“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

Maybe I am just going through Darkest Powers withdrawal, but I absolutely love the idea behind this book.  A girl with an affinity with dead bodies?   Awesome.  Add a little romance, and I have a feeling I am going to love this book!

The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly DertingThe Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

March 16th, 2010 (I am so jealous of everyone who already has an ARC!)  
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 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.
I have been looking for more YA reads to add to my TBR list, and have found quite a few that will be blogging about in the weeks to come.  It seems to me that YA has been getting a lot of attention from publishers as of late – especially books with a paranormal aspect.  While we all know it is the result of the “Twilight Effect” – I can’t help but be grateful!  I was reading Cassandra Clare and Sara Rees Brennan years ago when they were writing fanfiction – and even though they are brilliant writers, I don’t think they would have had as easy a time getting published had it not been for Twilight.  Same thing for a number of YA writers out there at the moment.
Anyways, my point is that Twilight – love it or hate it – has brought new life to the YA section of the bookstore.  Hell, I didn’t use to read YA when I was a YA – but Twilight brought me over with its’ sparkly addictiveness.


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