Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dead is a State of Mind

Dead is a State of Mind
Release Date: January 1,2009
Publisher: Harcourt
Pages: Paperback (175 pgs)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Dead is #2
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Author Website: http://www.marleneperez.com/
Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)

Description: 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 shes 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 teachers 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!

Review: In Dead is the New Black ends with everything being well in Nightshade. Daisy got the guy, who happens to be Ryan. Daisy and Samantha happen to become friends again. 

In Dead is a State of Mind a mysterious new student Duke comes to Nightshade. Duke is around Daisy as much as he can. Goes to the same places she does to be around her. Its a cute little love triangle because her boyfriend Ryan is not happy about it. 

In the midst of a new student in school, Ryan is acting really strange towards Daisy and Prom is just around the corner. She doesn't know if Ryan is going to ask her. Turns out that Ryan has a secret, but hes not sure if he can tell Daisy.

A teacher dies and Daisy is on the case again. She enlists her two sisters to help solve this case. I love the relationship Daisy has with them. I always wanted an older sister, and I just imagine that this is how it would be with them. The banter they have, borrowing of the clothes, and the bond that they share regardless of their differences. 

I feel for Daisy because she can be insecure at times, and I can relate to that. But in the end it seems to work itself out, and Daisy is reassured that everything is ok, and should have nothing to worry about. Daisy is a lot stronger then she thinks, and can handle anything that comes her way. 

Reading Order
Dead is the New Black
Dead is a State of Mind
Dead is so Last Year
Dead is Just a Rumor
Dead is Not an Option

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