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Monday, August 16, 2010

Dead is Just a Rumor by Marlene Perez

Dead is Just a Rumor by Marlene Perez
Publisher: Graphia
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (216 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

As the creepy little town of Nightshade prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary—on Halloween, of course—many of its paranormal residents are receiving mysterious blackmail letters. Psychic teen Daisy Giordano and her sisters set out to find out who is behind the threats. But launching an investigation isn’t easy for Daisy with her overprotective father watching her every move. Though she’s is happy to have him back after the years he spent being held captive by an anti-paranormal group called the Scourge, Dad is having difficult time adjusting to home life—and the fact that his little girl is now a senior in high school. He even disapproves of Daisy’s boyfriend, Ryan. Can their relationship take the strain?

And Daisy’s got even more on her plate: A talented amateur chef, she has won cooking lessons with celebrity chef Circe Silvertongue. After nosing around (with a little help from Circe’s pet pig), Daisy begins to suspect the temperamental chef’s secrets aren’t only in her ingredients. . . .

The fourth installment in this favorite series is full of surprises and scares!

Things aren’t exactly as they seem, but normal isn’t normal in Nightshade, California. Intrigue, confusion, romance, and a pet pig make up Dead is Just a Rumor.

When I saw this book was on the list of to be reviewed, I had to have it. I’d read the other books in the Dead series and had to see what happened next. It’s like reading a soap opera—you have to know what’s coming next and can’t put it down.

Daisy is still trying to find her place in Nightshade. It doesn’t help that she’s got psychic abilities she’s yet to discover. But it’s because of her still learning about herself that really made me identify with her. She’s not perfect and because of that, she’s more realistic. I loved her father. He’s been in captivity for quite a long time, but he’s still her daddy and still protective. For those of us who had over-protective folks, it’s easy to relate to her frustration. Some things worked out for Daisy, i.e. the Ryan front and it’s great to see she got something she really wanted—him.

My favorite character was the pig. Call me crazy, but anyone who has a pig for a pet is good people to me, even if they aren’t all that they appear to be (or perhaps are more than they appear to be).

This story has plenty of twists and turns that kept me in my seat. Even when I thought I knew what would happen next, I was off and it was a nice feeling.

If you want to read a story that’s not at all what it seems and a pleasure to open, then you need to read Dead is Just a Rumor. I give this book, 4 suns.

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