The Blurb -
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?
My Thoughts -
I am not sure how I came across this book but it ended up on my wishlist and one of my book friends sent me a copy a few months ago. I needed something quick to read this weekend as I had a lot of other things to do but wanted to finish at least one book. So this YA title jumped out at me.
How was it? It wasn't bad. There were a couple of little things that bothered me about the story but it certainly has some kind of pulling power because I read it all the way to the end. The Beautiful Dead is a new and unusual twist on the zombie sub-genre and was far from perfect. It was definitely a nice start to things and after reading about Jonas I am intrigued to see what happened to the other teenagers.
My main problem with this book was the lead character. She may have just lost her boyfriend but I could not like her in any way. She came across as stupid and was extremely full of herself. Despite that the story was interesting. I figured out what had happened before hand but it was kind of exciting to see the story unfold.
There are three more books in this series and I have added them to my wishlist. I am not so eager to read them but I do want to see what comes next. This was a page turner for some reason but it does have some flaws. Not one I would highly recommend but it would make a nice stocking filler for any YA readers you know.