Beautiful Dead Book 1 Jonas by Eden Maguire Reviewd by Jayne O'hagan

284 pages
Published April 2nd 2009 by Hodder Children's Books

Not alive. Not dead.
somewhere in between
lie the Beautiful Dead
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 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 dies. 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?

This is the first book in the series. It's very difficult to review without giving too much away.

This story starts with Darina one of the main characters who is having trouble coming to terms with not only the death of her beloved boyfriend Phoenix but 3 other all attending the same high school, Jonas he dies first, then Arizona, then Summer & Phoenix was last to die, all who died in the same year. Jonas died in a motorcycle accident but was it an accident? Darina is so consumed by her grief she drives her car drawn to the same spot a few miles from home, where the unbelievable happens - she sees Phoenix and the others, apparently alive and well. Is she delusional or are they real?

Darina has a strong personality she knows her own mind.She doesn't take no for an answer. She has issues with her mum, who she calls Laura, but not to her face & her stepdad Jim. Her mum pays for Darina to have therapy as she believes Darina's not coping very well. Darina isn't looking for anyone to replace Phoenix but Logan, they've known each other since kindergarten & he has a huge crush on her. Which Darina has tried to squash but to no avail.
I like the characters as they have many levels & not all squeaky clean, more like normal teenagers. The story flows really well, it's gripping, exciting,amazing & laced with emotion. It introduces characters along the way without over loading you. Its different to anything else i've read recently & It is a real page turner & I enjoyed it so much.
Over all it is a brilliant read very enjoyable hard to put down so hard i read it in a day!!

Jayne O'hagan

First Reviewed: 20th October 2010

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