Saturday, August 01, 2009

Werewolves and vampires and psychics...oh my!

Even though I usually complain about the sheer quantity of vampire books I am forced to read, I am utterly tickled by Marlene Perez's Daisy Giordano series: Dead is the New Black, Dead is a State of Mind, and the latest, Dead is So Last Year. Daisy is a psychic living in Nightshade, a town with many paranormal citizens. Her mother works on cases with the police department; Daisy gets a job at Slim's, a diner run by an invisible man. When Daisy thinks she sees her father, who vanished under mysterious circumstances, she uncovers a plot to destroy Nightshade.

I liked Daisy. The juxtaposition between the paranormal activities and the mundane world of an older teenager amused me greatly. The writing is effortless and engaging, something I've been missing in YA books this summer. Fluffy? A bit. Fun? You bet. Just what I needed to get me out of my summer reading doldrums. I hope that another volume will be out soon!


  1. Thanks for the info about these two books. I've been considering buying them for my classroom but wasn't sure if they were any good. Guess I'll pick them up next time I see them.

  2. Thanks for reminding me of this series. I read the first one at the beginning of the summer, and it tickled me, too! I must get on with the series soon.