Mini-Review: Dead Is…

Dead is the New BlackDead is the New Black and Dead is a State of Mind
by Marlene Perez

Cute, light, easy-on-the-brain supernatural books.  Daisy is a “norm” in a family of psychics.  Her father was also a norm but he disappeared and no one is sure if he’s dead of alive.  Daisy believes he abandoned them but the rest of her family still holds out hope that he’s going to return.  Daisy has a best friend named Ryan on whom she has an unrequited crush and an ex-best friend named Samantha who is a cheerleader and one of the most popular girls in school.

In Dead is the New Black, girls (including several members of the cheerleading squad) are collapsing with unexplained illness, some are even dying.  Daisy decides she wants to solve the mystery, with or without any kind of psychic ability, and she’s so desperate to find out the truth she’s even willing to become a cheerleader.

Dead is a State of MindDead is a State of Mind picks up several months after the end of the first book.  Nightshade High has a new student, handsome Duke Sherrad, and he has his eyes on Daisy.  Daisy’s not interested but her avoidance of Duke is hampered by the fact that Ryan is avoiding her and hanging out with an unknown, gorgeous woman.  On top of that, Daisy’s sister Poppy is dating a ghost and a teacher at her school is found dead with what look like animal claw marks on his skin.

If you’re looking for a quick, fun read, then check these out.  There are definitely plot holes, some things that are overlooked, some things that fall into place a bit too easily, but as long as you go in without super high expectations, you’ll definitely enjoy the ride.

Still to read in the series: Dead is So Last Year


About Casey

I am a librarian who loves all things reading, especially teen literature.
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