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review: “dead is so last year” June 14, 2009

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Dead is So Last Year by Marlene Perez.
Graphia // Paperback // 208 pages.
Reviewed from library copy.

Daisy Giordano is back for a third installment in the “Dead Is” series and the supernatural is once again creeping around the town of Nightshade. Werewolves in puberty, sugar-craving community members, and a brand-new job are more than enough to keep Daisy busy…until Daisy starts seeing her father wandering around again, years after he mysteriously disappeared. Can Daisy, her sisters, and her boyfriend manage to find out about the new threat plaguing Nightshade before it’s too late?

First of all, I have to say that I really love most of these characters, particularly the supporting characters in Daisy’s life. Flo and Slim, co-workers of Daisy’s, are my two favorites and they lighten every scene that they’re in. That being said, Daisy is still my least favorite character; insecure and under-developed. Two more books are already under contract and on their way and I can only hope that Daisy will start to grow with these next few books.

Perez’s writing style is clean and witty, the mystery is quick and clues are available for those that are looking for them (I figured out the new supernaturals before the reveal). While “Dead is So Last Year” is not the best book in the series, it’s still a worthwhile read. I’m looking forward to the next book especially after the cliff-hanger ending of this one. Unfortunately, it’s a long wait. The next book in the series won’t be out until the fall of 2010.

The cover works well and this will be an easy sell for teen girls looking for a light supernatural read.

SWAN catalog
Marlene Perez




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