Saturday, 23 January 2010
Review: Beautiful Dead Book 2 - Arizona - Eden Maguire
There's been no sign of the Beautiful Dead for weeks. Darina achingly misses Phoenix all over again. Surely he will return to help solve the remaining mysteries.
It's been almost a year since Arizona drowned in Hartmann Lake. Suicide, it would seem. But something doesn't add up... Drowning herself in a lake does not sound like strong, confident Arizona: Ellerton High School's high-maintenance drama queen.
Darina must help Arizona the way she helped Jonas. But invisible wings are beating, the Beautiful Dead are in danger and time is running out...
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I really enjoyed the second installment in the Beautiful Dead series. It took a while for the action to get started in book 1 as the author had to explain the world & introduce the characters. As that has already been done this story was able to jump straight into the thick of things. I would recommend reading this series in order although as each book concentrates mainly on solving the mystery surrounding one of the Beautiful Dead I suppose you could read them as stand alone books.
This book concentrates on finding out what happened to Arizona. This is going to be easier said than done though because Arizona doesn't seem to want to help Darina find the answers. In life she didn't have any close friends & Darina knew practically nothing about her so she has no idea where to start investigating her death. Even now Arizona is keeping her secrets close to her chest and she uses sarcasm & snappy comments to push Darina away.
As the book develops & we get to learn more about Arizona we find out why she acts the way she does. It is easy to understand her behavior and Darina's opinion of her is turned around. The mystery element of the story is good and it keeps you guessing about how Arizona died right until the end. I also love the way the bad guys in this series really get their comeuppance by the end of each book.
If you liked the first book in this series I'm sure you'll like this one even more & I'm looking forward to reading Summer's story when it comes out.
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