Beautiful Dead Book 1: Jonas

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Not alive. Not dead. Somewhere in between lie the Beautiful Dead.

Something strange is happening at Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street-fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer, and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances. Rumors of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss.

Darina, Phoenix's grief-stricken girlfriend, ...

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Overview

Not alive. Not dead. Somewhere in between lie the Beautiful Dead.

Something strange is happening at Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street-fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer, and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances. Rumors of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss.

Darina, Phoenix's grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can't escape her intense heartache or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. And all the while the sound of beating wings echos inside her head...

And then one day Phoenix appears to Darina. He tells her that she must help Jonas-the first of the four to die-right the wrong linked to his death. Only with her help can Jonas finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Maguire is at her best capturing the story's setting... The popular supernatural elements are complemented by a believable love story and a pair of nifty time-travel and motorcycle-duel episodes that occur near the end of the book. Give this first book in the Beautiful Dead series to fans of YA mysteries such as Carol Plum-Ucci's The Body of Christopher Creed (2000) and Shelley Sykes' For Mike (1998). -- Booklist
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Grief-stricken Darina is mourning the loss of her boyfriend, Phoenix, who has been stabbed to death in a gang fight. And he's not the only teen in their small town to die under strange circumstances. Three other Ellerton High students—Jonas, Summer, and Arizona—died unnatural deaths within the year. But when Darina goes to an abandoned farm outside of town, she discovers that the teens may have died, but they aren't gone. Instead, they exist in a kind of between state, becoming supernatural creatures known as the Beautiful Dead. Because of the uncertainties surrounding their deaths, they are allowed to return to Earth for 12 months to try to find resolution. Darina agrees to help them in order to have more time with Phoenix, even though it means having her memory wiped out. She begins with Jonas, who died in a motorcycle crash in which his girlfriend was critically injured, and who has only four days until his year is up. Although the many superpowers of the Beautiful Dead are a bit over-the-top, this is a fun read that blends elements of several genres, and teen girls will empathize with Darina and her love and grief for Phoenix.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
Publishers Weekly
From the quick-cut narrative to the vividly visual descriptions, debut author Maguire’s first book in the Beautiful Dead series reads like a novelization of a TV show. It’s an accessible if shallow style, and the love-after-death theme has popular appeal. High school senior Phoenix, knifed to death in a street fight, returns as a zombie, and his grieving girlfriend, Darina, is a hidden witness to his resurrection. Defying the eerie zombie master, Hunter, Darina claims Phoenix, risking mind erasure or worse. The zombies have a goal—to solve the mysteries surrounding their deaths—and Darina offers to “play detective” for them. Hunter accepts, on the condition that Darina focus on Jonas, one of four newly undead “revenants” from Darina’s high school. From there, the story becomes a series of emotional confrontations, sweet interludes between the lovers, and adrenaline-surging moments of physical threat. Despite all the drama, the characters’ emotions seldom feel genuine (romantic sentiments are especially corny), but fans of the Twilight franchise and shows like Supernatural should be an eager audience. Ages 12–up. (Mar.)
VOYA - Sarah Hill
Darina is grieving—not only was her boyfriend Phoenix just killed in a knife fight, but three other high school students have also died in the past year. While wandering around a deserted house, Darina hears wings fluttering and catches a glimpse of Phoenix fixing a fencepost. Seeing is believing, right? Darina constantly returns to the deserted farmhouse and is rewarded with seeing Phoenix and her other friends, returned from the dead and living as zombies. Darina persuades the Beautiful Dead to allow her to solve the mystery of their deaths in return for her silence and her boyfriend's company. These zombies are not the scary ones portrayed in movies, but instead are pale, non-heart-having, magical zombies who inhabit this author's world. The zombies have an overlord who has given them a second chance and taught them to become invisible, with super-hearing and a desire to help their loved ones. Darina helps her friend Jonas discover the mystery involving his motorcycle crash and enables him to cross over to the other side. The romantic nature of the novel will appeal to preteens who enjoy the clean romance of Stephenie Meyer. The combination of mystery, the supernatural, and romance is enough to keep the reader interested, even if the dialogue is sometimes cheesy and overwrought. Darina accepts the idea of the Beautiful Dead a little too easily and does not seem to have many interactions with real people. The second installment, Arizona, will be published in the United States soon. Reviewer: Sarah Hill
Kirkus Reviews
Two days after the stabbing death of her boyfriend, Phoenix, Darina, hiding inside an old, abandoned barn in a remote wooded area (although it's never explained why the teenage girl ventured there alone) secretly observes his initiation into the Beautiful Dead, a troupe of young zombies who have one year to find out the truth about their deaths and seek justice. Their overlord agrees to spare Darina from having her mind wiped clean and to let her visit her boyfriend for the next year in exchange for playing detective and helping to solve the mysterious deaths of four Ellerton High classmates: Jonas, Arizona, Summer and Phoenix. First up is Jonas, the victim of a motorcycle crash, who only has ten days to find his killer within their small town. Despite its enticing cover, this simplistic, melodramatic story is stocked with flat characters and a pat ending. Even Darina's romance fails to generate any steam. And seriously, Phoenix AND Arizona? Only for fans who really, really can't get enough of the Twilight phenomenon. (Supernatural. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402239441
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 794,599
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Eden Maguire lives part of the time in the U.S., where she enjoys the big skies and ice-capped mountains of Colorado. Aside from her interest in the supernatural and writing fiction, Eden's life is lived as much as possible in the outdoors.
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Excerpt from Chapter One

The first thing I heard was a door banging in the wind. It spooked me because I didn't even know there was a house here among the trees, this far out of town. Slow down, heart, I thought. Darina girl, get a grip! But back then a falling leaf would have spooked me. It was two days after Phoenix had died.

So the door banged and my heart thumped, and I was looking for something on that hill, I don't know what. I walked to the top and looked over the ridge and there it was-an old log-built, falling-down house with a porch, a big old barn, and one of those round water tanks on stilts, all rusty and decrepit. So was the truck parked at the front of the deserted house, with its fenders falling off and the roof caved in, and yellow grass growing knee-high around the porch.

It was the door of the barn that banged shut. Open-shut, open-shut, whenever the wind grabbed hold.

I guess most people would have walked away.

Not me. As I said before, I was lost and looking for answers to big questions about love, loss, and the meaning of life. Darina on a mission, you might say. Like, how come four of my classmates at Ellerton High had died in the space of a year? Jonas, Arizona, Summer, and now Phoenix. I mean, how weird and tragic was that? It scared the hell out of everyone, I can tell you.

But the last one-Phoenix-broke my heart. I was in love with the guy, mostly from a distance. Then for two blissful months we were dating. My flower tribute to him, placed on the spot where he got stabbed, was pathetic. It read, "I'll miss you forever, with all my love, Darina" and didn't even scratch the surface of the way I felt.

So I was going to stop that barn door banging then take a look around the ghost house. I wanted to get inside, see how the people had lived-what plates they had put on their table, what chairs they had sat on.

But first the barn. The door was huge and held together by a hundred rusty nails. The inside was dark. I could see old horse halters hanging from hooks, a pair of dusty leather chaps, some cobwebby rakes, and brushes.

And a whole bunch of people standing in a circle, chanting a rhyme at a guy standing in the center. I didn't believe my eyes when I first saw him, but that guy was Phoenix, stripped to the waist as true as I stood there. Phoenix who had died from a knife wound between his shoulder blades. The knife had plunged through a major artery and he'd bled to death. An older guy, with gray hair, stepped into the center of the circle and placed his arms on my dead boyfriend's shoulders.

"Welcome to our world," he said.

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

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    Don't judge a book by its cover

    I was initially captivated by the cover art and promising summary of this book, and I was sorely disappointed after reading it. The characters were very one-dimensional, and the dialogue seemed unnatural. The plotline itself, though interesting enough to keep me reading until the end, was both disorganized and predictable. Overall the book reads like a story being told by a friend with very little story-telling finesse but a fantastic tale to tell. I do, however, recommend suffering through it if you plan to read the second book in the series which is quite a bit better than this volume.

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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 July 27, 2010

    Black Fingernailed Reviews

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

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    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 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Jonas

    Its a movie where one night a year all crime is legal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Friday- jonas and amanda

    Can you tell kenny i cant post on anthenian res 1 or any of reults

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    This book is the beast book ever

    This book is filled with romance and mistery. I just love this b
    book and once i read it i couldent put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Good

    Enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Preview of the beautiful dead

    Excerp of book kept my attention- may be interesting light read- recommend try sample if you like supernatural topics/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Romance

    Tbis is a very romantic book with the main character Darina a girl whos boyfriend just died and 3 other kids along with him . Darina believes she is losing her mind going crazy ect. she sees her boyfreind along with summer arizona jonas and a man named hunter whom she never seen before alive and moving but they sre dead!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    The beautiful dead

    Best book ever(:

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Easy Read

    I give this book 3.5 stars. It's a beautiful book, but I had trouble relating to the main character and her boyfriend, Phoenix. Some characters, like Matt Fortune, were developed wonderfully, while others lacked. I hated how okay was spelled OK through the whole book. Drove me nuts. Anyway, good story and an easy read.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    Twilight fans take note

    Reviewed for MonsterLibrarian.com

    Darina thinks she's going crazy. She's seeing her dead boyfriend everywhere and having visions of beating wings and death's head masks. But if she's off, the whole town is too. Four teens have died suspiciously in the past year in her town, the most recent was her boyfriend Phoenix who was stabbed during a fight. But while the teens have died they haven't left, returning to a strange house in the woods as the Beautiful Dead.
    Less traditional zombie and more like J. O' Barr's The Crow series, the Beautiful Dead have come back for answers to their untimely deaths and Darina, trying to get as much time with Phoenix as possible, has agreed to help them. First is Jonas, who died in a motorcycle accident that also paralyzed his girlfriend Zoey. With only a few days until Jonas' time on earth is done for good Darina must help find out what exactly happened to Jonas and Zoey on the road.
    Beautiful Dead: Jonas is full of beautiful prose, a good mystery, plenty of emotion and a rather intense love story. The zombies are as far removed from the Romero classics as Edward Cullen is from Dracula. In fact between the intensity of the love story and the juxtaposition of the morbid and dark with a lovely setting and the lovely writing it bears a semblance to the Twilight world and is very likely to catch the interest of Twilight fans. Recommended for YA collections, for sure, curators should keep in mind that with the high number of mystical powers and lack of appetite of the book's zombies it's more appropriate for lovers of dark fantasy and paranormal romance than hard horror fans.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

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    Paranormal story about Loss

    Darina is still reeling from the death of her boyfriend Phoenix, the last of four kids to die within the same year. And it's not just her - the whole town seems to have a gray cloud of misery hanging over it. But then Darina starts to see Phoenix around town, visions which are accompanied by the sound of a thousand beating wings. Darnia soon learns that Phoenix is one of the Beautiful Dead - the lucky chosen few who get to come back and attempt to bring some justice to the manner in which they died. Darina is also lucky. She has been elected to help the Beautiful Dead in their missions, starting with Jonas.

    Though there are many topics in this series - love, friendship, paranormal powers - it is first and foremost a series about grieving for those we love. My hear ached for Darina when she was trying to accept that she would never see Phoenix again, and then again when she was granted more time with him. The whole concept is quite an titillating little fantasy, especially being the only one who can see/help the Beautiful Dead. I was not sure how, exactly, Eden Maguire was going to pull this off, but there were never any moments when I couldn't understand. The paranormal elements were well thought out. And the ending was a complete page-turning climax! Next up is Arizona's story, and I can't wait!

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Unblieveable

    Beautiful Dead is such a great series! Jonas, Arizona, Summer, and Phoenix die without a cule. Phoenix's girlfriend Darina is the only one who talks to them. They are alled the Beautiful Dead. They have on full year to find out what happens to them, and if they don't they move to their grave, and let somone esle have thier truned. The downpart is that you aren't settled. You are still roamin, but this time no one can see you. Not even the Beautiful Dead. So Darina helps them find out what happened to them. It's spine tingling, filled with love, want, hate, and sadness. It will keep you wanting more, and not put the book down. It will also make you wannad track down the author and beg her to write more!

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Reviewed by John Jacobson aka "R.J. Jacobs" for TeensReadToo.com

    Eden Maguire introduces us to our protagonist, Darina, who is dealing with the deaths of four students from her high school within the past year; Jonas, Arizona, Summer, and Phoenix. The last one hit home, Phoenix being her boyfriend of two months. But, in Darina's depressed state, she thinks she sees Phoenix alive, so she follows him...and discovers the world of the Beautiful Dead.

    The Beautiful Dead is actually the four students, along with four other people, who have died within the past year. At the head is a man named Michael, who is cold and distant to Darina. They try to control her mind and make her forget, but her love for Phoenix is too strong, so she makes a deal. In order to retain knowledge of their little zombie state, she has to help each on of them take care of unfinished business so they pass on.

    And so the story unfolds. We are met first with Jonas, who died when he crashed his motorcycle, severely wounding his girlfriend, and a former friend of Darina's, Zoey. Darina begins to delve into the mystery, all the while trying to cope with only seeing Phoenix in small time frames, and dealing with some other not-so-nice townsfolk.

    The first half of the book did not impress like I thought it would. There was an info dump (which was a one-time thing, thankfully) and the romance between Darina and Phoenix was already established, so it kind of felt flat. The only concept I found new in their love was that both people were equally devoted, and while it had TWILIGHT shadowing, Phoenix is never abusive or cruel or monstrous. He still shows love and affection like a normal teenager who is entrapped by the bindings of true amour. The characters were pretty good, but nothing spectacular. And the plot was interesting, if somewhat ripping off Ghost Whisperer.

    It was somewhere around a certain plot revelation that the story began to speed up, and change for the better. Darina was a nice character, but Zoey really had my attention. She wasn't too amazing as a character, but she was interesting, and I loved reading about her lost love with Jonas. It appealed to my romantic side quite well. And it was near tear-inducing despite the cliche of the situation. I also enjoyed the mythos added to the book involving the Beautiful Dead - they become slightly darker and troubled. And that really sets it apart from the light paranormals we see. This book deals with death. With people dying. And it doesn't shy away from it. Which is cool, and welcomed, especially among the almost too happy paranormal books we see today.

    Overall, it was a pretty good book. The writing was good, and the plot elements were cool despite being a little contrived. The characters were just enough to keep me going, though the myth and the romance could use with a good expanding and fleshing out along the way. Maguire has an interesting series starter, and while it wasn't anything spectacular, it appealed to my romantic side and my love of paranormal stories. Needless to say, I will be picking up book two, because it's an enjoyable paranormal series despite some flaws that come with the territory. And I enjoy the covers. They are cool and Gothic, while at the same time not too insane. But that's just another reason I'll keep reading....

    Read the full review at www.teensreadtoo.com

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Great Read! (By Kaila)

    A-MAZING!! When I Went Into B&N On My Weekly Book Binge I Wasn't There To Pick This Book Up Intentionally, But I Saw The Cover, Read The Back And Had To Have It! This Book Is A Super-Easy Read. Sometimes I Felt Like I Was Reading The Main Character - Darina's Journal. Although This Book Is Very Popular In The UK I Hadn't Really Heard Of It. Boy, Am I Glad I Bought It! Darina Is Going Through A Really Tough Patch. She Just Lost Her Boyfriend, Her Best Friend Isn't Speaking To Her Anymore, Her Best Guy Friend Wants More From Her, And Her Mother Makes Her See A Shrink. To Top It All Off, One Day Of Wandering Around Leads Her To Find THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD. Four Dead Teenagers Being Run By An Overlord Named Hunter. And One Them Is Phoenix: Her Dead Boyfriend. These Four Souls Are Still On Earth To Discover What Happened To Them. How And Why They Died. Darina's Character Is Really Easy To Relate To. I Haven't Lost Anyone Like That, But I Understand What Makes Her Hold On To Phoenix So Tightly. And That's The Fear Of Being Alone. We Don't Really Get To Know More About The Beautiful Dead, Possibly Because Each Character Has They're Own Book. And So Begins A Whirlwind Of Suspense As Darina Tries To Figure Out What Happended To Jonas. The First Teenager To Die Nearly A Year Ago. And Time Is Running Out...
    I Highly Recommend This Book!

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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    Darina can hardly believe her eyes when she stumbles upon a gathering in an old barn near an abandoned home way out of town. Drawn to the area because of tales around town of strange sightings there, she is shocked to see Phoenix, her recently dead boyfriend, and three other teens from town who have died in the last year, looking very much alive. An older man is with them, and Darina runs when she thinks he's about to discover her. But the possibility that Phoenix may still be alive draws her back to learn the truth-they are all dead and brought back to earth by Hunter, who protects them. They all have unfinished business to set right before they can rest.

    Beautiful Dead, Book 1-Jonas is the first in a new series by Eden Maguire. It imagines a realm where the dead can return, commune with the living, and solve a mystery surrounding their deaths. Anyone living who discovers them has his memory of the event wiped away. Except for Darina. Her strong connection with Phoenix, and her promise to help the group find the answers they're looking for makes her a vital accomplice. She is under a strict vow of silence about what she knows.

    Beautiful Dead is full of complex, conflicting relationships. Darina feels ostracized at home because she doesn't get along with her stepfather. Caught in the middle, Darina's mother mostly frets about the right thing to do. Darina is befriended by Phoenix's brother, who has promised to look after her. But many in town question his motives. Darina's old friends aren't sure if they can trust her, and some lash out as she pulls away from them to keep her secret.

    As the story evolves, we find that Darina must help each of the Beautiful Dead find out the mystery surrounding his or her death. The first is Jonas, who has been dead the longest. While Darina looks deeper into what happened the day he crashed his motorcycle, she must also deal with the grief, anguish and confusion of those closest to Jonas. And the outrage of one who has something to hide.

    Beautiful Dead is imaginative and intriguing. Issues to talk about in a book group include personal feelings of spirituality and what happens after death, the bond between dating teens, jealousy, and mother-daughter relationships. While I found the descriptions of the rules that existed for the beautiful dead the least compelling part of the book, I was able to read past those and enjoy the mystery and the story enough to look forward to reading the second in the series.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    Zombies like never before

    This is a fantastic mix of genres, you can classify it as a supernatural murder mystery. Written in first person narrative from Darina's point of view. It has intrigue and tension from the 1st chapter. Darina is only allowed to keep seeing her dead boyfriend, Pheonix, if she helps solve the mystery surrounding the deaths of all 4 of the Ellerton High students, starting with Jonas who was the first to die.
    The storyline really draws you in, lovely background details are given adding to the plot. An interesting and, in my opinion, far nicer interpretation of the zombie myth.
    The idea that love transcends death is comforting. There is a lovely quote from Kim, Darina's Psychiatrist:

    words don't cover grief we don't have the vocabulary to express it
    There are sudden points of action throughout the book which can be quite surprising. The ending came as a surprise. I have always been very good at guessing the guilty person and had no problem guessing the correct person this time, but the consequences were the surprise. I have a feeling that the plot is building into a crescendo with the last book, Pheonix, having a major plot twist. My advice, keep reading the entire series, it is worth it.

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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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