Title: Jonas (Beautiful Dead #1)
Author: Eden Maguire
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery
Release Date: April 2nd 2009
Where Acquired: Book People Box Set of 3
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My View On The Cover:
I do like the cover as it is haunting and beautiful with the colours summing up the sad and morbid tone this book holds. The pink of the title and the title font is also beautiful and I love the contrast of the pink on the grey.
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! And then one day Phoenix 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?
This book had a very promising plot with a great mystery so it was such as shame that I found the writing style terrible and completely hated the main character! Darina was pathetic, who fall in love that desperatly in just 2 months! she was whiny and immature and just so annoying I hated the whole book! Darina was also very disrespectful to her mum who I thought was very kind and caring, just looking out for her daughter! The writing style was also really bad as it skipped all the details and there was no explanations or world building at all so it made the novel very confusing. There was no character building so I lost track of who was who a lot of the time. The mystery was the only good bit, the only reason I finished this book was that i wanted to know what happened and who killed Jonas! I would not recommend this book to anyone and annoyingly I have another 2 of these books to read as it came as part of a set….uh!
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