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Beautiful Dead Book 1: Jonas

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This book was friggin awesome!
When the book starts your just as unsure as Darina is on whether or not the Beautiful Dead are really there with her. Your consumed by the mystery and the need to figure it all out forces you to propel yourself threw the book turning page...
This book was friggin awesome!
When the book starts your just as unsure as Darina is on whether or not the Beautiful Dead are really there with her. Your consumed by the mystery and the need to figure it all out forces you to propel yourself threw the book turning pages as fast as you can.
I loved the whole concept of zombies. Instead of brainless, beyond the grave, undead minions, with dead flesh that enjoy eating people's brains. The Beautiful Dead, are people who died, their souls trapped in limbo, who get the chance to come back for twelve months and try to figure out how they died. If they can figure it all out their souls are freed, they don't come back to the world of the living but their able to find peace. But if not they become like Hunter, they remain in Limbo and in time may guide the souls of others back and forth.
Four people in one year. They all died, they all lived in the same town, they all went to the same school. They all had families and friends and lived. And what's left is a traumatized town, bent on finding out why this happened.
And then there is Darina our main (and very kick-a$$) character. She's just lost her boyfriend Pheonix he makes up the forth.
And then she starts to see them..of course she also sees dead heads and is chased away by beating wings. Which explains why she thought she was losing whatever sanity she may have salvaged from the trauma of the deaths..
Turns out they aren't gone.well not completely.
They are the Beautiful Dead and Darina's role becomes detective for the once living undead. She is working her way down a list, they only have 12 months..she is the one who can set them free.
The first book in the Beautiful Dead series, Darina has to help Jonas figure out what happened. In doing this she re-connects with Zoey her ex-best friend, who was in the crash that killed Jonas.
Beautiful Dead is literally breathtaking in a Holy Hell I have no friggin clue weather to scream or hold my breath, kind of way.
The story jumps off the page, I was hypnotized with the entire concept.
I can't wait to read Arizona's story next.

posted by Khadija32 on July 27, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Road Trip to Arizona

A short quick read this book kept me entertained. Despite an underlying tone of sadness there was still a general feeling of hope throughout. Particularly in the romantic areas involving both Darina and Jonas.

I have to say that what made this book the most for me w...
A short quick read this book kept me entertained. Despite an underlying tone of sadness there was still a general feeling of hope throughout. Particularly in the romantic areas involving both Darina and Jonas.

I have to say that what made this book the most for me was how the undead were portrayed. These zombies weren't shuffling, mindless, flesh dripping brain eaters. They were angelic and human and supernatural in nature. Not to be feared in the traditional sense they were, however, quite powerful. Able to exert mind control and invade the personal space of of our thoughts and emotions.

The love story between Phoenix and Darina is as tragic as one would expect but the love they shared in his after life was equally endearing. At times I could feel the longing between them jump off the page. The same hold true for Jonas and the young girl he let behind. Both bursting with love for each other but unable to act on it. It was heartbreaking yet inspiring at the same time.

I found the story of Darina been the human connection that allowed the Beautiful Dead to properly investigate the circumstances surrounding the reasons for remaining in limbo to be an interesting take on the zombie story. It made complete sense and it tied her to the group realistically. Sadly, this made the ending somewhat predictable (mainly because we know there are more books to come). Thankfully, for me, the story is much more about the journey to get to that end than what the actual ending was.

It was a journey that I enjoyed. It was emotional and loving while still somewhat thrilling and in some cases surprising. It's certainly a journey I'm interested enough in taking again in book two.

posted by Galleysmith on June 17, 2010

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    I like this book but it took me awhile to get into it, also a lot of the emotions in the book didn't seem genuine to me and often forced. But what kept me going was the mystery to how Jonas died and how Darina was gonna go about solving it.

    Darina's boyfriend Phoenix has just died and she thinks she sees him everywhere. One day she happens onto an old house and finds that Phoenix and others(Jonas, Arizona, and Summer) who she knew had died are not quite so gone. She can't help but think it's all in her mind but when she goes back she sees how truly wrong she is. They are the Beautiful Dead, souls trapped in limbo until they resovle something from their death. In order to keep her memory of the Beautiful Dead and be with Phoenix, because the Beautiful Dead can erase your memory, she has to promise not to ever tell and help those in limbo. First is Jonas who died in a motorcycle accident, Darina has to help him prove that it wasn't his fault so he can move on.

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    Posted September 26, 2013

    Good

    Enjoyable

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    Great new series

    My thoughts... BLINK. This book was very easy to read and I literally devoured it. When I first saw the cover, I thought "looks very cool". Then I read I heard the word zombies and thought, UGG, but forged ahead anyway. Let me just say that I am so glad I did.

    The plot of the story was very unique. Darina found her recently deceased boyfriend alive and well, surrounded by his undead classmates. No vampires, zombies, but not it the theatrical sense. The book held something for everyone, mystery, heartbreak, action, a bit of romance, and motorcycles. I could not put the book down. The writing was very smooth and I feel it had a strong voice. The story was believable.

    The characters were all very interesting and very memorable. This book focused on Jonas, and Darina's quest to help him. Darina, the heroine was very determined and devoted to her friends. I liked her more and more as the story progressed. One of the characters I hope to learn more about is the guardian, Hunter. We did not learn much about him in this book, but there is something about him, I think he is keeping a huge secret. My favorite thing about the story is the Angel wings tattoo. I don't want to give away what it is, but I will say it was very creative.

    The cons...The only thing I could not figure out is how Darina found the Beautiful Dead in the first place. The book opens with her finding them in an abandoned farm. It seemed out of the way-a long drive up a mountain road and a hike through the woods. Unless I missed something, it was a bit too convenient.

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