Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Demonglass - Rachel Hawkins

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall (#2)
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Pages: 359
Read in: 1 day


Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

A Teenager's Perspective:
After reading "Hex Hall," we were bedazzled! Oh yeah ... we went there! We PATIENTLY anxiously waited for the sequel to come out. It was amazing right? WRONG. We were speechless after we finished "Hex Hall," because no amount of words would be able to describe how spell-binding the novel was. Once again, we're speechless. Not, because "Demonglass" was captivating, or bedazzling enough to knock the words out of our brains, but that, "Demonglass," was a sad attempt at a sequel.

Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.
Well, without further ado, let's introduce our topic for this evening, "Demonglass." (Last and certainly least.)

Let's rewind to the last chapter of "Hex Hall."
Sophie is traumatized by the recent events, and the discovery of her true origin, a demon! To keep her self from hurting anyone that she loves, or cares about, she decides to undergo The Removal. This process will remove all traces of demon from her, and turn back to "normal."

Fast forward to "Demonglass."
Sophie meets her head of council/ absentee father, who refuses to let her go through the removal, until he believes that she is fully aware of her decision, and its ramifications. Somehow she ends up, going with her father, Cal, and her best friend, Jenna, to an Old English home for the summer.

Oh, come on! A father who's been "away," for 16+ years, asks you to spend the summer with him, and you accept?! That's a little unbelievable. Not to mention, their buddy-buddy relationship as soon as they get to the house. We were expecting some big argument to happen, something that would eventually smooth things over with them. Instead, she becomes best friends with her absentee father?

We were also highly irritated toward the whole demon aspect of the book. In a span of, what, 4 days? Your father has managed to convince you not to go through with The Removal. Wait to be, strong-willed. It also bothered us that Sophie could think something along the lines of,"Oh,I'm seventeen,so I have to respond to this like an adult." How realistic.Consciously deciding to deal with something as an adult, despite the fact that by our cultural and legal standards you are not.

Anyway, let's fast forward at a slower pace.
Okay, so this love triangle. Mhmm. These guys are ... delicious. We have Archer, a guy who "TRIED" to kill her, ladies and gentlemen! I get it that you're still in love with him;but to meet him in a dark alley and start trusting him again? That's a little uncalled for. We don't know about you guys, but we might've run for our lives. So, she loves him ... and he "tried" to kill her. Attempting to end a life weighs out, and love vanishes. Goodbye Archer, we'll miss you and your scrumptious personality. Mhmmm, we could just eat him up. Then we have the cute, reasonable choice for a boyfriend, Cal. He patiently awaits the day Sophie will "love" him back. If it isn't already obvious, that he has feelings for her. Despite the number of times she leads him on, he's ALWAYS there. If Sophie can't respect you, and your feelings; hello? We will!

"Demonglass" was .. (fill in the blank). We felt as if Hawkins was just looking for an easy way out. She kind of clumped parts and pieces of a storyline together, to give of this whole blob of chaos. Well, it worked. Unfortunately for her, we're ... less than thrilled.

Honestly, we're sorry to break you guys' heart, but this book wouldn't really be worth your time. To us the book was a total, and complete catastrophe. However, we won't let our less-than-thrilled feelings stop us from reading Spell Bound, the last in the Hex Hall trilogy, but right now, we have low expectations. What do they say? If you have low expectations, your a lot less likely to be disappointed? Well, we'll get back to you in March, we believe?


Review: Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols

Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: March 17, 2009
Pages: 245
Read in: 1/2 a day


All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over....

A Teenager's Perspective:
We stayed true to our word, guys! We read Going Too Far, and BOY ... can we say we enjoyed it. This seductively, engrossing novel made us mentally incoherent. We were unable to think about anything, or do anything until the book was finished.

We promised to span the book out to a day and a half, but ... we couldn't! We ended up finishing the book in half a day. For any of you guys who've read the book already, I think you can imagine our frustration.

The novel begins on a railroad bridge, that everyone in town is afraid to go on. Rumor has it that, a couple of years back, a girl died on the very spot that Meg and the town's loser, just happen to be making out on. They're caught by a police officer named, John After. John seems to piss off Meg, yet, give her this wanting -- for something more.

Not worrying about the consequences, Meg finds her whole world crashing down. Instead of venturing off to the beautiful beaches of Miami, for spring break, she will be riding in a squad car with officer John After. As they patrol deeper into each other's lives, it becomes clear that this spring break, is gonna be a LONG week (and a half?)

Echols does an outstanding job molding these characters. For the first time in a long time, we felt as if the story wouldn't have been complete if BOTH characters hadn't been present. Echols captures these young adolescent souls, with an impeccable amount of perfection.Although both characters appear irritatingly stubborn, they both seem to have one thing in common --they're both letting their pasts run their present.

Was it us, or was this a first for Jennifer Echols? Her comedic, heart-warming love stories, gone a little bit sweet-and-sour? Well, we still found ourselves laughing at some of the characters' dialogue, yet feeling some type of sympathy for them.

By the end of the story, we find that our wild girl, Meg has been tamed to this more reasonable, and understanding young lady. We found this aspect of the story, a little bit unbelievable. Only, because of all the wild goose chases the story take us on. Other than that, this book is perfection in the flesh, or ... paperback. (Cornballs. We know!)

"Going Too Far," was a seriously intense, yet, heart-warming novel for Jennifer Echols, and it did the charm! We're officially part of Jennifer Echol's never-ending list of book fans. You might just catch her on our 'Fave Page' sometime. (;


New Feature! : Past, Present, Future

Hey, you guys!

Well, we just wanted to introduce a new feature to our blog, Characterized. It's called "Past, Present, and Future". This new feature consists of making a post every 2 weeks. In these posts we will mention books that we've recently finished reading, books that we are reading, and books that we plan on reading. The Past, will show 2-3 books we've recently finished reading; with brief descriptions from us, as well as, some few select thoughts we had. We'll also be sure to post the links where you can find the reviews for these books. The Present, will show 1-3 books we're currently reading. Simultaneously, read books probably. Yes ... we know, multi-tasking while reading books, usually makes you forget the story's main points; but so far, we're doing pretty good. We will include current thoughts we have about the book(s), and expectations we have for the book(s). We'll also be sure to include where we are in the book(s), and how many more pages we have left. Rarely will you see 3 books, the most you'll see will be 2. Lastly, The Future, will show 2-3 books we plan on reading soon. We'll include, how we heard of the books, maybe a few trailers, and thoughts we had from reading the overview. We hope you guys like our idea! Await the "Time Machine"! We'll probably have the first post up by the end of the week? Wish us luck?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium (#1)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Pages: 441
Read in: 3 days

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

D, A, & P's Review:

Ever get that feeling, when you finish a book; and you don't know what to do with yourself? So you're just like, "What next?" Then you google '(Insert book's name) sequel'. Well, that's how we felt about our latest read, "Delirium!"

We were sitting by the fireplace, when we turned the last page. I think it's safe to say we spent about 30 minutes, guessing what would happen in the sequel. Assuming that there is one, -- "Pandemonium" right? Well anyways, "Delirium" was an exciting, and thought-provoking love story, that took us by surprise.

In "Delirium," the protagonists are Lena and Alex. Both Lena, and Alex are madly in love ... oops! Did I forget to mention that love is forbidden? In this twisted society, "love" is looked upon as an outbreak, and a disease that must "cured." Lucky for Lena, she is due to recieve The Cure, in just a few weeks. Until the unexplainable happens -- Lena falls in love! Now Lena must decide, if she's ready to leave everything she knew as "normal," for the one thing she was warned to stay away from, "love."

This heart-breaking story, shows the struggles Lena and Alex go through in order to stay together. Lena's internal struggles involve deciding between"right," and love. However, her view of love is slightly tainted, due to her mother's absence in her, and her sister's life.

We absolutely loved the creativity Oliver uses with the quotes, poems, and short stories from different book sources. She does an excellent job encoding these sources, to have an underlying meaning towards the overall theme: forbidden "love." We weren't able to recognize all of the quotes, but we noticed some Shakespeare, here an there (;

Lauren Oliver does an outstanding job, writing "Delirium". We actually took our time with this novel, only because it was a lot to take in. The beginning of the story, was pretty slow; but it picked up after a few 100-and-something pages. "Delirium" became so intense that, after each chapter, we would try to foresee the upcoming events. For a while we argued over this book, but I think we can agree on one thing -- Delirium was worth the wait, and we're hoping that "Pandemonium" is as well!

Favorite Quote: "I love you. Remember. they cannot take it."


Monday, February 6, 2012

Review: Magic Hands - Jennifer Laurens

Author: Jennifer Laurens
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Release Date: February 1, 2007
Pages: 216
Read in: 2 days

Cort, the high school senior jock seems to have it all -- except a summer job. When he lands one doing women's nails, his eyes are opened to the catty, back-stabbing world of females. Girls he thought he knew and trusted turn out to shock and use him. He gets to know Rachel, an elusive girl the others gossip about, a girl with secrets. From her he learns there is more to life than weekend partying and social status, and one of the secrets she shares with him will change his life forever.

D, A & P's Review:

"Magic Hands", was a ... tricky novel.

The novel begins with an introduction to Cort Davies life. A hottie, we must say. This caught us by surprise, one of the few YA romance novels with a male protagonist.  So we applaud the author, for doing something ... out of the ordinary.

Clearly crushing on Rachel, a girl he can't seem to sway, Cort finds himself being stereotyped as a typical jock. The book seems to act as a diary, for all his efforts, rather than the typical jock-in-love storyline it was supposed to depict.

In addition to all of his love-sick problems, Cort is on a desperate search for a job. His desperation leads him to 'Chachi's Nails', a local nail salon. We laughed out loud at his predicament, a few times. The girls in town fall head over heels for Cort, while Cort falls head over heels for Rachel. We found ourselves, becoming irritated with Rachel. Her staged mysteriousness, appears to us as a lack of words. "Maybe," seems to be the only word that comes out of her mouth.

We could ramble on forever about Rachel, or we could face the elephant in the room. The novel's storyline appears to be extremely sloppy. Over the course of the book, the author gives us a short perspective of Cort ... from Rachel's point of view. We were so confused about who was talking, that we thought Cort was talking to himself. As much as we greatly appreciated Rachel's perspective, we felt as if Jennifer Laurens should have stuck to Cort's perspective, for sake of being ... consistent.

We didn't go in with a lot of expectations for "Magic Hands", but we must say, we found ourselves a bit disappointed. In the end, "Magic Hands" was cute love story, that didn't seem to do it for us. Will we be reading more from Jennifer Laurens? Not for a while, but we'll keep an eye out (;


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review: Perfect - Natasha Friend

Author: Natasha Friend
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Release Date: September 16, 2004
Pages: 172
Read In: 1 day

Isabelle Lee has a problem, and it's not just Ape Face, her sister, or group therapy for an eating disorder, or even that her father died and her mother is depressed and in denial. It's that Ashley, the most popular girl in school, is inviting Isabelle to join her at lunch and at sleepovers at her house, and this is presenting Isabelle with a dilemma. Pretty Ashley has moved Isabelle up the social ladder, but is it worth keeping the secret they share? Caught in the orbit of popularity and appearances, Isabelle must navigate a world with mixed messages, false hopes, and potentially harmful turns, while coping with her own flailing family and emotions. The author brings a depth of characterization, humor, and a real adolescent's voice to this multileveled story about the desire to be perfect in an imperfect world.

D, A, & P's Review:

With the tragic death of her father, Isabelle Lee has a hard time coping with her mother’s constant mourning and her little sister’s constant nagging. Isabelle’s sister, April, catches Isabelle in the act of forcing herself to vomit; their mother signs Isabelle up for group therapy. To Isabelle’s surprise, the prettiest, most popular girl, Ashley Barnum, is in Isabelle’s group therapy. Isabelle and Ashley have never been friends but they slowly begin to become closer. Things take a turn for the worse and Isabelle is faced with tough decisions that have interesting and potentially dangerous outcomes and could affect her life as well as her family’s.

We were so engrossed in this book we couldn’t put it down! We were drawn to Isabelle’s character and Friend did an amazing job of portraying a thirteen-year-old girl with bulimic problems. We felt empathy toward Isabelle because her bulimia was the only way she could deal with her dad’s death and her mother’s grievance. In addition, we liked how Isabelle and her sister became closer as the book progressed. Isabelle really had to mature to step up to the “big sister” role for April and that meant letting go of her own problems.

Isabelle became so strong in the because of all she went through: bulimia, her father’s death, her mother’s breakdown, Ashley’s bulimia, and group therapy. She was able to use her energy and power for good instead of hating herself and her family. We felt the strong emotions from this book and were moved by it. Though this may be for younger teens, the message it sends is for all ages. Be true to who you are and remain strong.

In conclusion, all we can say is: GREAT READ. If you ever want a quick, emotional read this book is for you! You won’t regret this book at all, trust us. Enjoy!


Review: Two Way Street - Lauren Barnholdt

Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 26, 2007
Pages: 288
Read in: 2 days

There are two sides to every breakup.
This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.
Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.
It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.
But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.
Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

 D, A, & P's Review:

Oh, boy. Can't you just smell the drama oozing out of this novel?! A road trip with an ex-boyfriend, to a college, you will BOTH be attending.

Courtney is described as an average teenage girl, who is going through an awkward breakup with her ex-boyfriend, Jordan.

The book begins with the preparation for a road trip. The one that will take Jordan and Courtney to their college orientation at the Boston University. Jordan and Courtney were a couple, who were very much in love. That all changes, when Jordan breaks up with Courtney, for a girl he met on MySpace. Courtney is still getting over the break up, when the road trip that was planned long before comes up.

The road trip and the events leading to their break up are told in alternating perspectives. As what they once were, turns into what they can be; it is clear that the MySpace girl isn't the only thing keeping Jordan and Courtney apart.

We found that the drama-filled book we expected was actually just a comedic romance story. Though appealing, we were a bit disappointed. It was pretty easy to find out the real reason behind their breakup, with in the first few chapters. We thought maybe the author should've buried the answer a little bit deeper in the book, but still made it apparent that there was something going on between Jordan and Courtney's dad. What really made the book worth our while, were the efforts Courtney and Jordan made to prove that they didn't have feelings for one another. Clearly failing, they were able to make us laugh out loud a few more times than many.

Although we hoped for more, "Two Way Street" still met our expectations.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Review: Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard

Author: Sara Shepard
Series: Pretty Little Liars (#1)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Pages: 286
Read in: 4 days

Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.

D, A, & P's Review:

Pretty Little Liars, the first installment of the series, named “Pretty Little Liars” (hence the title) is the chilling story of four girls: Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, Hannah Marin, and Emily Fields. After their popular best friend, Alison DiLaurentis, is murdered at a summer sleepover during middle school, the four friends begin to slowly drift apart and forge their own paths in high school. Each girl has humiliating secrets that they don’t want the world to know, except a mysterious figure “A” has the scoop on all of these pretty little liars. “A” threatens each one with exposing their secrets if they don’t do what “A” says.

We thought this book was enthralling and gave us an adrenaline rush as we read it. “What’s going to happen next?” we asked ourselves, and we kept the pages turning. Four sleepless nights of reading couldn’t stop our hunger to know how the story would unfold. We liked the way the author told the story from the different points of view of each girl because it gave the plot and characters more depth. We liked Spencer the best because she wasn’t afraid of anything, despite A’s threats and taunts.

But, we have to admit we were disappointed to the lack of detail about who A was in the first book. As readers, we thought it would have been nice to get some clues as to if Ali was still alive rather than leaving us hanging. Although, this is a good tactic to leave us wanting more!

Overall, Pretty Little Liars was an electrifying book that evoked a lot of emotions from us. We thought it was a good start to the series yet we look forward to hearing more about A’s identity in the next books. Certainly check out this book! We exhaustively recommend it (:


Review: Lock & Key - Sarah Dessen

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: April 22, 2008
Pages: 422
Read in: 3 days

Ruby, where is your mother?
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

D, A, & P's Review:

Writing about abuse and neglect can be hard, but Sarah Dessen managed to create a tragic story with a heartwarming and satisfying end. In her eighth novel, “Lock and Key”, Dessen describes the life events of Ruby Cooper, a 17-year-old whose mother is addicted to drugs and alcohol. When Ruby’s mother deserts her in their rundown, yellow house, Social Services drops her at her sister’s house. Ruby and her sister, Cora Cooper-Hunter, haven’t spoken in years so when Ruby shows up unexpectedly, Cora has difficulty accepting Ruby into her new life. At the same time, Ruby feels she can take care of herself and wants to be alone.

This book was a page-turner! We literally tore through it; we couldn’t get enough. Dessen does a fantastic job of illustrating Ruby’s feelings of resentment towards Cora and her new life. “Ruby can take of herself” (Dessen, 2008). We felt like we were watching Ruby’s life, as she had to adjust to a comfortable lifestyle rather than barely scraping by when she lived with her mother. Ruby met Nate Cross, the toned swimming cutie next door, who is there for her when no one else is. Ruby doesn’t think she needs any help from anyone, especially Nate. We adored the fact that Nate is always there for Ruby even though she tries to push him away.

The idea that Ruby had to “save someone else to save herself” really struck us as endearing and a great challenge. We admire Ruby for learning the true meaning of family – that family is more than just bloodlines and marriage but it is the people who care about you, love you, and who you trust. But, at times, we also felt frustrated because Ruby had a hard time letting people in and showing them what she was feeling.

Instantly, when we began to read “Lock & Key” we were drawn in by its complex plot and life-like characters who had problems similar to those in real life. We could really understand Ruby and her issues of adapting to a new environment and trusting new people. What we loved about Ruby was that she was relatable, down-to-earth, spunky, and most of all: a fighter. Ruby didn’t give up when things were rough; in fact she even declared she could take care of herself and we found this quality of hers really admiring and inspirational.

In addition, most of Dessen’s main female characters were young adolescents who came from stable, solid families but Ruby’s situation was different. Ruby’s family was capricious and unpredictable; this was a first for Dessen. It was a nice change to read something unalike from Dessen’s usual pieces. We will definitely be on the lookout for more of Sarah Dessen’s upcoming novels. 


Review: The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder (#1)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 327
Read in: 3 days

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 that 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 the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping 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.

D, A, & P's Review:

"The Body Finder," was an extremely intriguing novel, that didn't allow us to sleep. We both agree that this deliciously intriguing novel, has its pros and cons; but overall, the pros tilt the scale all the way right.

Violet, a teenage girl, is introduced as a farm from ordinary girl. Her extraordinary "talent," has always differentiated her from other girls all her life. Violet has a special knack for finding dead things, as well as, identifying their killers. So, when girls start disappearing, and the murder rate in their small area, reaches the all-time high; Violet's ability is put to the test. A serial killer is on the loose, and only Violet can identify the man. Can the odd-one out, be the small town hero?

We found it fascinating how the story switches from the serial killer's perspective to Violet's. As sick as he was, his perspective helped give us and many other readers a creepy thrill. Being inside his head, knowing how he "hunted" for these girls, made the story even more exciting. We did feel that maybe a bit more detail should have been put into his crazy "tactics." What happened to these girls after they were shoved into his trunk?

Violet's new profound feelings for her best friend, Jay, leave her defenseless against his new-charm, and looks. Her blossoming relationship with Jay, seems a bit fragile at first, but as the book progresses their relationship becomes steadier. At a point in the book when their relationship came to a standstill, we became complete and utterly frustrated. There was a lot of miscommunication, between Violet and Jay, but everything worked out for the best. If it's not already clear, we're on team Jaylet!

However, we did notice that the storyline seemed to focus more on their relationship, rather than the problems at hand. Gory details are given about Violet and Jay's ever-developing relationship, yet, only a few details are given when the serial killer is picking up these girls. Not that Violet and Jay's relationship didn’t add to the story, but we found ourselves craving more appealing events.

Kimberly Derting did an amazing job crafting the storyline for "The Body Finder." You'd be foolish to miss out on such a thrilling novel. We hope to see some improvements in sequel, "Desires of the Dead."