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Eden Maguire
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2 April 2009 Beautiful Dead

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?


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340988614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340988619
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'excellent writing style, compelling characters coupled with a powerful mystery. A real page-turner' (Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids)

Gripping and addictive you won't want to put this mystery down. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)

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Not alive. Not dead.

Somewhere inbetween lie the Beautiful Dead ...


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start to a new series 2 April 2009
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Dead: Jonas 24 Aug 2010
By Sarah
Format:Paperback
Davina is 17, and has recently lost the love of her life Phoenix in a fight which ending in him being stabbed and bleeding to death. She's struggling to come to terms with it, but Phoenix is not the first teen to have died in her year. Over the past 12 months Jonas has died in a bike crash, Arizona has drowned, and Summer has been shot.

Walking in the woods one day Davina comes across a barn, and inside are four people she recognises - Phoenix, Jonas, Arizona, and Summer. All are pale and beautiful, and they are welcoming Phoenix as the newest member of the 'beautiful dead'. The sound of wings and haunting skull faces drives her away however, but she then begins to see Phoenix everywhere she goes, and begins to think that she is really crazy.

Desperate to know what's really going on, Davina goes back to the place where she saw her friends to investigate, and this time actually meets and talks to Phoenix. He explains that he is now one of the 'Beautiful dead', a zombie, bought back to this side to discover the real cause of his death, and to seek justice. Unfortunately he only has 12 months in which to do this though, and although he has some special powers (hypnotism, the ability to become invisible, time travel, and mind control), he is on the earth under the guardianship of Hunter - a guide who is there to help them in their quest.

Hunter tells Davina that noone can know about the beautiful dead, but she offers to help them find out what happened to them in return for not having her memory wiped, and being able to spend more time with phoenix. Hunter eventually agrees to this, but time is short - Jonas has only 10 days until he must leave, and they still have no idea what actually happened to him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great potential 8 Sep 2010
By Skarrah
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This book, the whole series in fact, is full of great promise. I came to it expecting something fun and supernatural and something just a touch different.

The writing is good and the ideas are nicely formed and interesting. However, Darina's constant reiterations on how wonderful and fantastic Pheonix is and how much she loves him put me off to the point I was unable to see the book through to its end. It's a shame because I believe the book without the constant declarations of love and admiration could be very good indeed. If you can read past this, or don't mind it, I think you will enjoy this book very much. If you find such a focus annoying I suggest you find another book to invest your time and money in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice concept 2 July 2010
Format:Paperback
i enjoyed this book on the whole as it was a new take on the gendre. I did have a few complaints however. The main character is a wimp and not all that likeable. When reading it, it feels like a section should be on the front to introduce her - which would probably make me like her more. I also didn't like the outcome and though the morals of the story were somewhat odd and not really appropriate for the age group the book is intended for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice read 1 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
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, Phoenixfs grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She canft 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 c

I have mixed feelings about this book, as a zombie novel, I would have liked there to be a bit more blood and guts and violence, but I didnt really expect that. As a regular supernatural, it was a very good book. It was an inventive new spin on zombies, with a bit of romance, that in some parts was a bit overdone, but for most parts it was good. It was a bit slow in the first part of the book, but it picked up in the second half.

I couldnt really relate Darina very well, but I did admire her as a character. She was brave and strong, and was a very well developed character. I liked Arizona for her snappy comments, and I am looking forward to her story. Hunter was scary. The secondary characters added well to the plot.

Overall, this was a good book, it held my interest and Darina's 'voice' was strong and realistic. It was a good addition to the genre, which ever that may be. The characters had interesting names, and I really like the cover.

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Published on 4 Nov 2011 by bookybookbook
1.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Dead : Jonas
Sorry I didn't really like this book and I won't be reading the others. However as I am considerably older than the intended market, don't let me put you off. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Dr Dinwiddie
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Dead Book 1
This is book one of four in the beautiful dead series!

The main character Darina is 17 and grief stricken when her boyfriend phoenix dies mysteriously. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by carly
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy it
I found this book good to begin with and thought I was getting into a good series, but after a few chapters I felt the writing was lazy and very poor. Read more
Published on 3 July 2011 by Aurora2108
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Dead Book One: Jonas
This book keeps you at the edge of your seat. Once you start reading it, you can't stop. Eden Maguire's writing style is so professional, you feel as if you're actuallly there with... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2010 by brallonexists
5.0 out of 5 stars beutiful dead
I have read the first 3 of this series (Jonas, Arixona & Summer) and I am awaiting the arrival of Phoenix - Can't wait as I thoroughly enjoyed them all.
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This has been one of the best books i have read in a long time. I love the relationship between Darina and Phoenix. Read more
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