Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Review and Giveaway - Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire

Beautiful Dead: Jonas Bk.1 (v. 1)Author Eden Maguire’s lifelong admiration for Emily Bronte's timeless classic, Wuthering Heights, ties in with her fascination for the dark side of life and informs her portrayal of the restless, romantic souls in The Beautiful Dead. She spends her time between the US and the UK, where she has published a great deal. This is her American debut.

Beautiful Dead: Jonas Bk.1 (v. 1) (March 2010, 279 pgs) is a dark YA novel about a teenage girl, Darina, who loses the love of her life in a street brawl. Phoenix, her murdered boyfriend, is actually the fourth student at Ellerton High to die under odd circumstances.

Rumors of ghosts and strange happenings tear through the small community as it confronts these four seemingly unrelated tragedies. Darina initially thinks she’s finally gone insane. Only after she physically kisses Phoenix does she begin to realize that the dead from Ellerton High have returned—and they have unfinished business!

Darina is at the edge, looking over. She can’t escape her intense heartache or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. Nor can she escape the sound of beating wings echoes inside her head…

My thoughts - I have to say this novel exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. The way it began, slowly and somewhat incoherently, with Darina acting out against her Mom/world and indulging in teenage drama as a mask for her inner grief, gave me the impression this would be a run of the mill kind of YA story. Thankfully, it isn't. Moreover, only the youth of the characters makes it feel like a YA novel, otherwise it'd have fit in well with other mainstream Paranormal/suspense books.

The story grows more intense with each subsequent page and develops into this sort of amateur whodunit with a paranormal bent and a Romeo-Juliet kind of doomed romance thrown in. This is the first in a series of four books by Eden Maguire and the main focus is solving the mystery of Jonas' death. That did disappoint me a bit as I was really rooting for Darina and Phoenix and would have loved to see that mystery solved first. My guess is the suspense will be eked out through the other books in this series, culminating in a grand finale which will be Phoenix's story. Naturally, I look forward to reading the other books and would recommend this one to even those who typically don't read YA novels.

Check out this website for lots of other information on this book and series - http://teenfire.ning.com/group/BeautifulDead

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Note - This book was received for review/feature consideration.
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93 comments :

  1. I just read Freaksville by Kitty Keswick. Cute - werewolves & ghosts

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  2. Death is usually horrible but the author made them so special.It was so nice to read such books. Excellent title and Excellent writing too.

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  3. I would recommend reading the Morganville vampire series by Rachel Caine. The first one is called Glass Houses.

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  4. I would recommend the Ghost Huntress series.

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  5. tweet - http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10008125021

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  6. The paranormal thing makes it more interesting, adding an intense feeling over the fact that her lover died. Thanks for making a very nice review.

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  7. I just read The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. It's a great fantasy story for teens. I can't wait for the second in the series ( Summer 2010 )

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  8. Another recommendation is Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier

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  9. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10060360547

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  10. I just started getting into YA, but have become a fan of the Hunger Games series.

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  11. The Vampire Academy series is great.

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  12. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10111115850

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  14. I just finished Catching Fire, and LOVED it!

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  15. I would recommend HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick.

    There is so much GOOD YA fiction out there right now!

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  16. Firespell by Chloe Neill is a great start to a new series.

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  17. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10207160298

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  19. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams was a pretty good book. I think I rated it 7/10. A little sad though.

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  20. Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent.

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  21. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10250332128

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  23. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea was a nice, although somewhat bittersweet kind of story.

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  24. The Forest of Hands and Teeth was really good and the next one just came out.

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  25. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10300698477

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  26. Great review. I would suggest looking into Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thomson series. Werewolves, vampires, fae and other surprises. Here is a link to my review on the first book Moon Called: http://sillylittlegame.blogspot.com/2010/02/moon-called-by-patricia-briggs.html

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  28. I would also recommend Karma for Beginners by Jessica Blank. An interesting "coming of age" sort of story.

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  29. I just read Hush, Hush and I think you might like it!

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  30. Another great series is The Mortal Instruments. It starts with City of Bones.

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  31. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10357045849

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  33. I have just entered the YA paranormal so have not read book but do want to read Firespell and Hush,Hush. Your review was great.

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  34. Need by Carrie Jones.

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  35. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10406664202

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  36. The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith. Much more involved and I think better than the TV show.

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  37. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10440772914

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  38. Interesting... Raven's Ladder is another book that I found interesting.

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  39. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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  40. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10501120986

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  41. Tweet:
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  42. I would also recommend Maximum Ride by James Patterson, which is new to me.

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  43. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

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  44. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10550834349

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  45. Tweet:
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  46. Moonstone by Marilee Brothers

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  47. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10602999477

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  48. Tweet:
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  49. I'm currently enjoying "Beginner's Luck" by Laura Pedersen.

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  50. Boys That Bite first in the Blood Coven series by Mari Mancusi

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  51. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10648099283

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  52. Tweet:
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  53. Book Rec - Eyes Like Stars

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  54. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10704498306

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  55. I recommend Beautiful Creatures. (I can't wait to recommend more! I have so many in my head it's hard to not blurt them all out now!

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  56. Tweet: http://twitter.com/candacemom2two/status/10705556594

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  57. Book Rec - How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

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  58. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10756375297

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  59. I just finished Brightly Woven and it was really good. It's more fantasy than paranormal though :/ It's got magics though! :D

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  60. Tweet:
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  61. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

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  62. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10804191987

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  63. I just read Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson. You can see my review here:

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  64. I tweeted:

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  65. Tweet:
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  66. My next book, which I expect to be pretty good, is Best Bet by Laura Pedersen.

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  67. Evernight by Claudia Gray. Although great start to a relatively new series. There are 3 books out right now.

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  68. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10853504539

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  69. Tweet:
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  70. You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay

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  71. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10908702319

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  72. WOW great interview. I don't normally read YA but I am going to read this one. I'm also telling our bookclub about it.
    I'm also going to ask what other YA books are out there that are not already mentioned.

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  73. Tweet:
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  74. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

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  75. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10959842350

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  76. I just finished Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia and it was awesome!

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  77. The Awakening and The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong were great YA paranormal reads!

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  78. Evermore beginning of the Immortals series by Alyson Noel

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  79. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/11011469767

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  80. I recommend Michael Grant's "Gone" series. Two books out and 3rd due in May, I believe. A great series, I read the first book in 1 night and started book two the next day. Loved them.

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  81. tweeted-alterlisa

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  82. House of Night by PC and Kristen Cast

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  83. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/11061207890

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  84. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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  86. Tweet:
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  87. I'm finally reading Twilight, and am really enjoying it so far. I would recommend it.

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  88. Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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  89. http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/11176879856

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  90. I'd recommend Lisa McMann's WAKE. It was an amazing book.

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  93. Clockwork Angel. Quite good.

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