Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like to Check in With

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Ugh, I’m not thrilled with that post title, but you get the idea, right? I like this post topic, but I was struggling on the title so I went with the prompt. Oh well 🙂

Anyway, these are the characters that I’ve worried about, fell in love with, and just plain wish were my friends. Which characters do you want to check in with?

Lakshmi from Sold by Patricia McCormick–How could you *not* want to check in with her after what she went through?! And by the way, did you know that Sold was made into a movie? I only just found out about this.

Felton from Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach–Felton will always make this kind of list because he’s such an authentic character. I’m With Stupid leaves us in a good place with Felton, but I still want to know how he’s doing in college.

Violet from The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting–I still think there’s need to be a fifth book so I truly know how Violet is doing. I love that story, I love Violet as a character, and I love her relationship with Jay.

Eleanor and Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell–That ending! I really need to know what’s going on with these two because I love them and their story SO MUCH!

Samantha Reed and Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick–My adult, rational side knows that most teen relationships don’t last forever, but the YA reader side of me hopes that they do last forever. Hopefully in The Boy Most Likely To, Fitzpatrick’s companion to My Life Next Door, she gives us a glimpse into Samantha’s and Jase’s lives.

Rafe from Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg–Rafe’s a smart and funny and I simply need to catch up with him. He endures so much in this story.

Sutter from The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp–Sutter is on this list mainly because the ending left me wondering what really happened to him. It read like an ending that could purposely be interpreted in different ways.

Ethan from Dead to You by Lisa McMann–What the heck happened to Ethan?! If you’ve read this book then you completely understand that question.

D.J. from the Dairy Queen series by Catherine Gilbert Murdock–Even though D.J. and I don’t have much in common, I know I’d be friends with her. I grew so attached to her and her family that I would love to know how all of them are doing. I want to know how D.J.’s doing in college, in particular.

Reagan and Lilah from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord–I loved this book. A big reason why I enjoyed this so much is because of Reagan and Lilah’s friendship. Besides the country music star aspect, their friendship is one that many readers will relate to. I mentioned it in my review, and I still think that Emery Lord should write a book from Lilah’s point of view.

Book Trailer Thursday (106)–Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

I’m glad I decided to peruse the HarperTeen YouTube channel because I didn’t know about this book trailer before I did.  Has HarperTeen made a book trailer for Desires of the Dead and The Last Echo?  I know one was made for The Body Finder, but I haven’t seen one for the other two books.  Regardless, I’m happy to see a book trailer for Dead Silence.

Dead SilenceSummary (From Goodreads): Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

Review: Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

Dead SilenceTitle: Dead Silence

Author: Kimberly Derting

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: April 16th, 2013

Interest: Series

Source: ARC received from the publisher

Summary (From Goodreads): Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

I think I’ve said this in all of my reviews of The Body Finder series, but I really love it.  They’re fun, suspenseful, and romantic.

I’m not sure if Dead Silence is concluding Kimberly Derting’s series because there isn’t a fifth book listed on Goodreads.  I liked the ending, but it didn’t feel like a series closer.  Maybe there will be a spin-off?  Regardless, I’ve really enjoyed reading about Violet and “watching” her grow as a character.  She really comes into her own in this book.  I feel like she really has a sense of who she is, what her ability/gift can do, and who her true friends are.

One of the reasons I like The Body Finder series so much is because Violet is so independent.  Sure, she leans on her boyfriend Jay quite a bit, but I never get the sense that she needs him.  Violet makes her own decisions and does what she thinks is right.  Many YA heroines look to their male counterpart/love interest for guidance and help, and that simply isn’t the case with Violet.

Kimberly Derting finally gives us more background information about Violet’s ability and the group she’s working with.  I’m not going to say much about this because I don’t want to spoil anything, but the new layer to the story is really interesting and answers so many questions.

Like the other books, we get to read from a killer’s point of view.  And like the other books, it adds an exciting sense of creepiness and suspense.  I didn’t have as many questions about who was behind everything in Dead Silence as I did in previous books, but I still enjoyed it.

If you haven’t picked up this series, I highly recommend that you do.  It’s very popular in my classroom and really enjoyable.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is all about fictional characters we would crush on if we were another fictional character.  I like to refer to this post as my Top Ten Book Boyfriends 🙂

1. Jay Heaton of The Body Finder series–He’s an all-around great and supportive boyfriend to Violet.  If you’ve read this series, I don’t think I really need to explain this because I’m pretty sure we all agree.

2. Lucas from Easy–Normally I’m not really attracted to guys that look like Lucas, but he completely won me over in Easy.  I want there to be a second book so I can read more about him and swoon a little more.

3. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door–Cricket is adorably nerdy, close to his family, and really sweet.  If I were another character in that book, I would have jumped at the opportunity to date Cricket.

4. Adam Wilde from Where She Went–I had a thing for musicians when I was in college, and maybe I still do now to some degree, but boy did I love Adam in Where She Went.  I want more books with Adam.

5. Jace from The Mortal Instruments–I haven’t read books four or five, but I was seriously crushing on Jace while reading the first three books.  He’s strong, mysterious, and so much more.

6. Edward Cullen from Twilight–Judge me all you want, but I wasn’t really into paranormal YA before I read Twilight.  I’ve read Twilight twice and I never read books more than once (unless it’s school related).  So yeah.  Edward Cullen and I have no shame.  P.S. I read the books before they were super popular and being made into horrible movies; a student recommended them. 🙂

7. Noah Calhoun from The Notebook–I know this isn’t technically YA, but I read The Notebook back when I was discovering YA and rediscovering my passion for reading, and I adore Noah.  I hated the movie, but I do love Ryan Gosling.

8. Finn Belastra from Born Wicked–I don’t care if he’s “unsuitable.”  He’s sweet and romantic and all about Cate.

9. Adam Kent from Shatter Me–Lots of tension and steaminess. I’m sure he’s on plenty of these lists.

10. Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone–It’s hard to explain why I would crush on Akiva, but if you’ve read the books in this series you’d probably understand.  Maybe it’s the whole protector thing?  Or how much he loves Karou?

Review: The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

The Last Echo coverTitle: The Last Echo, 358 pages

Author: Kimberly Derting

Publisher: Harper (HarperCollins)

Release Date: April 17th, 2012

Interest: Favorite Series

Source: ARC received from the publisher

Summary (From Goodreads): In the end, all that’s left is an echo…

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye….

First of all, if you haven’t read this series yet then you shouldn’t read this review, but you SHOULD read The Body Finder pronto!

For those of you who are up to speed with Kimberly Derting’s fabulous series, I positively loved The Last Echo!  It has all of the normal goodies from The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead (mystery, suspense, romance, Jay, etc.), but The Last Echo also feels more mature which fits with where Violet is in her life.  She’s joined Sara Priest and others to help the police find murderers which is a very adult job to take on as a teenager.  This means Violet’s working more closely with Rafe and consequently there’s more tension between those two and also between Jay and Violet.

I like where Kimberly Derting is taking the story and how she’s developing Violet’s character.  Watching Violet trying to navigate through her life as a teen, but also as a teen with a supernatural ability and adult job is really intriguing and has kept me reading the story.  One of the reason I enjoy The Body Finder series so much is because while it has a supernatural element, I feel like I’m still reading something realistic.  Jay isn’t the typical paranormal guy love interest who acts like he’s 30 even though he’s a teenager.  He still rings true for me as a regular teen guy who’s really in love, and just a bit jealous as well.  Violet’s life isn’t exactly normal, but she she still has common worries like other teens her age.  Keeping these characters grounded in the story makes it more believable and entertaining.  I feel like I’m watching Violet grow up and I can’t wait to see where the story takes her in book four.

Of course, while I love the reality, I was completely engrossed in the mystery!  Like always, I had so many predictions and only some were close to accurate.  This “girlfriend collector” is creepy!  As in the past books we get to read sections from his point of view, and when I read those sections I kept making sure my door was locked.  He seems so unsuspecting, but not someone I would want to cross paths with.  The Body Finder had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, but not as much in Desires of the Dead.  I’m happy to report that The Last Echo is very similar to The Body Finder (and then some) in regards to mystery and suspense!

Violet and Jay’s relationship in these books is swoon-worthy.  It didn’t feel quite as steamy in The Last Echo, but it’s becoming more of a relationship of understanding and acceptance while still maintaining a strong sense of romance.  Jay is still always by Violet’s side and supporting her, but the tension with Rafe in the picture and Violet’s new job adds new levels of stress.  Both Jay and Violet are working on trusting each other and working together to be more supportive and understanding.  Jay is still one of my all-time favorite Y.A. crushes.  I won’t say too much more about the relationship because there’s so much left to ponder at the end of Desires of the Dead.

Overall, I am incredibly thankful that HarperCollins sent me this ARC because The Body Finder series is one of my favorites and continues to be.  This book rocked and left me excited for the fourth book!

Book Trailer Thursday (60)–The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

I am so excited that I found this book trailer because I LOVE this series!  Of all the series out there, The Body Finder series is one of my favorites.  I love the mystery and suspense and of course the romance.  Thankfully HaperCollins sent me an ARC of The Last Echo (releases on April 17th!!) which I read right away and am currently finishing my (very positive) review.  If you haven’t read the series yet, I don’t think this trailer will give anything away, but just in case I’m including the trailer for The Body Finder below The Last Echo trailer.

The Body Finder series:
The Body Finder
Desires of the Dead
The Last Echo
Book #4 untitled

The Last Echo coverSummary of The Last Echo (From Goodreads):

In the end, all that’s left is an echo…

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye…

 

 

 

The Body Finder coverSummary of The Body Finder (From Goodreads): 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.

 

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