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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez

Product description:

"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."

This book was such a fun and easy story to get into. I was expecting it to be a lot more fantasy, but I really enjoyed the mystery aspect that pulled me in. It's such a simple story and is definitely predictable... but that doesn't really put a damper on the story. I was expecting more to happen with a few of the story lines, but there's a second book in the series.... so maybe it will be fleshed out a little more in the next one.

I'd recommend this to absolutely any type of reader - especially those "reluctant readers" that need something fast paced and interesting. Here are some other blog reviews: Here, here, and here. And there is an author interview done by Cynthia Leitich Smith here.

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