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Content Review: Beautiful Dead : Jonas by Eden Maguire

by:  Eden Maguire                                                 Review by: Amy 

Intended Audience: 12 - 17                                  Age of Main Character: 16

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

Product Description

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?

Sexual Content:
Very mild - some kissing and holding each other


very mild - a few H*** and some slang


- The book explains how all the teens die - shot in the head, stabbed, motorcycle accident etc...
Nothing explicit 

Other Notables:
-parents divorced, Darina calls her stepfather a loser
- dealing with lots of death and being in limbo. Having to answer to the overlord Hunter 

Did I like this book?
Darina is sent on a mission to figure out why and how Jonas dies. She has to go through Jonas, Summer, Arizona before she can get to the love of her life - Pheonix. She plays detective to figure out how all these people die while they are in limbo. 
No, I did not like this book. It was very boring. I really think it could have been written in one book. However there will be four. I barely read this one. I will not be finishing the series.  Blog Review

Rating: 4 out of 10

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (April 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340988614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340988619