Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
Daisy Giordano lives in Nightshade, California a deceptively small town that is “chock full of the unknown, the unusual, and the unexpected.” (pg 190) The Giordano family is infamous for their psychic abilities, except for Daisy who feels like an outcast because she is the “norm” in a gifted family. However, things get stranger when Daisy’s mom starts an investigation on a cheerleader’s unexplained death, and the most popular cheerleader Samantha Devereaux shows up looking like the living dead. In addition, several cheerleaders have been infected by a mysterious illness, which ages them and leaves them with streaks of white hair. Daisy (who is normally the social outcast) decides to join the cheerleading squad to find out if Samantha is a vampire and help her mom solve the murder case. As Daisy further investigates she becomes entangled in a romantic relationship with Ryan (the hottest guy in school and her best friend), and also finds that she’s not “norm” after all.
Dead is the New Black kind of reminded me of the Charmed Series in that it features three sisters with psychic and telekinses abilities who fight and investigate the supernatural. (Except they’re just psychics not witches like in the Charmed Series. This series could definately be turned into a TV show!) In addition, the writing was short, sweet, and under 200 pages making it an easily digestable low-fat mystery. (Also suitable for Ages 12 and up.) I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series!
P.S. The book also comes with a soundtrack related to the characters and storyline! Check it out below!
Playlist for DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK
- “Here Comes Your Man”
—by The Pixies
—by Pat Benatar
- “Evil Woman”
- “Another One Bites the Dust”
- “Dreamboat 730”