Blog Post 12: “Dead Is” Series

It’s another new year, and this book nerd is back once again to provide you with book reviews from various authors and genres. Today’s review is about a certain book series that holds a very special place in my heart. It is the Dead Is series by Marlene Perez, which fits perfectly into the young adult, fiction, and mystery/suspense genres. There are eight primary works in this series, the first five: Dead Is The New Black (Dead Is #1), Dead Is A State of Mind (Dead Is #2), Dead Is So Last Year (Dead Is #3), Dead Is Just a Rumor (Dead Is #4), and Dead Is Not an Option (Dead Is #5). All of which revolve around Daisy Giordano the youngest of three sisters who all develop psychic abilities. Throughout these first few books Daisy, her sisters, and friends all solve mysteries around their small California town. From anything to vampire cheerleaders, creepy fortunetellers, werewolves, doppelgängers, and an all out paranormal gang war. All while navigating the turbulent waters of being a teenager, and everything included such as friendships, that first relationship and family drama.

The last three in this eight book series are: Dead Is A Battlefield (Dead Is #6), Dead Is A Killer Tune (Dead Is #7), and Dead Is Just A Dream (Dead Is #8). These three are sort of a spin-off series, where Daisy is no longer the main focus. Rather Jessica Walsh younger sister to one of Daisy’s friends is in the spotlight. In this part of the series Jessica learns that she is a Virago, a female warrior enlisted to protect the members of the town from any danger. These three books explore the strain it means to be a Virago while still discovering what being a teenager is all about. Jessica is now the main detective solving the mysteries of love-sick zombies, a weird hypnotizing band, and even creepy clowns and deadly paintings. She isn’t too keen on her new warrior status, but if she wants to protect her town and the ones she loves, then she better learn fast.

As mentioned above this series holds a very special place in my heart for a very unique reason. I believe my viewers know that I am totally blind which places my book reviews in a bit of a different light. What some of you might not know is that I lost my sight later on in life, around my 15th birthday to be exact. The funny thing about all of this is that I used to absolutely 100% hate reading! Because I still didn’t have perfect vision my eyes would get really bad eye strain while reading. However, after losing my sight I felt like I no longer had any hobbies or interests because my previous ones were so visual, like drawing for example. I felt really lost on what to do for fun and entertainment, but my Auntie gave me her kindle device to try, and before I knew it, I fell in love with books!

The Dead Is series was the first series I ever read after losing my sight, and quickly becoming captivated with reading and specifically this series began my everlasting, constant love of books. So that is why this series is so special to me, and I hope you all can fall in love with and enjoy it as much as I do!

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