Review Time! I finally finished The Body Finder after putting it off for soooooo long! It's also the second book in the Readathon that I'm supposed to read I didn't get to finish the other two but I was still pretty happy :)
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more 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 world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet 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 him.
Despite 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 more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself
The Short Story ? - One of the best debuts of this year! I can't believe I left it to the last minute to read!!! Um, I may have suffered from a little heart attack in the last chapter because of the SHOCKER ending but really fantastic! I can't wait to read Desires of the Dead!
The Long Story ? - When I first picked up the book, I read the blurb and thought - paranormal, it can wait, nothing special. Oh, how wrong I was! Firstly, it wasn't even a paranormal, I mean sure Violet had a special ability to seek out the dead but it wasn't paranormal. It was more of a intriguing mystery and romance. Secondly, it was special. It's probably one of the few books that are really original. I mean never even thought about relating to other books special.
The Body Finder is written in third -person so more than once I got confused when it said "she" and "her". However, after all the first-person books I have read lately it was a nice change to read something that wasn't just from one person's perspective. It was refreshing to read something that was narrated! I actually prefer third-person so it was a bonus!
The writing was comfortable and simple, rich language that only authors and English teachers would have heard about was limited. I would think that the author put alot of thought into this book to make it YA friendly, nothing too complex but yet still very enjoyable.
The plot was by far the most memorable part of this book. It was original, a little but of romance added to a lot of suspense and mystery. It wasn't paranormal yet Violet had a unique ability to seek out dead things. It was all about finding dead people but it wasn't gruesome. It was ...different in a good way.
Overall, I would have to say it was one of the best debuts of 2010. It's a shame I couldn't review in the 2010 ( it really does pain me) but nevertheless, it was fantastic. Prepare yourself for the last chapter, I almost got a heart attack. The cover is also hauntingly beautiful. Rating - 5/5
PS- This review is about ..jumpy and awkward because I started writing this two days ago but never got to finish...apologies.
Badass Bookie xx