ARIZONA by Eden Maguire


Beautiful Dead
From the "Beautiful Dead" series, volume 2
Age Range: 14 & up
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Only fans of the first Beautiful Dead book (Jonas, 2009) will enjoy and fully follow this second installment as Darina moves on to help the next zombie, Arizona, explain the mystery surrounding her drowning death before her one-year anniversary or Arizona will be sent back to limbo (an agreement arranged with Hunter, the zombie overlord, so Darina can continue seeing her deceased boyfriend). While the rest of the small town wrote off Arizona’s death as suicide, Darina spends her time tracking down clues from Arizona’s autistic younger brother, other-side-of-the-tracks mechanic boyfriend and archetypal wicked stepmother. The teen’s search is as much about cracking Arizona’s hard exterior and family secrets as it is about finding her murderer. With just hours to spare before Arizona’s final fate, a deus ex machina arrives as Hunter sends Darina, Arizona and her potential killers back in time to witness Arizona’s demise, an act that could have been done all along. Just as in the series opener, the story is dragged down by obsessive love, flat characters and tedious writing. (Supernatural mystery. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3945-8
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2010