Dead Silence Blog Tour: Review, Playlist & Giveaway

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Posted 04/09/2013 by alicemarvels in Alice's Playlist

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We’re thrilled to be part of the Dead Silence blog tour, hosted by Candace’s Book Blog and CBB Promotions! This series has always delivered thrills, both romantic and terrifying, and we’re so sad to see the story come to an end. Make sure to check out all the fabulous stops on the Dead Silence tour here. Scroll down to check out our review and a Dead Silence playlist, then enter to win a copy!

 

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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.

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kimberly-derting-color-pressAbout the Author:

Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.

You can visit her website at www.kimberlyderting.com.

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Review:

It’s always bittersweet to end a beloved series, and reading Dead Silence, the finale to Kimberly Derting’s Body Finder series, I was definitely sad to know this was goodbye to the characters I’ve come to love. Violet, Jay, Chelsea and the rest of their friends are entering their senior year, and they have a couple new surprise students joining them. If you thought the romantic tension between Violet and Rafe was put to an end in The Last Echo, think again. As Violet uncovers as new string of murders, she works closely again with Rafe to uncover clues, much to Jay’s dismay.

Once again, we get alternating POV’s between Violet and the killer, and Derting proves she has an uncanny ability to dive into a total psycho’s mind and utterly creep us out with a completely authentic deranged voice. The killer in this book is as disturbed as the others Violet has faced, and from the events of the prologue, we know his exploits will hit very close to home. I was completely on edge every time we switched to the killer’s perspective, waiting for the events in his world to catch up to those in Violet’s.

Dead Silence is an amazing thriller on its own, but as a series ender it succeeds wonderfully in wrapping up the love triangle, giving Violet crucial information about the other gifted people she, Rafe, Gemma and Sara work with, and leaving Violet and her friends in a resolved, if forward moving place. I’m very satisfied with the ending, though a small part of me does hope to revisit this world and characters down the road. But for now I’m more than content with the story I’ve gotten from this wonderful series.

 

Dead Silence Playlist: 

Falling by Haim

I give into the moment like I’m standing at the edge (I know)
That no one’s gonna turn me ’round
Just one more step, I could let go
Oh and in the middle,
I hear the voices and they’re calling for me now (I know)
And nothing’s gonna wake me now
Cause I’m a slave to the sound

When Violet hears or sees an echo, she sometimes gets sucked into the sensation, falling into it and following it before she remembers to call for help. In this installment, Violet makes another solo discovery, and it’s pretty disturbing.

 

Hurricane by MS MR

Welcome to the inner workings of my mind
so dark and foul I can’t disguise
can’t disguise
nights like this
I become afraid
of the darkness in my heart

Violet feels a bit damaged after her run in with Caine in the last book, and she has her own neverending musical imprint to remind her of it. Nightmares and uneasiness plague her in this book, and she relies on Dr. Lee like never before to keep her calm.

 

Secret Love by Joan Jett

Society won’t let me be
The way I want it to
Hard to hide my secret love for you

Oh yeah don’t wanna secret love
Can’t keep a secret love
I wanna open love

Rafe still has feelings for Violet, but with Jay around, it’s hard to act on them. But it doesn’t stop him from making his feelings as obvious as can be.

 

Jealous Guy by John Lennon
 

I was feeling insecure you might not love me anymore.

I didn’t mean to hurt you.
I’m sorry that I made you cry.
Oh no, I didn’t mean to hurt you.
I’m just a jealous guy.

Jay tries to be understanding about Violet’s needs, and to support her as she works with Rafe to solve the murders, but as the secrets build between them, he has a harder time being cool with Violet and Rafe spending so much time together. When he finds out they ditched school together without telling anyone, it leads to a huge fight.

 

The Scientist by Coldplay

Come up to meet you
Tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are
I had to find you
Tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart

Tell me your secrets
And ask me your questions
Oh let’s go back to the start

Jay and Violet have a few secrets between them, and because so many of them involve Rafe, it drives a wedge into their relationship. Violet wants to clear the air and opt for honesty with Jay, hoping that can bring them back together.

 

The Ruler and the Killer by Kid Cudi

When I talk you should listen
All of you belong to me
Come on, we should get it going
Now what I want is specific
Respect what I have done for thee
The ruler and the killer baby

The killer in Dead Silence isn’t working alone; he has a ragtag group of lost boys and girls, and he’s their ruler. As long as they do everything he asks, no matter how violent the request, they’ll be safe with him.

 

 

Giveaway:

There are 5 copies of Dead Silence + swag up for grabs (US and Int.)! Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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Blog Tour:

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39 Comments


  1.  

    Great playlist!

    I haven’t started this series yet but I am glad to hear that you liked the last book and it did the series justice (that doesn’t always happen anymore it seems!).

    I love the covers. I really need to pick this one up soon and give it a try.

    Thanks for the giveaway chance!




    •  
      alicemarvels

      Thanks! I hope you will give it a try, it’s very suspenseful and the romance is really sweet. :-)




  2.  

    OH man, The Scientist, that song never fails to give me chills. Love it so much!

    I haven’t started this series yet but I have seen a few stops on this tour and I have to say that I want to start it! It sounds like a great thriller and I am always looking for more of those in my life.




    •  
      alicemarvels

      I keep coming back to that song, it’s so beautiful. I hope you give the series a try—it’s definitely full of thrills and can be quite frightening. The Last Echo was particularly scary for me.




  3.  

    I sort of lost a little bit of interest in this series because of the love triangle, but I’m glad to hear that it wraps up well. Also, I LOVE your song choices. That Haim track is brilliant.

    Great review!




    •  
      alicemarvels

      I totally feel you, I started to get anxious about the love triangle in The Last Echo, but I think it was handled well in this book, and I feel like it’s resolved in a good way.




  4.  

    It is always hard to say goodbye to characters and a beloved series.




    •  
      alicemarvels

      So hard! I’d love if Kimberly would change her mind, but I’d be ok with this ending if it truly is the end.




  5.  

    I have to say I wasn’t originally thrilled when Rafe entered the picture, Jay and Violet were so strong and it had taken them so many years to be together that I didn’t want anything to jeopardize that. BUT, I love Rafe. I can’t not love him, so I don’t mind the triangle so much. I can’t wait to read this book though, even though it will be bittersweet. I’m greatly looking forward to seeing what else Kimberly will come up with!




    •  
      alicemarvels

      These are my thoughts on Rafe exactly! I love him, but I was not very happy when he started coming between Jay and Vi. But he really grew on me. Hope you enjoy Dead Silence! And I’m looking forward to her next series (I love Candace’s idea of a Rafe POV spinoff).




  6.  

    I think you’re the first one to say it wrapped up well. Most everyone seems to think that it’s not over yet, that they felt that wasn’t the conclusion. They aren’t really being negative or anything, they just felt like there is more. I’m glad you were satisfied!
    I want her to write a spin off series from Rafe’s POV. I think that would be great cause I want to know him better and we can still see Violet and everyone else.
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop, sharing your thoughts and putting together such a great playlist!




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      alicemarvels

      Yeah, I was pretty happy that all the characters are forward moving, but in a good place. It feels like there’s still room for more adventures, but if I never got them, at least there’s resolution with the love triangle (I mean, I guess Vi could go back to waffling, but it feel like she’s made her choice; plus any more back and forth and I might start to dislike her). I would love it if Kim changes her mind and keeps Violet’s story going, though!

      But no matter what, this Rafe spinoff NEEDS to happen! I love that guy, and I’m really going to miss him. :-) Plus we wouldn’t really have to say goodbye to Vi fully if she’s still part of the team. Who do we need to bribe to make this happen? :-)




  7.  

    I’ve had a seriously hard time saying goodbye to some characters lately. So hard, that I can’t pick up some of them to finish the series. That being said, I only read the first one of this series & really enjoyed it but, as happens, I haven’t read the rest.

    LOVE THE PLAYLIST!




    •  
      alicemarvels

      Yes! Saying goodbye to characters almost makes me not want to pick the last book up. Sigh…. Hope you enjoy the rest of the books!




  8.  
    Danielle Nguyen

    I LOVE MS MR. They’re my best music find of the year so far. Can’t wait to read Dead Silence!




  9.  

    *sigh* Like Sam, I adored the first two books but I ran the other way at the first sign of a love triangle. I really am allergic or something. Still, now that I know it wraps up nicely in the end, I think it’ll be easier to live through it. It would be a pity not to read the remaining books because I really adore Violet and Jay and I think Derting’s writing is excellent.
    Oh, and I actually played The Scientist twice. <3




  10.  
    Marie

    I’m so excited to read this! I loved the last echo and can’t wait to see who Violet ends up with. Jay forever!




  11.  

    I’m with Jenny on the love triangle. I wasn’t too thrilled when Rafe tried to but in between Vi and Jay, but I’m really fascinated by him. I want to learn more, I’m especially curious to find out what those literal sparks are all about between Vi and Rafe. So sad to see this awesome series end and I really hope a spin off series is in the works!




  12.  

    Ohhhh awesome playlist, a good one sure sets the mood. But then I am easily distracted ;)




  13.  
    Kathy L.

    I haven’t heard any of these songs but they go well with the series.




  14.  

    I have the first book still on my wishlist. Had it there since the book came out. So need to get started with it especially with the last one out now.

    Oh and the playlist makes it more intriguing to me as well!




  15.  

    Candace and Kimberly have done such a remarkable job on this tour. I must catch up with this series. I loved the alternating POV between Violet and the killer. The killer is always so creepy. I am glad this ends well, even though it is hard to say goodbye. wonder what Derting will do next?




  16.  
    Belle

    These songs are all absolutely amazing!




  17.  
    Jessie

    I doubt many people are liking the whole Vi and Rafe thing, but I dig it and am looking forward to seeing more of it!!! I need to get my hands on the book. Or I’m going to go crazy, but at the same time, I almost don’t want to because I don’t want to say goodbye to the series.




  18.  

    I can’t wait to read this book! Good matchup of songs!




  19.  
    Avery

    I fell in love with this series right away!




  20.  

    I really really enjoyed the first book, but then I read the second book, it was such a disappointment.
    Violet was so childish and did the stupidest things in that one that I just never continued with the series.
    I’m glad to hear that the series wrapped up nicely for you, Lauren. I’m upset to hear about the love triangle though. I wish it wasn’t a part of the story.
    Anyways, wonderful review, Lauren and thanks for sharing the playlist! :)




  21.  
    Zipora

    I really love this series and the author !! Thanks for hosting the giveaway !! :D




  22.  

    Love Lennon and Coldplay. This is a series I have long wanted to read. Thanks for the chance to win it :)




  23.  

    I’ve heard pretty good things about this series and now this review makes me happy that I will have the whole series to read in one go if I decide to read this series!

    Love that Jealous Guy was featured here :)




  24.  

    I must, must, must catch up with this series! I’m behind a book, unfortunately. I always love how she gives us an insight into the mind of the killer. Very cool and creepy. Love the playlist too! :)




  25.  

    I literally just finished this and …. I can’t believe it’s the end. I mean, there was definitely a bit of open-endedness there.
    But, either way, great playlist :)




  26.  
    Gennie

    This series is so awesome, I just know I’m going to love Dead Silence. I really like your playlist!




  27.  
    Darith L.

    Thank you! I have the first book in The Body Finder series, and I still haven’t got around to it! Hope I win though :D




  28.  
    Cali Willette

    Awesome playlist!!! I love the Body Finder series; I can’t wait to get my hands on Dead Silence!
    <3




  29.  
    Vivien

    I’ve really enjoyed reading this series over the years. I cannot wait to see how this one turns out :)




  30.  
    Zandalee

    Love the playlist. Music always allows me to get deeper into the book.
    Really looking forward to this read!




  31.  
    Ice

    I am an absolute die hard Rafe and Violet supporter and nothing will change that lol. I found the whole “end-up-with-the-childhood-best-friend” thing too cliche and I loved the new twisted relationship Derting put in with Rafe. RAFE ALL THE WAY! I can’t wait to read the last book I’m seriously excited and hope the killer is just as slaughterful as past ones. >:)





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