Thursday, 5 February 2009

Beautiful Dead: Jonas by Eden Maguire

Something strange is happening in 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. Rumours 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 echo inside her head …


Publication Date: 2nd April, 2009 (UK)

This is the first in a series of four Beautiful Dead books by UK author Eden Maguire. Each book will focus on one of the Beautiful Dead (Jonas, Phoenix, Arizona and Summer), whose mystery will be solved with the help of Darina, Phoenix's girlfriend.

I really like the premise for this series, as well as the character names. The Beautiful Dead are brought back from limbo to solve their murders and gain some closure, and are neither living nor dead. The word zombie is used, although they don't really seem like your typical living dead.

Each of the Beautiful Dead have an angel wings death tattoo, exactly in the spot that killed them (example: Jonas has his on his neck, where it was broken), which I thought was clever, and not something I'd come across before. I also like the character resolution at the end, which kind of wraps up the book and allows them to be read as standalone titles.

There were a couple of things that bothered me about this book, though they were easy to overlook and forget. I didn't find myself particularly liking Darina's 'voice', though it did get better as the story progressed. I think this is largely due to the fact that the book doesn't really focus on her as a character, so we don't get to know her as well as we perhaps should. I also didn't feel the intensity of her relationship with Phoenix, which is probably because we never see much of their real relationship, only what it's like when he comes back to her from the dead.

I love the cover of the book, and it fits well with the story. The wings are a nice touch.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I was never bored, which is a good sign. I look forward to the remaining three volumes, the second of which (Arizona) is being published in October.

25 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds really good. I might have to get it when it's released.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh, this sounds amazing. I love the cover as well and what a grat premise! The idea of the tattoo is very unique.

Is it coming out in the US?

-Lauren

prophecygirl said...

Lauren - I can't find a US listing for it anywhere! Maybe it will be released at a later date? It's published by Hodder, if that's any help to you.

Dead girl walking said...

i read this nd it is already out
it is absolutely clas!!!!
:D

Eleanor said...

my friend read the book says she loves it... will have to steal it off her!

Anonymous said...

I love it! It's usch a cool book, a lot better than most books about the living dead. it's also got the twist Darina's in love with one of them. Can't wait for Arizona to come out.

Anonymous said...

i luved it and im only 11 it is so gd its the best book ever im recomending it to all my friends my sis luvs it 2 overall its great and fab

princess25 said...

i havent read it yet but it looks really good im 11 so it will be good. i love reading authors have a good imagenation.

Anonymous said...

I read it and loved it!
The ideas for this book are so original and the author totally rewrites the ideas for "zombies"
Can't wait for the next book.

jess said...

omg im in the middle of reading this book so far so good , its awesomee , most of the people who write comments said their 11 , im actually 14 nearly 15 and this book still appeals to me and most of my friends we all love books like this i have to say my parents were worried about me as my head was always stuck in this book ahaa , overall its an amazing storie line, caracters rock, its awesomee !!! x

Anonymous said...

I want to be in the movie haha. It's an awesome book and would make a really good movie!!!

Anonymous said...

i adore this book it rocks, im 14 going 15 and i still adored this book my mum and dad are still trying me to like fairytales so when i got this you can guess there reaction so now im waiting for the next book in secret but its worth it hehe

Anonymous said...

I think the book is really good and I looking into ordering the rest of this series. I'd be in the movie too! I'm a good actor ;)

Thank you Eden Maguire :)
Megan

Anonymous said...

This book is amazing...I recomend it to EVERYONE!!

Mellie said...

I've lmost finished reading the first book and I agree! It is so addictive, the pages turn themselves!

Melissa =P

BeautifulDeadFan =] said...

Hey,, is it arizona or summer who drowned in the lake??

Anonymous said...

I am not a person who likes to read at all. I bought this book and ABSOLUTELY loved it. I cannot wait for the next one.

Anonymous said...

loved it even as a 12 year old i could feel the cariors fellings i hope the second book comes out soon

Anonymous said...

i love this book its my favorite book ^_^

Anonymous said...

when is the next one out ?????????????? i love them . they make me bloodthirsty for more and more and more. i love them !!!!!!!! XD XD

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooooooooo much Eden Maguire , you made my life better XD XD

Anonymous said...

I'm only halfway through the first book and I love it! I reckon Zoey's dad cold be responsible but I'm not sure. Why would Zoey's dad be so focused on making sure Zoey won't remember the crash? I'm going to have the entire collection for Christmas!

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Anonymous said...

I am halfway through the first book and it is amazing!!! X