Review: DESIRES OF THE DEAD by Kimberly Derting

Desires of the Dead (Body Finder)TITLE: Desires of the Dead
AUTHOR: Kimberly Derting
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
PARANORMAL ELEMENT: Sensing the dead
PUBLISHED: HarperTeen (February 15, 2011)
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Borrowed from Library

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.
First of all. Totally predictable. But for me, predictability doesn’t ruin books. I almost like it when there is some sense of foresight. But this book is kind of not up to par with being all that interesting anyway, so predicibility pushes it over the edge to being a not so good book.
Violet is an interesting enough character, I like how she isn’t super trusting and holds back even to a fault. She still makes annoyingly stupid decisions too. The thing that hurt the story, for me, is that she doesn’t do a lot of sensing in this book and it didn’t seem as urgent as in the first book. Only for the last thing she “senses” does it have a feeling of urgency. I think the writer tried to convey that she is heavily drawn, and kinda doesn’t have a choice to follow the echos. But she doesn’t convey it well enough and it seems contrived until the last one in the book. I wish it was more extreme, it would have made it more believable and intense that she’d put herself in danger because she HAD to find the echo.
Lastly, the dynamics between Violet and her boyfriend, Jay, were totally ridiculous. She deserved to be kicked in the neck for her stupidness, and instead Jay was the one apologizing.
I didn’t really enjoy this book all that much. So I’m rating at a 2. Fair, Not Quite Worth the time to read. It wasn’t totally terrible, but it wasn’t all that great either.
I wouldn’t recommend this book. But maybe you’ll like it more than me. Proceed at your own risk.