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Dead Is the New Black Paperback – September 1, 2008
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2011 Popular Paperbacks Titles Award
An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
"Fans who mourn the loss of TV's Veronica Mars are in for a treat as 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"Witty and humorous . . . provides romance, mystery, friendship, adventure, and the supernatural all rolled up in a fast-paced, plot-twisting story."—School Library Journal"Starts off with a sweet bang—lots of plot lines are set in place, and the characters are well drawn and a bit off the beaten track."—VOYA, (4Q4P) paperback series roundup
Top Customer Reviews
As a result, Daisy feels left out in her family at the best of times as the only "norm," but when her mother, who uses her powers to help the local police chief, asks Rose to assist her in figuring out who murdered a local cheerleader, it's the last straw. Daisy may not have psychic powers, but the crime happened to one of her fellow students at Nightshade High School, where Daisy is a junior and Poppy a senior, and she's determined to do something about it. Whoever--or whatever--killed the cheerleader is starting to harm other cheerleaders, and at the top of Daisy's list of suspects is her ex-friend and current enemy, the gorgeous head-cheerleader, Samantha. Sam has returned to school this fall looking and dressing like a vampire, and Daisy thinks Sam might actually be one. With the help of her long-time best friend Ryan, Daisy sets out to solve the case while trying not to get distracted by her uncomfortably non-platonic feelings for Ryan, who has recently morphed into an amazingly hot guy.
I loved this book! It's a fun read, and a fast one--especially since I couldn't put it down once I started it.Read more ›
School is not much better. Her former best friend Samantha, the "it girl" and star cheerleader of Nightshade High, has returned from summer vacation sporting the "walking dead" look complete with the mini casket on wheels she drags behind her. When Daisy is encouraged to join the cheerleading squad, she wonders what complete humiliation Samantha has in store for her this time.
Daisy's mom, being psychic, works with the town police chief on tough cases. When her mom seems stumped on a case involving the mysterious death of a teenage girl, Daisy is determined to help her. It doesn't hurt that the police chief's son just happens to be her best friend and the cutest guy at Nightshade High. But when the girl's body mysteriously disappears from the morgue and the girl herself makes a surprise appearance at Daisy's first pep rally as a cheerleader, things get really interesting.
Marlene Perez has done a fabulous job of creating the town of Nightshade, California where nothing is as it seems and no one is who they seem to be. (Cue Twilight Zone theme here). Daisy is instantly likable and everyone can relate to the angst that is the teenage years and struggling to find your place in the world, even if Daisy's world is a touch more supernatural than most. The plot twisted, turned and kept me guessing right up until the very end.Read more ›
The upshot is that you get a supernatural action/mystery that's held together by a pretty grounded and relatable main character. That's a nice combo and it seems like it would be very appealing for an ambitious middle grade or young YA reader. The writing is solid and the book is well crafted. There are a few sharp lines and observations, although the overall vibe is pretty mellow. A nice find.
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I have read this book a million times and every other books in this series and I still love it. I love all the books by Marlene Perez and there is no book series I like better than... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Wow totally worth it, not only was it new but also still in plastic packaging and came in a decent time. Excited to read.Published 8 months ago by rachael
This book caught me the moment I started reading it. I don't usually go for this kind of story but it was really good.Published 9 months ago by chelsey
I enjoyed this book. After reading some of the other reviews, I feel that some of them are a bit harsh, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joanne Merrill
I deleted from my Kindle. I just don't care for this kind of a book. I'm not sure why I even purchased it.Published 11 months ago by sherrybob
This is like the more chic version of all your supernatural stuffs. If only I can be a member of a psychic family as well...that would be really cool. Read morePublished 14 months ago by betty_weller13
bought this book for my daughter to complete her collection, was so happy to be able to find this book for herPublished 14 months ago by Kimberly Haines
OMG I love this book. I've read it like thousand Times!!!! The whole series is awesome. I was way sad when I finished the series.Published 15 months ago by Jessica