This book irked me for many reasons... (Listed in the order that they annoyed me as I read it)
Firstly, the names! How many people do you know with names like Phoenix, Arizona, Darina and HUNTER (esp as he would have been named aaages ago... not exactly a realistic name)? Now, does practically everyone you know have kinda kooky names like that? Probably not! It's fine to have odd names for your SIMs or whatever, but not in books!!!!
Secondly, all the Twilight copying..... I mean, obviously it got published because the publishers thought twee little Twilighters would love another paranormal romance that makes no logical sense, but PLEASE. The main similarities that I can remember and that got to me areeeeee
(1) The Beautiful Dead all look like they did before they died but even more beautiful, ahhh, with pale white skin etc etc, blurg x.x OH, and they all have special powers now, surprise surprise!
(2) They live in a big family group out of town and cannot let people know they exist, because even though they are really powerful, humans just can't be beaten
(3) The reinvention of a traditional supernatural creature; in Twilight it's Vampires, here it's zombies... I mean, hello? zombies are NOTHING like the BD... give them another name or something but don't just do the Twilight reinvention thing!
(4) All the other stupid little similarities.... calls her mom by her first name, she's thought of as a bit different, her best friend hits on her when she isn't interested in that way.... and on and on and on
Thirdly... the plot is actually ridiculous! (view spoiler)[ Matt Fortune (stupid surname again) is a cardboard cut out 'bad guy,' totally 2D. And how many people do you know that get so jealous when their ex goes out with someone new that they.... kill them both!!! (well, tried to)
AND THEN... Jonas' dad believes Darina when she suddenly announces that she's gone back in time and seen that Matt killed Jonas??? WTF??? And then does the same to Matt, then killing himself? I'm sorry, if you think that I or any other intelligent reader is going to swallow that Ms Maguire, you obviously have no brain yourself. YUCK. (hide spoiler)]
However.... I *did* finish the book. Partly because I was stuck with nothing to do for an evening, and partly because it was so bad I just had to check it didn't redeem itself... but still, that's how it got the second star.// later edit: no, it really was so shit it's going down to one. eugh.
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