Jonas : Book 1

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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. 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?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 131 x 198 x 21mm | 218g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340988614
  • 9780340988619
  • 179,573

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'excellent writing style, compelling characters coupled with a powerful mystery. A real page-turner' Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids Gripping and addictive you won't want to put this mystery down. Newcastle Evening Chronicle
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About Eden Maguire

Eden Maguire lives part of the time in the US, where she enjoys the big skies and ice-capped mountains of Colorado. An abandoned farmstead two hours south west of Denver gave her the perfect setting for The Beautiful Dead. 'It was as if time had stood still,' she says of her first chance visit to the ranch. 'The kitchen still had the old rocking-chair and iron stove, the ancient barn door really did blow open and shut in the wind.' It was here that the seed for a series of paranormal romance mysteries was sown. Eden Maguire's lifelong admiration for Emily Bronte's timeless classic, Wuthering Heights, ties in with her fascination for the dark side of life and informs her portrayal of the restless, romantic souls in The Beautiful Dead. Away from her interest in the supernatural and the solitary pursuit of writing fiction, Eden's life is lived as much as possible in the outdoors, thanks to ranch-owning friends in Colorado. She says, 'Put me on a horse and point me towards a mountain - that's where I find my own personal paradise.'
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2 15% (741)
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This is a fantastic mix of genres, you can classify it as a supernatural murder mystery. Written in first person narrative from Darina's point of view. It has intrigue and tension from the 1st chapter. Darina is only allowed to keep seeing her dead boyfriend, Pheonix, if she helps solve the mystery surrounding the deaths of all 4 of the Ellerton High students, starting with Jonas who was the first to die. The storyline really draws you in, lovely background details are given adding to the plot. An interesting and, in my opinion, far nicer interpretation of the zombie myth. The idea that love transcends death is comforting. There is a lovely quote from Kim, Darina's Psychiatrist: words don't cover grief we don't have the vocabulary to express it There are sudden points of action throughout the book which can be quite surprising. The ending came as a surprise. I have always been very good at guessing the guilty person and had no problem guessing the correct person this time, but the consequences were the surprise. I have a feeling that the plot is building into a crescendo with the last book, Pheonix, having a major plot twist. My advice, keep reading the entire series, it is worth more
by Emma Davies
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