Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Review: Dead Is the New Black by Marlene Perez



Author: Marlene Perez
Pages: 208 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: September 1st, 2008
Recieved From: my school bookfair
Status: Dead Is #1, Paperback

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the pyschic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom-shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!

Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha appears a little . . . well, dead, and all the most popular kids at school are copying her style.

Is looking dead just another fashion trend for Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad.


Dead Is the New Black is one of my favourite series of all time! It's not super long, it's not super gritty, and it's not too overly romatic, but what makes Dead Is the New Black a good book is that it's charming, it's sweet, it's got a good sense of humor, it's mysterious, and it's easy and enjoyable read!

The Dead Is the New Black series is about sixteen year old Daisy Giordano, a seemingly normal girl who lives in the town of Nightshade, California with her psychic mother and siblings, and drop dead gorgeous best friend. When 'it' girl Sam comes back from break dressed in black, things in Nightshade starts to get weirder and mysterious than ever, and it's up to Daisy to figure it all out.

Daisy is an awesome character, because she's very down to earth and normal. She's awkward, self-conscience, but she's got spunk and knows how to make a mean tirimisu (sorry if that isn't spelled right my Italian friends). When Nighshade's shady secrets start to unravel around her, she becomes a super sleuth and decides to go undercover. She's smart, she's witty, and in the end, she stays true to who she is.

This book is good for anyone who wants to get started in the YA paranormal genre. I got this book back in the seventh grade, and I've been reading it ever since!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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