Sunday, March 7, 2010

BEAUTIFUL DEAD: JONAS by Eden Maguire [Blog Tour] [Giveaway] [Monster Birthday Party]

Description: Not alive... Not dead… Somewhere in between lie the Beautiful Dead…
When Darina’s boyfriend, Phoenix, is the fourth student to die from Ellerton High School, she feels her sanity start to slip away. Why fight when everything is bleak and gray? For Darina, there is no beauty left in the world. She is certain that she’s going crazy when she sees him, and the other high school fatalities, in an abandoned barn. But when Phoenix kisses her, she’s convinced he’s come back… to life? Jonas, Summer, Arizona and Phoenix have been guided back from death by the enigmatic and frightening Hunter, a “babysitter” for souls returned from the dead. The rules stipulate that they can remain in the world of the living for up to one year in order to set right a wrong linked to their deaths. In exchange for being allowed to see Phoenix, Darina agrees to help the undead teens find justice, starting with Jonas—whose year is nearly up! Keeping a barn full of animated, tattooed corpses a secret becomes increasingly difficult as rumors of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community. Grief stricken, the townspeople mobilize groups of bikers to explore the country around the town. Darina must discover who is behind Jonas’s fatal motorcycle accident—without becoming a victim herself—and keep the secret of the Beautiful Dead. She would sacrifice anything to help her beloved Phoenix find peace, but setting him free means losing him forever…

My Two Cents: Pick the word that doesn't belong: Phoenix, Summer, Arizona, Jonas. I had a hard time getting into the characters because the names were so distracting. I'm an native Arizonan. Phoenix is the capital of Arizona. We're best known for our scorching weather in the Summer. It took me a while to get past that, but once I did, I calmed down a little. Darina, the main character, is kinda complicated, and I haven't figured her out yet. That's not a bad thing, it just leaves the story open for a lot more development, which I'm hoping happens a little swifter in Book 2.
Maguire's take on zombies is wholly unique. While the jury's still out for me on whether or not I like that take, it has definitely stuck with me. I think I'll make up my mind more definitively when I read Book Two of the BEAUTIFUL DEAD series, ARIZONA, which I do want to do. The writing in JONAS is well-done, but the plot moves slower than I would like. Read this if you love zombie books, you'll love the fresh take.

Want to know more? Watch the trailer and read an the first 25 pages:

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Thanks to Sourcebooks, we are offering one copy of BEAUTIFUL DEAD: JONAS by Eden Maguire for our MONSTER Birthday Party giveaway today. It's only open to US residents and will end 4/15. Please enter your information into the form below to enter!

Have you missed any of our giveaways? Make sure you check out the Monster Birthday Party home page to find links to enter to win books and prizes you may have missed. Most are open internationally through 4/15. {To my international friends: tune in tomorrow for the international contests to continue! I promise!}

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Iffath♥Ahmed said...

This book is amazing! It was out a while ago in the UK, so I already have the first two in the series, and let me say - you will not be disappointed! :)

Dwayne said...

I keep hearing about this book even though I'm not *that* caught up on it - nonetheless great giveaway. It's a pass for me (UK) but goodluck to the entrants!

ninefly said...

aw, too bad this is only for US, I'm really curious about all the buzz
thank you for making the other giveaways international though! =)

also, have an award for you =)

Haku said...

oh shit! I'm so sorry T_T error again, is the passion for your party XD jeje, well really sorry, just not enter me in this giveaway.

misskallie2000 said...

This is a terrific giveaway. Happy Birthday...Thanks for giving me the opportunity to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com