Synopses & Reviews
A creepy, campy new mystery series
Welcome to Nightshade, Californiaand#8212;a small town full of secrets. Itand#8217;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!
Thereand#8217;s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though sheand#8217;s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Dukeand#8217;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 teacherand#8217;s 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!
Praise for the Dead Is series
"[Perez] delivers a wise-cracking, boy-lusting, determined sleuth of a high school protagonist . . . this quick, lighter-than-air spoof of the undead, cheerleaders and popularity is pure pleasure."—Publishers Weekly
"A fun ride from start to finish. Perez's smart and sassy style soars."—Mary E. Pearson, author of the Jenna Fox Chronicles
"[A] quick, lively romp. . . . Teens looking for a breezy read will find plenty to like here."—Booklist
"This super supernatural murder mystery is sassy, romantic, and spooky-fun!"—Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize
"Light romance and a paranormal plot are more tongue-in-cheek than scary, making this series a good introduction to the genre for younger readers."—Booklist
"Breezy style and comic-book plot. . . . Fun."—Kirkus
"Hot on the heels of Dead Is the New Black (2008) comes another quick, lively romp through Nightshade USA, where a variety of preternaturals, paranormals, and regular folks coexist in continually tenuous accord. Caught somewhere between them all is Daisy Giordano, equal parts psychic, amateur detective, and teenage girl. Romance and murder are again high on Daisys list of priorities. New boyfriend Ryan is acting truly bizarre. Is he in love with her, or isnt he? Will he ask her to the prom? Then theres the strange death of a local high-school teacher. Did a werewolf do the deed? Add to that two new classmates: hottie Elise Wilder, who seems to have her eye on Ryan, and handsome fortune-teller Duke Sherrad, who wants Daisy for himself. Teens looking for a breezy read will find plenty to like here." Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist Online
Praise for Croak
"Go ahead and die laughing, knowing that the safe transport of your mortal soul will be the summer job of a sweetheart teen with godlike power and discipline problems. A lot of books make me wish I could live within their pages, but I wouldn't mind dying in this one."
—Adam Rex, author of Fat Vampire
"Creepy and hilarious."
—VOYA, 4Q, 5P
Praise for Scorch
"An amusing blend of whimsy and humor with serious drama and blood."
"Characters are always as clever as we wish we were. . . . An irresistible blend of impending doom, irreverent humor, hormone-fueled make-out sessions, and creative world-building make this sequel stronger than its predecessor and will leave readers dying for the next book."
—School Library Journal
Praise for Rogue
"A gut-wrenching, laugh-out-loud, gritty, honest and brave ending to an appealing trilogy."
"Once again, Perez offers up a clever mix of reality—senioritis, high-school graduation events, part-time jobs, and young love—and paranormal elements. . . . Although familiarity with the other four books in the series will certainly give readers an advantage here, newcomers to Nightshade High will have few problems following the sometimes tense, often humorous plotlines."--Booklist
"For the reader who enjoys a well written mystery with good guys and bad guys who happen to be supernatural beings, this one is a winner. . . . This title will be a favorite for those already a fan of the Dead Is series or someone reading Marlene Perez's work for the first time. Once you start reading, you will be hooked on Daisy and the town of Nightshade."--VOYA (5Q, 4P)
"Psychic Daisy is a character that every reader will love. . . . Filled with twists and turns, any tween through teenager will enjoy reading this book. But, don't be surprised if you can't put it down until you're done with it!"--Romantic Times
Praise for other Dead Is books: "[Perez] delivers a wise-cracking, boy-lusting, determined sleuth of a high school protagonist . . . this quick, lighter-than-air spoof of the undead, cheerleaders and popularity is pure pleasure."--Publishers Weekly "A hit . . . grabbed me with the first page and didn't let go."--Julie Kenner, author of The Good Ghoul's Guide to Getting Even "A fun ride from start to finish. Perez's smart and sassy style soars."--Mary E. Pearson, author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox "[A] quick, lively romp. . . . Teens looking for a breezy read will find plenty to like here."--Booklist "This super supernatural murder mystery is sassy, romantic, and spooky-fun!"--Cythia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize
Dead Is the New Black is an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
There's a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller. Even though she's 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.
Its 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 shes beginning to worry about where shell end up come fall—and if it will be anywhere near her boyfriend, Ryan. But thats not the only uncertainty Daisys dealing with. Theres 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 Poppys new boyfriend is a vampire.
Can the paranormal community in Nightshade finally find peace? And will Daisy and her friends survive graduation? All of these questions and more are answered in the latest explosive installment in the Dead Is series.
The first five books in this top-selling tween paranormal series, brought together in a boxed set perfect for gift giving
"This super supernatural murder mystery is sassy, romantic, and spooky-fun!"--Cythia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize
Welcome to Nightshade, California—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. They can crack any case! This boxed set contains the series first five books: Dead Is the New Black, Dead Is a State of Mind, Dead Is So Last Year, Dead Is Just a Rumor, and Dead Is Not an Option. Its a boxful of paranormal antics served with a hearty dose of humor.
Teenage delinquent Lex's parents ship her off to her uncle's house for the summer, where she discovers a surprising family business as a grim reaper and gets caught up in a mystery in the first installment of a morbidly hilarious new series.
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lexs parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Morts true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. Hes a Grim Reaper. And hes going to teach Lex the family business.
She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex cant stop her desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?
In the latest from the popular Dead Is series, newcomer Jessica tries to navigate high school normally, but when a group of lovesick girls gets violent, will Jessica have what it takes to protect her town?
Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forget
about the tragic events surrounding her brothers graduation. She wants to have a normal
high school experience. But thats easier said than done in Nightshade.
Theres a new guy at school who seems to be turning the girls into lovesick zombies.
And Jessica has other worries—like her crush on a cute but moody lead singer,
and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day that lets her know whenever
there is trouble brewing. Jessica learns shes a Virago, a woman warrior chosen to
fight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really have
what it takes to keep Nightshade safe?
In the seventh installment of the popular Dead Is series, Jessica and the other viragos must find who is responsible for the haunting music that is compelling Nightshade residents to commit crimes. Can they find out who is "behind the music" before its too late?
High school freshman Jessica Walsh is a Virago—a woman warrior who must protect her hometown from danger. And in Nightshade, California, trouble is always lurking. At the towns Battle of the Bands, Jesss boyfriend, Dominic, and his band, Side Effects May Vary, are up against Hamlin, a band so popular, their fans follow them everywhere. Soon, the competing musicians are doing risky, illegal, and even fatal things—and claiming that they heard strange music that compelled them to do it. Can Jess and her friends track down the tuneful tyrant before its too late?
About the Author
Marlene Perez is the author of Dead Is the New Black, Dead Is a State of Mind, Dead Is So Last Year, Dead Is Just a Rumor, Love in the Corner Pocket, and The Comeback. She lives in Orange County, California.Visit her website at www.marleneperez.com.