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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Review: The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3) by Kimberly Derting

Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Supernatural
Rating: YA 14+
Pages: 368


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...

**This review is based on an ARC (Advance Readers Copy)**

Even though, like all the other hopelessly obsessed, hardcore  The Body Finder fans out there, I was eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, I'll admit I was worried how Kimberly Derting was going to pull off yet another amazing book... would The Last Echo follow in the brilliant footprints of the other two books before? It turned out, however, that I had nothing to worry about. In The Last Echo, Kimberly Derting gives us a book with thrills and surprises at every turn, the scariest psycho of all the three books, and more romance and heart-stopping moments than ever. I loved it.

After finishing The Last Echo, I took some time to marvel at how attached I'd become to Jay and Violet, and just the whole series in general.  Jay and Violet are two people who I've come to know so well, and it's all thanks to Derting's fabulous writing. She makes the characters come alive. There wasn't (much to my dismay), plenty of Jay, but there was a lot of Rafe.  While anxiously awaiting my ARC of The Last Echo, I kept praying that Derting wouldn't pull a Twilight and put in a love triangle. But, of course, there was.... and I was prepared for it. What I wasn't prepared for, however, was the fact that I actually liked Rafe. Crazy, I know! I was still rooting for Jay, but I kind of pitied Rafe. 

Jay and Violet's romance in The Last Echo was much more intense than before, and that showed that they were growing up and that they were heading towards a new, deeper stage in their relationship. As usual, when Jay and Violet were together, I couldn't help but smile. It was like electricity was crackling off the very pages of The Last Echo. Their chemistry was undeniable, and Kimberly Derting really is a genius for creating such a powerful, romantic, and yet natural and very realistic relationship that... over the three books, I have fallen in love with.


As I mentioned before, the bad guy, 'the girlfriend collector' is creepier than ever this time, and is set on Violet. In the past, other people have always come to Violet's rescue, but this time, it's all up to her. Is the person she's meant to save herself? And will she be able to do it? The tension kept rising until the very end, and I couldn't stop reading. I HAD to find out what happened next. 


A captivating, thrilling, toe-tingling, heart-stopping read that most definitely does not disappoint!


5 Muffins - Positively Enticing!





**Thanks so much to the lovely Kimberly Derting for sending me an ARC of The Last Echo for review!!**


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Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Shade by Jeri-Smith Ready

27 comments:

  1. I really have to try this series, I keep seeing reviews of book three with high ratings, like yours and now I'm interested!

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  2. :0 I absolutely love this series! I'm so glad this book is as amazing as the first two! I'm really excited to read this! Jay and violet are perfect together!
    Following you back. Nice to meet you.
    You should definitely join Blogspiration.

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  3. Aaaaahhhh!!!! You totally make me want to read this book RIGHT NOW!! Kimberly Derting is a DOLL and her books are AMAZING!!! LOVED your review :D

    Kristin @ GrowingUpYA.blogspot.com

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  4. Great review! I really should get started on this series! :)

    Mia @ Bookwormmia.blogspot.com

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  5. I will have to check this one out. And thanks for stopping by my blog today :)

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  6. You are so lucky you got an ARC!! I always request for ARCs and such but I don't have enough followers yet. :) I have heard such great things about this series and I have to try it for myself ASAP. Thanks for the review and I'm glad you liked it.

    New follower! Maybe you could stop by my blog sometime? :)

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***

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  7. Hi

    Followed you here from Book Blogs, I really like your blog it looks great and you seem to have lots of reviews that I look forward to exploring more.
    You can find me at http://kiwigirlreads.blogspot.com

    Regards
    kiwigirl

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  8. Hey Teen Book Guru!

    In reply to the Meg Cabot event, yes of course a book review is perfect!! If you could please email at: romancebookie@yahoo.com

    and let me know a date that would work for you between May 16th and July 20th, when you would like to post the review :) that would be really great!

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  9. I've been waiting for this book to come out ever since I read the last one and after reading your review I know I won't be dissapointed! Only 6 more days to go before I can get it!

    Bella xx

    http://bellaharte.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. Hey Riya! :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! You're blog is awesome; I'm definitely following you back!

    BTW, I absolutely LOVE your blog design! :D

    Hope to see you participate in Tuney Tuesday next week!!!

    -J.B. :D
    http://jbkantt.blogspot.com/

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  11. Thanks for shipping by my blog!

    I LOVE this series! I'm so jealous you got this one, I cannot wait to read it.

    Britta
    PS: How did you get those heart page breaks? Is it just an image?

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    1. Haha, "stopping" not shipping...

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  12. This looks like a good one! I have not read the others in the series, but you have convinced me that I have to! You're lucky that you not only got the ARC but it was signed too!

    Megan (new follower!)
    http://thegirlybookworm.blogspot.com

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  13. Great review! I have been dying to read this book since this is one of my favorite series. I am so nervous about a love triangle being introduced into the story. I adore Jay so I am a bit sad to read that he isn't in it as much. I am interested though now to see if I do like Rafe since you did. Also yikes the bad guy sounds extrememly creepy this time.

    Traci @ The Reading Geek
    *Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi :) I'm a new follower here.

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  14. This seriessounds very interesting. I'll have to check it out!!

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  15. This series has been on my TBR list for a while, but after your wonderful review, it's getting bumped to the top. I'll be honest, you had me at "scariest psycho of all three books" - then you threw in toe-tingling and heart-stopping! How could I resist such a book?? Oh, and can I just say that I checked out your "team widget": Team Gabriel, Alex, Ky, Adam, Jacob, DAMON.... OMG! We love ALL the same boys!!!!! ;D Happy Reading!

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  16. great review, I am going to check out this series thanks you. Tana

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  17. Great review! I'm a big fan of The Body Finder series. Can't wait to read this.

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  18. My copy hasn't shipped yet...I may be dying here!! I also love Jay & Violet's relationship. It felt SO natural and well-developed in the other books. It was just the next logical step in their progression.

    Can't wait to read this!

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  19. I can't wait for this book! I can't wait to see what happens next...ek! Thanks for your review!

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  20. Sounds like a fun series - I haven't read the earlier ones. Thanks for dropping by, I'm returning the follow :)

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  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog-I have returned the follow! I also love your blog design; I adore the color pink so to see that just makes me happy :)

    I still need to catch up on the second book of this series before reading The Last Echo but I know that Derting is a talented writer and I have been very impressed with her plotting skills. Good to know that the third book continues to impress!

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  22. Thanks for stopping by and for the follow. I am now following too.

    Thank you for this review. I loved the first two Body Finder books, but I was so worried that this one would disappoint me. I was afraid the characters would change too much now that Violet's gift is out in the open, and yes I was hoping she would avoid that love triangle too. Your review puts me more at ease--I will definitely have to pick this one up!

    Thanks!

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  23. I want to read this series so much—I don't know why I haven't gotten to it yet.

    Great, great review! (:

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  24. I am so scared about the love tringle (as I hate them so much in books) but as you said, I am prepared for it and maybe there will be many other things to like and it won't bother me too much :|

    Happy midnight reading!

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  25. I have soooo many AMAZING things about this series that I can't wait to see how it turns out once I get my hands on it! :) I love the plot direction the author takes, the whole concept and the characters! I am very intrigued. Thanks for the awesome review! :)

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

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  26. Thanks for the review! Kimberly Derting is one of my favorite authors. I actually thought this was the last book in the series, but there is going to be another one!

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