BEAUTIFUL DEAD by Eden Maguire


Book 1: Jonas
Age Range: 14 & up
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Two days after the stabbing death of her boyfriend, Phoenix, Darina, hiding inside an old, abandoned barn in a remote wooded area (although it’s never explained why the teenage girl ventured there alone) secretly observes his initiation into the Beautiful Dead, a troupe of young zombies who have one year to find out the truth about their deaths and seek justice. Their overlord agrees to spare Darina from having her mind wiped clean and to let her visit her boyfriend for the next year in exchange for playing detective and helping to solve the mysterious deaths of four Ellerton High classmates: Jonas, Arizona, Summer and Phoenix. First up is Jonas, the victim of a motorcycle crash, who only has ten days to find his killer within their small town. Despite its enticing cover, this simplistic, melodramatic story is stocked with flat characters and a pat ending. Even Darina’s romance fails to generate any steam. And seriously, Phoenix AND Arizona? Only for fans who really, really can’t get enough of the Twilight phenomenon. (Supernatural. YA)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3944-1
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2010