Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dead is a State of Mind/ Dead is so Last Year

Dead is a State of Mind
By Marlene Perez

# of pages: 192
Age range: 12+
Rating: 3.5/5

Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic 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!

There’s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she’s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke’s powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all.Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher’s killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!

I just want to start off saying that these books are soooo cute! They're little and quick reads, with bright fun colored covers, you even forget that the word DEAD is written blatantly across the front.

I'm going to keep my review short because this is a double review so....

Daisy finally has her hot new boyfriend Ryan all to herself, but he seems to be uninterested all of a sudden. As prom slowly approaches Daisy is worried Ryan won't ask her, and maybe that they'll even break up. But amidst her own relationship problems, something even bigger comes up, a death! That's right, one of Nightshade's most beloved teachers was murdered, and all signs point to...Ryan?

This is a teen mystery read that's super quick and fun, so definitely check it out!

Dead is so Last Year
by Marlene Perez
# of pages: 198

Age range: 12+
Rating: 3.5/5

Something very strange starts happening in Nightshade the summer that the eldest Giordano sister, Rose, gets a job working at Dr. Franken's research laboratory. People are starting to see double. Doppelgängers of Nightshade residents are popping up all over town. Daisy, Rose and Poppy think it's a coincidence, until the rumors start that their father, who disappeared several years ago, has been spotted in town.

Meanwhile, Daisy's beau, Ryan is spending all of his time training for football, and like the other guys on the team, he's grown enormous almost overnight. Samantha Devereux's boyfriend's neck has doubled in size since school ended. Could the football players be resorting to extreme measures to win? Between summer jobs, sugar rushes, and beach parties, the Giordano girls get to the bottom of these mysteries and more.

Another cute and quick read, this time memories from Daisy's past resurface when a "Doppelganger" appears as her father. While Daisy and her family deal with their own family issues, the football team begins to grow...and grow...and grow. Could the two mysteries be connected?

The writing is actually pretty good, the book flows quickly, and most ends are tied by the end of each book. This last one leaves room for a fourth installment, but, it could easily be the last book in the series. Guess we'll find out.

I got a tiny bit annoyed with this book because of the whole fake Dad thing, Sorry, you'll have to read the book to know what I mean. It was still good though. Definitely check out this series, and be sure to check out the following if you like these books.

Death by Bikini: Lisa Gerber
Death by Latte: Lisa Gerber
Death by Denim: Lisa Gerber
I'd tell you I Love you but then I'd have to Kill you: Ally Carter
Cross your Heart and Hope to Spy: Ally Carter
Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover: Ally Carter
Generation Dead: Daniel Waters
GhostGirl: Tanya Hurley
Deadly Little Secrets: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Buy the books on amazon (1st) here, (2st) here, (3rd) here

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1 comment:

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I've heard lots good things about these books. I'll have to check them out! Thanks.