Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez


dead is the new black Something’s rotten in the halls of Nighshade High, and to junior sleuth Daisy Giordano, it smells suspiciously like the undead! For Daisy, fighting the powers of darkness is nothing new—after all, her mother works for the police as a psychic investigator, and her big sisters Poppy and Rose employ their abilities of telekinesis and mind-reading respectively whenever mom needs some assistance. The only “normal” in the family is Daisy, who’s determined to show her sibs that she has crime-fighting talents, too—even if they are just your average surveillance-and-stakeout skills. Members of the Nightshade High cheerleading team are suddenly falling prey to a mysterious illness that leaves them wasted and, well, CHEERLESS. Prime suspect is head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who seems to have caught a serious case of O-My-Goth over the summer, trading her pink & green prepster duds and Jansport backpack for black fishnets and a tiny, made to order wheelie coffin. Has Samantha turned into a jealous vampire draining the cheerleaders of their vital peppiness? Or is there a more sinister force at work? To find out, Daisy will have to join the squad and date football hottie (and son of the police chief) Ryan Mendez—all in the name of solving the case, of course. And if she happens to fall in love on the way? Well, that’s just one of the unexpected bonuses of being “dead”icated to your job! This lil’ bit of fuschia-colored fluff was an enormously satisfactory way to wile away a Sunday afternoon, and chock-full of entertaining lines like these: “She was a soul-sucking vampire and I was a sixteen-year-old cheerleader, but I was damned if she was going to suck the life out of my friends. High school is hard enough!” It is indeed, but fun stories like this make infinitely more bearable. Follow the further adventures of Daisy and Co. in Dead Is a State of Mind and Dead is So Last Year.

8 Responses to “Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez”

  1. I’ve loved this cover on the shelf–you’ve convinced me I really do need to read it!!

  2. Jen Hubert says:

    It is a great cover, isn’t it? That’s what finally made me crack the binding as well…thanks for stopping by, Melissa.

  3. nicole says:

    this book is a must-read. i enjoyed reading the advanced readers copy alot.

  4. amber says:

    im reading this book right now and i love it if your readig this you have to read this book it is so good

  5. Michelle says:

    this book was fex-cellent!!! it was like epic…the cover totally caught my eye and made me want to read it!!!

  6. Anisa says:

    I love this entire series!!!!!!!!!! Will there be a sixth book? Because on the back of the fifth book I saw that it said there will be two more books in the series. I reallly really really hope the series continues!

  7. Melonee says:

    what is an external conflict for this book? i need it for a project

  8. Jessica says:

    this novel was amazing! I never read but i read ALL of this one! It is a must read!

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