, as she thinks it, she's in love with him Not only does that sound hypocritical of Violet, taking her view of her classmates into consideration, but she also comes across as sort of pathetic Because, you see, the difference between Violet and I is that I don’t let guys walk all over me And if I were to, I wouldn’t be criticizing other girls for doing the same All of this goes to show how inhuman and inhumane Derting’s characters are And how big a hypocrite Violet is I mean, damn, this girl's consistent.4) So now that we’ve established the faults in characterization, I’ll move onto the plot This area of the novel could have been somewhat acceptable if it wereunique Mysterious behavior that only applies to the female teen(s) of small towns is not something new – see the Soul Screamer’s series, Bad Girls Don’t Die, Deadly Little Secret Because I really wanted to like this one, even that overused plot would’ve been excused to save my opinion of this book But because Violet had an old, rusty car that didn’t work, and she lived in a small, rainy town in Washington, and her object of affection was just another toohottobetrue guy who was mauledbydumbgirlsateverycorner, I had to admit defeat Twilight ripoffs are not cool.Honestly, I could have written a list that would’ve reached ten More honestly: I’m sick of thinking about this book and because I didn’t finish it and my internal alarms are going off at my break in habit, I’ll stop where I’m at I think you get the point. It's a little bit difficult for me to rate this book Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it in parts and it was definitely not boring (I finished it in a few hours), but I had expected .Violet can sense echoes; feelings, smells, colours or sounds left behind by murder victims, which not only make it possible for her to locate dead bodies but also to find their murderer.So far, she mostly had to deal with dead animals, but when a cruel serial killer is on the loose in her hometown, she believes it to be her responsiblity to stop him In the meantime, she also has to deal with her growing feelings for Jay, her best friend since childhood Sadly, the crime part of the story fell totally flat for me Once Violet decides to hunt for the killer, the solution comes too fast and too easy, almost without any action on her side Also, I found it somewhat disappointing that there wasn't even a list of suspects, so that I as a reader had no possibility to guess who the murderer could be.For a serial killer book, I didn't find it creepy at all, and I missed being on the edge of my seat with a constant feeling of suspense while reading certain scenes The glimpses we get into the killer's mind didn't really do anything for me either They didn't scare me, and they certainly didn't make me fear for Violet but maybe I read too much Henning Mankell in the past and have become desensitized?The chemistry between Violet and Jay at the beginning was great I really like their kind of lovestory: lifelong friends suddenly develop feelings for each other, but do not dare to mention them to the other out of fear their friendship won't survive then.Towards the end, their relationship got a bit too allconsuming for my taste, though They were practically together 24/7, only thinking of each other and sooo in love Especially the whole homecoming event was seriously over the top.I went into this loooking for a good mystery with a paranormal twist, but got a love story instead If that's what you are looking for, you might enjoy The Body Finder, but I was disappointed Overall, I don't think you'll miss something if you skip this I don't think I'll be reading the sequel, Desires of the Dead.