This is the first of a proposed series of 4 books in the increasingly popular area of paranormal romance. Fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series will love the intrigue, the excellent writing style, compelling characters coupled with a powerful mystery. A real page-turner Jonas, the protagonist is neither alive nor dead but lying somewhere in-between with the Beautiful Dead.
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?
Publication date: 02/04/2009
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
|Publication date:||2nd April 2009|
|Publisher:||Hachette Children's Books|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction,|
Eden Maguire graduated from Birmingham University with a PhD in English Lit and now lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her two daughters, her horse, Merlin, plus a dog and a cat. She spends part of each year at a ranch in Colorado, where she rides alone in the mountains – her idea of perfect happiness. Whenever she can, she loves to indulge her passion for travel and take in the world’s major cities, from New York to Nairobi – where she can be found in the churches and temples, the galleries and sculpture parks, and occasionally in ...More About Eden Maguire