Thursday, March 25, 2010

Review #51: Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire (BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY)

Title: Beautiful Dead: Book 1-Jonas

Author: Eden Maguire
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC from Publisher
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3944-1
Price/Pages: $8.99/app.272 pages
Release Date: March 2010

BLOG TOUR STOPS! Check them out.

My Review and Description:

So sorry this is a day late. I wrote the Blog Tour date on my calendar wrong and thought it was for today! Oops.

I was attracted to this book when I read this short tag line.
"Not alive. Not dead. Somewhere in between lie the Beautiful Dead." It screamed a cross of the Luxe Series and Twilight, two of my favorite Young Adult series. What I found was that it was it's own original satisfying read.

The book is told from Darina's point of view, a teenage girl who has just lost her boyfriend, Phoenix. But Phoenix is not the only one who has died from Ellerton High. Jonas, Summer and Arizona are the three other students who have strangely lost their lives. And Darina keeps seeing and hearing things that are shouldn't be.

One day she sees Phoenix again. Is she crazy? Is she imagining him there? Turns out Phoenix needs her help. Along with the rest of the Beautiful Dead, Darina needs to find the truth to Jonas' death. What plays out is a shocking, adventurous read that combines teenage love, rivalry, grief and redemption.

This one was a good one! It held my attention and was fast paced and exciting to read. You could easily identify with Darina; her confusion for what she discovered, her love for Phoenix, her teenage behavior towards her mother.

It also got you thinking of death and the questions that sometimes surround it. What if you had a chance to right your wrong? Who are your true friends? Does true love last beyond death? I liked the paranormal aspect of the Beautiful Dead, the in between stage of life and death.

I think Eden Maguire has a good start to a developing series. Book 1 is the story of Jonas but you also get a look into the characters of Summer, Arizona and Phoenix.

Rating: 4 stars/6 stars
It combines some good young adult qualities; a teenage romance, a secret, a paranormal twist and cute boys on motorcylces! Overall, a good recommend!

Thank you so much to Paul from Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this to read. Make sure you click on the link above to check out the other blog stops along the way. This also brings you to the exciting Teen Fire website!
I am happy to announce that he sent me 2 copies to giveaway to 2 lucky followers!!!

Giveaway rules:
-You must be a follower of my blog.
-You must reside in the U.S
-You must leave your email address.

A winner will be picked on Monday March 29.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, Happy Reading!

red headed book child


Julie@My5monkeys said...

I follow
aprilmom00 (at)gmail (dot) com
want to read this book too.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Great post!
(not an entry)

Jenny said...

Sounds good!

Enter me please!

throuthehaze said...

This sounds great! I am a follower and live in the US.
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Krista said...

Oh cool I'd love to enter! :)


Thank you and wonderful review :)

Nely said...

Ooh, I want!! Thanks for the chance.


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Awesome contest! I'd love to enter!! I just found your blog at the bookblogs ning group :)

inthehammockblog (at) gmail (dot) com


Jacki said...

Another book for the wish list. Don't know if I should thank you or not :).

would love a copy though. jackirenee(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jolovesbooks said...

I would love to enter I'm a follower.. Please enter me..


Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Oooooh...great review! Thanks for the giveaway!

loyal follower here!


Laura {Gypsea Tree} said...

So excited to discover your blog! Thanks for following at Steam Spectre! My book list is definitely getting longer and I've only read your most recent three pages of posts! I think you have officially inspired me to participate in my first ever book challenge! (I would love to enter this contest as well! Thanks!)

angie said...

I would love to be entered! I am a follower:)
email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

misskallie2000 said...

Great review..Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. Pls enter my name.

Follower and USA resident

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Thank you all for entering my contest for Beautiful Dead! One more day and it may be yours!