Title: Dead Is Just A Rumor
Series: Dead Is, #4
Author: Marlene Perez
Release Date: August 23rd, 2010
Age: Young Adult
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!
I never read a book without reading the previous books of the series...except now. I liked the description, and I thought why not? It would be great to read it for Halloween.
The thing is that, at first, I was kind of lost. The characters weren't really described, and I assume it was because they were described before, in the previous books. But still, I continue to read it because I started to get more information about everyone.
The world that the author creates for this series is very original. Almost everyone in Nightshade is paranormal. You could be a witch, a werewolf, a ghost, a vampire....anything! It's cool, but at the same time, they have to worry about the people who doesn't like them, like The Scourge. That's why, when some of them start to receive blackmail, everyone freaks out. For me, it wasn't so mysterious. It kind of obvious who was the responsible of this. But apparently no one thought the same until the end.
The protagonist, Daisy, seemed to be kind of plain. She's a senior, and her only worries are her father and her boyfriend. She spends her time dealing with her father, who is still recovering from The Scourge, and isn't comfortable with this grown up Daisy...specially because she's dating Ryan. But still, I have to say she's different from most of the YA protagonists, because she's very responsible and has a good relationship with her family, which was refreshing.
I wished there was more about the others characters. This book was all about her father, and I wanted more about her boyfriend, her friends or even her family, because they all are very interesting!
There was another mystery too, that Daisy managed to discover. There is a new chef in the town, called Circe Silvertongue, and apparently a few things happens when she's angry. It was also obvious what Circe have done, but maybe in the next book - DEAD IS NOT AN OPTION | Spring, 2011 - we will get to know more about this. (?)
Overall, I didn't enjoyed it as much as I would have wanted to. I'm pretty sure it was because I haven't read the previous books. But I still think it's an original series, and maybe I'll try to read the others books.