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Dead is a Killer Tune Paperback – September 4, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
Book 7 of 8 in the Dead Is Series

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Praise for the Dead Is series

"[Perez] delivers a wise-cracking, boy-lusting, determined sleuth of a high school protagonist . . . this quick, lighter-than-air spoof of the undead, cheerleaders and popularity is pure pleasure."—Publishers Weekly

"A fun ride from start to finish. Perez's smart and sassy style soars."—Mary E. Pearson, author of the Jenna Fox Chronicles

"[A] quick, lively romp. . . . Teens looking for a breezy read will find plenty to like here."—Booklist

"This super supernatural murder mystery is sassy, romantic, and spooky-fun!"—Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize

"Light romance and a paranormal plot are more tongue-in-cheek than scary, making this series a good introduction to the genre for younger readers."—Booklist

"Breezy style and comic-book plot. . . . Fun."—Kirkus

About the Author

Marlene Perez is the author of eight books in the Dead Is Series, including Dead Is The New Black, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She lives in Orange County, California. Visit her website at www.marleneperez.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dead Is (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547608349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547608341
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARLENE PEREZ is the author of many books, including the Dead Is series, The Comeback, Love in the Corner Pocket, and Unexpected Development, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She lives in Orange County, California. www.marleneperez.com

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Jessica Walsh is trying to juggle her busy life as a high school freshman, responsible big sister, and the newest member of warrior women known as Virago. So Nightshade's first annual Battle of the Bands should be a welcome distraction, as the competition heats up, band members are going down. Jessica and her friends are going to have figure out what's going on before the threat consumes the city.

Marlene Perez has written another fun read. While I was disappointed at first when Daisy's leading lady status ended, I actually like Jessica's character more. A lot of books skim over a lead's role in their family but Perez makes her character's home life and family an important feature in every book of this series. The romance takes an interesting turn as well, throwing a few challenges in Jess's way for a happy heart. I can't say I didn't see the bad guy from a hundred pages away, but Dead Is never an unexpected whodunit. Regardless I still really enjoyed the mystery that was tailor made to fit Jessica.

Dead Is A Killer Tune is a killer read, great for a fun quick escape.
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Jessica continues to deal with the typical trials of high school, in addition to being a virago, a female warrior, protecting her hometown of Nightshade. When a Battle of the Bands brings a band named Hamlin to town, odd things begin to happen. The fans seem to become rabid, people start doing strange things they cannot remember doing, and members of rival bands start to go missing or get hurt. Clearly, treachery is afoot, and Jessica is determined to do something to stop it.

Having recently read the previous book in the "Dead is" series, I was eager to read the next book. I ended up having very mixed feelings. First, I liked seeing more of Jessica's character, and learning more about her family specifically. It made me feel a bit more connected to her, and more interested in her story. And in terms of the overall storyline of the book, the plot was solid enough. I actually liked the whole concept of it.

These books work very well as standalone stories. A reader can jump in at any point, take that book for face value, and have a great little story. However, since I had just read the previous book, I did think there would be more flow from that story to this one, yet I found it lacking. It seemed like there were gaps where the previous story ended and this one began. I felt like I had missed an entire book between the two, particularly when it came to Jessica's relationship with Dominic. I found that a bit distracting. Similarly, it seems like all of the characters have some kind of angle. Either they are some supernatural creature, or they are part of something sinister. It makes it hard to really connect with characters when they can all be boiled down to belonging to some category of supernatural beings.
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i bought this because my library didn't carry this book and my daughter wanted it. received quickly and a good read.
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Happy with the books! These books are great for the preteen that loves to read. I as a parent started to read the books with my daughter.
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Granddaughter loved it. Will order more of this series. It got here on time and was well packaged. No complaints
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FAVORITE SERIES EVER. Got hooked on them right away and I thought the series ended! I guess not! 3 more to read! Yay!(:
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Another story in the series Dead is about Virago warrior women (teen girls) fighting Vampires and Werewolves. Good stand alone book, liked it better than the first Dead is a Battlefield. Dead Is a Battlefield My fourteen year old son said what is there not to like monsters and girls kicking butt.
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It took me a month to get through this book. Normally it would take me a day or two. I'm not 100% sure if this is because since I started this series back in 2008 my taste and expectations have changed (It tends to happen when you read over 100 books a year), or because this one was much slower than the others. Either way I didn't like this book as much as the others. I found that the characters were focused more on being polite and up standing citizens compared to the actual on goings. Although this is a nice idea its not very realistic and takes away from the story. At the same time there were a lot of little side thoughts (I was going to ask them, but thought better of it, or hmm...that sounded familiar but I didn't have enough time to think about) I don't know if you get what I mean from that but I hope so. There were also moments when some things just didn't make sense. A character in the novel states that the last thing she remembered was an estate sale, yet the next sentence she says she can't perform because she doesn't sound good anymore. My observation is that she became a good singer after the estate sale not to mention she joined a band after the estate sale and join the competition after the estate sale...so how did she remember all this is she didn't remember anything after the estate sale and there were no mentions of someone explaining things to her. A lot of little things like that that perhaps only an observant reader would noticed really got to me and took away from the story line. Then I have to say that the story line was...busy. There seemed to be a lot happening and I sort of got the feeling of the book being a mystery. I know that sounds dumb because it is right...Read more ›
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