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Dead Is a State of Mind Paperback – January 1, 2009
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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
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The story is about Daisy, a high-school girl living in a fictional town called Nightshade. There's a new boy in school, and he makes Daisy feel uneasy, although other girls really like him. The creepy boy tries to get Daisy to go to the prom with him, but she's not interested. Then a popular teacher is murdered and Daisy is on the case. Everyone warns her not to become involved, but she gets into it anyway.
The book is funny and not too scary. It holds a tweens interest from beginning to end and, at least in my daughter's case, she is asking for the next in the series! And frankly, anything that gets a kid reading is good by me! Seriously, there are no cuss words in the book and my daughter read it in a matter of a few hours. That's a real good thing from a mothers point of view.
The first bit of extra weirdness is Duke Sherrad, a new student at Nightshade High. Duke claims to be descended from a long line of gypsy fortune tellers and while Daisy is obviously not one to knock a genuine psychic, something about Duke seems a little odd. Even after a popular teacher is murdered and several students claim Duke predicted his death, Daisy remains skeptical. She could definitely use her boyfriend Ryan's help getting to the bottom of this (he is the police chief's son, after all), but Ryan has been acting very strange lately. And if Duke, a dead teacher and a distant boyfriend weren't enough to stress Daisy out, it seems like her sister Poppy is falling for a ghost who hangs out at the Bone's mortuary. Just another day in Nightshade.
There is so much to like in Marlene Perez's 'Dead Is' series. The dialogue is snappy, the main characters are likable and the villains aren't, the mysteries are intriguing and there's just enough humor and romance to keep things light and fun. Daisy is a heroine any girl can identify with and support. She's not perfect, but she never stops trying to make a difference.
This had all the light, funny, breezy writting and storyline I loved in the first book. I really enjoyed the second adventure of the Giordano sisters. And even though the 'twists' of this one were pretty obvious I didn't really mind. I love the whole town of Nightshade, with all its weird residents and creatures.
It's all real fun to read about Daisy and her sisters. I am a big fan of Poppy myself and her story in this book was heartbreaking. I also enjoyed the progress that Daisy had in her relationship. I am just really glad that there are a lot more books in the series waiting for me to pick them up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this book it caught me just like the first one except it was a little predictable... However again I would recommend to anyone.Published 6 months ago by chelsey
I LOVE THIS SERIES !!!!!! It gets your tension . I love how Rhine and daisy are so close .Published 12 months ago by Lane Warf
A little too juvenile for me
Not my type of book at all. Like more realistic writing and little werewolves.
This book was just amazing. I read it in two days :) it will have you glued all day because its just that goodPublished on March 12, 2014 by Yanileysi Jimenez