The first book in the Beautiful Dead series 2009
A collection of stories 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 andArizona 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 ! And then one dayPhoenix appears to Darina. Ecstatic to be reunited, he tells her about the Beautiful Dead. Souls in limbo, they have been chosen to return to the world to set right a wrong linked to their deaths and bring about justice. Beautiful, superhuman and powerful, they are marked by a 'death mark' -- a small tattoo of angel's wings.Phoenix tells her that the sound of invisible wings beating are the millions of souls in limbo, desperate to return to earth.Darina's mission is clear: she must help Jonas, Summer,Arizona, and impossibly, her beloved Phoenix, right the wrong linked to their deaths to set them free from limbo so that they can finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?
Y-A-W-N, opening mouth wide while rubbing eyes. How do I say this without the author wanting to strangle me?
Well, here it goes... I - DID - NOT - LIKE - THIS - BOOK. There. Short and not-so-sweet. I dread giving a bad book review. But let me tell you what I dread more... reading a bad book. When I say bad, I don't mean naughty because I don't mind those. This book was just plain boring. I really like the cover. Which goes to show you ~ Never Judge A Book By It's Cover. Boy, that statement is so very true. I've come to realize that you can't buy wine either based on how cool the label is. Don't do that, trust me.
Look at me veering off track talking about wine, when I'm doing a book review. That sounds good. WAIT. Hold on, Give me a second. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> OK. I'm back. I think this will go better, WELL easier with a glass of red in my hand. See. I'm smiling now :o))))))).
Basically, Darina plays murder detective. She is trying to figure out who killed her friends: Jonas, Summer, Arizona and Pheonix. Pheonix is the love-of-her-life. Since she wants to figure how what happened to Pheonix, Darina must first figure out how all the other ones die first. You guessed it! It is the classic "GHOST" story. You know the one that stars Whoopie Goldberg, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Your in limbo until you tie up loose ends. Talk about predictable.
The supporting characters needed a lot of help. I never had a good grasp of what they were all about. You can tell that this book might have been intended for a younger audience. The author would repeat obvious things and became a little annoying. I like where this book was headed. Any book that lets the main character be reunited with her beautiful boyfriend has great potential. I just needed some twist and turns to keep me going. Which sadly, I did not receive.
I will say this, A younger teen might enjoy this book. It is clean and a little gory and frightening at the same time. Kudos to the author for cleanliness. It is becoming rare to find a book that I would let my younger teen read these days.
A word to the parents this book had very little language, some kissing and minor violence. For full content go to Parental Book Reviews.