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Friday, May 27, 2011

Dead Is... series Books 3-5 by Marlene Perez

Dead is So Last Year by Marlene Perez
"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."

Dead is Just a Rumor by Marlene Perez
"As the creepy little town of Nightshade prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary—on Halloween, of course—many of its paranormal residents are receiving mysterious blackmail letters. Psychic teen Daisy Giordano and her sisters set out to find out who is behind the threats. But launching an investigation isn’t easy for Daisy with her overprotective father watching her every move. Though she’s is happy to have him back after the years he spent being held captive by an anti-paranormal group called the Scourge, Dad is having difficult time adjusting to home life—and the fact that his little girl is now a senior in high school. He even disapproves of Daisy’s boyfriend, Ryan. Can their relationship take the strain?

And Daisy’s got even more on her plate: A talented amateur chef, she has won cooking lessons with celebrity chef Circe Silvertongue. After nosing around (with a little help from Circe’s pet pig), Daisy begins to suspect the temperamental chef’s secrets aren’t only in her ingredients. . . ."

Dead is Not an Option by Marlene Perez
"It’s springtime of senior year, and psychic sleuth Daisy Giordano is preparing to say goodbye to Nightshade High. But no college acceptance letters have arrived yet, and she’s beginning to worry about where she’ll end up come fall—and if it will be anywhere near her boyfriend, Ryan. But that’s not the only uncertainty Daisy’s dealing with. There’s a vamps-versus-shifters war going on in Nightshade, and things are so tense that there is talk of canceling the prom. The conflict is carrying over to the Giordano home, since Rose and Daisy are both dating werewolves and Poppy’s new boyfriend is a vampire.

Can the paranormal community in Nightshade finally find peace? And will Daisy and her friends survive graduation?"- all summaries from Amazon

I absolutely love these books. They're fun, quick, paranormal reads that are just really interesting. I enjoy how Perez crafts this world and includes so many different paranormal creatures. The stories as well as the characters are really engaging.

Daisy is a wonderful character and I love her romance with Ryan. She's a great sleuth and following along on her mysteries is a lot of fun. All the other characters are great too and it's just a good time coming back into the town of Nightshade with every book.

I don't really know what else to say about these books. I know it's a short review, but if you're looking for some funny, quick paranormal reads, these are for you.

FTC: Received 3rd book from publisher, 4th book from BEA, and 5th book from NetGalley. Links above are Amazon Associate links; any profit goes toward funding contests.

1 comment:

  1. I totally love these books! They have a great voice and are fun to read! I do know a couple teens who also got 'hooked' on these too! A great summer read!