Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is #1) by Marlene Perez

Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is, #1)

204 pages
September 1st 2008
by Harcourt Paperbacks


Everyone in the Giordano family is psychic—except for Daisy. When her mother, who uses her power to solve crimes, enlists Daisy’s older sister to investigate a teenage girl’s mysterious death, Daisy feels utterly useless. But she takes matters into her own hands when she learns the victim has lots of company — teenage girls are being attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy is a junior. And when she discovers a vampire may be the culprit, Daisy suspects head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” She looks a little . . . well, dead.
Is looking dead just another fashion trend for pretty, popular Samantha, or is there something more sinister afoot? Daisy will stop at nothing to find out — she even joins the cheerleading squad. And with a little sleuthing help from Ryan, an old friend (who may be turning into something more), Daisy not only reveals the identity of the vamp, she also discovers powers that she never knew she had.


I have had this on my to be read shelf forever and I am not sure why I haven’t picked it up to read before now.  I actually got this book on audio from my library so that I would have something to listen to while taking my kids back and forth to school.  I absolutely loved it!  It has so many great elements to it that it hooked me right from the very beginning. 

At first it starts out as a normal book about highschool students and this girl whose mom is  a physic who helps solve cases for the local police.  The girl’s name is Daisy and she is crushing on a boy who has been her friend since they were kids and he just happens to be one of the hottest guys in school.  Ok, so it sounded like a chick-lit book at first except that her mom isn’t the only one with physic abilities and then the town of Nightshade happens to be more than just a normal little town.  There is a murder and a strange illness sweeping the highschool cheerleading squad.  So Daisy enlists the help of the guy she likes to help her get to the bottom of what is happening to the cheerleaders. 

The book has a mystery, super natural elements and a romance in the back ground what more could you possible ask for in a book.  I am not a big fan of mystery but this book is not just about who is causing the problem with the cheer squad.  That is just one aspect of the book.  I love the relationship between Daisy and her sisters.  I also like the way the author introduces her old friend as a possible suspect to help mend their relationship.  This book was just a very fun and quick read and I cant wait to read the next book in the series.



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