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Synopsis: From Amazon
Violet and Jay are finally dating, but adjusting to the new relationship is not as easy as Violet anticipated. Especially when she has to split Jay's time and attention with his new best friend, Mike, and Mike's pesky younger sister - who happens to be obsessed with Jay. Meanwhile, when Violet's special abilities lead her to the body of a young boy, her tip to the police puts her on the radar of the FBI. Violet tries to fend off the FBI's questions while maintaining the semblance of a normal life, but somebody's leaving her threatening notes and an echo around Mike's house reinforces that all is not right. Violet is forced to admit that perhaps the only people who can help her figure it out are the very people she's desperate to avoid - the FBI.
Desires of the Dead picks up a few months after the dramatic ending in The Body Finder. As with The Body Finder the use of the third person narrator allows for multiple plot threads to be held together as well as providing a means to slip in red herrings, misdirection, subterfuge and I think ultimate teasing into the story. You just never know where the plot is going to go, this is one of those books where you desperately flip through the pages a warp speed just so you can confirm if your suspicions are correct. I will tell you I had absolutely no idea - the end caught me completely by surprise. Believe me this does not happen often.
The intermittent chapters written in first person narrative and in italics differentiated the story-lines visually and via the narrative voice used. Providing comparisons and contrasts to the main plot while adding depth and focus.
Jay *swoon* and Violet's relationship is moving along nicely, they appear to be re-adjusting well to their redefined relationship, even if they can be over-protective of each other. This is something that can be attributed to the events in The Body Finder. The chemistry and passion between felt as if electric sparks were coming from the pages. The way in which the physical side of their relationship was dealt with honesty and tact from Kimberley Derting just added another element to the story. It was a weighty decision that neither Jay or Violet took lightly, the decision wasn't rushed or forced but a natural progression.
Violet can be slightly annoying in her independence. While she does think that by trying to solve problems on her own she is protecting the people that she loves. In fact this is never true and she causes more problems and distress through her actions. Part of growing up is knowing when to ask for help. Something I think Violet is becoming more aware of through the passage of this book. I actually found myself more 'connected' to Violet in this book than in The Body Finder, crediting Kimberly Dertings writing style for immersing me in the vibrations, re-creating the feeling of anxiety and tension that Violet felt, and creating such a 'real' character. I did feel that the strain on Violet's and Jay's relationship was escalated due to Violet's stubborn streak which blew it out of all proportion. Easy to relate to.
Although the FBI does feature in the story they did not play an overly prominent part. The way in which the 'division' and Sara Priest was portrayed was along the lines of the clandestine divisions of my conspiracy theory loving streak (think X-Files, Warehouse 13), as if I didn't love this book enough already.
Some of Jay and Violet's friends had extremes of personalities yet all their interactions were believable and aided the dimension building within the plot. The inclusion of Rafe was genius, he obviously has 'gifts' of his own and using them to help people. Again I am hoping this does not develop into a love triangle though (love triangle overload at present). I am really eager to learn more of Rafe's background and unique 'gifts'.
All the plot threads and interactions (to a degree) reach a rather unsettling conclusion [ ; D ] No spoilers here [ : D ]
The Body Finder was such a difficult book to follow but Desires of the Dead actually exceeded my expectations, something I do not say lightly. A cross-over paranormal thriller with a fantastic romance thrown in. Definitely a book to SWOON over.
Desires of the Dead is the second book in a series by Kimberly Derting. It was released on 17th March by Headline and the book is 368 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
Violet is no ordinary teenager. She has the ability to sense and find dead people and animals through the echoes that call to her and has been able to do this since she was a young girl. Not only can she sense the dead but also the person who did the killing, making her life extremely hard and stressful. Very few people know what Violet is capable of but those that do know help her through it as much as they can...when and if she ever lets them in.
Things are changing for Violet though. The best friend she once has is now her boyfriend, there is a new brother and sister at school and someone at the FBI is showing way more interest than Violet is comfortable with. Everyone seems to be hiding secrets, Violet included but one of them threatens everything that makes her happy. Can she figure out what is going on before it is too late?
What I thought
I think I was one of the few people who wasn't totally in love with The Body Finder and Jay in particular. Still, it was a book unlike anything I had read before so I was still extremely eager to read the sequel and to find out what was going to happen next for Violet.
Desires of the Dead is a very well paced book, hooking you in at just the right times but also giving you time to catch your breath again at others. While the tension is always building, due to the nature of Violet's gift, it was never in your face and always about that. The little things and sub plots helped to take the focus away from what Violet was experiencing and reminded me that she was also a teenager who wanted a normal life, instead of having the gift of being able to find dead people.
The progression of Violet and Jay's relationship was wonderful and very realistic. Sometimes relationships in YA books can either go way too fast or extremely slow but I thought Derting got just the right timing here. Nothing ever felt forced or that it was happening at the wrong time. I really felt as if the relationship went exactly as it should have done, even if there were some things I wasn't expecting in there. As Violet and Jay had been best friends for such a long time, I was wondering if things would ever get a little awkward between them now that they are a couple but the transition was done wonderfully.
As well as Violet and Jay, friendships were developed a lot more in this book and I was really glad to see that. Violet's friends are around a lot more and I have always thought that a main character should never ditch his/ her friends for the love interest. There are also some new characters this time around and they proved for some interesting reading. Mike is one of the new guys at school and finds a quick bromance with Jay...one which Violet doesn't like at all. Mike is hot and soon becomes the talk of the school. Some very mysterious characters, Sara and Rafe show up and show a lot of interest in Violet but neither seem to be totally trustworthy. The jury is still out of Sara and Rafe in my eyes but I am hoping they make an appearance in the next book so I can figure out if they are for real or not.
I truly thought I had this book all figured out quite early on but I soon realised just how wrong I was. Just as I thought I had something figured out, a new twist would appear and I would be second guessing myself. I loved how much mystery there was in this book and how it always had me thinking. Derting's writing does everything to throw you off the track of who is really behind it all and makes you think it could really be anyone else. It wasn't until things began to unfold that I realised what was happening and that wasn't until quite near the end of the book.
Desires of the Dead is a fantastic sequel. It made me want to know so much more and finally, I have that love for Jay that everyone else has been talking about. I didn't think I was going to change my mind about him but realising just how adorable he is did it for me. I guess I can like the good guy sometimes after all. If you were like me and didn't love The Body Finder, give this one a chance as it is so much better. If you did love The Body Finder, you are going to love Desires of the Dead!