Monday, December 5, 2011

The Body Finder, Book 1

Book: The Body Finder
Series: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publication Date: March 16, 2010

The Gist:

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.

Ashley's Take:

This book caused me to have a lot of different feelings, good and bad. I was really considering quitting this book multiple times the first half. I set it down for weeks after the initial 70 pages and honestly surprised I picked it back up. After seeing such great 5 star reviews from my GR friends, I really thought I had a winner. I even had it on my wish list forever.

It was definitely not "winning" for me. All I wanted to do in the first half was throw it or scream at the main character Violet nearly every chapter. It seemed she would continue to make poor decisions over and over again. Just as things were blown over from her past error she would screw something up again. That alone was very frustrating, along with her whininess made me think this was gonna be a 1 star terrible book.

Luckily her decision making got better, but really the story gave her less wiggle room to make the annoying decisions later in the story thank the goddess! The love story in the book was really sweet at times and reminded me of of first love in high school and how sweet boys really can be if they want to be. Is the love interest a swoon worthy guy? He is very much at times. The only problem is he seemed to always show up to save the day and that is just so cliche and been done repeatedly. The story just was not very original, obviously the gift Violet has is - the story surrounding it is not.

That being said, I think I would have absolutely hated this book had the romance not kicked in. I can tell which of my GR friends will LOVE this book and which will want to stay clear of it. Fallen and Hush Hush lovers this book is for you. Kate specifically stay away!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Book: Saving Francesca
Author: Melina Marchetta
Publication Date: May 9th, 2006

The Gist:

Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys' school that's pretends it's coed by giving the girls their own bathroom. Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an an impossibly dorky accordion player. The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can't seem to stop thinking about.

Then there's Francesca's mother, who always thinks she knows what's best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, along, and without an inkling who she really is. Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself.

Ashley's Thoughts:

5 Martinis

Another 1 sitting read added to my shelf. This book is greatness. I laughed, I cried, I caught myself doing that goofy smile at several points throughout the book. I love each and every character in this book and their roles are perfect.

Marchetta's writing is flawless. one of the few authors I can say that about from my reads this year. I recommend this to anyone to loves perfect writing and wonderful storytelling.

I can relate to every character and every emotion presented. I think I love it so much based on the realistic nature. I really can't put my finger on one specific reason I loved this so much, but I will be reading all of her other books now.