Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Review: Dead Is A Battlefield by Marlene Perez

Dead Is A Battlefield
Series: Dead Is #6(Same town of Nightshade, but new main character)
Author: Marlene Perez
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 227
Format: Paperback
Source: Ordered from the Book Depository


Reason chosen: 

I love the town of Nightshade and all its inhabitants

Summary taken from Chapters/Indigo.ca:

Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forget about the tragic events surrounding her brother''s graduation. She wants to have a normal high school experience. But that''s easier said than done in Nightshade.

When a new boy shows up at school, the girls are infected with a case of seriously creepy crushes. But when their obsession turns to violence, Jessica and her friends start to wonder if there''s more going on than just a little friendly rivalry. Are the smitten girls turning into love zombies?

And Jessica has other worries-like her crush on Dominic Gray, the cute but moody new singer for Side Effects May Vary, and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day and lets her know whenever there is trouble brewing. Jessica learns she''s a Virago, a woman warrior chosen to fight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really have what it takes to keep Nightshade safe?


Marlene Perez made it pretty evident in this book that the adventures of Daisy Giordano were over and she was getting some well deserved peace after 5 books. She was of course mentioned, no one could possible forget her and the great mysteries she solved, but she was never interacted with in this book. But that doesn’t mean the adventures are over in the town of Nightshade...far from it. Now we get brought not too far from home. To Daisy’s next door neighbour Jessica (love the same by the way). You might remember her as Sean’s (Sam’s boyfriend and Ryan’s best friend) sister. And you remember (which I don’t blame you if you don’t, it took be a while to remember all the details) she helped kick some series butt when the dance/prom was coming down all around them, and a mysterious tattoo—reminding us of one  pretty cool diner waitress—appeared on her body.
I thought it was all going to be over after book 5. That’s it, they’re in University, a lot of people have died and suffered, the story ends here. But a smile broke out across my face when I found out a different character in the Nightshade community was taking over, and of course some familiar faces (Poppy, Rose, Wolfgang) make some appearance.
Marlene sticks to what is familiar and what we know and does not disappoint when she takes the point of view of a freshmen in high school and introduces us to a new side of Nightshade, one that protects the community like Warriors.
And of course we have Jessica who is a lot like Daisy only with different talents and characteristics but also very unsure of herself. We watch as Jessica navigates the world of paranormal, high school and love with a firm hand and strong heart.
It was a cute quick read and I can’t wait for #7


Jessica—not only does she have an awesome name, but I like the idea of an almost Amazon like society that are created to defend the community. On top of that she is also stronger than Daisy in many ways: Physically, emotionally. She can kick butt and doesn’t take or play games with the guys she’s dating.
Dominic—He is obviously sexy, he’s the lead singer of a band, and an oracle. Lovely


Like the other novels in the Dead Is series it is a short quick read and sometimes that’s not the best as some things feel rushed and crammed. It almost seems like the characters don’t have any time for reflection, which doesn’t allow us as readers a lot of time to reflect, things just happen one after the other. I guess we almost don’t get to know Jessica Walsh that much; just what she does in some tight situations. But, luckily, because it’s a paranormal series it all plays out over time

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the book was cute as always, the characters were all individually different and there were some that were just as bad as others were clearly good. I just wish the book would almost be a little longer with more details and emotion to warrant a 5/5

Previously in the Series:

Next in the Series:

Dead is a Killer Tune -> Click for review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

Young adult(ages 13-17) paranormal lovers, supernatural lovers

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