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?
My Rating: 4/5
This book was very intriguing and had a very unique concept. Given that the protagonist Darina's boyfriend had recently died, it does have a slightly dark undertone to it which I liked.
The whole paranormal aspect of it was what I liked the most. I am interested to learn more about Hunter and the others in future books, as their abilities weren't fully developed.
The characters all had unique names, which for a small town was pretty unrealistic. I didn't feel the connection between Darina and Phoenix. She kept on about how much she loved him, but I just didn't feel it.
A character that I did like was Zoey. I hope that she remains in the story even though Jonas's story is finished.
I didn't really like the ending. I thought that Darina would have needed more proof than to just tell Jonas's dad.