My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the pyschic 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!
Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha appears a little . . . well, dead, and all the most popular kids at school are copying her style.
Is looking dead just another fashion trend for Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad.
Beware spoilers ahead!
I had heard about this book series when I was in high school. But for some reason I didn’t read it then. One day a friend of mine on GR wrote a review for Dead is The New Black and I remembered how when I was in high school I was interested in it. Of course I added it and checked it out from the library. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!
The book begins with Daisy coming to school. While walking in the hallway she sees her former best friend Samantha sporting a new look. One that consists of a lot of black and a coffin backpack. This isn’t the normal dress code for Samantha. But of course since she’s popular everyone else start to copy her.
For the next few weeks Samantha’s new clothing choice is all the school can about. It’s driving Daisy nuts. One day her mother comes home and mentions having trouble with a case. Her mother is a detective and she uses her powers to find the wrongdoers. Her mother has never asked any of her daughters for help. Feeling left out yet again for being human Daisy decides to look into the case as well.
This was better than I expected it to be! The book is written in first person in Daisy’s point of view. It’s really short so it made it easy to finish. The plot is interesting and engaging.
My favourite part of this book is the relationships. Daisy has a complicated relationship with Samantha. And Samantha wants to make it up to Daisy, because her intention was never to hurt Daisy. I’m glad that Daisy didn’t forgive her right away. It was realistic and made sense.
Daisy was close to her sisters. But there were many times in the book where Daisy felt left out because she was human and her sisters were keeping secrets from her. They didn’t do it to hurt Daisy. It was a realistic relationship and well done. While they did fight here-and-there they still cared for each other.
The powers were pretty cool! Rose (Daisy’s oldest sister) could read minds. Poppy (Daisy’s second oldest sister) could use telekinesis and her mother could read objects and tell you who touched it and so forth. There is an actual name for her mothers powers but I’ve forgotten it.
I did have three problems with Dead Is the New Black. I guess because this was so short I didn’t really get to know Daisy. I ended up feeling indifferent to her. The murder mystery wasn’t that good. It was pretty easy to figure out who the vampire was based on a certain clue. The romance between Ryan and Daisy came out of nowhere. One minute Daisy is telling you that Ryan has had a crush on Samantha since sixth grade. Then all of a sudden Ryan likes her. Part of it probably was because Daisy didn’t believe Ryan liked her that way. Nonetheless this was still a fun read!
Overall this was a fun book! I recommend it to people who are looking for a fast supernatural mystery series.