Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Beautiful Dead: Arizona by Eden Maguire

From Amazon: There's been no sign of the Beautiful Dead for weeks. Darina achingly misses Phoenix all over again. But surely he will return with the rest of the Beautiful Dead as so much still remains unresolved. It's been ten months since Arizona drowned in Hartmann Lake. Suicide, it would seem. But something doesn't add up. Drowning herself in a hidden-away lake does not sound like strong, confident, Arizona: Ellerton High School's high-maintenance drama queen. Darina needs to help Arizona the way she helped Jonas. But time is running out...

I enjoyed Arizona more than Jonas, as the characters are more developed and established. Although I still haven't quite connected with them as much I'd like, I'm getting there.

Eden Maguire is very clever in the way she keeps you guessing all the way through the book. Small clues about the Beautiful Dead's deaths are given, but it's really hard to piece everything together, and I always end up being surprised at the end. The guess-who crime element keeps the story exciting, and it makes for an interesting premise when coupled with the supernatural zombies and angel wings.

Darina isn't my favourite character, but I'm growing to like her more with each book. Her dedication to helping her friends is a great quality, and it's really starting to shine through as the series progresses. I still think her relationship with Phoenix seems a bit forced, and I'm still hoping for more of their backstory in book four, which will focus on Phoenix's death. Phoenix is my favourite character at the moment -- he's well-written and engaging, and is always on hand to rescue Darina when she needs it.

The Beautiful Dead series is a good addition to zombie fiction, and puts a fresh spin on the genre. Maguire has a good handle on her story, and I think it will get better with each book. I'm looking forward to Summer, which is due for release in 2010.

* For more information, visit BeautifulDead.com. *


9 comments:

Yan said...

I have a love/hate relationship with that cover lol Zombie books for me are iffy but I'll check it out maybe.

elnice said...

Ug, I don't know about all these zombie books. A different spin, hmmm. maybe.

Cat said...

Oooh, these books have been on my wishlist for so long and yet I hestitate to pick them up because I am a big ol' wuss when it comes to trying new things when I have a ton of books at home I should be reading. ha!

I didn't realize it was zombie fiction though. I thought it was angels. Hmm. I am tempted by the covers, too. Darnit! I don't know what to dooooo!!!

Book Chick City said...

I have Jonas to read, they both look really good. I love a good Zombie book, so am glad the second book didn't totally disappoint. :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really enjoyed the first one, though I know what you mean about connecting with the characters, and I'm really looking forward to reading this one. Great review!

Chicklish said...

Great review! I've seen this series around a lot and often wondered about it.

The Book Owl said...

Nice review. I've never heard of these books before, so thanks for introducing me to something new!

LovesSam said...

I tried to read the first book in the series and just couldnt get into it, might give them another shot though :-)

Kate said...

This sounds like an interesting series. Although I'm not sure whether or not it'd be my type of book. Great review.