Jonas (Beautiful Dead #1)

Jonas (Beautiful Dead #1)
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12+
Release Date
April 02, 2009
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1402239440
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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. He tells her that she must help Jonas - the first of the four to die - right the wrong linked with his death. Only with her help can Jonas finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?

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Not Quite Dead
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Ellerton High is having one bad year. Four teens have died within a year of each other. Phoenix is the fourth to die. Rumors of ghosts and strange things happening around a deserted barn circulate throughout the small community as they try to deal with the sudden tragic losts.

Darina, Phoenix's girlfriend, finds herself drawn to the deserted farmhouse. She doesn't know why but she swears she hears the beating of tons of wings in her head.

Then one day Phoenix appears to her. He tells her he has only one year to right the wrong of his death. With her help, maybe he can finally rest in peace. But now Darina has a problem. If she helps Phoenix she will set his soul free but also she will forever lose him. Is she strong enough to know what to do?

I really enjoyed this paranormal tale of the undead who hang in limbo with their own guardian while trying to right the wrongs of their deaths. And the idea of the teens all coming from the same small town and high school is very intriguing.

The descriptions of the undead remind me of vampires though these souls are searching for peace. The images are vivid and moving. Especially moving are the emotions the author evokes with the survivors of the beautiful dead. All are affected. How they react helps make this one book you don't want to put down.

Darina struggles to help Phoenix and the other beautiful dead is gripping. I loved the pacing and tension on each page. Addictive book candy, this is one story that makes you impatient to read the next book in the series. If this is a sample of what Sourcebook Fire has for readers, I can't wait to read more!
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Good for Fans of Twilight.
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Reader reviewed by Ruthie

This book was more of a tale of loss and rejuvenation then a book of Sci-Fi and Mystery. The overall storyline is interesting but the story downright depresses you. Its a book about loss. The main character Darina was very realistic although I sometimes felt she had a bit of a juvenile voice and although I felt for her relationship with Phoenix, I couldn't see how she loved him so much after dating for such a short period of time. Anyways, this book saga is definitely something I'd expect any vampire or romance fan to enjoy.
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