Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is #1)

Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is #1)
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12+
Release Date
September 01, 2008
ISBN
978-0152064082
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Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the pyschic 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!Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha appears a little . . . well, dead, and all the most popular kids at school are copying her style.Is looking dead just another fashion trend for Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad.

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A Great Beach Read
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DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK is pure fun. It joins all of the other books in the werewolf/vampire category that Twilight has inspired. Marlene Perez's first book in this series is a welcome, frothy addition.

Daisy Giordano is the youngest in a series of psychics that live in the distinctly supernatural town of Nightshade, California. When the cheerleaders begin showing up in goth gear and teenage girls start dying, Daisy teams up with her new boyfriend (who happens to be the son of the chief of police) to figure out what is happening.

DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK is unpredictable; I had no idea who was committing the crimes and made several false guesses as I read. I was also a huge fan of the character of Daisy. She is a cool teenager who loves to cook and spend time with her family. She is also able to straddle different levels of high school hierarchy realistically. Daisy is a role model worth sharing with the adolescents in your life.
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Daisy is a cool, relatable character.
Perez captures high school life realistically.
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Cute YA Series
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The cover is what caught my eye on the shelf, and the story is what kept me reading. I work in the library at an elementary school and the kids kept asking me what was good, so I have been trying out a few of the books that way I can give them a few pointers. I will definitely be recommending this one to the girls when they ask for something good.
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