Monday, July 08, 2013

review: DEAD IS NOT AN OPTION by Marlene Perez

DEAD IS NOT AN OPTION by Marlene Perez
Series: Dead Is #5
HMH: Graphia
Released: May 2, 2011
Source: Star Book Tours
Page Count: 240

Rating: Loved it!

It’s springtime of senior year, and psychic sleuth Daisy Giordano is preparing to say goodbye to Nightshade High. But no college acceptance letters have arrived yet, and she’s beginning to worry about where she’ll end up come fall—and if it will be anywhere near her boyfriend, Ryan. But that’s not the only uncertainty Daisy’s dealing with. There’s a vamps versus shifters war going on in Nightshade, and things are so tense that there is talk of canceling the prom. The conflict is carrying over to the Giordano home, since Rose and Daisy are both dating werewolves and Poppy’s new boyfriend is a vampire.

Daisy’s investigations involve mysterious new folks in town—and some old familiar faces, like her nemesis, celebrity chef/sorceress Circe Silvertongue. Can Daisy convince Circe to free the spirit she trapped in a jukebox long ago, and to change her pet pig, Balthazar, back into the man he once was? Can the paranormal community in Nightshade finally find peace? And will Daisy and her friends survive graduation? All of these questions and more are answered in the explosive final installment in the Dead Is series.

My Review
Dead is Not an Option is, sadly, the last in the Dead Is series starring Daisy Giordano. There is hope, though, for us rabid fans: there will be a spin-off of the Dead Is series with Jessica Walsh - who you'll meet in this book - as the main character! The first two books in the new spin-off series are: Dead is a Battlefield and Dead is a Killer Tune. The other piece of good news is that Dead is Not an Option does not disappoint! Now, for those of you who are like me and hate spoilers for the final book in a series, I will try to keep this review as vague as possible:

Daisy is wrapping up her senior year at Nightshade High and hoping that there won't be any more supernatural occurences to ruin what's left of this last year with her friends and boyfriend. However, when bad guys from the first four books begin to pop up all over town - along with general chaos, Daisy suspects that something is up. Will she be able to figure out what's going on before it's too late? Will her relationship with Ryan survive this latest strain? More importantly, can Daisy and her friends survive until graduation?

I had a great run with this oh-so-clever series and am sad to see it go, but at least we can look forward to more tales from Nightshade High. If you haven't yet read the Dead Is series, well, what are you waiting for?

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