Summer

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"Redemption and grief, and the love that exists even when people are gone." -The Bookbag

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

It's been months since Darina has seen her undead boyfriend and her heart is breaking all over again. The wait is slowly driving her crazy.

All she wants to do is be with Phoenix, to feel his arms wrapped around her. But to...

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Overview

"Redemption and grief, and the love that exists even when people are gone." -The Bookbag

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

It's been months since Darina has seen her undead boyfriend and her heart is breaking all over again. The wait is slowly driving her crazy.

All she wants to do is be with Phoenix, to feel his arms wrapped around her. But to earn the pleasure of that embrace, Darina must track down the crazed killer that shot Summer Madison.

Was it a random shooting? Or was the gifted singer the victim of an obsessive fan? As time runs out, Darina will risk her own life to discover the truth.

But if she solves Summer's murder, Darina knows it only brings her one step closer to losing Phoenix forever...

"Compelling characters coupled with a powerful mystery. A real page turner." -Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids

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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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jonatha Bayse
The Beautiful Dead are using Darina. In order to rest, they must find their respective killers, and Darina has been chosen to aid them in their cause. Darina is currently searching for Summer's killer. Summer was a gorgeous, talented girl who wrote beautiful songs and was Darina's best friend. She was gunned down in a shopping mall twelve months ago, and time is growing short. If Darina cannot find Summer's killer, she will be trapped in limbo forever. There is also Phoenix, Darina's boyfriend, the newest member of the Beautiful Dead. Her love for him is as strong as ever, but Summer knows that their bond will be irrevocably broken once his killer is found. Darina wants to do what is right for her friend, even if it means losing Phoenix forever. The Beautiful Dead are not meant for this world; they are stuck between one place and another. They are not human—they are the undead, zombies looking for justice but unable to hunt their killers. Does Darina have what it takes to save them all? This is Eden Maguire's third book in the Beautiful Dead series. These novels are interesting because they provide a new twist on the zombie-themed stories that have gained popularity over the last few years. The Beautiful Dead are not disgusting, horrible creatures who only want to feast on peoples brains; these teens have been wronged and have been given the power to bring their killers to justice. These novels will appeal to teens who are looking for a good paranormal/romance. Reviewer: Jonatha Bayse
VOYA - Christine Catlin
Filling the story with captivating characters and a cleverly crafted plot, Maguire does a superb job entertaining readers to the last page. Her powerful story of Summer paints a picture of grief and love that is impossible not to compare to your own life. With intriguing character development, Maguire has also created an interesting strain on the romance of Darina and Phoenix and a dramatic personality change for Hunter. The unforgettable characters, mysteries, and twists are followed by an unexpected ending that will leave you anticipating the arrival of the next book. 5Q,4P. Reviewer: Christine Catlin, Teen Reviewer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402239465
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 692,076
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (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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For once I did something Laura asked me to do-I went to see Kim Reiss.

"Do you think I'm crazy?" I sit in her yellow room, and the words spill out of my mouth. "Or is this normal?"

I'm still driving out to Foxton on a daily basis and still the place is empty. I'm searching for ghosts. We're almost through March. The snow is melting.

"Tell me how you feel," Kim suggests. She's reading my face, picking up my body language.

"Broken." That's the best word I can come up with, here in this calm space. I won't cry. The second I think this, I have to reach for the Kleenex. How come I have so little control over my tear ducts?

"Explain broken to me."

"Not working. Minus my hard drive."

Kim studies me. "Are you eating? Are you sleeping?"

I shrug.

"That's a no. Are you going to school?"

Ellerton High, where there are four empty desks, one each for Jonas, Arizona, Summer, and Phoenix. And everyone acts like those kids never died. "Yeah."

"I take that as another no. Which parts are not working, Darina?"

"My head. I don't see things. I don't listen. I forget everything. That can't be normal, can it?"

"What else?"

"Here." I strike my chest. Come on, heart, wake up. Remember to beat. "I don't feel anything. I don't know how to act."

She hands me another tissue. "Is there one thing in particular that preys on your mind?"

Phoenix, where are you? When will you come back and haunt me? I don't care if you're real or if I imagined the whole thing. Just don't leave me here alone!

I switched subjects. "It's almost a year since Summer died," I tell Kim.

"Summer Madison-one of the four teenage victims. Was she something special to you?"

"To me. To everyone who knew her. I can't explain."

"I read in the newspaper that she was a musician."

"She played guitar. But it was her voice. You never heard anything like that voice."

"They say she was ready to sign a record deal." I nod. "It's weird-you can go on YouTube and listen to her sing, as if she's still here."

"But she'll never walk into a room and say hi again. Is that it?"

I'm staring at the small, neat scar on Kim's left cheek. I don't want to go where she's just taken me. I'm wondering,

How come the scar?

She sits alert in her soft cream seat.

"Did I tell you I was there?" I ask.

"Where?"

"In the mall, the day Summer died. I was drinking coffee in Starbucks. She was coming out of the music store. She saw me and waved, started to walk toward me. Then the gunman opened fire."

She never made it.

Summer Madison-everyone knows her name. She has a million hits on YouTube. There's a video of her onstage at a festival when she was fifteen years old.

"Hey, Darina," she would have said if she'd reached Starbucks. "I just printed out some sheet music for a new song. Do you want to come over to my place and hear it?" We would've driven out of town to Westra to her house stuffed with guitars and keyboards, her mother's artwork spilling out of the studio-the smell of wet oil paint, her dad cooking up a storm for their evening meal-the aroma of onions, tomatoes, and basil. She would've sat me downon the terrace overlooking the mountains and picked up her guitar. She would've sung like an angel.

But no. Instead, Psycho Man showed up and sprayed the mall with bullets. I watched Summer go down mid-stride at the foot of the escalator and waited where I was until the shooting stopped. Maybe thirty seconds. When I got to her she was lying faceup, and blood was oozing over the white marble floor.

"Darina, I'm leaving for work." Laura appeared at my door and winced when she saw I was logged on to Summer's angel-voice website. Hannah Stoltmann-plus Parker Simons and Ezra Powell, a couple of techies from Ellerton High-set it up soon after Summer was killed, in her memory and with Summer's parents' blessing. Kids use it to review Summer's tracks. These songs are five star! So sad she died-I couldn't stop from crying!

"I said I have to go now." Laura wanted me to be out there meeting my friends, getting over it, normal and gray.

"Will you be OK?"

"Yeah, I'm cool."

"Jim has the day at home to catch up on desk work. Ask him if you need anything."

"OK, cool." Why in a million years would I do that?

"Will you go to school?"

"Yeah."

"Good. How did the session with Kim Reiss go?"

"Good." Did I mention my back was turned? Tap-tap-tap.

I faked interest in my keyboard.

"And will you go again?"

"Next Friday, April 1." April Fools' Day.

Laura nodded and left. Five minutes later I was in my car, heading for Foxton Ridge.

There was snow on the ground and flakes falling gently from a dull, gray sky. I parked by the stand of aspens and stood near the iron water tower staring down at the big empty barn and the ranch house dwarfed beside it. Snow turns things new and bright-except for the fact that there were no footprints or tire marks in the yard, you would've sworn the place was inhabited. Do the Beautiful Dead have footprints? I wondered. They don't have heartbeats or blood running through their veins, so it was a reasonable question. I looked up at the sky and felt cold flakes settle on my face then melt.

I would walk down the hill; I would pull open the barn door and look inside. The door would creak. A creature-maybe a mouse or a squirrel-would scuttle up the wooden stairs into the hayloft.

This had happened many times. I was always moving clumsily, weighed down by despair. Phoenix isn't here. Phoenix isn't here. Hammer blows, doom and gloom. My feet crunched in the snow. I passed the razor-wire fence, mended last year by Jonas and Hunter, and slowly approached the rusted truck parked in the yard. It was old and broken down. It would never move again. Catching sight of my reflection in the windshield, I glanced quickly away.

Whose was that skinny, ghostly image wearing mascara and cropped, dark hair, its face pinched with cold? Not mine. I didn't recognize the scowling, downturned mouth, the dead eyes. I looked again. Hey, Darina, that is totally you! Turning my back, I made for the barn door with its crazy pattern of hammered nails, its zigzag of support planks, the gray, weathered boards. Looking up, I saw the dead moose head staring down at me with giant antlers and glass eyes.

Creak! The opening door scared the crap out of me.

Come on, Phoenix, where are you? There in a corner beside the rakes and shovels, reaching up to tear down a century of cobwebs and stepping forward? Standing on the wooden steps to the loft in a narrow ray of light, flecks of dust doing a dizzy dance around your head? Smile down at me for Christ's sake. Reach out to me and take me by the hand.

It was weird, but I kind of liked Kim's room. The aspen trees outside the window were pale and bare, but inside there were cozy chairs and a coffee table, a warm rug and a calm, scarred face waiting for me to begin.

"Thirty seconds," Kim said. "Between the shot that hit Summer and you reaching her."

"A lifetime," I told her. I liked the way my therapist styled her fair hair-shorter than usual, showing her small ears and dangling blue earrings, kind of ethnic but classier- moonstones maybe. "I shouldn't have waited, should've been there sooner."

"And risked getting shot?"

"Yeah." They said Summer died instantly, so logically it wouldn't have made any difference. Her eyes were open, but she wasn't seeing anything. I leaned over and spoke to her. "I told her I was sorry." Did I get through?

They say that hearing is the last sense to depart. Kim waited to see if I needed to lean forward and grab a tissue.

"No way were we alike," I explained. "Summer has this long, blond hair way past her shoulders. She's real delicate."

"But you two clicked?"

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Disappointed

    I waited a year for this book to be released and I was disappointed. It really sucked that the book revolves around how much Darina is obsessivly in love with Phenoix, the book really never revolves around Summer. If you like the series you have to read it to get to the next book but you'll be disappointed. Lets hope the next book...O wait ya...its Phenoix....is better.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

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    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Sometimes a reader comes across a book series that captivates them. As the journey progresses and they get to know the characters, it's impossible to stop thinking about them. There are four books by Eden Maguire's series, Beautiful Dead. In Beautiful Dead: Summer, you are given Summer's story. As the protagonist, Darina, works to uncover the mystery surrounding her friend's untimely death, like has been done in the other two books before this one about Summer's story. In this book, those who have died have one year to solve their murders before they are trapped in limbo. A popular singer and songwriter, Summer, left her friends, family, and fans devastated by her loss. Who's the person with the black hat on and with those shades on running with a gun? What's was the motivations of the killer, as well as his or her identity, is one that you least expect. Why was this beautiful girl killed she had potential to be something now she one of the beautiful dead just like Jonas, Arizona and Phoenix. Well all of Eden Maguire's books are really good. They have a lot of information. That keeps you involved with the book unlike some books. This is one of her best books out there. Although, I wouldn't be surprised if there were some twist in the story where they somehow can still be together. Darina and Phoenix would be together in the end of the series. I want to see how Darina handles finding the truth knowing when she does, Phoenix will be gone forever.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

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    review taken from One Book At A Time

    I've enjoyed The Beautiful dead series so far. The idea is interesting and really hooks you from the very first book. You're invested and want to know what a really happened to all four teenagers. Which, really is a brilliant marketing idea.

    But, this one felt really repetitive. We know that the first part of the book is going to be Darina going crazy with grief for Phoenix. She's actually annoying about it this time around. The Beautiful Dead show up with hardly anytime to spare, just like always. Hunter makes Darina feel like crap, again. Oh...and there's time travel (surprise). Which again seems to completely negate the reasons Darina is even there.

    Despite that, I like Darina the minute she has a mission. Granted she's given quite a bit of direction this time around. But, I think it's different because she and Summer were actually close friends. Helping finding Summer's killer seems to be helping her heal. I liked reading about the rehearsals for the tribute concert and especially the crazy fan.

    I will read the next one. I want to know what really happened to Phoenix. I want to see how Darina handles finding the truth knowing when she does, Phoenix will be gone forever. Although, I wouldn't be surprised at some twist in the story were they somehow can still be together.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Awesome Read

    Sometimes a reader comes across a book series that captivates them. As the journey progresses and they get to know the characters, it's impossible to stop thinking about them. Thus is the case with Eden Maguire's series, Beautiful Dead. From the first story -- Jonas -- you are aware that things can't end with a happily ever after in the usual sense. However, the impact of each book is memorable nevertheless. In the newest installment, Beautiful Dead: Summer, you are given Summer's story. As the protagonist, Darina, works to uncover the mystery surrounding her friend's untimely death, you are once again swept into the mesmerizing world of the Beautiful Dead; those who have died and have one year to solve their murders before they are trapped in limbo.

    Of all the Beautiful Dead, Summer is the most gentle, kind, and has remained somewhat mysterious in the previous novels. A popular singer and songwriter, Summer left her friends, family, and fans devastated by her loss. Shot and killed in the local shopping mall, her death was unexpected and tragic. As Darina explores the events that led to Summer's demise and unravels secret upon secret, you are unsure of who is to blame and, in true Maguire fashion, the twists and turns never stop coming. There were moments when I held my breath, grasped the book in hand, and felt my jaw drop when I discovered the true reasons for Summer's murder. The motivations of the killer, as well as his or her identity, is one that you least expect. Despite believing I knew where things were going, I found myself being led down different paths until the truth was finally revealed.

    It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of this series. Each book gets better and better. The writing is fantastic, to the point, and keeps your attention from beginning to end. I feel that Ms. Maguire brings more to the table with each book, so of course I was gratified, yet sad, when I finished Beautiful Dead: Summer. The only character that remains is Phoenix. It's not necessarily going to be a happy end, but I'm certain it will be a fulfilling one. Things have been building up to the final chapter in the heartbreaking love story between Darina and Phoenix. With three of the four deaths of her friends solved, Darina's beloved boyfriend is now last on the list. I eagerly await Phoenix's book, even if my heart is aching at what is to come.

    I would recommend Beautiful Dead: Summer to anyone who enjoys unconventional young adult romances. The material is dark and complex, with characters that you come to love even as you are forced to let them go. My only regret is that once I've finished, I'll have to pick up the first book and start all over again. Just as Darina refuses to relinquish her love for her Beautiful Dead boyfriend, I know I won't be prepared to say goodbye to this series.

    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

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    Good Paranormal Story!

    We've all heard of the vampire craze, the angel craze and the latest craze seems to be...zombies! I'll admit to being a fan of quirky stuff like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I've even shot a Nazi Zombie while playing Call of Duty Black Ops with my little brother so naturally the trend towards zombies in YA fiction is something that I find interesting. The last book I read, Beautiful Dead: Summer, book 3 in the Beautiful Dead series combines zombies and angels which makes for one dark and mysterious paranormal romance.

    I'll be the first to admit that I was very confused when I first started this novel but that's simply because I haven't read the other two books in this series. I have the feeling that if I had read them Summer would have gone so much better for me. That said I love the fact that this book is different from any that I've read. While it features "angsty" teens and young love it is more of a Nancy Drew than a Twilight type story. I thought the whole teen detective angle was very cool! While it wasn't what the story was centered, around I was very anxious to discover whodunit to see if Summer would finally be set free from being stuck between the worlds.

    Overall this Beautiful Dead book was very interesting. I feel like the author should have included more about Davina and the others from the previous story so those who hadn't read the stories could still understand most of what was going on. I have read a great many series's starting with book 2 or 3 with no problem but then again I've read some where I was so confused I felt as if the book may have well been written in French. This was somewhere in the middle. Other than that, I think that teen readers and the YA readers who are a bit older (like me) will enjoy the Beautiful Dead: Summer. I hope to get the other books in the series so I can "catch up" soon!

    *I received my complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest review.*

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

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    Summer's Turn for a story

    Cassia Reyes lives in a Society where all members are Matched sometime during their seventeenth year. Cassie is thrilled to be going to her matching ceremony on the very day of her seventeenth birthday. As she stands and watches the screen, she has no idea that her Match is going to be Xander, her best friend growing up. But then when she goes home to review her Match materials, she sees another childhood friend pop up on the screen. Now she is unsure if her real match is Xander or Ky. And the more she thinks about it, the more unsettling the rules put out by the Officials become.

    I was shocked by how different this book was from what I thought it would be like! Cassia's is a very sterile world, not unlike Aldous Huxley's Brave New World or Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. I loved how romantic it was that Cassia feel in love with Ky through his ability to be creative. The sensitive guy crush is a nice change from the tough guy crush. Not that Ky isn't tough in his own way! There were times I felt Ally Condie's writing was a little cliche, especially when it came to thoughts in Cassia's head. But she captured the confusion and innocence very well. The Match Banquet scene was my favorite - so much tension!- and the hiking scenes with Cassia and Ky were vividly beautiful. I was pulled along page by page without wanting to stop reading. My only complaint with this book was that I thought the conspiracy was revealed to easily and early, though I can't say any more than that without giving away plot. I would also be curious to hear more about the world of the Outer Provinces, though I am guessing Cassia will soon learn more as well. Highly anticipating the next book in the trilogy!

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