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Book Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

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Book Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

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Title & Author: Desires of the Dead: A Body Finder Novel by Kimberly Derting

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Paranormal

Release Date: February 15, 2011

Series: The Body Finder #2

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

How I Got the Book: Bought


“The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found. 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.”

That Thing With the Bad Guy

Desires of the Dead is a solid sequel to The Body Finder. It had enough meat to satisfy those hooked on the first book – with more bodies and bad guys and boyfriend drama than before.

This second book took the same pace as the first: slow and steady. By slow, I don’t mean glacial, which is a put-down-able offense. I just mean that Desires of the Dead took it’s time getting to the climax. It’s definitely not a high-action/adventure type story.

Also, there’s trouble in paradise. Violet and Jay are having their first fights at boyfriend and girlfriend and it’s very, very, VERY high school. There’s jealousy and misunderstandings, and it just didn’t appeal to me.

Plus, there’s some love triangle-ish situations that are hinted at, and it makes me not even want to read the third book because I feel like I can already predict what will happen by the fourth.

Like I mentioned in my review of The Body Finder, many basic YA elements in Desires of the Dead are treated like they’ve never been done before. It’s so strange.

I just feel like so many cliches are used in this series – the annoying and outspoken bestie, the fights of first love.

The only part that really sets apart Desires of the Dead is Violet’s paranormal ability, but even that is so minor and sometimes such a small part of the story.


Although I think most readers will like this series, I’ve decided to stop here. It’s good but not good enough to make me care about the characters or storyline. I think Desires of the Dead is certainly a good sequel, but it’s just not to my personal taste.

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I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.