Dead Is a Battlefield (Dead Is Series #6)

Dead Is a Battlefield (Dead Is Series #6)

by Marlene Perez

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ISBN-13: 9780547607344
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Series: Dead Is Series , #6
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 487,404
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: HL580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marlene Perez is the author of Dead Is the New Black, Dead Is a State of Mind, Dead Is So Last
Year, Dead Is Just a Rumor, Dead Is Not an Option, Love in the Corner Pocket, and The Comeback.
She lives in Orange County, California. Visit her website at www.marleneperez.com.

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CHAPTER ONE

I took a deep breath before I pushed open the door of Slim’s Diner. My best friend followed me in. The smell of frying burgers wafted through the restaurant and my stomach gurgled.

"Jessica, I don’t know why you don’t like this place," Eva said. "Everyone comes here."

"It’s my brother’s hangout," I replied. "At least, it was before he left for college. And besides, the jukebox would always play ‘The Warrior’ every time I came near it." If there was one description that didn’t apply to me, it was the title of that old song.

We both glanced in the corner where the jukebox was. It was just a regular old jukebox now. I didn’t want to admit it, but I kind of missed the random selections it used to play.

"What’s the story?" Eva asked. "What happened to it?"

I shrugged. "Who knows? This is Nightshade. Anything’s possible."

"I heard that Daisy Giordano trashed it."

"What? Daisy would never do that," I said. As much as I envied my next-door neighbor, I wasn’t going to spread rumors about her, even though Ryan Mendez, my first crush, was in love with her.

"I heard she beat up her best friend’s dad on Grad Night," Eva continued. "And burned down the Black Opal."

"That’s not true," I said. "I was there." The all-ages club had burned down on Grad Night, but it hadn’t been Daisy’s fault. Her best friend, Samantha Devereaux, happened to be my brother’s girlfriend. Sam’s dad, Professor Devereaux, had been arrested for the murder of Chief Mendez. Things were complicated here in our little town of Nightshade, California.

"Well, something strange happened," Eva said. "Maybe it was like Revenge of the Pod People, or something. I can’t believe I missed it and you won’t even tell me what really happened."

I didn’t want to talk about the strangeness of my brother’s Grad Night. Or exactly how well my one selfdefense class had worked, enabling me to kick butt. Or the weird tattoo-like mark that had mysteriously appeared on my upper arm one day. It wasn’t exactly a tattoo, since it actually moved sometimes, but I didn’t know what else to call the swirling black ink.

I’d managed to hide it all summer, which meant no cute camis or tiny bikinis. I’d spent my days at the beach sweltering in a cover-up instead of showing off my bod like all the other girls.

There was only one other person I knew with a mark like this. I scanned the restaurant and spotted her sitting at the counter. Flo used to be my favorite waitress, but I’d been avoiding her since Grad Night, when, among other things, I noticed (a) a similar tattoo on her arm and (b) her fighting abilities.

Flo was awesome. She had almost as big a crush on Ryan Mendez as I did. That is, until Ryan started dating Daisy and I finally realized exactly how hopeless my crush truly was.

I was finally a Nightshade freshman and I’d let go of my little fantasy about my brother’s best friend. Now I just wanted to find someone who would look at me the way Ryan looked at Daisy.

Eva was still talking about the Black Opal as we sat down at a table. "They’re finally reopening the place," she said. "I think we should go check it out tonight."

"I thought the fire caused too much damage for them to ever reopen." I didn’t mention the explosion that started the fire.

"The owner is reopening the club right here in Nightshade," Eva said. "Remember when that enormous big-box store at the edge of town closed down a few years ago? She’s relocated the club there. They’ve been working on it all summer. One of Bethany’s crushes worked on the construction. He says it’s really cool-looking now."

"How would we get there?" I asked. "My parents are taking my little sisters to some kiddie play tonight."

"Bethany is going," Eva replied. "She has a thing for the lead singer of this band that’s playing there tonight. Maybe she’ll give us a ride."

I wasn’t holding my breath. Eva’s sister, Bethany, was a junior and didn’t have time for freshmen.

Flo came over to take our order. Her T-shirt read unsupervised children will be given an espresso and a free kitten.

We decided to split a chicken Caesar salad.

"It’ll be up in a few minutes," Flo said. She hesitated a second. "Jessica, I’d like to speak to you about something before you leave."

I suppressed a groan. "Sure."

"Are you trying out for the high school soccer team?" Eva asked.

I shrugged. "I survived summer conditioning," I said. "So I guess so."

Eva and I talked about soccer tryouts, but my mind was on something else. When Flo set our salad down, I jumped. I was pretty sure I knew what she wanted to talk to me about, but I just wanted to forget it ever happened and go back to being a normal girl.

The restaurant got busy and Flo was the only server there. Taking the opportunity to avoid her a little longer, I hurried Eva along, trying to get her to stop talking and eat. She finally finished her meal, and I handed her some money.

"Would you mind paying the bill? I need to use the restroom," I said.

While she was paying, I slipped outside.

Flo saw me leave, but was forced to take care of a customer waving an empty cup in the air. She gave me one last look as she went to refill his coffee.

Eva spotted me outside and came out. I started walking down Main Street at a brisk pace.

"What’s your hurry? I didn’t even get any dessert."

"No hurry," I replied. "Hey, look at that. Nightshade is getting a new store."

There was a sign in the window that read, in flowing script, The Look of Love coming

oon.

"The Look of Love?" Eva said. "What kind of store do you think it is?"

We pressed our faces to the window, but couldn’t see anything.

"Take a flier," a boy said.

Eva whirled around to face the boy, who looked to be about our age. "What do you think you’re doing, sneaking up on us like that?" she asked.

"What are you?" he taunted. "A scaredy-cat?"

He wasn’t unattractive, but he looked at us like a buzzard eyeing particularly tasty roadkill. The boy wiped all expression from his face, but not before a gleam of anger showed.

"Take one," he repeated. "It’s for our grand opening."

He stood there blocking our path, so I took a flier just to get him to leave.

Eva grabbed one and crumpled it into a ball before she threw it into her bag.

"Eva, he’ll see you," I said.

"I don’t care," she replied. "How dare he say I was scared. As if! I’ve seen The Shining five times and didn’t even flinch."

I glanced back, and the boy was still watching us. I shivered and linked arms with Eva.

"I’m going back to give him a piece of my mind," Eva said. She was practically snorting fire.

"I thought you wanted to go to the Black Opal to- night," I reminded her. "Don’t you need to go home and butter up Bethany?" I didn’t really care one way or the other if we went, but it was better than Eva getting into a fight with a strange guy.

"You’re right," she said. "I’d better hurry and catch her. I’ll call you!"

We’d reached the bus stop, where she went one way and I went the other. Our houses were in the same neighborhood, so we always met at the bus stop.

The buttering up must have worked, because Eva called me a little while later. "Can you meet me at my house in fifteen minutes?" she asked. "Bethany said yes, but she’ll leave without you if you’re not on time."

There was no way I’d make it in time if I walked. I still had to get ready. I was wearing my old soccer shorts, footie socks, and P.E. T-shirt from sixth grade. "Mom, can you drop me off at Eva’s?" I shouted.

Mom appeared in the kitchen doorway. "Jessica, what did I tell you about yelling?"

"Sorry," I said. "Can you drop me off at Eva’s? Her sister is going to give us a ride to the Black Opal. If that’s okay."

She glanced at her watch. "Yes, but you need to hurry. We have to leave soon for the play."

I ran upstairs to get changed. Sean and his girl- friend, Samantha, used to hang out at the Black Opal all the time when they were in high school, and she’d always dressed up. I didn’t have a lot of clothes to choose from. Mom had promised to take me shopping for new school clothes, but she was always busy with the little ones.

I found my favorite jeans, paired them with a cute silvery silk top, and decided I’d put my makeup on at Eva’s. I raced down the stairs as Mom and Dad and all my little sisters were piling into the van.

"You’re giving me a ride to Eva’s, remember?" I said.

"Of course," Mom said placidly. "You know it takes a long time to get everyone settled."

I sat next to Katie and put an arm around her. "Have fun tonight," I told her.

"I will," she said. "Sam is coming, too."

"Samantha is going to the play with you guys?" I asked. "You didn’t tell me that, Mom."

"Would it have made a difference?" Mom replied. "Sam misses Sean."

My brother was attending college in Southern California, but his girlfriend had chosen to stay in town to go to UC Nightshade.

"No," I said. "But you could have mentioned it."

Even though Sean was gone, I couldn’t seem to shake his girlfriend, no matter how hard I tried. Samantha Devereaux had been the It Girl of Nightshade High and that hadn’t changed one iota just because she’d graduated. I would be starting my freshman year in her shadow.

My number one goal was to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

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Dead Is a Battlefield 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really was kind of upset that daisy wasnt the main character in this book, but i still gave it a chance, and boy am i glad i did! Marlene perez did it again caught my attention from tthe start. Its kind of refreshing to get a different persons point of view and have a new mystery involved in this book!! All i know now, is that i cant wait for the next book to come out! DEAD IS A KILLER TUNE!!!!!
daniellecarolyn96 More than 1 year ago
Im sitting in my Drivers Ed class and just finished Dead is a Battlefield. I loved the book. At first when I found out that it had different characters in it i was kinda skeptical about it. One if my friends told me about the books when I was in 8th grade and she was in the 7th grade. I read through the first book pretty fast and kept reading them until I had to wait on the next one to come out. Im so excited for Dead is a Killer Tune!! :D
Softballchick1048 More than 1 year ago
Marlene Perez has done it again! The new book in the series of Dead is... well amazing! It has a fresh new main character as Sean, Samantha's boyfriends sister Jessi, but has the same problems that Daisy and her sisters had. I can't wait for the next book. Everyone needs to read this!
AbbieLeeAE More than 1 year ago
Ok, I get making a spin off of a series or focusing on other characters(this girl wasn't even a main character barely mentioned previously), but she should have made a new series from this one. Getting all of us Die Hard Daisy and Ryan fans excited over a new book for nothing. Don't get me wrong I'm sure it will be a great story, but I feel it will leave something to be desired. Just because Daisy is college aged, doesn't mean they cant continue. Morganville Vamps is huge and she was in college. Oh well what can I say...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the dead is series really good and was afraid that it had ended. But reading this made the book even better than before and I really really really really hope that marlene perez continues to make these books!
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Yes, people, Daisy is gone from the series as she begins college so quit your moaning. This is, after all, #6 in the series and the protagonist, Jessica, is just beginning her scholastic career at Nightshade High School. Weird things are happening in town (no surprise) just as Jessica learns she is a Virago, a female warrior. She struggles to find time to complete homework and hang with her friends while spending nights on the lookout for evil folks. Romance and zombies round out the story. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Marlene's books. This series was actually something my daughter started to read and I picked it up to read in between my books. I love them just as much as my daughter.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
"Dead Is A Battlefield" sees former narrator Daisy Giordano away at college. Someone needs to show us the adventures of Nightshade so we get a new heroine, Jessica Walsh, a freshman at Nightshade High School. The tone of the series doesn't change a single bit but Jessica is not a Daisy copycat. Jessica doesn't have psychic abilities like Daisy does. She does find out that she is a virago, a female warrior chosen to battle evil in Nightshade. A virago is marked by a special tattoo that tingles when danger is near. Other things going on? Jessica is attracted to the new lead singer of Side Affects May Vary. But Dominic has his own issues starting with moodiness and moments when he starts to sing songs he didn't plan to sing. The songs also appear to be messages with clues in them. (Jukebox, anyone?) Jessica's best friend Eva starts acting extremely weird when she begins to hang around with a new boy named Edgar who works at the new perfume shop his mother owns. So there is a lot of odd things happening in Nightshade.I loved all the storylines which truly are uniquely Nightshade. I have come to love this quirky town in the previous installments. I was somewhat disappointed by a rushed ending. All the plot strands seem to unravel far to quickly and easily. I also would have liked to see more depth to the characters, especially the new ones. The Dead Is series is for younger teens and pre-teens. It is a fabulous series for the independent reader who first expresses an interest in reading things paranormal. As an adult I still enjoy the fun, quick reads. They are very enjoyable and I know I will be around to read any future installments. Nightshade is one interesting town.
Kaydence on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Dead is a Battlefieldby: Marlene Perez4 Stars Product Details ISBN-13: 9780547607344 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: 3/6/2012 Pages: 240 Sales rank: 57,499 Age range: 12 ¿ 17 Years Series: Dead Is¿(Spin-Off) Series Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d) Summary: This is book 6 in the Dead is series. I have not read any of the previous books, but it was not necessary. Jessica Walsh is the newest heroine in this series. She is starting her freshman year at Nightshade high. If you don¿t know much about Nightshade, it is a town that seems to be filled with paranormals. I understood that a lot of the people and town history were explained in previous books, but there is enough description throughout the book to never make me feel lost. Regardless, Jessica wants to have a normal high school experience. She was miss popular while she was younger, and she is hoping to continue life as normal with her best friend in high school. A new boy has become the singer of a local band that happens to be one of her favorites. Jessica hears how hot he is, and her best friend and her bum a ride from her best friend¿s sister to see the bands first concert. Everyone is right, the new singer is HOT!!! However, Jessica is stubborn enough to not be one of the lovesick girls that throw themselves at him. This helps because she also meets and becomes friends with his sister. At the same time, a new store is coming to town. A creepy boy hands Jessica and her friends a flyer introducing it, then hands out a few samples of free perfume to some of the girls at school, including Jessica¿s best friend. Jessica doesn¿t get all the fuss, but everyone else is dying to get their hands on a special bottle of perfume from the new stores. Tingling sensations on Jessica¿s arm demand attention, and through an unlikely twist, Jessica finds out that she is a virago, woman warrior. From there, new training begins, zombies run a muck, and love is in the air. How does Jessica become the new hero in Nightshade? What will all of the girls do about the new singer and Edgar? It¿s time to find out by reading through this quick book. Hurry up before book 7 pops up.My thoughts: This is a fun beach/pool read. The 7th book is expected to come out in September, so laying out by the pool and reading through this is a pretty good idea. If you are like me, you will read it in a day and be satisfied with reading it. It¿s nothing to be jump up and down excited about, but it¿s fun and keeps you moving. My high school teenagers (juniors and seniors) weren¿t rushing me at the door to be the next to read this, but I handed it off to our librarian and she had several freshman that were ¿dying¿ to read it. Yes, that was a silly pun. I would say that younger teens and adolescents will be even more excited with the series because of how quickly the stories move. They are interesting, just not very deep. This is not a book that you are going to have to think about, it tells you exactly what is going on without a lot of hidden aspects. Even the overall zombie plot is out in the open. I was a little frustrated that Jessica took so long to figure it out. I¿d hope that a younger reader would enjoy the mystery a little longer than I did.
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songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This is the 1st book in a new series and has new characters as well as some of the minor characters from the first 5 Black is books. Though I was a bit disappointed at first that Daisy Giordano was not our main character, it made sense that we follow a new character’s story. We get back into the YA age group again and have all of the fun and irritations that go along with it. I am a big fan of Perez’s previous Nightshade novels and this one delivers as well. Our Protagonist is spunky with plenty of obstacles to overcome.The main plot of this story is the mystery, but there is a romantic subplot. This is loaded with innocent fun clean enough for tweens and great for everyone who would like a fast getaway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the dead is series!!! I couldnt wait to read this book!! I was really into daisy being the main character with ryan by her side. I was totally upset that daisy had been replaced by jessica because i didnt really like her character in the past. However i still enjoyed the book. You shoild totally read this book!!!! Still wising for daisy to come back!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daisy isnt the main character : ( jessica isnt as awesome as daisy and i think this isnt the best in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a really good book but I just wish it was Daisy as the main character
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This book does not have daisy as the main character! I did not understand jessica at all
SmileThatKillsU More than 1 year ago
Amaizng
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does she get a boyfrind in this one like Daisy got Ryan?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
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I loved the Dead is seires, but i wasnt sure i would i like it but i now LOVE it
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Awesome love it