Dead Is Not an Option

Dead Is Not an Option

by Marlene Perez

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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.

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 this explosive installment in the Dead Is series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547573830
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/02/2011
Series: Dead Is Series , #5
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 985,624
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marlene Perez is the author of Dead Is the New Black, Dead Is a State of Mind, Dead Is So Last Year, Dead Is Just a Rumor, Love in the Corner Pocket, and The Comeback. She lives in Orange County, California.Visit her website at

Marlene Perez is the author of eight books in the Dead Is Series, including Dead Is The New Black, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She lives in Orange County, California. Visit her website at

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Chapter One

I was haunting the mailbox. It was already late
March and I should have been receiving an acceptance letter
anytime, at least that’s what I hoped. I had applied to three colleges,
but UC Nightshade was my first choice.
 It might seem weird to want to stay in the same small town
where I’d always lived, but my father, through no fault of his
own, had been away from the family and hadn’t been back
home that long. I couldn’t bear to disappoint him by leaving.
 Besides, my two older sisters already went to UC Nightshade,
so I’d have the benefit of their advice. And more important,
my boyfriend, Ryan, was applying to UC Nightshade too.
 On my way home from school I spotted someone in a blue
uniform standing in front of our mailbox. The postal carrier!
But when I rushed up I was surprised to see it wasn’t our usual
carrier. Instead it was a strange woman with light brown hair
who was standing with one hand in our mailbox.
 “Where’s Mr. Johansson?” I asked. He’d been our mail
carrier for years.
 The woman turned, startled, and I noticed a purple
birthmark on her face.
 “Vacation,” she mumbled, and hurried off.
 I was disappointed to find the mailbox empty. The anticipation
was going to kill me. My whole family had noticed my
frequent trips to the mailbox, and Poppy sometimes messed
with me by hiding the mail.
 Mom’s car was in the driveway, which meant she was home
already. I walked through the front door and into the hallway.
 “Daisy, the mail’s on the kitchen counter,” Mom called from
upstairs. It was unusual to find her home before me on a weekday.
It must be a slow day for crime. Mom was a psychic investigator,
and she helped local law enforcement agencies with
their cases. It made life interesting, since Nightshade’s chief of
police was the father of my boyfriend.
 Ryan and I seemed to have inherited their taste for crime
solving, since with his help I’d solved several crimes in Nightshade.
You know what they say: The couple that solves crimes
together stays together. Well, they don’t really say that, but they
 I thumbed quickly through the pile of mail. Bills, junkmail,
and a thick envelope for my father, but there wasn’t anything
for me.
 “Mr. Johansson says hello, “Mom continued.
 “The mailman? I thought he was on vacation,” I said.
 “What did you say?”Mom hollered.
 “Never mind,” I replied.
 Just then, my cell buzzed. It was Ryan. “Did you get anything
yet?” he asked.
 “Nothing. You?”
 There was silence on the other end of the phone for a
moment. “Nothing,” he eventually replied.
 I sighed.
 “Cheer up,” he said. “They’ll be here soon.”
 “I’m getting tired of waiting,” I said.
 “Me too,” Ryan admitted.
 The unspoken tension between us was caused by one question:
What would happen between us if we ended up at different
 Not to mention that my boyfriend was a werewolf, which
might be difficult to hide at the dorms. Hiding my psychic abilities
would be comparatively easy. The existence of paranormals
was starting to be known and accepted in Nightshade,
but not everyone in the world had that attitude.
 The thought sent me into such a deep funk that I almost
missed Ryan’s invitation.
 “Do you want to do something tonight?” he asked.
 “I have to work,” I said.
 “How about Friday? We’ll make it a special date.” I was
flattered by his insistence.
 “Of course,” I replied. “What do you have in mind?”
 “I just want to see you,” he said.“You’ve been so busy lately.”
 I’d been busy, it was true, but I also had been avoiding him,
using work as an excuse. Everyone said that long-distance relationships
never worked. I didn’t want to get even closer to
Ryan only to break up when we left for separate colleges, or
later, when distance took its toll. If we both ended up at UC
Nightshade, our relationship stood a chance.
 I missed him, though, and couldn’t resist temptation.
 “I’ll make you dinner,” I offered. “Everyone will be out of
the house.”
 At least, I was pretty sure they would be. Rose would be
out with her boyfriend, Nicholas Bone, and Poppy had a date.
She’d been out with her new guy, Liam, almost every night.
 Even my parents would be out attending some faculty
function at UC Nightshade, where my dad now taught
 “Why don’t we go out to dinner?” Ryan asked. “There’s
something I wanted to talk to you about.”
 Why can’t he talk to me at home? “Sure,” I said. “Slim’s?”
 “I was thinking maybe dinner at Wilder’s,” Ryan replied.
 Wilder’s? That was a special-occasion restaurant, not the
kind of place we normally went on date night. I once had a few
cooking lessons from their former chef, although the lessons
were more like unpaid labor than a learning experience.
 “Okay,” I said after a long pause, “but I thought you were
saving money for college.”
 “You’re worth the splurge,” Ryan said. “I’ll make a reservation
for seven.”
 We hung up after I realized I needed to be at work in half
an hour. Business had picked up at Slim’s Diner, so I’d been
working a lot, which was helping with my college fund. If I got
into a college, that is.
 I went to talk to my sister Poppy about using the car that
night. Both Rose and Poppy still lived at home while they attended UC
Nightshade.My parents were ecstatic at the idea of
me doing the same. Poppy was on the phone, as usual, but she
broke offher conversation to stare at me.
 “What?” she said. “I’m on the phone.”
 “Can I have the car tonight?” I asked.
 “Sure,” she said. “My date is picking me up here.” She’d
been awfully mysterious about Liam. We’d met him at an
event on Halloween, but she hadn’t brought him home and
didn’t talk about him at all to us, which was definitely not like
 I drove to work, still wondering what Ryan wanted to talk
to me about.
 Once there, I went in search of my boss. Slim’s had red
leather booths, the best cinnamon rolls in the county, and a prophetic
jukebox. Not your average diner at all. And the owner
and his sister were far from average, as well. The head waitress,
Flo, was on her cell phone, in the middle of a very giggly
conversation. Probably with her boyfriend. I decided not to
 There was no sign of Slim, but since he was invisible, there
never was. I went in search of him to see what he needed me to
do first. I waited tables or helped out in the kitchen, depending
on the day.
 The kitchen looked empty, but I knew enough to doublecheck.
 “Slim?” I said into the air.
 “Hi, Daisy,” a voice said.
 “Where do you need me tonight?” I asked.
 “I’ve got the dinner menu under control,” he said. “Why
don’t you help Flo?”
 Flo was still giggling into her cell phone, so I grabbed
some quarters and went to say hello to Lil, the jukebox. She’d
given me a ton of clues during my investigations. A few
months ago, I’d discovered that there was a soul trapped in
there. I’d promised to help her escape her jukebox prison, but
so far, I hadn’t found a way to do so. I wasn’t ready to give up
yet, though.
 I punched in a few random selections and waited. Nothing.
Lil was miffed, and I didn’t blame her.
 “I’m working on it, I swear,” I said. “But Circe took her
show on the road and hasn’t stepped foot in Nightshade since
we found out.”What we’d found out was that sorceress and
celebrity chef Circe Silvertongue was responsible for trapping
Lil in the jukebox and turning her fiancé into a pig.
 “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley came on. Lil
was getting impatient.
 “Message received,” I told her. “A little more action it is. I’ll
try to figure out what our next step is.”
 Lil responded with “Inspiration Information” by Sharon
Jones and the Dap-Kings and then went silent.
 My friends Samantha Devereax and Sean Walsh walked in
and sat down at one of the smaller booths. I went over to
say hi.
 “What are you two doing here tonight?” I said. “You’re all
dressed up.”
 Samantha looked gorgeous. She wore a minidress with an
itty-bitty cardigan thrown over it. She had her hair piled high
and wore long sparkly earrings.
 “We’re celebrating,” Samantha said. “Sean signed his letter
of intent.”
 “Congratulations,” I replied. “But what’s a letter of intent?”
 It wasn’t my imagination that they exchanged a meaningful
 “Intent to play,” Samantha said.“Sean’s going to play college
baseball with the University of California, Irvine.”
 Letter of intent? Shouldn’t Ryan be signing one of those letter
 “I think Slim has some sparkling cider in the back,” I
said, “left over from Nightshade’s anniversary party. I’ll bring
some out.”
 “That would be fabulous,” Samantha said.
 Samantha wasn’t angsting like the rest of us. She already
knew where she was going—UC Nightshade, where her dad
was a big-deal professor. Where my father used to be a big-deal
professor and now was a part-time instructor. Big difference.
He had a lot more time on his hands now. Maybe that was why
nowadays getting the mail was the highlight of his day.
 My dad didn’t seem to mind that Mr. Devereaux’s book
was doing very well, even though it was based on research he
had done with my dad. But Mr. Devereaux didn’t have much
money after a pricey divorce from Sam’s mom.
 “Slim, is it okay if I comp some of that sparkling cider we
still have in the cooler? Sam and Sean are celebrating,” I said. I
explained the occasion, just in case he thought I was trying to
score freebies for my friends without a good reason.
 “Of course,” he said. “And I’ll whip up some special appetizers
on the house.”
 “Thanks, Slim,” I said. “I’m going to borrow one of the
linen tablecloths and some candles, too.”We used those on
the rare times Slim catered an event.
 I knew Sam and Sean were dining at Slim’s instead of
somewhere fancier in order to save money. But there wasn’t any
reason I couldn’t make their celebration extra special.
 Five minutes later, the cider was chilling in a fancy silver
bucket, the linen tablecloth hid the scarred tabletop, and
Samantha and Sean were gazing into each other’s eyes. They
were too love struck to even notice when I brought out their
appetizers. Mission accomplished.
 Lil even cooperated. She broke into a series of slow,
romantic love songs. The diner slowly emptied out, but Sam
and Sean lingered over their dinner.
 Flo was sitting on her favorite stool at the counter, eyeing
the clock.
 “Why don’t you go?” I said. “I’ll lock up.”
 “Are you sure?” Flo asked, but she was already pulling on
her jacket.
 “Sure, go ahead,” I said.
 After she left, I stuck a Closed sign up and locked the door,
then handed Samantha the check. She and Sean were still
holding hands.
 I was refilling the syrup containers when there was a knock
on the door.
 I went to explain to whoever it was that we were closed,
but then saw it was Natalie, Slim’s girlfriend. Natalie was a
witch—a real one.
 She had been at a coven training course in Salem for the
last few months, and Slim had gone out to visit her a couple
of times. Her absence had stymied my efforts to free Lil from
the jukebox. Natalie was the only witch I knew, at least the
only competent one. Penny Edwards didn’t count.
 I unlocked the door and let her in.“Welcome home!” I said.
 “Hi, Daisy,” she said. “I’m glad to be back in Nightshade.
Although I learned so much while I was gone.”
 “Slim will be so glad to see you,” I said. “He’s been mopey.”
 Natalie beamed. “I missed him too.”
 “He’s cleaning up in the back,” I said. “But do you have a
minute? I could use your help.”
 Natalie wasn’t nearly as powerful as Circe Silvertongue,
but she was my only hope, especially since Circe had taken her
pig and run. Maybe Natalie could at least point me in the right
 “I’d be happy to,” she said. She shot a longing look toward
the kitchen but gave me an encouraging smile just the same.
 “You’ve heard my theory about Lil?”
 “That she’s really Mrs.Wilder’s missing sister Lily? Yes. It
seems reasonable.”
 “And I’m pretty sure that Circe’s pet pig, Balthazar, is really
Lily Varcol’s missing fiancé, Bam Merriweather,” I added. “I
want to try to break Circe’s spell. Can you give me any idea
about how to do that? Besides getting Circe to do it herself.”
 “That’s pretty advanced magic,” Natalie said.“But if it’s the
kind of spell I’m thinking of, she might have used objects that
were important to the victims to change them.”
 “She did have this pen she used every day,” I said. “It had
Bam Merriweather’s initials engraved on it.”
 “Let me look into this,” Natalie said. “Most of my grandmother’s
books are stored in the attic of her house. I’ll take a
look there, and I might be able to ask some of the more experienced
 Natalie’s grandmother, Mrs. Mason, had died in a fire that
destroyed her greenhouse. She’d been helping the Scourge
when she died. She hadn’t been a nice person, but she’d been
the only relative Natalie had. Fortunately, Natalie had moved
in with Slim, and the Mason house stood empty. The gardens,
however, were full of gorgeous flowers, fruits, and vegetables,
due to the combination of Mrs. Mason’s residual magic and
Natalie’s hard work.
 “Thanks, Natalie,” I said.“I’d appreciate any help you could
give me. Is there anything I can do to help? Research stuff,
I mean?”
 Natalie thought about it for a second.“Well, you could try
The Nightshade City Library,” she replied.“Maybe there’s a text
there that I don’t already own.”
 I agreed to go take a look. I’d comb the dustiest library I
could find if it would help.
 I could tell by the way Natalie’s face lit up that Slim had
come out from the kitchen, so I made myself scarce.
 “It’s closing time,” I gently reminded Sam and Sean. As they
rose to leave, I overheard a whisper from Sam. “I still think we
should tell her.”
 “Tell me what?” I said sharply.
 “Oh, nothing,” Sam said. “Just that we’re nominating you
and Ryan for prom king and queen.”
I made a face at her. “Don’t you dare,” I said. “If anyone
should be Nightshade promqueen, it should be you. You were
practically born to be queen.”
 “I have plenty of crowns,” she said. “Winning again
would be—”
 “Awesome,” I interrupted her.
 “I was going to say overkill,” she replied.“C’mon, Daisy. Live
a little. It would be fun.”
 I shrugged. There was no sense in arguing with Sam when
she got in this mood.
 I shooed them out of the restaurant, then locked up and
went home.
 To my surprise, all the lights were on at my house when I
pulled into the drive. There seemed to be a lot of noise coming
from the family room, so I headed that way.
 My whole family, including Grandma Giordano, was congregated
 “What’s going on? Why is everyone still up?” I asked.
 My father held out a bottle of champagne. “We’ve been
waiting for you,” he said. “We’re celebrating.”
 “Celebrating what?” I was completely confused.
 “My book deal,” Dad said. “I sold my novel.”
 “What?” I said. “Congratulations! I didn’t even know you
had finished it.”
 “It’s not finished yet. I still need an ending.”
 “Why didn’t you tell us you were submitting it?” Rose
 “I didn’t want to say anything at first,” Dad said. “I sent
it out to a few places, and it got rejected so fast it made my
head spin.”
 “Your father is being modest,” Mom said. “It’s brilliant.”
Grandma Giordano chuckled.“I’m proud of you, son. Now
pop that champagne.”
 A second later, the cork shot out of the bottle and across
the room. Poppy went to retrieve it and then handed it to Dad.
“You should keep it,” she said. “To remember your first sale.”
 “There’s sparkling cider for the girls,” Mom said quickly.
 “What’s the book about?” Poppy said. “Can we read it?”
 A shadow passed over Dad’s face. “At first I thought I
would write a memoir about what happened to me at the
hands of the Scourge, but I eventually realized that no one
would believe it,” he said.“So I did the next best thing. I turned
it all into fiction. The Scourge, Nightshade, the kidnapping,
 Something about this made me uneasy, but I tried not to
Show it. I wasn’t so sure the Scourge would be happy to be reading
about themselves, even in a novel.“What’s the title?” I asked.
 “Nightshade,” he said.
 “What?” I said. “Dad!”
 “I’m just kidding,” he said. “I changed everything, even the
names. And it’s also based on my research in genetics. It still
needs an ending though. I was hoping I would remember
something about my kidnapper’s identity.”
 Although Dad didn’t remember parts of his abduction,
bits and pieces of his captivity were slowly coming back. My
parents didn’t talk about it much, but Dad was seeing a therapist
to help him deal with the trauma of his experience.
 “What does Spenser Devereaux think of that?”Grandma
asked. “You’ll be giving him a run for his money on the bestseller
list now.”
 Dad looked startled. “I told him about the book, but I
didn’t ask him what he thought of the idea. Spenser took our
research and turned it into a bestselling nonfiction book. Mine
is fiction. I’m sure he doesn’t have a problem with that. We were
partners, after all.”
 “He didn’t seem to remember that when he published your
findings,” Grandma reminded him gently. “He didn’t even include
your name in the acknowledgments. And everyone knows
that you did most of the actual research.”
 “Spenser has been very supportive,” my father insisted. “In
fact, he keeps asking to read it, but I told him that I’m keeping
certain chapters under wraps until it’s published.”
 Grandma snorted. “Spenser Devereaux is only concerned
with Spenser Devereaux.”
 “Mother, it’s fine,” he said, but I noticed his hands shook as
he poured her a glass of champagne. “No one knew where I
was. Spenser needed to forge ahead without me. He already
knows I’m writing the book. I will tell him my good news
 Mom picked up on Dad’s discomfort and changed the subject.
“What else did the editor say about your book, dear?”
 Talk turned to things like deadlines and covers. I sipped
my apple cider and smiled at the sight of my father’s face all
aglow from his accomplishment. Things would work out for
him. They just had to.

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Dead Is Not an Option (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
omg I may be young for this book but this is the best series and books I have ever read in my life and I hope everyone thinks that
Dranea More than 1 year ago
This is the first of this series that I have read. I received a copy of this from the publisher, and I can not wait to get the four books that proceeded it! I am very curious about many things, such as where the Scourge (I think of them as the monsters who hide in your closet) came from, and the story behind Slim (Mr. Invisibility). I wish there was a bit more description about some of these fun characters (and a bit less with the kissing). But, I really enjoyed reading this story. There is action in it, suspense, a major twist, a bit of kissing, true and lasting friends, families who stick by each other and a bit more kissing. I think this is a wonderful book for an older child or YA to read, and I enjoyed reading it (and I'm WAY older than that! :P) It took me just a little while to get into the story, but once I started piecing things together, I couldn't stop myself. I just had to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh i loved this seris but this one has to be my favorite, read this o,in the matter of 2 hours!!! I couldnt put it down, it had me predicting until the end and still i was wron gwoth all my predictions, i cried, i laugh and i definelty loved this book(:
jalenrosecruz More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the books in the 'Dead Is' series and this book is amazing. Once i started reading, I couldn't stop. This has to be one of my favorite books.
mle445 More than 1 year ago
One of the few authors that my grandaughter will read voluntarily. Good teen reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book i have ever read i have to read it over and over and i never get board.the best dead is books ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I coulfn't stop reading after the first one and now i am dying to get the fifth book well not really of course....
3lis3 More than 1 year ago
i love marlene perez i hope to be surprised with this next book in the dead is series.cant wait!!!!!!:)
cln1812 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The town of Nightshade is like no other - populated by paranormals such as vampires, werewolves, psychics, and ghosts as well as humans. Mostly, the citizens get along, and for more than 50 years a truce has been formed between the Weres and the Vamps and has held up. However, the Scourge seek to rid the town of all paranormals and are up to their old tricks.Psychic part-time sleuth Daisy Giordano is finishing up her senior year at Nightshade High. She is fretting over her lack of college acceptance letters, but doing her best to put on a cheerful face as she works her part-time job at Slim's diner and hangs out with her Were boyfriend Ryan Mendez, son of Nightshade's chief of police. Ryan has announced his intentions of going away to college, and Daisy is bummed at prospect of their relationship perishing because of distance but tries her best to make the most of the time remaining. She has intentions to work on breaking the enchantment that has trapped her friend Lily Varcol in a jukebox and turned her fiance Balthazar into a pig.Out of the blue, however, Elise Wilder, a Were is attacked and left for dead. As chance would have it, Daisy is the person to find her and call for help. Later, a Vamp is left in the beach in the sun and badly burned. Suddenly, it's Weres versus Vamps and the town's truce seems a thing of the past. Daisy is sure it isn't Weres or Vamps behind the unease but the Scourge only she is not sure how to prove it.This was a light read, and obviously a play on the whole Twilight series. I don't know if I'd read another book in the series. The story-line was so-so, and I could spot the obvious bad guy before the big reveal towards the end. The undying teenage love theme throughout did get a bit sappy and unbelievable for my taste, and much was alluded to the earlier books in this series, which I hadn't read and which left me feeling at lost ends. Probably, if you desire to read this series, you should start at the being and not with this book. Not a bad read, but not one that stands out either.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I devoured these books in three days, they were so much fun to read. I assume this is the final book in the series and that makes me sad, because I really enjoyed the series and getting to know the characters. Perez throws some big twists at us in this last book, which I didn't expect. But everything resolves, if not perfectly, then satisfactorily enough for me. Though I'm not necessarily a fan of tied up and neat endings, it works well for the Dead Is series.
ShelleyJax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dead Is Not An Option by Marlene Perez is the fifth and final book in the Dead Is Series featuring Daisy Giordano, a part time psychic sleuth and senior at Nightshade High School. Daisy¿s telekinetic and telepathic abilities make her a force to be reckoned with. She lives in Nightshade, California, a town inhabited by other paranormal-types such as vampires, witches, ghosts, mermaids, and werewolves. Her mother is a psychic investigator, while her father teaches part time at the university and continues to write his book about his experiences at being kidnapped and held hostage by the evil Scourge. For Daisy, it is now springtime and she still has not received any college acceptance letters that all her other friends, including Ryan, have. At the same time, everyone is on edge and tensions are high after a series of attacks on young vampires and werewolves are causing a major rift at the council and among the students at Nightshade. The conflict carries over to the Giordano home as well, where both Rose and Daisy are dating werewolves, while Poppy¿s boyfriend Liam is a vampire. Celebrity chef/sorceress Circe Silvertongue is back in town, and Daisy has to try to convince her to free the spirit (Lil) she trapped in a jukebox long ago, and to also change her pet pig, Balthazar, back into the man he once was. I haven¿t read the first four books, but I will. In the meantime, I had the chance to read this via, and am glad I did. Daisy is a spirited character with the spunk and energy of an adult twice her age. She is loyal to her friends, and will try to do anything to get Lil and Balthazar released from Circe¿s spell. I enjoy the fact that she has some fun with her sisters who are already going to the university she has chosen. She fights off the Scourge with her abilities, and nearly dies in the process. She even gets fantastic news over the course of the book, and the choice she evenutally makes, sadly, won't be known to the reader since the series is finished.I love Slim, the ghost who runs Slim¿s Café, and Natalie his witch girlfriend who both seem to be genuine at heart. There is some real sadness when one of the characters father is killed by the leader of the Scourge, then there is a very happy ending for two who deserved nothing but the best after what they went through.My only real complaint is that if felt as though the writer was in a rush to end this series, and thus part of the story was glossed over, or ignored completely. Maybe that was the intent all along. We shall never know since it¿s been told that she is working on a spin-off to this series.
DragonLibrary8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is book 5 in the "Dead is... series. 1. Dead is the New Black2. Dead is a State of Mind3. Dead is So Last Year4. Dead is Just a RumorMy thoughts:Although this book easily stands alone, I would suggest reading the whole series - in order. I enjoyed the story, but there were some references to previous happenings that left me feeling, not that I was lost but that I wished I had read the first four books before this one. The characters are wonderful! I have to say that Lil (the jukebox) is my favorite supporting character! You can see that the characters have been well-developed during the series because they are so cohesive and their relationships are solid. The new relationship in the book is Poppy and her vampire boyfriend. The addition of Count Dracule is great. The story line keeps you interested and wanting to know more. The author keeps you in the dark and guessing about the identity of the "bad guy" until virtually the end.This is a great YA paranormal read! I would recommend it to anyone grade 8 and above.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am really sad to see this series go. I have read every single book and loved it. I know that this series is not a popular one, I really wish more people knew about this series because it is good! I love characters, the plots, and the town.Through the series I have seen Daisy grow. Not only as a person but as a friend, girlfriend, daughter and a learning psychic. She has gone above anything else, putting everyone else before her self. She helped out people when they needed it and she has been there. Daisy is one character I would love to have as a best friend. She is friendly, loyal, and above all nice.I really enjoyed this book because I finally learned the secret at the end. Through the series, we see Daisy struggle to found out who is in charge of The Scrounge. A secret society hell bent on killing the paranormals in Nightshade. Daisy has solved case after case involving other paranormals deaths or attacks. I am glad that she figured out the leader and put a final stop the that hateful society.I am sad to see certain characters go as I have come to like those characters very much. Ms. Perez definitely did a great job trying up all loose ends and giving the story a happy ending. At first I was worried but I knew she would end the book on a good note.The Dead Is series is a great series that everyone should read. It fun, dark, adventurous and has that great paranormal touch that everyone will love.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The "Dead Is" series isn't meant to be deep but it sure is a cute, fun, and engaging series. I have read every book in the series now along with my teenage step-daughter and we have come to count on this series as one of our favorites. I was saddened to hear that this may be the end of the road for this series but that there is pehaps going to be a spin-off series although I haven't been able to find out anything more about that. I'd love it to be true. "Dead is Not An Option" is the fifth and pehaps final book in the series about psychic teenaged Daisy Giordano. This is now the end of senior year in high school. Characters are getting their acceptance letters to college and preparing for prom and graduation. Unfortunately some scary things are happening. Some weres have been murdered and one of Daisy's friends from school is found near death after an apparant vampire attack. Is the dreaded organization "The Scourge" behind it? Are they the same people responsible for Daisy's father's kidnapping? This story wraps up the questions surrounding the kidnapping and and the Scourge. It also wraps up an ongoing plot about the jukebox that seems to have a mind of its own and a pig that really isn't a pig. There are couple of good shocks to be had as well as a big revelation about another character. Overall there are happily ever afters all over the place and it leads the series to a nice, and satisfying ending. If you enjoyed the previous books, you just have to read this when and see how everything wraps up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally hate books that have vampires and murder but this, this was great!!!!
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Although I often try not to find faults in the ending of a series, I must say this one changed my mind. I have read every other novel that depicts the adventures of Daisy and Ryan, and thisbone was by far the worst. The ending chapters (at least 10) were rushed, and felt like nothing but filler. 3 Stars at its best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! To bad the nexy books arent from Daisys perspective
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It just killed me when they found ryans dad i cryed and my mom asked me if i was ok. I dont think the new people in the books are good, but i really dont want to read it because it looks stupid. After seeing some of my friends read it i gave it a try and i read all of the books!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This is a great, light-hearted and fast-paced YA series of books! It is a YA book so you have young dating drama which appeals to that audience. The quirky, enjoyable blend of paranormal, romance, mystery, and light-hearted life experiences is engaging. The main character, Daisy is likeable, sassy, and relatable. I think the characters are well developed and likeable.
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