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Darina's year goes from bad to worse when her boyfriend, Phoenix, is killed in a knife fight, making him the fourth student from their high school to die that year. She's certain that she's going crazy when she sees him and the others in an abandoned barn, but when Phoenix kisses her, she's convinced he's come back to life?

Jonas, Summer, Arizona, and Phoenix have been brought back from limbo by the enigmatic and sometimes frightening Hunter, and are allowed to remain in the world of the living for one year in order to set right a wrong linked to their deaths. In exchange for being allowed to see Phoenix, Darina agrees to help the undead teens find justice, starting with Jonas whose year is nearly up.

Darina must discover who is behind Jonas's fatal motorcycle accident without becoming a victim herself and keep the Beautiful Dead a secret. She would sacrifice anything to help her beloved Phoenix, but setting him free might mean losing him forever.

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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With the biggest YA audience in history hungry for the next paranormal romance, Beautiful Dead is an ideal series to fill the hole left by the Twilight Saga. Forbidden love and death have never been so fresh, so new, and so sexy.

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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, 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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BookHeaven, February 25, 2013 (view all comments by BookHeaven)
I loved this book. Eden Maguire's take on Zombies was fascinating. She didn't take the typical road, of where Zombie's are all rotten and outrageously unattractive. She went ahead and put her own twist on zombies. They do not exist because they have been bitten, but rather to find out the cause of their death and the reason it took place. It takes mystery to a whole new level, the suspense of finding out gnaws you inside out and therefore the book is difficult to put down and to carry on with daily routines is hard.
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Teresa Conner, August 28, 2010 (view all comments by Teresa Conner)
It took me a while to get into this book but eventually I did, though not as much as I hoped I would. It wasn't bad by any means, but it wasn't insanely delicious either.

Eden's take on the zombie legend was fantastic, however. They are not the grotesque, mindless decaying corpses you see in horror films, but the walking dead of revenant legend and sentient. I did kind of grimace when Darina was kissing aforementioned dead boyfriend—just couldn't get past the whole zombie thing—and yet I have no qualms about vampires, weird I know.

Eden's writing was heart-breaking and easy to relate to, though I feel the book had way too many characters for a novel this size. The author's conveyance of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) was very well done. Jonas is also great at showing how families with teenagers deal with losing a loved one. Though, I did find the romances to be horrendously full of fluff, and these girls to be incredibly torn up over guys they had barely dated. But I guess that's high school for you. Emotions are a gazillion times more felt in those days, whether real or not. It's reasons like this I give it a lower rating, and also why I think this is a book teens would prefer over adults.

I am, however, looking forward to the other books
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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, April 20, 2010 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9781402239441
Author:
Maguire, Eden
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Fire
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
271
Dimensions:
7.68x5.28x.82 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 271 pages Sourcebooks Fire - English 9781402239441 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , With the biggest YA audience in history hungry for the next paranormal romance, Beautiful Dead is an ideal series to fill the hole left by the Twilight Saga. Forbidden love and death have never been so fresh, so new, and so sexy.
"Synopsis" by , 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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