March 11, 2010

Mini-Book Review: The Beautiful Dead

I am calling this a mini-review because I didn't get the book finished in time. I also handed it off to a middle schooler and she isn't done with it yet. She is really enjoying it though.

While I was reading this I kept thinking that the CW needs to make this into a TV series. Like the Teenage Ghost Whisperer. Seriously, there could be all sorts of episodes out of this idea. When I started reading the book with a TV series in mind, I had a lot of fun with it. I was thinking of who could be cast in the various parts, I like the "in-love but can never be together"plot and every week Darina could help a different teen with a mysterious death find their way to the other side. Lots of possibilities!


Synopsis from Good Reads:
"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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