Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez

Daisy is the only "norm" in a family filled with paranormal powers. Her mom is psychic, one sister telekinetic, and the other can read minds. So naturally, when her mom starts working on a new case involving a dead teenage girl, it is not Daisy she recruits to help her. Not only does this irritate the fire out of Daisy, but it also prompts her to begin investigating on her own.

Dead is the New Black is a really fun new paranormal mystery series set in the town of Nightshade. The town name alone clues you in that this is anything but a normal place to live.

"I faced [name removed to prevent spoilers] and squared my shoulders. She wasn't going to get away with this, not without a fight anyway. She was a soul-sucking vampire and I was a sixteen-year-old cheerleader, but I was damned if she was going to suck the life out of all my friends. High school was hard enough."

Daisy is a really likable heroine. Her strained relationship with her ex-best friend alone makes it a worthwhile read. Add in a cute boy, funny writing, and the paranormal murder and you've got a winner. This book is also so clean it squeaks. But the writing is strong enough that it will appeal to older girls as well as younger. Which is quite a feat in itself. I laughed out loud more than once and will definitely read the sequels.


Jenn H. said...

This book is so fun! Just finished the sequel: Good, but not as good as the first. Can't wait for the third...

Darby Trimble said...

Okay. I have a question:

I just finished the 3rd book to this series and my friend said she was gonna write 2 more. Is that true?

please email me at