Jonas (Beautiful Dead Series #1)

Jonas (Beautiful Dead Series #1)

by Eden Maguire

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ISBN-13: 9781402239441
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: Beautiful Dead Series , #1
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

EDEN MAGUIRE lives part of the time in the United States, 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. She says, "Put me on a horse and point me towards a mountain-that's where I find my own personal paradise."

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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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Jonas 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
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.
RavynKatt More than 1 year ago
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.
Khadija32 More than 1 year ago
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.
Galleysmith More than 1 year ago
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.
galleysmith on LibraryThing 7 months ago
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.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Quick & Dirty: A good first entry to what promises to be an interesting paranormal series.Opening Sentence: The first thing I heard was a door banging in the wind.The Review:First Jonas, then Summer, followed by Arizona, and now Phoenix is the fourth student from Ellerton High to die within a year. Darina, Phoenix¿s girlfriend is caught in the grip of grief¿s talons and having a hard time dealing with his death. Then Phoenix appears with the sound of beating wings and tells her about the Beautiful Dead. They are unable to complete their transition into the afterlife because of the circumstances surrounding their deaths. They will be held in limbo until justice has been exacted. Darina will help each of them find the answers they seek and bring closure to their restless existence.Ms. Maguire gives readers the story of Jonas ¿ the first student to die. Beautiful Dead starts out a bit slow, but settles into an enjoyable and engaging read. While Darina is a likable character, I felt that she was a bit formulaic, making certain aspects of the story predictable. I like the premise of the Beautiful Dead and Ms. Maguire has a unique spin on ¿zombies¿. I can¿t give too many details because it would be a major spoiler. Darina and Phoenix¿s relationship is portrayed as all encompassing, but I think the reader misses many elements of what their relationship was like before he died. Establishing a stronger setup to explain the connection between the two would have been wonderful. In addition, some secondary characters were lacking a bit in character development and depth.Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book. Twists and turns will keep the reader guessing and invested in the outcome of this story. Ms. Maguire¿s descriptions are vivid, and the mystery surrounding the Beautiful Dead is intriguing. This mixture of the paranormal and the romantic delivers a tale of dark secrets, loss, and redemption. So go ahead and walk alongside Darina on her quest to put the Beautiful Dead to rest.Notable Scene:Now my heart was beating fast and loud, the wind from the wings tearing at me. I was breathless, filled with dread, almost defeated. Why are you doing this to me? I asked, crouching in the shelter of a tall rock.I sensed movement overhead and looked up into one of those skull-faces with black holes where eyes should be, domed head and death-grin, swooping down, coming right at me, one and then another and another until my hands rose in panic and I was screaming just like the time before.FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks provided me with a copy of Beautiful Dead ~ Jonas. No goody bags, sponsorships, ¿material connections,¿ or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don¿t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.
LaPhenix on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Though it took me several chapters to forgive the author (her character names included Phoenix, Arizona and Summer for one), I did end up enjoying this book. The blend of romance, tragedy and mystery was wonderful. I look forward to reading book two in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a movie where one night a year all crime is legal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with romance and mistery. I just love this b book and once i read it i couldent put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excerp of book kept my attention- may be interesting light read- recommend try sample if you like supernatural topics/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever(:
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Lolafalana More than 1 year ago
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.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
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.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
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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