Book Review: Dead is a State of Mind

Dead is a State of Mind
By: Marlene Perez
Publisher: Graphia, January 2009
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Purchased by Reviewer

This is yet another little gem from Marlene Perez. Daisy Giordano is back with a new set of problems. Being a teenager is hard enough, but Daisy also has to deal with her growing supernatural powers. She can read people’s minds and move objects just by thinking about it. I have to admit I wish I had that power when it was time to cook dinner! Daisy is happy about her gifts since it helps her fit in with her talented mother and older sisters, but is having gifts always a good thing?

In this installment, each of the Giordano girls gets some happiness. Rose is still dating the local undertaker’s son; Daisy and Ryan have fully moved from the awkward friends to lovers stage into full romantic bliss. Poor Poppy who has been having a bit of a date drought is revived when she meets the handsome and mysterious Gage. Prom fever is in the air and a killing spree is running through Nightshade. Can Daisy use her skills to find the killer before it’s too late?

This book pulled me in from page one and I devoured it in a span of two days. I just had to know what was going to happen with the Giordano ladies. Love and the supernatural abounds in this one. It has a little something for everyone. I highly recommend it – you’ll be hooked on the residents of Nightshade in no time. The next installment in the series is sitting on my nightstand so keep your eyes peeled for a review in the near future.

Summary from Marlene Perez’s website:

There’s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she’s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke’s powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all.
Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher’s killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!