My Reading Brain

Dead Is the New Black

By: Marlene Perez
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Series: Dead Is (#1)
Summary: Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic 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.


Review: During my high school years, I used to enjoy this series. My nostalgic self reads books I used to read while I was in high school. It seems like I should regret my decision.

The book is very predictable, and it lacks details and description. The plot moves quickly, and characters change their minds with brief discussion. It would have been nice to know why the main character changed their opinion about cheerleading.

The author didn’t even try to establish a background for the world. It’s just normal to have werewolves, vampires, witches, and psychics there.One good thing about this book is that it is short. There is a lack of detail in the Dead Is series. Even though the series is categorized as Supernatural/Mystery, it did not have enough mystery.

Overall, it’s not a bad read. As a reader myself, I am guilty of rereading the books repeatedly if I like them. Just be aware it lacks conflict and its main character deals with self-pity a lot. Most of the time.