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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: 13.1 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,433 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 By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 April 2009
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 By Sarah on 24 Aug. 2010
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 By The Book Bug on 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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