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Dead Is a Battlefield Paperback – March 6, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
Book 6 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: HL580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dead Is (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547607342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547607344
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is either the fourth or the fifth book in this series and at this point the author has abandoned Daisy in favor of a new boy-obsessed high school girl with magical powers and an inability to stay out of trouble. Rather than go the psychic route, this heroine has a tattoo that makes her into a woman warrior - kind of like Buffy but with comrades.

The characters seem less interchangeable than other books. I actually remember Circe Silvertongue from previous installments. The rock band singer and the best friend being manipulated by a weird boy named Edgar seem more interesting than the usual fare that I've come to expect from the series. Of course, the lightness of the series does become glaring when references are made to previous installments and I only vaguely remember actually reading them.

One of the most irritating aspects of this book is the fact that the narrator seems to be very stupid when it comes to solving mysteries. Since the haunted jukebox is no longer a thing, the poor lead singer gets stuck throwing most of the clues her way. However, she also has a tattoo that pulses and vibrates or whatever whenever there is danger near. Throughout the book she keeps getting bothered by that tattoo but every time she should make an important connection, she just assumes that she had a false alarm. This makes for a very annoying last third of the book when the answers to the mysteries are painfully obvious and yet the heroine can't seem to figure them out.

Still, these are books with meager ambitions and they aren't setting out to be great murder mysteries or meditations on the world. This book sets out to provide an entertaining afternoon or two and in that endeavor it succeeds.
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Ready for a new character on the Nightshade scene? Author Marlene Perez delivers a humorous, exciting book once again. The reader is introduced to Jessica, a seemingly normal teenage girl. Jessica notices a creeping tattoo(ish) image on her arm, she isn't quite sure what it is and if she should be worried. When she meets with Flo and a few other girls, not by choice, she discovers that she is a Virago. A Virago is a female warrior who is called upon to help when there is evil afoot. Jessica isn't quite sure about the source of evil, but it is undeniable that there is something off, once again, in Nightshade.

Jessica's character was easy to like. She was very easy to relate to as well, comes off as a clever, brave, and somewhat sassy teenager. The secondary characters are fun to get to know, particularly the love interest. There is a subplot concerning Jessica's growing relationship with Dominic, the reader will be able to look forward to the chance of some romance incorporated in the plot with the mystery and action. There will be at least one facet of the plot for every reader.

The events were fast-paced, the author always handles the events in an orderly, detailed, and exciting manner. There are several unexpected scenes and discoveries that will keep the reader guessing. This book was very hard to put down, many readers will finish within a day or two of picking the book up. This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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I got this book because I thought it was part of Perez's "Dead Is...." series, which I really like a lot. The first one was "Dead Is the New Black" and surrounded the Giordano sisters, each one named for a flower and each one with a paranormal skill they use to fight local crimes. The Giordano sisters are only mentioned as peripheral characters, which is a shame because this main character isn't nearly so interesting.

Jessica isn't having a great freshman year. Somehow, a moving tattoo mysteriously appears on her arm-and she sees the same tattoo on some other shady girls around town. Jessica discovers that the tattoo is the mark of the Virrago, a mythical female warrior dedicated to fighting evil. Except the tattoo must have be wrong because Jessica is no warrior. She puts in half-hearted attempts to fight evil while flirting and generally doing inane selfish thinking. This is not a female character you can sink your teeth into.

I think that was my biggest problem with this book. Jessica just seems to trip through the pages , kind of like the whole thing is one big accident. An irritating girl and not very likable. The plot was also forgettable but does lay the steps for another in the series--an invitation that I will not be joining.

This seemed to be the second or third in this series and there were lots of thing I felt like I should know but didn't. I searched around for some others that preceded this one but couldn't clearly find any. The whole thing just confused me. Authors, please, when you start a new series, change the name.
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In a city where the paranormal is the norm, Jess learns she's a part of an ancient line of warrior women, and Nightshade High's newest freshman is finding life is all about the fight. From her best friend's suddenly lovesick fiend routine, to the strange romantic rock star triangle between herself, a beautiful sorceress. Jessica Walsh is going to have to battle it out for what she wants and the ones she loves, along with saving the city from a zombie invasion.

Marlene Perez's Dead Is Series continues with a fresh face and new take on Nightshade. These are not complex thought provoking books, but they never fail to be fun, and full of mystery and a little romance. The lighthearted quirky nature of the books keep them from being boring or unappealing for older readers, but they do show talent and makes me wonder how great a more complicated story would be in Perez's hands.

Perez takes simple story lines and surrounds them with interesting characters and ideas set in a fun captivating world. The Dead Is Series is a light and refreshing palette cleanser, that fells like a tasty satisfying snack between heavier more complicated books. If you're looking for a quick escape any Dead Is book will do the trick.
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