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Beautiful Dead 3: Summer Paperback – Sep 1 2010
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'excellent writing style, compelling characters coupled with a powerful mystery. A real page-turner'―Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids
About the Author
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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Eden throws in a few unexpected twists and turns with Summer's plot as her killer is hard to find, or should I say not having a clear suspect makes solving this case rather hard for Darina. I was much more frustrated with Darina this time around as she became a lot more jealous of Phoenix. I could understand that if this was the first book in the series, but it seemed more out place being in the third book in the series. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy seeing more of Phoenix and Darina together and I understand how much she misses him, but I don't get the whole jealously bit.
Summer's story is a sad complex puzzle to solve with an ending I didn't see coming. Since this is the 3rd book in the series, I would recommend picking up the first two and reading them before reading Summer's story. I do think this could be a stand alone, though it would be stretching it since Eden doesn't give much of a back story from the two previous books. Though that works with the story as each book carries on from where the last book leaves off, it may be a little frustrating to someone who wants to just read this book.
If you have enjoyed this series I would definitely recommend picking up Summer's story. It's definite the most interesting one yet. I'm looking forward to reading Phoenix's story next which I'm sure will be a bit of sad story. I really want to know how he died, but at the same time I have a feeling his story will be the most complex and saddest one out of the series.
Darina is a main character so different and unlike any other. Her sass and spunk added a fun side to the story and kept the plot moving even when things got emotional. She learned a lot about herself in this addition to the series and her life actually started to go back to normal. Darina was able to spend time with some of the secondary characters, including Phoenix's younger brother. Her boyfriend, Phoenix, is still one of the Beautiful Dead but their time together is running out. Although they did gett to spend more time together and let their relationship continue to grow even when separated by such a terrible boundary.
While some parts of the book seemed a little too repetitive of the previous two, there were some intriguing and intense scenes and new sub-plots that made me want to keep reading and reading. Eden Maguire has a writing style different from so many authors and it adds a dark and mysterious tone to the series. She has created a cast of characters that each play a key role in the story and the reader becomes invested in wanting the best for them.
I would really only recommend picking this up if you've read the previous two novels as a lot of things tie together in this book. You may not entirely understand who the Beautiful Dead are and why they are there unless you've read Jonas and Arizona.
Overall, this was a satisfying and twisted addition to the Beautiful Dead series. I recommend picking this book up especially if you've read the first two, you'll want to know what happens to Summer and the rest of the characters. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the fourth, and final, book- Phoenix!
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Of all the Beautiful Dead, Summer is the most gentle, kind, and has remained somewhat mysterious in the previous novels. A popular singer and songwriter, Summer left her friends, family, and fans devastated by her loss. Shot and killed in the local shopping mall, her death was unexpected and tragic. As Darina explores the events that led to Summer's demise and unravels secret upon secret, you are unsure of who is to blame and, in true Maguire fashion, the twists and turns never stop coming. There were moments when I held my breath, grasped the book in hand, and felt my jaw drop when I discovered the true reasons for Summer's murder. The motivations of the killer, as well as his or her identity, is one that you least expect. Despite believing I knew where things were going, I found myself being led down different paths until the truth was finally revealed.
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of this series. Each book gets better and better. The writing is fantastic, to the point, and keeps your attention from beginning to end. I feel that Ms. Maguire brings more to the table with each book, so of course I was gratified, yet sad, when I finished Beautiful Dead: Summer. The only character that remains is Phoenix. It's not necessarily going to be a happy end, but I'm certain it will be a fulfilling one. Things have been building up to the final chapter in the heartbreaking love story between Darina and Phoenix. With three of the four deaths of her friends solved, Darina's beloved boyfriend is now last on the list. I eagerly await Phoenix's book, even if my heart is aching at what is to come.
I would recommend Beautiful Dead: Summer to anyone who enjoys unconventional young adult romances. The material is dark and complex, with characters that you come to love even as you are forced to let them go. My only regret is that once I've finished, I'll have to pick up the first book and start all over again. Just as Darina refuses to relinquish her love for her Beautiful Dead boyfriend, I know I won't be prepared to say goodbye to this series.
Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews