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Six months have passed since the last Ellerton teenager died, but Darina is still traumatized by the stabbing of her own beloved Phoenix. But there's work to be done as Darina must now turn her attention to the shooting of Summer Madison - the beautiful and gifted, singer-song-writer with a heart of gold. It's been nearly a year since the random shooting in a shopping mallSix months have passed since the last Ellerton teenager died, but Darina is still traumatized by the stabbing of her own beloved Phoenix. But there's work to be done as Darina must now turn her attention to the shooting of Summer Madison - the beautiful and gifted, singer-song-writer with a heart of gold. It's been nearly a year since the random shooting in a shopping mall caused Summer's meaningless death. Summer left behind recordings of her wonderful songs and a deep sadness amongst high school friends. Now Darina must act as Summerās agent to track down the psychotic killer in a clear search for justice. With the sound of Summer's music constantly playing inside Darina's head, recalling the wonderful months when she was alive and performing her first gigs, Darina, Phoenix and the Beautiful Dead are determined to catch the crazed killer. And all the while Darinaās love for Phoenix continues to beat ......

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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Summer Reviews

  • Kirsti
    2018-12-22 00:01

    I almost wanted to give this book 3 stars, but in the end I couldn't do it. Basically this series is just 'ok' and stays that way the whole way through. Darina and Phoenix is still annoying as all heck, but suddenly we find out Darina and Summer were actually besties (why is this not focused on in previous books?) and so begins the hunt for Summer's killer. A few possibilities jump out, but as per usual Darina isn't doing anything to help the actual victim; she obeys orders so she can hang around Phoenix and moon around while he kisses her. BORING! Why does everyone involved in the story lines end up dead? It will be interesting to see how Darina manages to explain not one but two bodies at the school, and how Ezra came to have electrical wire wrapped around his neck?Darina must be the worst character ever created for YA fiction, a whinger, obsessed with herself and her hot boyfriend, mean to her mother, her friends. She doesn't even stop to wonder where her marvelous car came from, and when confronted with the idea it may be related to drug trafficking, shrugs it off.Urgh, I will read the final, 'Phoenix', but really, really, really wish I'd never even picked up the first!

  • Myhotstylist
    2018-12-27 22:58

    I really wanted to like this book and the series, The premis is great, the cover art is phenominal, but the pacing and the tone of these books just makes me .... Tired. Darina is not at all likeable, and shes constantly in a state of depression, the whole town is always sad or angry. Shes constantly longing to see her dead boyfriend and the descriptions of the "beating wings" is growing old fast. She always seems to ditch school, is rude to her family, and is refusing to move on after the death of her boyhfriend she dated only 2 months before he died. She doesnt speak or act like a normal teenager. The scenes jump and change quickly which is irritating to say the least. Darina does attend therapy, and I think she and the author both need to stay there. This book threw me off for a bit because not until this 3rd book do we find out anything about Darina and Summer being bestie friends. Summer was just kinda "there" in the first 2 books. I seriously had to skip 100 pages and just read the last 2 chapters to find out how she died. I will probably do the same with the last book, just to find out the truth about Phoenix. I dont reccomend this series at all unless you are looking for some major depression.

  • Muffin
    2019-01-02 22:51

    You think you know who the murderer of Summer was, but you are so wrong about it. It was really surprising. I loved the way the story developed and the story leads to the last book, Phoenix. And I know my heart is already breaking now..

  • Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
    2019-01-10 18:45

    I've struggled with really wanting to like this series, and I haven't been able to get into the stories as much as I want to. With Summer's story I feel the series picked up more for me. I'm not sure if it's because they're more plot twists or what, but I liked it more than the previous books from the series. Just like the first two stories in the series, Darina must solve the mystery behind one of her dead friend's deaths. The Beautiful Dead only have so much time and Darina will find solving Summer's death will be harder for her than it was in solving Jonas, and Arizona's, and it also brings her that much closer to losing her undead boyfriend Phoenix. 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. I'm looking forward to reading Phoenix's story, though I know I'll have mixed emotions. 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.

  • Connie
    2019-01-11 18:53

    Source:I own this bookCost: Free gift Title:Summer Series:The Beautiful Dead #3 Author:Eden Maguire Overall Rating:3 starsSummer was shot, random they say, a mad man with a gun shot her down as she shopped like everyday. Her musical talent and potential gone in moments and Darina watched it happen. But now that Summer is next on the list of the Beautiful Dead, Darina has to focus on her and try and overlook Phoenix as she deals with crazed fans, douchebag nerds and her own conflicting emotions. All I have to say about this installment in the series is that my favourite beautiful dead deserved more. In the previous two books, Summer had been the voice of light and of optimism but in this one she was a downer, I understand that she was dealing with her own death but still. Her character shouldn't have changed quite that much to be fair. I wanted her more involved, I wanted her to be with Darina every step. Darina, that's another thing that bothered me about this one, she was such an ass in this book. I understand that she clearly has some signs of PTSD and all that, who wouldn't with what she's been through but she's been so horrible to Logan in the past three books and look what happened? LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO MY PROBLEMATIC FAVE DARINA. (view spoiler)[ HE'S DEAD BECAUSE YOU'RE A BUTT AND SO IS YOUR DEAD BOYFRIEND.(hide spoiler)]There were also some inconsistencies: did Frank and Allyson get back together? Death Toll: X

  • Bryn ((B2/B.P)) Ryeosomniac~~
    2019-01-07 21:56

    I used to adore this series, I was a bit iffy about the first one, but then I fell head over heal after finishing the second, but then tragedy struck and I wasn’t able to get my hands on the next two books, until now. Sometime between then and now I must have heightened my expectations for YA books, because this one just didn’t do it for me. Most people that have read this series absolutely admire Eden Maguire’s writing style, but it just doesn’t cut it for me. Just the way she describes scenes, and the dialogue just made me roll my eyes, and a lot of the time I lost track of what was going on and I honestly didn’t really care that much. Was Darina always this annoying? With her it’s always Phoenix this, Phoenix that, from my understanding what she and Phoenix had was more like extreme infatuation, nowhere near ‘true love’. I actually really feel sorry for her friends. She always blows them off without giving them a legit reason and she’s incredibly rude to her parents. I thought this book followed the basic formula as a really bad horror sequel, it’s more of a remake then an actual sequel; just add a few new characters; slightly alter the plot and hey presto I present to you ‘Summer’. Though I must admit I really didn’t expect who the murder really was, that was the only real twist in this book. I still have one more to go, hmmm not sure whether I’ll be able to make it through that one :/.

  • Kate
    2019-01-08 20:46

    The third novel in the Beautiful Dead series focuses on Summer. The once beautiful girl who it seemed had everything until she was shot by an unknown assailant. Now it is up to Darina to solve this crime so that Summer will be able to move now. But things will not be so easy for Darina this time around.Like the previous novels, Summer begins a little on the slow side. Honestly, I think this just maybe Maguire style. And either way, it is what it is. I have gotten use to it by this point in the game, and it really does not bother me. Actually, I kinda like it. The slowness allows me to become reacquainted with Darina's world and the Beautiful Dead.There is something about this series that keeps me always wanting more. And Summer's story is no exception. It truly amazes me how powerful these novels are. And in Summer, readers really get a sense of what Maguire is capable of. Most of the time, it can really take a lot for me to feel an emotional connection with a novel, but with Summer, my emotions felt like they were on a roller coaster. I had no idea where Maguire was leading me.All in all, I am saddened that the third novel of the series has now come and gone. It means that we have one novel left. And I am foreseeing that it will be a doozy. Can't wait.

  • Michelle. D.
    2019-01-04 18:57

    Just to get one thing off my mind, I read this book before I read the second one and I feel bad because of that. I hate reading books not in order.OK, the beginning of the book was kinda slowwwwww. . .. Like a snail. LOL. When the first 25-50 pages are done, things start to get more interesting. Darina is trying to find out who murdered Summer wothout upsetting Hunter and trying to be with Phoenix as much as she can. So, in the end, Ezra was the murderer. So it wasn't Scott, JakB, Stone or that other guy. THe thing in the book that made me cry, literally, was Logan. He died. I cried... Imma gonna miss him very much.I kinda wish that Darina loved him more than a friend. Sigh... Anyway, I am kinda looking forward to reading the secong book and the last book.

  • Elena
    2019-01-18 01:01

    More interesting than the last one, although I find it a bit weird how nobody recognised the shooter. I can understand that the stress of the event made it difficult for people to remember the details, but when the main character goes back in time, she needs to take off the shooter's cap and glasses before she recognises him. And even then she's not sure, even though she is suspicious, until a bit later. She regularly sees him! She should have been able to know who he was or at least think that that young man reminded her of a certain someone.I like the mystery and the premise of this series (the reason for giving it three stars instead of two), but some situations are completely ridiculous.Longer review soon.

  • Sharon Mariampillai
    2018-12-27 18:58

    Actual Rating: 4.4 This is recommended for YA lovers. This story picks up 4 months after Darina solved Arizona's death. This one was the best one so far for me. I thought the character development had improved significantly from the first two. I love the characters. I was sad when (view spoiler)[ Logan died(hide spoiler)], that just broke my heart. I felt Darina grief not only for her friend but for Phoenix as well. Overall, great read. Can't wait for the last book! It maybe the best one of the series because it's solving Phoenix's death. Phoenix....here I come!!!

  • Tabatha
    2019-01-10 20:44

    I liked this one, I mean it was ok. I love the mystery in the Beautiful Dead books, and this one did not disappoint! There was action, romance and suspense! Yet I still didn't really get into this book. I'm not sure why, and I'll probably read Summer another few times before figuring out why, but I did like it, and that's the main point I guess?Over & Out, T xx

  • Lucie
    2019-01-05 22:32

    Nejdřív se mi do toho opravdu nechtělo, ale nakonec jsem to musela přečíst skoro na jeden zátah. Vždy mě pak zajímá, kdo je vrah. U téhle série totiž nikdy nedokážu odhadnout, kdo je vrah. To se mi na tom hrozně líbí! Rozjezd knihy byl trochu strohý a o ničem. V té době mě Darina docela iritovala, ale později, když se už něco dělo to bylo vážně super!

  • Veronika
    2019-01-14 21:59

    4 starsStoryline of this book is interesting, there comes the time when you feel that you know the main reason of the death and then it totally destroys your expectations. But it wasn´t true. I felt I knew the answers and only in the end I understood how wrong I was :) Good style of writting.

  • Julia Rose
    2019-01-02 23:31

    Konečně měl příběh jiskru. Dokonce ve mně zanechal i nějaké emoce jako smutek ale jen na kratinký okamžik. Snad mě poslední díl překvapý.

  • Petra Sýkorová
    2018-12-23 00:43

    Jako by Eden Maguire už před roky, kdy sérii originálně sepsala, věděla, že v budoucnu zombíci potáhnou. Pravda, ti její jsou spíš jakýmsi vyobrazením nádherných andělů, co se vrací zpět, jen aby vyřešili svou smrt a těžko by v nich někdo viděl polorozpadající se mrtvoly, které baží po lidském mase a hlavně by rádi chlemtali krev, ale i tak by se dalo říct, že předběhla svou dobu. Alespoň se to zombie v knihách týče.Eden získala na Birmingham University doktorát v Anglické literatuře a v současné době žije se svými dvěma dcerami v Yorkshire Dales. Část každého roku tráví na ranči v Coloradu, kde relaxuje při jízdě na koni v horách a užívá si svého perfektního štěstí. Kdykoliv může, cestuje - byla tak už na místech od New Yorku až po Nairobi. Když je doma, ráda chodí do kina či divadla a oddává se své vášni při malování či studiu historie.Od chvíle, kdy Darina pomohla Arizoně odhalit, jak vlastně zemřela, aby se mohla posunout dál, uběhla docela dlouhá doba. Darina má strach, že už neuvidí svého milého Phoenixe, s jehož smrtí se ještě stále nevyrovnala. Jenže přichází výročí smrti Darininy kamarádky, Summer, a tak se Krásní mrtví opět objeví. Tentokrát ovšem s posilami.Darina se nemůže zbavit pocitu, že tentokrát tady něco nehraje. Pátrání po tom, co se stalo toho osudného dne v obchodním centru, kdy viděla, jak Summer zastřelili, otevře staré rány. A také plno dlaších tajností točících se nejen okolo Krásných mrtvých, ale také občanů města...K českému překladu nemám nijak velké výhrady. Jen mě v jednom momentu poněkud omráčil výraz, že jedna z postav zaujala rohrovskou pozici. V životě jsem tohle označení neviděla, neslyšela a už vůbec jsem nepochopila jeho význam. Přitom šlo jen o to, že si jedna z postav hodila nohy na palubovku a opřela se do sedadla. Člověk se pokaždé dozví něco nového.Tuhle sérii čtu postupně už od roku 2011, každý rok jeden díl, což mě samotnou docela překvapilo. Nejspíš jde o to, že série není jedna z těch, co by vás nutila si rychle pořídit každý další díl, jen abyste se dozvěděli, co se bude dít dál. Těžko říct, jestli je to tím, jakým stylem jsou knihy napsány, či samotnou romantickou zápletkou, která podle mého je už od začátku odsouzena k záhubě, a proto nevidím nejmenší důvod v tom, abych z ní byla odvázaná. Jenže já nejsem cílová skupina a myslím, že mladším ročníkům tahle jednohubka přijde vhod.I v tomto díle se setkáváme se starými známými tvářemi - a také s několika dalšími. Darina se mi v tomto díle zdála snesitelnější, sympatičtější a víc se chovala jako holka, jejíž okolí prošlo bolestnou ztrátou, kterí se výrazně otiskla také do ní. Neví, jak se s tím vším má vyrovnat a jako chytá se všeho možného, jen aby nemusela čelit realitě. Celkově se mi kniha zdála promyšlenější, více hrála na city a autorka se opřela i do vážnějších témat.Autorka vás nejspíš svým vyprávěním příběhů nedostane na kolena, ale rozhodně vás dostane tím, jak si se svými postavami pohrává. A že si s nimi hraje ve velkém. Až do poslední chvíle netušíte, kdo je vlastně vrah a jak to celé skončí. Ono to sice vypadá jednoduše a logicky by každý z Krásných mrtvých měl dojít svého rozhřešení, ale autorka vás tahá za nos tak dlouho, že si pokaždé myslíte, že tentokrát se jim to nepodaří.Tato série díl od dílu lepší a uvěřitelnější. Jsem proto dost zvědavá, co se bude dít v posledním díle, protože po zvratech a odhaleních, které se udály v třetím díle série, se už může nejspíš stát téměř všechno. Knize tak dávám 4 hvězdičky.------------Reakce po dočtení knihy------------No, tak jsem ten díl tedy konečně dočetla... tam bylo zvratů. Ani pořádně nevím, co si o tom myslet. Hlavně co se bude kruciš dít v tom posledním díle?

  • Niva (Paula Navarro)
    2018-12-25 22:38

    Mi relación con esta serie, Cuatro Almas, es extraña. Considero que, objetivamente, las novelas son muy flojas. Sin embargo, no puedo evitar engancharme y leerlas como si no hubiera mañana, ir desentrañando las cosas, formular mis propias teorías, sorprenderme –o no– y esperar impacientemente el momento en que Phoenix se tenga que marchar definitivamente.Summer nos muestra a una Darina más madura y racional, menos pasional, más centrada, en definitiva, una protagonista más soportable –aunque sigue siendo un poco gili–, y también una historia más trabajada, con más misterio y que, además, nos descubre cosas del pasado de Hunter y también nos depara tristes tragedias que golpearán a Darina de nuevo. Eso sí, ella y Phoenix siguen tan sosos como siempre, parecen de piedra y aunque la autora quiera meter el gusano de los celos, no funciona, más que nada porque ambos deben empezar a ir dándose cuenta de que se les agota el tiempo y que, por mucho que se amen –con poca chispa y muchas intromisiones por parte de Hunter–, Phoenix está muerto y eso no va a cambiar.En esta ocasión las cosas se han resuelto de un modo que no esperaba y, si bien en los dos primeros volúmenes no era difícil adivinar quienes eran los culpables, en esta ocasión la cosa no esta tan clara, hay muchos frentes abiertos y muchas posibilidades. Sin embargo, cuanto más avanzo, menos cosas me cuadran con respecto a las Almas Elegidas, como Hunter y su "omnipresencia" o, si las Almas Elegidas son entes físicos, dónde están sus cadáveres, por qué ellos, de donde vienen sus poderes. En ese sentido creo que la autora no lo ha trabajado y en su intento de ser original ha dejado a unas criaturas que se quedan a medio camino de los fantasmas, de los zombis y de los brujos, y que a mí no acaban de convencerme.La historia consigue introducir giros inesperados y además, me he dado cuenta de que lanza un gran mensaje sobre la pérdida de seres queridos. En Cuatro Almas, casi todo el mundo ha perdido a alguien importante para sí y vemos como cada uno supera esa pérdida de un modo u otro en un despliegue de emociones humanas que no son desconocidas al lector.Los personajes han crecido y madurado, en especial Darina, que, como no está tan encerrada en sí misma, nos invita a conocer a otras personas de Ellerton, gente que la rodea, amigos y no tan amigos. Summer es un personaje con menos gancho que Arizona y, aunque me cae bien, el mito de perfección que la rodea resulta poco creíble, es imposible que alguien no tenga defectos. Phoenix por su parte, sigue siendo más soso que todas las cosas y el juego de celos con Darina... en fin... si el chico está muerto, ¿no debería animar a Darina a que siga con su vida? ¿a que encuentre a alguien? ¿pretende que ella esté siempre enamorada de él, llorándole y encerrándose en sí misma?Rica en descripciones, la prosa de Maguire facilita la lectura y a pesar de que la extensión de la novela es más bien corta, consigue contar todo lo necesario y no sobra ni falta nada. Los fallos que se podrían encontrar antes se van solventando, no recae en la pastosidad de la que pecaba en Jonas.Aunque no sería mi recomendación de cabecera, invito a que la gente pruebe esta saga. Guste o no, las novelas se leen en un santiamén y, como ya he mencionado, la cosa va mejorando. Es cierto que Jonas es una novela que deja mucho que desear, pero Arizona y Summer tienen más que ofrecer y sorprenden gratamente.Tengo muchas ganas de conocer el desenlace de esta historia, de saber cómo murió Phoenix, que sucederá con las otras Almas Elegidas, quien es realmente Hunter y cuál es su relación con Darina, porque no parece que sea casual, y, por supuesto, cómo terminará esta trágica historia de amor abocada a un triste final.

  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    2018-12-26 20:45

    An LASR 'BEST BOOK':Sometimes a reader comes across a book series that captivates them. As the journey progresses and they get to know the characters, it’s impossible to stop thinking about them. Thus is the case with Eden Maguire’s series, Beautiful Dead. From the first story -- Jonas -- you are aware that things can’t end with a happily ever after in the usual sense. However, the impact of each book is memorable nevertheless. In the newest installment, Beautiful Dead: Summer, you are given Summer’s story. As the protagonist, Darina, works to uncover the mystery surrounding her friend’s untimely death, you are once again swept into the mesmerizing world of the Beautiful Dead; those who have died and have one year to solve their murders before they are trapped in limbo. 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 http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

  • Sarah
    2018-12-27 17:44

    It's been nearly a year since Darina's friend Summer was killed in a random shooting at a shopping mall. Darina was a witness to the shooting and now it is up to her to try and find the killer so that Summer can finally rest in peace. Was the shooting really as random as it seemed and if it was how on earth is Darina supposed to track down the killer? At the same time she must cope with her grief over the death of her boyfriend Phoenix and prepare herself for when he must leave her forever.This is the 3rd book in the Beautiful Dead series and although you can probably read it as a stand alone story I think you'll find it easier to follow the background story if you read the books in order. I don't think there was much information about what the Beautiful Dead actually are in this installment so you may find it confusing if you're new to the series.Darina is still struggling to deal with both her grief at the deaths of her boyfriend and her friends but also with the existence of the Beautiful Dead. It's been about 4 months since she helped Arizona solve the mystery of her death and since that time she has had no contact with Phoenix or any of the other Beautiful Dead. She is plagued with doubts about whether they really exist or if they were a product of her grief fueled imagination. I understand that she is desperately missing Phoenix and would do anything to spend time with him again but I have to confess I was hoping she would have started to deal with things better by now. I'm beginning to get a little bored with her attitude and the way she is acting and it's putting me off picking up the final book in the series.One of the things that annoys me most is the way that the Beautiful Dead (Hunter in particular) treat her. They need her help in order to investigate the deaths but Hunter is completely unwilling to allow her access to the Beautiful Dead and doesn't want her spending time with Phoenix. The way he is constantly threatening her and being so nasty grates on my nerves and if I was in Darina's position I think I would have walked away from the whole mess and told them to sort out their own problems. I'd really like to see Darina stand up for herself a bit more but it's hard when Hunter is holding all the cards and she misses Phoenix so much.While this is a series I like I'd have to say it isn't one that I love. The plot was a little slow to get going but was interesting once it built up momentum. I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Summer's death but had guessed fairly early on who was behind it. There was one particular plot line about Logan that really annoyed me - how could that have been allowed to happen? - but it was definitely a twist that I hadn't expected. While I am starting to get a little bored with the series the books are quick and easy reads that I get through in 1 or 2 sessions and I will definitely read the final book at some point because I want to know how the overall story arc plays out

  • Sarah
    2019-01-02 00:47

    (Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)This is book 3 in the ‘Beautiful Dead’ series.It’s now 4 months since Darina helped solve Arizona’s murder, and helped her to move on. In that time the Beautiful Dead have been absent from this world, and Darina is going crazy missing Phoenix. She’s not eating, sleeping, or going to school, and she’s even started seeing a therapist to try and help her come to terms with her loss.Every so often Darina is still driving out and visiting the barn where the Beautiful Dead stay while they are on this side, but the barn is always empty. Summer’s birthday is approaching though, as is the day she died just 3 weeks later, so Darina knows that the Beautiful Dead must return soon if she is to stand any chance of working out who killed Summer.When they do arrive though, Summer comes first, without Phoenix, and tells Darina that Hunter wants her to stay away until he is ready for her to visit. He’s worried about people following her and discovering them. Darina’s love for Phoenix means that she can’t keep away though, and as usual she just finds herself in more trouble. The question is though, can she hold it together long enough to solve Summer’s murder, and finally free her?I have to admit that although I have read book 1 – Jonas, I haven’t read book 2 – Arizona, but I saw this book in the library and just couldn’t resist!Poor Darina is really struggling at the start of this book, she’s missing Phoenix so much, and she’s had a lot to deal with in terms of coping with her grief. All she really wants is to become one of the Beautiful Dead herself so that she can be with Phoenix forever. I really feel for Darina in this book, because she really does have it bad, so much so that she’s not even eating properly.Summer’s murder is different to Jonas’ and Arizona’s, because Summer was killed in what appears to be a random shooting, so Darina finds it hard to even know where to start, but she does start, and this gives her the drive to keep going.The most shocking part of this story for me was the event that happened on page 173! And then Darina had yet another death to come to terms with! I don’t know what it is about this town, but people are dropping like flies! I was really surprised when this person died though, I totally didn’t see it coming at all and I felt like crying!I have to say that I totally wasn’t able to guess who the killer was in this instalment! I was literally just pages from the end when it was revealed, and I totally hadn’t guessed who it was!There is only 1 book left to go in this series now – Phoenix (Which I also got at the library! Yay!) and I’m really looking forward to finding out how this all ends, and how Darina’s going to cope with saying goodbye to Phoenix for good!7 out of 10.

  • Carolina
    2019-01-10 20:53

    Enserio quería que este libro me gustara, estaba muy emocionada porque el segundo me había encantado. Beautiful Dead empieza con Darina hablándonos de su dolor porque su novio de 4 meses, Phoenix, había sido asesinado en una pelea callejera. Esta ya es la cuarta muerte en un año. Darina merodeaba por las afueras de su pueblo y un día vio a Phoenix. Resulta que Phoenix está en un grupo llamado 'Beautiful Dead' que son personas que están en el limbo, las cuales tienen un año para resolver su muerte. Normalmente son personas asesinadas sin razón aparente, por así decirlo. Darina deberá ayudar a Jonas (libro 1), luego a Arizona (libro 2), Summer (libro 3) y por último a su adorado novio (libro 4). El primer libro simplemente no me convenció, sentía que le faltaba emoción, un no sé qué, pero la idea de Beautiful Deadaunque sea un nombre totalmente girly y no creo que un tipo como Hunter, su líder, se vaya a dejar llamar asíme convenció. Seguí con el segundo y fue algo inesperado. La trama era más interesante y lacomprendí más. Algo que no me pasó en el primer libro, estuve totalmente perdida con los nombres y etc. La trama fue más interesante y el misterio más extraño(?). También le doy puntos por las páginas que le dedicó al romance de Phoenix y Darina. ¿Qué pasó con este? Creo que me aburrí del procedimiento que sigue Maguire para escribir cada libro de esta saga y es:Darina desesperada – aparecen Beautiful Dead – Darina debe resolver el misterio de la muerte de x persona – Darina se pasa día y noche persiguiendo gente, sospechosos, testigos; lo que hace que falte a clase y naturalmente levantar curiosidad – por más que Darina se partió el lomo, no se pudo resolver el misterio – utilizan los super poderes Beautiful Dead y van al pasado – se resuelve todito y el alma da liberada. ESO FUERON LOS 3 LIBROS. Lo malo fue que en este no pude encontrar ese Phoenix que tanto me gustó del segundo. Soy bastante subjetiva y eso le hubiera subido muchos puntos. Igualmente le di 3 estrellas y no una. Porque pasan hechos que de verdad me dolieron, Maguire pudo hacer que me sintiera identificada con Darina varias veces e hizo que odiara a Beautiful Deadhasta a mi amado Phoenixy bueno, eso le da puntitos. Leeré el último porque quiero ver si Maguire va a ser tan cruel de separar a Phoenix y DarinaAHÍ SÍ TE DOY SÓLO UNA ESTRELLAy creo que con Maguire se puede sorprender uno, como lo hice con el segundo.Aquí unas frases con las que me sentí muy identificada:“I wanted to lie in the sun with you forever. That's what love means to me, Darina—you, the sun, clear water.”“Let the heart speak—that's what you once told me. But hearing words is good, too.”

  • Charlotte Phillips
    2019-01-03 00:42

    The novel brought tears to my eyes, for the emotion in this book of the series was powerful, grasping and truly moving in many different ways. Its almost as if the author really wanted her readers to become fully connected to the characters in the novel this time, almost as if there was to be a huge climate at the end that they needed to prepare themselves for. this has become one of the most grasping series that I have come to read, and I have to say that I am enjoying it, because it is a series where you learn about the characters, their past lives and their personalities. Its almost as if this was the authors plan, that she wanted her readers to really get to know the characters so that she could understand the story properly. In this book we get to find out more about Summer.The author does well to paint an image of Summer in the readers mind, A girl who is sweet, caring, considerate, but also determined and faithful. You really get to envision this girl and in many ways I could see her as being one of those types of girls that are friends with everyone and anyone regardless of what they look like or how they act. However, what she went through when she died was tragic and powerfully emotional because you know that it is something that does just happen out there in society, where people are shot for no reason at all. However, unlike the first two books in the series, the novel doesnt revolve entirely around Summer, in fact its almost as if you get to know her through Darinas actions rather than their conversations.The whole jealousy scene between phoenix and darina though is becoming a little tiresome. A huge part of me just wants to shout at them, to make them realize that actually they will never ever be together again and that no matter how much they wish for it, they are going to have to get over it. I suppose this was kind of why I was hoping that something between logan and Darina, but when Logan dies, I found tears forming in my eyes. Although he seemed like a bit of a jerk at times, you could see that this was merely the frustration of not getting the girl he loved to realize his feelings. However, the cause of death also hit a little hard and a little close to home. What I love about these series of books, is that if you really get into them and enjoy them, you understand them and connect to them. To any reader who enjoys this series, I am sure they will agree with the fact that you find yourself become a part of the story yourself, makin your own guesses and assumptions about what has happened, how, when and why. I truly do love these novels and hope that the library has the next one soon!!!

  • Melissa (i swim for oceans)
    2019-01-10 17:59

    Summer is dead, and she wants to know why. Brought back from limbo, she’s on the track to solve the mystery surrounding the random shooting that killed her in her prime, but she’s frustrated, and it seems like every time she thinks she’s getting close to figuring out the truth, something else pops up and throws a wrench in it all again. As Summer begins to fade into an everlasting limbo, Darina must discover the truth about Summer’s death at all costs, but it might be more than she was expecting, and without a clear suspect or even a place to start, discovering the truth about Summer’s death might just be too much for the Beautiful Dead this time.Ok, if you haven’t read the series, Summer is book three in the Beautiful Dead series about the Beautiful Dead, souls chosen to return from limbo, marked with angel wings and given unique powers, to discover what happened to them and why they died. Following the same general premise as the first two books, Jonas and Arizona, Summer starts with a bang – literally picking up with Summer’s sudden death. Eden Maguire has created a rich series with an interesting and fluctuating cast of characters that adds depth to each installment of the Beautiful Dead story.I read the first two books in the series a good while ago, and I quite enjoyed them, so I was excited to tackle Summer. As with the previous books, I enjoyed the dynamic between Darina and Phoenix, her (un)dead boyfriend, but I have to say that Darina’s voice got to me a bit this time. She was so jealous all the time, and I felt that almost hindered the story of Summer. I wanted to know what happened to Summer, but I felt it was weighted down by Darina’s insecurities. That said, I do love that the plot wasn’t so cut and dried this time. I enjoyed the twists and turns that came with a lack of a suspect in Summer’s shooting, and I thought that really propelled the mystery of Summer forward.All in all, Summer is a good third installment in the Beautiful Dead series. It definitely kept me guessing despite my issues with Darina this time. I give it a strong 3.5 out of 5, and I’d recommend it to YA fans of the series (you should read books one and two first, or you’ll be lost), as well as those who enjoy fantasy and paranormal novels.I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

  • Élefill
    2018-12-29 19:01

    Han pasado 4 meses desde que Darina ayudo a esclarecer lo que le ocurrió a Arizona y desde entonces no ha vuelto a saber nada de las Almas Elegidas. Lo ultimo que le dijeron es que se podrían en contacto cuando volvieran y por eso Darina esta sumida en la desaparición, aun así no se da por vencida y sigue yendo a la vieja granja para ver si aparecen.Pero ya no tiene que seguir esperando, por fin dan señales de haber vuelto y la primera en hacerlo Summer, la siguiente en la lista y que en vida fue una de sus mejores amigas. Para Darina es una alegría, por fin va a ver a su amado Phoenix, pero Hunter no le va a poner las cosas fáciles; no le permitirá ver a Phoenix mientras no descubra algo relevante al caso de Summer.Darina no esta de acuerdo, aun así no le queda mas remedio que obedecer. Sabe que no le queda mucho tiempo, faltan dos semanas para el aniversario de la muerte de Summer y esta ya se esta debilitando, pero no sabe por donde comenzar. A Summer la querían y admiraba mucha gente, cantaba como los ángeles, y su muerte a manos de un tirador anónimo en el centro comercial, fue un shock para el pueblo de Ellerton. Darina estaba presente cuando su querida amiga murió y no pudo hacer nada, así que intentar averiguar quien se puso a disparar en un centro comercial lleno de gente no va a ser fácil, pero mientras hace sus pesquisas empieza a pensar que quizás y después de todo lo que mato a Summer no fue un tiro fortuito, ¿y si alguien quería matar a la dulce Summer?.El libro sigue la estela de los anteriores, solo que en esta ocasión Darina no podrá pasar todo el tiempo junto a Phoenix y un hecho que ocurre durante la historia, pondrá en tela de juicio la opinión que tiene ella sobre Phoenix. Aun así, la historia me ha parecido algo mas floja que la anterior, dejando todo el misterio de la muerte de Summer y la solución de este para el final. Por o menos Darina se nota algo mas madura y menos tonta que los dos anteriores libros.Como he dicho en otras ocasiones, la trama es original, aunque se podría haber aprovechado mas y mejor. Aun así, es una historia que me ha entretenido bastante y que estoy deseando leer la continuación y ultimo libro de esta saga.

  • Kelsey
    2019-01-18 00:45

    This series is dark and romantic and full of twists and turns. After reading and enjoying the first two books in the series I was eager to start this one. In Beautiful Dead: Summer we are introduced to the third member of the Beautiful Dead teenage quartet- Summer. Summer was a breath of fresh air, so full of light and love, even in the afterlife. Her death was tragic- a random shopping mall shooting... or was it random? Our human main character, Darina, is assigned the mission of solving the mystery behind Summer's death and thus setting Summer free and letting her pass on peacefully.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

  • Katieb (MundieMoms)
    2018-12-23 23:57

    I've struggled with really wanting to like this series, and I haven't been able to get into the stories as much as I want to. With Summer's story I feel the series picked up more for me. I'm not sure if it's because they're more plot twists or what, but I liked it more than the previous books from the series. Just like the first two stories in the series, Darina must solve the mystery behind one of her dead friend's deaths. The Beautiful Dead only have so much time and Darina will find solving Summer's death will be harder for her than it was in solving Jonas, and Arizona's, and it also brings her that much closer to losing her undead boyfriend Phoenix.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.

  • Bernice
    2018-12-29 17:56

    I almost wanted to give this book 3 stars, but in the end I couldn't do it. Basically this series is just 'ok' and stays that way the whole way through. Darina and Phoenix is still annoying as all heck, but suddenly we find out Darina and Summer were actually besties (why is this not focused on in previous books?) and so begins the hunt for Summer's killer.

  • Katja Berger
    2019-01-15 00:58

    Denne bog tilhører Summer, den anden af de unge piger som er døde indenfor det seneste år. Alle kendte Summer, da hun var i live; skolens smukke, populære og talentfulde pige. Alle holdt af hende og alle spåede hende en stor karriere som sangerinde, men Summers fremtid blev brat spoleret af en koldblodig nedskydning i indkøbscenteret. Morderen, der affyrede våbnet, blev aldrig fundet og nu, næsten et år efter, skal Darina forsøge at finde frem til sandheden om hvem der myrdede den elskede pige.Endnu engang fokuserer bogen meget på at retfærdigheden skal ske fyldest og at Darina skal opklare mysteret for at kunne fortsætte med at se sin store kærlighed, Phoenix. Og netop dette er bogens haltende ben, for forholdet mellem Darina og Phoenix føles stadig ikke helt virkeligt og bliver stadig ikke uddybet yderligere. Selv den største teenagekærlighed ville ikke lade parterne se hinanden på tværs af livet, så hvad er det der gør det så naturligt vi netop dette forhold? Det ved vi stadig ikke.Til gengæld fokuseres der meget på at Darina mere end nogensinde før føler sig alene og uforstået af andre. Hun har ingen at betro sig til, angående De Smukke Engle og føler sig ofte frustreret, forvirret og ked af det. Det slider mere og mere på hende og dette har Eden Maguire fanget ganske pænt. Alt andet lige var det sikkert skilret anderledes i en voksenroman, men af en ungdomsbog at være, fokuserer den flot på Darinas følelser og gør hendes frustrationer virkelige for læseren.På trods af at jeg er en hund efter flotte forsider, så omtaler jeg dem sjældent som en fordel eller ulempe for de bøger jeg anmelder. Men denne gang vil jeg gerne gøre en lille undtagelse, for jeg er helt vild med denne bogs forside. Jeg synes generelt serien har et fantastisk flot cover, men denne her synes jeg rammer helt perfekt, med Summer på forsiden. Dobbelttydigt, fordi det både er rulletrappen hun skydes ned ved, men lige så vel kunne være vejen til hendes hvilested i himlen. Utrolig smukt.Læs alle anmeldelser her

  • Sonette
    2018-12-22 23:42

    *****SPOILER ALERT*****I was very curious about how Summer died as throughout the series she is portrayed as a very likeable character, who was loved by her fans and her friends. In the end it seems that it was her popularity and beauty that killed her (in a manner of saying).At the beginning of each of these books Darina is in denial, doubting the existence of the Bautiful Dead and her actions in helping them solve the mysteries of their deaths so that they can move on to the afterlife. I find this aspect truly irritating and strange and surely after two books and interacting with the Beautiful Dead for long periods of time she would have resolved herself to the fact that they do exist. Be that as it may, I still like the story of the Beautiful Dead.In this book, Summer almost fades away before her mystery is solved due to her inability to accept the hurt that her friends and family is going through. At the end Darina manages to learn the secret of the random shooting that killed Summer, which was not so random at all. Darina's stubbornes initially makes her refuse to listen to any other explanation to Summer's death than that it was a random attack by a crazed mall killer, making her miss certain crucial clues that almost gets her killed.In the end it is revealed that the killer had been one of Summer's musical technicians who develops unhealty obsessions about girls and eventually killed Summer because he could not have her. Of course it took another trip back in time for Darina to learn this truth.I had mixed feelings about finishing this book as it meant that the last book, and the story of Phoenix was fast approaching and I was not t all certain how the author would deal with Phoniex's book and manage to keep Darina and Phoenix together. I give this book three stars. I still feel the writing style and story leans towards younger readers and I would therefore not necessarily recommend this read to older readers (24 and upward).

  • Domčo
    2019-01-17 16:48

    V predošlých častiach sme spolu s Darinou odhalili príčinu Jonasovej a Arizoninej smrti. Summer má byť tretia a Darine ostáva len pár dní. Potom sa Summer navždy presunie „vyššie“ a jej duša už nikdy nenájde pokoj. Čaká nás poriadna dávka napätia, zvratov a prepracovaných charakterov. Čitateľ si pokračovaním príbehu nikdy nemôže byť stopercentne istý, pretože všetko sa môže zmeniť otočením stránky. Časť Summer bola podľa môjho názoru najlepšia z celej série a Eden Maguire naplno rozvinula svoj talent i potenciál rozprávača.Opäť sa stretávame s Krásnymi mŕtvymi a máme možnosť nahliadnuť do ich vnútra. Autorka totiž niekoľko strán venovala vnútornému opisu postáv a charaktery Krásnych mŕtvych sa postupne vyvíjajú. Stretávame sa s nejedným tajomstvom a po dočítaní ich určite niektorí začnú vnímať inak ako doposiaľ. Vyvíja sa aj Darina. Síce sa od prvých častí radikálne nezmenila, stále svojim rodičom klame a vzdoruje, ale niekedy som jej rozhodnutia pochopil a v jej situácii by som sa zachoval rovnako. Aj napriek tomu vidíme rozdiel: je sebavedomejšia a rozvážnejšia. Eden Maguire sa dokázala s príbehom pohrať. Prinútila ma rozmýšľať nad hlavným páchateľom a niekoľkokrát zmenila jeho totožnosť. Až do poslednej strany si nebudete istý, kto ním vlastne bol. Nemôže sa zaprieť jej dar reči a schopnosť vytvoriť aj z pokojnej scény akčný zvrat. Najmä pred koncom, keď sa objavujú nové a nové postavy, vás prinúti listovať ako o život a neprestať čítať. Aj vďaka tomu ju „zhltnete“ za dva večery. A štýl autorky si naozaj užijete. Je písaná jednoducho, no aj napriek tomu vás niektoré pasáže chytia za srdce. Alebo skôr to, čo sú ľudia schopní urobiť pre lásku. Tretia časť ma príjemne prekvapila. Na svoje si prídu milovníci akcie, napätia a tajomstiev. V štvrtej, a zároveň poslednej, časti nás čaká pre Darinu najťažšia úloha. Phoenix. Na vyvrcholenie príbehu sa už teším. Slovenský preklad z dielne vydavateľstva Fragment nás čaká na jeseň.

  • Catarina ☀
    2019-01-02 19:34

    Disclaimer: I'm writing this "review" / note in December of 2015; I'm revisiting all of my ratings of books I read before I was on Goodreads, and therefore haven't added a proper review (until now... sort of).(New) rating: 2.5 stars.I don't remember exactly how old I was when I first read this book, but I know for certain that a) I was in primary school at the time, and b) I was in my early teen-years. I reckon I must've been around 14-16 years of age at the time.This was one of the first novels I added / rated when I first joined Goodreads in 2012. Initially, I gave it 5 stars, but alas, I've decided to have a change of opinion. These are my reasons from going from 5 stars to 2.5:- Reflecting back on my 15-year-old self I remeber being a very enthusiastic reader and not the least bit critical. This has certainly changed over the years. Well. I'm still enthustiastic, but I'm definitely more critical as well and I'm sure my rating of this novel (if I were to read it again) would not be anywhere near the 5 stars I initially rated it. However, I don't wish to lower my rating too much, as this novel, at the time, was partly what got me so invested into the hobby of reading.- I remember some elements of this book, but not many stand out in my memory. And I understand that I'm no longer able to give a full, detailed and critical review since a couple of years have passed since I first read this novel.- I have no intention of re-reading this novel; I kept this book on my bookshelf just to remind myself to re-read it someday (in order to write a proper review) but this year, I've come to realize that it's never going to happen as it not longer sounds appealing to me. I've completely lost interest, so much so that I can't even coax myself into picking it up for another try. The plot honestly makes me cringe slightly--it just sounds so cheesy and... young*.*as in: too young for a 19-year-old