Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bookanista Review: Desires of the Dead, by Kimberly Derting--AND AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

Today's Bookanista review is a book I've been raving about since the day I scored an early ARC: DESIRES OF THE DEAD, by my fabulous agent-in-law, Kimberly Derting. (And yes, I will be sharing that ARC with one of you at the end of this post--but we'll get to that in a minute. First things first: the GUSHING!)

Isn't the cover amazing?

It's so simple, but I can't seem to stop staring at it. 

And here's the official blurb:

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.

So obviously this is the sequel to Kim's first book, THE BODY FINDER, one of my favorite reads of 2010. Which meant that even though I was super insanely excited for this book, I was also a little worried, because so often a sequel can fall just a tiny bit flat. But I should never have doubted Kim's talent!

Not only did she manage to bring back everything that made the THE BODY FINDER so incredibly awesome, (the fabulous chemistry between Violet and Jay, the gut-wrenching suspense of the murders and mystery--not to mention jealously-inducing writing)--but she took so many things to the next level. 

This time it's not just the killer threatening Violet's safety, it's the authorities--one FBI Agent in particular who seems to have guessed the secret Violet isn't willing to share, and seems to want something from Violet she's not ready to give. Kim's also managed to ramp up the chemistry between Violet and Jay even more than the BODY FINDER--something I wouldn't have thought possible.  And the mystery--while not being another large-scale serial killer on the loose--is full of so many twists and turns you will definitely be guessing right up to the very end. 

I loved pretty much everything about DESIRES OF THE DEAD, but if I had to pick a favorite thing to gush about it would be Kim's mastery of suspense. Do not sit down with this book unless you are ready to give several hours to it!!! The plot grabs onto you and does not let you put it down. I read it all in one sitting, and my eyes were blurry by the end but I kept reading anyway because I HAD to know what would happen next. I'm really not sure how Kim manages to pull that off--and if she weren't so darn sweet I'd be bitterly jealous about it. But it makes for an amazing, roller-coaster of a read that you definitely want to pick up as soon as it's available to buy.

Need more proof of the book's awesomeness? There's been so much buzz and anticipation for it, Harper decided to move up the release. So now you only have to wait until February 15th to buy your copy. Or you can be safe and preorder now. Methinks this might be one of those books that sells out--and you do not want to wait any longer than you have to. Trust me on that!

But I also made a promise to you guys when I got this ARC (and started bragging about it) that I would share it with one of you. So even though it KILLS me to pass it on (I already want to read it again) I am going to be a girl of my word and give my precious ARC to one lucky commenter on today's post.

And I'm going to keep things nice and simple again. To enter, all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post before 11:59 pm PST on Tuesday December 21st. I'll announce the random winner on December 22nd. International entries welcome. And since I have a feeling you guys will fight for this--you should, btw--I'll award 2 extra entries to anyone who spreads the word via twitter, facebook, or their blog/website. Just paste a link in the comments so I can verify.


To hear about more incredible books, check out what the rest of the Bookanistas are up to today:

Christine Fonseca and Elana Johnson recommend THE WRITERS GUIDE TO PSYCHOLOGY

Megan Miranda gushes about REVOLUTION

Lisa and Laura Roecker present a special Guestanista review of PERSONAL DEMONS

Bethany Wiggins and Carolina Valdez Miller praise ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS


  1. OOOhhh! Can't wait for this one. I loved The Body Finder! Blogging, tweeting, and spreading the word. Crossing all appendages that I win this one :)

    graffkidlit at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for the awesome contest! I am a follower.


  3. Is this YA? Sounds intense.
    wolferock AT

  4. I am really excited about DotD. Kimberly writes scary/intense books without all the gore of regular murder mysteries. Thanks for the chance to win it!


  5. I can't wait to read this book! Love the cover. Thanks for the great review Shannon!

  6. I loved The Body Finder. I couldn't put it down. This one sounds just as awesome. I hope I win! Thanks Shannon for being so generous.

  7. I so want that book. I'm a follower. I will put on my sidebar, but I don't want anyone else to win. Mahaha.


  8. This would be my third time trying to win this book! *fingers crossed*

    I tweeted:!/KeeKeeHockaday/status/12861217982914560

    And I put it on the sidebar of my blog:

  9. I can't wait for this book! The Body Finder was one of my faves of this year. Great writing and very original idea.

    Follow and Tweeted:!/BritneyWyatt/status/12865337036898304

  10. Beautiful cover and great review!

  11. HA! When I pitched to Laura Rennert (she's so nice) at a conference, the first thing I said to her was, "I loved THE BODY FINDER!" She was like, "Oh, I'm so glad. Have you written anything?" I would love to own DESIRES OF THE DEAD--this contest is already on the Giveaway Bar on my blog.

  12. Sometimes it seems like you have a book to give away every day. When I grow up I wanna be just like you!

  13. Please enter me! Thanks for the great review! :)

    jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

  14. I am a gfc follower. This one sounds really good, I would love to read it.

  15. I'd really like to thank you for always having your contests open internationally. Even when I lived in the US, only US stuff bothered me.

    PS I really need to get me a copy of the Body Finder. I've read 40-ish books in the last 6 months, and I still feel like I'm behind.

  16. I just finished The Body Finder last night so of course I'd love to win the second book!

    bookworm1858 AT hotmail DOT com


  17. I've been waiting to read this one, too! I love that she took it a different direction than the last. I wondered how she'd do a sequel. Great review! I'm really looking forward to reading it now. And girlie girl, how do you have so many book giveaways without going bananas? You must live at the post office.

  18. You're seriously passing on an ARC? Amazing! I can't wait to read this one. Yay for even more tension between Violet and Jay! :)

  19. that cover is gorgeous!! Me.Want! :-)

  20. Awesome!
    I haven't read the first one yet, so please don't include me in this giveaway BUT I am SUPER excited to get to it, especially now that you have gushed over it!

  21. That's so sweet of you to pass this along. I can't wait to read it. It's good to hear they pushed up the realease day.


  22. Wow - this sounds like one that I would love! A little bit "Ghost Whisperer" meets "Profiler" kind of...maybe...hmm. Guess I better read them first, so hopefully I'll win a copy! Count me in! I'm happy to blog about it, too - I'll put a link in my blog post for Friday. Thanks, Shannon!

  23. I've heard such awesome things about this book! I really can't wait to read it.

  24. Sounds spooky - congratulations to your agent-in-law.

  25. I am dying for this book! I follow Kimberly's blog and she held a contest for catch phrases for it. She liked mine (wasn't the #1 pick but so similar, only one word diff.) anyway she sent me signed bookmarks, stickers, and a Desires of the Dead bracelet. How freakin' cool is that?

    Loved The Body Finder and I'm sure this is just as good. And like you, I love her books so much it's hard to be

  26. Looking forward to seeing what she does with the characters in this book. Does she have pretty nail polish, like she did with the first one? Hummm...

    Nice contest!
    The Book Swarm

  27. I've been looking forward to this one!
    Thanks, Shannon!

  28. Great giveaway! THANKS!
    I'm a follower.

    I twitted but I couldn't get the stupid link!

  29. Count me in, count me in!! :D
    I'm definitely putting both of these on my TBR list. :)

  30. I haven't read The Body Finder yet, but I heard so many great things about it. And now it's the same with its sequel! I really have to read them!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  31. Ooh! sounds pretty frickin' awesome! I haven't read The Body Finder yet but have heard many good things about it.
    Cover is soo pretty!

  32. Loved book 1. This sounds just as great.

  33. Thanks for an awesome chance of winning this great book!

    I tweeted:!/celeste576012/status/12972767452336128

  34. Oh my gosh, I can NOT wait to get my hands on this one. Great review! The first one is on the top of my pile and maybe next in line. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  35. Thanks for the giveaway! I am a follower :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  36. Thanks for the awesome contest!

  37. Ohh my gosh I want to read this SO BADLY! Thanks for the contest :D

    I'm a follower!



  38. Sounds amazing!

    I follow :)


  39. Don't enter me because I also have an ARC (there are advantages to working in a bookstore). Of course, I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Too many other great books already pubbed that I still need to catch up on! Whew!

    Great review, though. Thanks.

  40. I am a new follow and I would love to win a copy of the desires of the dead. I loved book #1 :)

    Here is my email:

  41. Ah! Great giveaway! I am a follower :)



    Blog sidebar:

    email: booksoverboys at hotmail dot com

    Thanks! You rock *__*

  42. OMG!!
    I'm more than excited about this...and every time I read a new review about DOTD it kills me to know that I'll have to wait longer than most to get my hands on this book!!



  43. THE BODY FINDER was made of awesome. I loved it. Cannot wait to get my hands on this book. Facebooking...


  44. I'm literally losing my mind to win this book. Crossing my fingers here.

  45. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC follower: Lexie@BookBug
    Tweeted at!/LexieBookBug/status/13103294125711360

  46. Thank you for the contest!

    I'm following you (Francesca).

    I've tweeted the review and the giveaway here :

  47. Thanks for offering up your ARC, Shannon! I'm glad that Desires of the Dead doesn't disappoint because I too always seem to find that sequels are never as good as the first books. I loved The Body Finder and so would like to be entered for the giveaway.

    Oh, I added the contest to my sidebar:

  48. Awesome!!! thanks for this.

    I tweeted

    and it's on my sidebar

    themgowl at

  49. Ooooohhhhh! Love to win this one! I'm a new GFC follower.

    bitsyblingbooks (at ) gmail (dot) com

    Bitsy Bling Books

  50. Thanks for the chance! I´m dying for read this :)

    +2 Sidebar :)


  51. I'd love to play please :D


  52. This is so cool. I adored The Body Finer. I just gotta have this book.

  53. Oh, this looks GOOD! And (bows head in shame) I haven't read THE BODY FINDER yet, but I really want to. *rushes to put it on Christmas wish-list

    Thanks for the review, and the giveaway!

  54. I am dying to read this! I loved the Body Finder and just reading all the awesome things you had to say about it, makes me want to read it again. Kimberly is really talented. Her writing is impressive.

    Thank you for sharing the book :P

    entrelibros_blog at

  55. awesome thanks!

    Love Kimberly Derting's books!

  56. So kind! Thank You!

  57. Its awesome that you are doing that even though you really loved it! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

    Tawni @ The Book Worms

  58. Please enter me as well :) Thank you for making it international too!

    baychriz at gmail dot com

  59. I want, I want, I want! Great review, you have me ten times more eager to read it NOW. I loved The Body Finder, so I can only imagine how much I'm going to love the sequel.

    I tweeted -!/peacelovebooksx/status/13758830974341120


  60. I really want this books! I can't wait to read it!

    I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!


  61. I'm really looking forward to this book, thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm an old follower via GFC.

    +2 Twitter:

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  62. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower and I added this giveaway to my Giveaways Around the Web post. :)

  63. Thanks for making this an international giveaway!

  64. I'd LOVE a chance to win this book! Count me in!

  65. Yay! I'm really looking forward to this one!

  66. I really want this one, and I love the cover! Thanks so much!

  67. Awesome comp, I can't believe you can part with it! So strong!

    Blogged here:

  68. Sounds like a great book! I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. I love the pink this time. :)

    *crossing fingers*


  70. this is such an awesome giveway :)


  71. Great giveaway! I loved the first book! Sign me up for this one! :)


  72. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the chance!

    tweet -!/DonnaS1/status/16378732495245312

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  73. Oh, reading ARC of DoD before the date of publishing is my personal idea of heaven. Please enter me :)


    judittten at gmail dot com

  74. The cover is absolutely gorgeus !
    Please enter me !

    tweeted :!/raluk15/status/16453013212241920

    facebook :!/permalink.php?story_fbid=111995672207114&id=100001220197834

    also a GFC follower : PinkStuff28

    raluk.93 at gmail (dot) com

  75. Awesome contest. Thanks for posting -- I'll keep my fingers crossed!

  76. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I absolutely loved "The Body Finder" and can't wait to get my hands on this one!

    sarahdc22 (at) gmail (dot) com

  77. Thanks for the chance to win! I'm a blog follower.



  78. The cover looks super duper pretty :)


  79. What a great giveaway I love the body finder can't wait to read this one! Thank you so much for the chance :)Im a GFC follower.
    + Tweeted too!/latishajean/status/16994995537973248
    + shared on Facebook!/permalink.php?

  80. Thanks for the chance to win this!


  81. I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485

    Kate1485 at

  82. I tweeted about it:

    Kate1485 at

  83. I shared it on Facebook:

    Kate1485 at


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