The Dead Is series by Marlene Perez is a cute series starring Daisy Giordano, a teen with telekinetic and telepathic abilities. She lives in Nightshade, California, a town inhabited by other paranormal-types such as vampires, witches, and werewolves. Her mother is a psychic investigator and she and her sisters have inherited her abilities. Throughout the series the Giordano sisters use their special talents to solve various of crimes and mysteries involving an anti-paranormal group called the Scourge. I have read and enjoyed the first four books in the series and was delighted to receive an ARC of Dead is Not an Option from NetGalley.com.
In this final installment of the series Daisy, her boyfriend Ryan, and their friends are preparing to graduate from high school. What should be the best year of high school quickly becomes a nightmare. Everyone is on edge and tensions are high after a series of attacks on young vampires and werewolves. The two groups grow increasingly suspicious of each other and tempers flare, threatening to destroy peace in both Nightshade and the Giordano family. Meanwhile, Daisy anxiously awaits her college acceptance letters and continues to work on the problem of Lil, the jukebox at Slim’s Diner (if you want to what the problem is you’ll have to read the other books). Villains from the first books reappear and unless Daisy and her pals figure out what is going on quickly, no one in Nightshade is safe.
Overall this was a satisfying conclusion to a sweet series. As always, I enjoy the relationship between the Giordano sisters and their parents. Even when they are not getting along they stick together and help each other out. The story has a good amount of mystery and suspense and a few major surprises. There was also a good deal of repetition, so if you missed any of the previous books you shouldn’t be too lost. Like the rest of the series, this is a good, clean read, ideal for readers who enjoy a light paranormal romance.
Similar books include the Megan Berry, Zombie Settler series by Stacey Jay, the Death By series by Linda Gerber, and the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter.