Thursday 21 January 2010
Review: Beautiful Dead Book 1 - Jonas - Eden Maguire
Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Jonas, Arizona, Summer, Phoenix. All dead within a year.
Jonas Jonson is the first to die, in a motorcycle accident. But there are many unanswered questions, and the three deaths that follow are equally mysterious.
Grief-stricken Darina can't escape her heartache or visions of her dead boyfriend, Phoenix, and the others who died. And all the while, the sound of beating wings echoes inside her head...
Are the visions real? Or do the Beautiful Dead only exist in Darina's traumatized imagination?
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This book surprised me - from the cover & reading the description I found myself expecting Angels or something similar - I wasn't expecting zombies!! However, these zombies were so far from the typical kind you see in horror movies that I don't think the name really suits them (even though that is what they call themselves in the book). I think I'd have prefered it if they'd stuck to calling themselves the living-dead but don't let the whole zombie thing put you off reading the book as I ended up really enjoying it.
4 high school students have died in mysterious circumstances in the last year - Jonas, Arizona, Summer & Phoenix. When Phoenix's girlfriend Darina first sees them she thinks that she must be loosing her mind - they can't possibly be alive can they? It turns out that they are the Beautiful Dead - they have come back from limbo to try and uncover the mysteries surrounding their deaths. They need to find out what happened or they'll be never be able to move on to the afterlife & they need Darina's help to do this.
The first book concentrates on discovering what happened to Jonas. Darina is also trying to come to terms with the fact that her boyfriend has come back from the dead. In order to see him she has to agree to help find out what happened to the others. I don't want to give away any more of the story but I will say that I wasn't expecting what happened at the end & I liked it.
If you're looking for a typical zombie story this isn't the book for you but if you want a paranormal story with romance and mystery then give this a try - I'm sure you won't regret it. Now I'm off to read book 2 - Arizona's story.
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