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Summer

(Beautiful Dead #3)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,132 ratings  ·  128 reviews
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 mall ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 6th 2010 by Hodder Children's Books
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Muffin
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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..
Kirsti
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 aroun ...more
Myhotstylist
Jun 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
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 S ...more
Connie
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Source: I own this book
Cost: Free gift

Title: Summer
Series: The Beautiful Dead #3
Author: Eden Maguire
Overall Rating: 3 stars

Summer 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
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Bryn ((B2/B.P))   Ryeosomniac~~
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,
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Kate
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 g
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Michelle. D.
Sep 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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Elena
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 ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
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), 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 th
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Tabatha
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Veronika
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
4 stars

Storyline 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 wasnt true. I felt I knew the answers and only in the end I understood how wrong I was :) Good style of writting.
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Emma
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Way more confussing than the first two, but I did managed to solve it before Darina.
After-Dahlia
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
the best in the series sorry i dont make the rules
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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 Sum
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Sarah
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Sarah
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
(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 Be
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Charlotte Phillips
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-to-z-challenge
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 serie ...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
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 ...more
Kelsey
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2011
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 my ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
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 S ...more
Bernice
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Sonette
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
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Renee
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We've all heard of the vampire craze, the angel craze and the latest craze seems to be...zombies! I'll admit to being a fan of quirky stuff like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I've even shot a Nazi Zombie while playing Call of Duty Black Ops with my little brother so naturally the trend towards zombies in YA fiction is something that I find interesting. The last book I read, Beautiful Dead: Summer, book 3 in the Beautiful Dead series combines zombies and angels which makes for one dark and ...more
Catarina ☀️
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Mailis Viiand
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, angels, ya, zombies
Darina is at times completely idiotic, almost psycho level unreasonable jealous girlfriend/teenager and the next second seems to pull herself together and be intuitive and sometimes even logical. I am not very familiar what Bi-polar people go through, but i am guessing these moods are somewhat similar to that condition. And before anyone raises a hand and points out, that in that case all lovesick teenagers are bipolar? Well maybe its just easier to call them crazy...if they act like Darina anyw ...more
Abi Holligan
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Summer is the 3rd book in the Beautiful Dead series, it follows on with Darina meeting back up with the Beautiful Dead to figure out the mysterious death of Summer Madison, one of her best friend's. She died in a shopping mall coming out of a shop on her way to meet Darina, which is where she got shot by a mysterious man, it's down to Darina again to figure out who this is...

I thought Summer was a great book, at first I took a while to get back into it and i kept thinking how is she going to sol
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Emily WilowRaven
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-arc
The third Ellerton teen to die was Summer Madison. Beautiful, talent Summer who everyone loves. Darina is once again partnered with the Beautiful Dead. She does it willingly. Anything to be with Pheonix for just a little longer.

The silence she is forced to keep is tearing her apart. She barely goes to school. Hardly ever sleeps or eats and yet she can never give up. Giving up means eternal damnation for those that she loves. Those that she lost.

Darina is a wreck. Nothing - and I mean NOTHING goo
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Jessica Bierschied
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
BEAUTIFUL DEAD: SUMMER, by Eden Maguire picks up a few months after the last one left off, Summer's story is so raw and emotional, while still action packed and thrilling. Darina faces many new challenges in the latest installment of the Beautiful Dead and I could not stop reading.

Darina faced more challenges in this novel more so than the first two and it was great to see Maguire take full advantage of Darina's headstrong attitude and put her through situations where she is not the strong girl
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Page (One Book At A Time)
I've enjoyed The Beautiful dead series so far. The idea is interesting and really hooks you from the very first book. You're invested and want to know what a really happened to all four teenagers. Which, really is a brilliant marketing idea.

But, this one felt really repetitive. We know that the first part of the book is going to be Darina going crazy with grief for Phoenix. She's actually annoying about it this time around. The Beautiful Dead show up with hardly anytime to spare, just like alway
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Eden Maguire graduated from Birmingham University with a PhD in English Lit and now lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her two daughters, her horse, Merlin, plus a dog and a cat.

She spends part of each year at a ranch in Colorado, where she rides alone in the mountains – her idea of perfect happiness.

Whenever she can, she loves to indulge her passion for travel and take in the world's major citie
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Beautiful Dead (4 books)
  • Jonas (Beautiful Dead, #1)
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“Before me, before us—did you ever—were you ever in love?’
He paused for a while then shrugged. ‘I thought I was a couple of times at my last school—the usual crushes.’
‘Yeah, I really don’t want to hear it,’ I said, backtracking like crazy. ‘You’re going to tell me they were blond and beautiful size zeros.”
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