Thursday, October 23, 2008

Enchanting Review: Dead Is A State Of Mind

Paranormal mystery
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN# 9780152062101
192 pages
Available—January 2009

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Daisy Giordano has just learned she’s not a norm after all. She does have psychic abilities. While she tries them out, more things happen in her town. But this is Nightshade, where out of the ordinary is normal.

A new hottie shows up at Nightshade High. Duke Sherrad claims he’s descended from a long line of gypsies. He also claims he can do fortune-telling. Even though Daisy is from a family of psychics, she is skeptical. Then a teacher is found dead after one of his predictions. Daisy wonders if maybe Duke is the real deal. And then Daisy’s boyfriend Ryan starts acting weird and distances himself right before the prom. Talk about not good timing.

Rumors fly around that the murderer is a werewolf. Can Daisy find out the truth? Or has she finally met her match?

This is the second book in a funny paranormal mystery series. Fans of Perez’s first book won’t be disappointed. Daisy is back, continuing her Veronica Mars like sleuth hunting in a town with vampires and werewolves.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved Daisy’s spunky character and cheered her on.
Who can’t relate with Daisy? Not only is she out to solve a mystery but struggling to make sense of her relationship with Ryan.

I love the whole prophetic jukebox. Perez does a great job setting up the mystery and showing how Daisy finds out more than she bargained for. I can’t wait for the next book DEAD IS SO LAST YEAR. This is a fun, fast-paced series that will keep readers wanting more.

Marlene Perez is the author of Dead is the New Black, Love in the Corner Pocket, and Unexpected Development, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She lives in Orange County, California. Check out more at her website.

October 2008

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