Dead is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez
Publisher: Graphia Books (Harcourt Mifflin)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (175 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
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!
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!
She wants a date for the dance, but her boyfriend isn’t exactly asking. So what’s a psychic girl to do? Figure out what his deal is, that’s what.
Dead is a State of Mind is a breezy read. The plot moves at a quick clip that kept me glued to my seat. I realized an hour later, I’d read the whole thing in one sitting. I got a great sense of what it was like to be a high schooler in Nightshade, California and how hard it is to be a kid with supernatural powers.
Daisy is an interesting heroine. She’s psychic, but that doesn’t mean she’s got all the answers and I think that’s what made me like her more. She’s flawed and, as a reader I could identify with her struggle. She wanted to fit in, to get along with her sisters, and to get her man to pay attention to her. I liked the plot twists that kept her from getting boring. I wished the author had developed her a bit more in that she came across as a bit whiny on occasion, but what teen isn’t moody?
I liked the addition of Duke and his irritation and attraction with Daisy. It gave Ryan, her boyfriend, a run for his money and diverted her attention nicely. Did he help harm the dead teacher? And why is Ryan becoming so buff? You gotta read Dead is a State of Mind to get the answers, because I’m not telling.
If you want a story that’s a quick read for a spring evening, then this is the book for you. I give it 4 suns.