Dead Is a State of Mind (Dead Is Series #2)

Dead Is a State of Mind (Dead Is Series #2)

by Marlene Perez

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ISBN-13: 9780152062101
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Series: Dead Is Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 156,844
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: HL620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marlene Perez is the author of eight books in the Dead Is Series, including Dead Is The New Black, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She lives in Orange County, California. Visit her website at www.marleneperez.com.

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CHAPTER One

I was running late. So late, in fact, that I didn’t watch where I was going and slammed into someone walking out of the school office as I ran by.

"Ooph!" he said as my elbow jabbed into rock-hard abdominal muscles.

"I am so sorry!" I said. I’d almost knocked over a stranger. An extremely handsome stranger who stood there smiling at me, despite the fact that I’d almost flattened him in my hurry to get to chemistry class.

"Do not worry," he said with a heavy accent I couldn’t place. "It is a pleasure to run into someone as beautiful as you on my first day."

He was dressed in a deep blue silk shirt, form-fitting black jeans, and boots. His spiky hair was really black, like someone had overturned an inkwell on his head. His long lashes framed incredible blue eyes.

"You’re new here?" I said, stating the obvious. I knew practically everybody at Nightshade High—and besides, it wasn’t exactly swarming with gorgeous new students.

"I am Dukker Sherrad," he said, "but my friends call me Duke." He took my hand and held it longer than strictly necessary.

"Hi," I said.

He looked at me questioningly. I seemed to have forgotten my name as well as my manners.

"I’m Daisy Giordano," I finally said. I paused for a minute, waiting for recognition to set in, then felt like an idiot when my last name garnered only polite interest instead of the usual curiosity. You see, my mom is a psychic. She solves crimes all over the world using her powers. She wasn’t exactly famous yet, but she’d been in the news plenty of times and I was getting used to people recognizing the name.

I blushed, amused at my overinflated sense of self-worth. "Welcome to Nightshade," I said.

Samantha Devereaux walked up as we stood there. She was blond, gorgeous, and the head cheerleader. She was also kind of a friend. Earlier in the school year, Sam had gone through a queen of the damned look, but that, thankfully, was over. She was wearing jeans I was sure would soon become all the rage and what looked like her boyfriend Sean’s button-down shirt over a lacy camisole. It was outfits like this that earned her the nickname the Divine Devereaux.

I dropped Duke’s hand. Quickly, but not quickly enough.

"Daisy, aren’t you forgetting someone?" Samantha said pointedly. Remarks like this were why she was only kind of a friend. I thought I could be sarcastic, but I bowed before the master.

"What?" I was still staring into Duke’s eyes, almost against my will.

"Ryan Mendez. Your boyfriend. He’s waiting for you by your locker," she said.

Ryan. Oh my gosh! "I was supposed to meet him before class!" I said.

"I was hoping you would be available to show me around the school," Duke said.

"I’ve got to run," I said, "but this is Samantha Devereaux. I’ll leave you in her capable hands."

As I left, Samantha said something to Duke I couldn’t hear, and he laughed, dimples flashing. I felt a slight pang at leaving such a cutie behind, but another cutie waited for me.

I bolted to my locker, where Ryan was, as Samantha reported, waiting patiently.

"I’m so sorry!" I said. "I’m running late as usual."

Ryan leaned in for a quick kiss. "I don’t mind waiting for you."

I smiled up at him. Maybe things between us were finally returning to normal. He’d been broody and distracted lately. He told me that he had been arguing with his dad a lot, which was odd since they had always been so close. I guessed it was because his dad could be strict at times—after all, he was the chief of police in Nightshade.

Broody or not, Ryan Mendez was the cutest boy in school (I pushed the memory of the gorgeous new guy out of my mind), played varsity in every sport the school had to offer, and was generally considered to be a catch by the girls at Nightshade High.

They also considered it a complete mystery that he wanted to be with me. I wasn’t part of the popular crowd, although I’d been a cheerleader for about ten seconds back in the fall.

The warning bell rang, and we hurried to our classes. Ryan and I had P.E. together last period, but that was about it.

By fourth period everyone was gossiping about the new guy.

Copyright © 2009 by Marlene Perez

All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Graphia, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Dead Is a State of Mind (Dead Is Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Patrick Bryant More than 1 year ago
I truly dont like to read but when i wen to my book fair and saw this book it was amazing. Cant wait for Dead is so last year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has you sitting on your edge of your seat
stampymom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book in this series(Dead Is The New Black) and was anxious to move onto the second and I'm so glad I did. This series so far has just been a lot of fun to read. Daisy is such a great teenager to read about mostly because, for the most part she acts like a teenager. Duke Sherrad shows up at Nightshade High and instantly sets his sights on Daisy. This definitely causes some teenage male jealousy for Ryan, Daisy's best friend gone boyfriend. Of course Daisy is feeling more and more insecure about her relationship with Ryan because he has been very secretive lately. Plus prom is coming up quick and Ryan still hasn't asked Daisy to go with him or mentioned it at all. Now throw in a ghost disrupting the Council meetings and a new murderous werewolf in town and you've got another great Dead Is novel. I checked this book out from my fabulous local library and received no compensation for my glowing report of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good read for just whatever, but it doesn't really challenge you so you can enjoy everything. However, I think Perez does a good job with her characters which I find pretty believeable which is nice. I think that story would be better if it were more in depth, but it seems to be meant as a quick little interesting read, which it is. It's worth reading. I suggest reading it if you've read the first one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slthough this is only the secound book in the series, i am loving it. Msrlen Perez definitely knows how to write a wonderful book!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a cute quick read. It is YA book so you have young dating drama which appeals to that audience. The quirky, enjoyable blend of paranormal, romance, mystery, and light-hearted life experiences is engaging. The main character, Daisy is likeable, sassy, and relatable. I did get a bit annoyed with her clueless assumptions about her boyfriend and how long it took her to figure things out. (they have been friends for too many years for this to happen in real life) She does get it in the end though and all is well. It is clean with only vague references to High School locker room topics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story keeps me intrigued. This is the second book in the Dead Is series and the mystery in this one is just as exciting as the first book. The characters are well written and developing amazingly as the series progresses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG RYAN SOUNDS SOOO HOT AS A WEREWOLF!!!!!!
KelseyOakes More than 1 year ago
Dead is a State of Mind was a great book. If you like quick reads with alot of mystery this is the book for you! It had great vocabulary, while still keeping it simple. It was easily relatable, and made reading fun. One of my favorite things about this book was the language the author used. Marlene perez made it clear that her target audience was teenagers. She put alot of spunk and attitude into her characters. The main family in the book all have pshycic powers, but with the language the author uses it's easy to relate to the characters. Another thing i liked about this book was all of the drama packed into it. Daisy had to deal with trying to solve the mystery of her teachers murder, and her boyfriend, Ryan. Ryan and Daisy always seemed to be misinterpreting eachother. It made me relate by thinking to myself if i overreact about the little things, when i shouldn't. This book is a really quick read. I didn't want to put the book down! It seemed like something exciting was always stirring up in Daisy's life. Dead is a State of Mind is something i think every young adult interested in a good mystery should read at some poing! I was very satisfied with every aspect of the book, and i can't wait to read the rest of the series!
highvoltagegrrl on LibraryThing 24 days ago
While this series is still a light read, it doesn¿t have the backbone to make it through to much else. No emotional connection to the characters, it feels like a chapter book at times, but the content is a bit older than should be in a chapter book. There is nothing questionable for teens within these pages, which is a nice change for a young adult book.Oddly enough, the jukebox is fast becoming one of my favorite characters, right along with the sassy waitress and her even sassier t-shirts which always fit the mood of whatever is happening at the time. This book has a real murder mystery within it which leaves you wondering ¿who done it¿ until the revelation at the end.
MyBookAffair on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I really enjoyed the first book in this series(Dead Is The New Black) and was anxious to move onto the second and I'm so glad I did. This series so far has just been a lot of fun to read. Daisy is such a great teenager to read about mostly because, for the most part she acts like a teenager. Duke Sherrad shows up at Nightshade High and instantly sets his sights on Daisy. This definitely causes some teenage male jealousy for Ryan, Daisy's best friend gone boyfriend. Of course Daisy is feeling more and more insecure about her relationship with Ryan because he has been very secretive lately. Plus prom is coming up quick and Ryan still hasn't asked Daisy to go with him or mentioned it at all. Now throw in a ghost disrupting the Council meetings and a new murderous werewolf in town and you've got another great Dead Is novel. I checked this book out from my fabulous local library and received no compensation for my glowing report of this book. If you've read Dead Is A State Of Mind let me know what you thought.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
If I was about 11-15 years old, I would have adored this book. It would have been my obsession. (I lived in a world of R.L. Stine Fear Street books and this is so much cooler than that) At least this series has the potential to be something awesome. This is the story of Daisy and her two sisters Rose and Poppy. Poppy has a crush on a ghost who lives at a funeral home run by a real skeleton and Rose is dating a werewolf. All three girls and their mother have varying psychic abilities. Now, Daisy's boyfriend is acting weird and there is a new boy in town with eyes only for Daisy. This book was a hoot and although it doesn't have enough character development for me, I again think it would have been amazing in my eyes about twenty years ago. I am going to give this to my 12 year old step daughter to read next. I think this will receive great reviews from her.
HHS-Students on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Reviewed by Samantha (Class of 2012)This book is about a girl that is a witch and has run into a phony psychic and the "psychic" has a thing for her. It also has vampires and werewolves.
kayceel on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Daisy and her sisters are back, using their psychic abilities to solve the murder of a high school teacher. But, more importantly for Daisy, will Ryan ever ask her to prom?!?!Seriously, the biggest problem for Daisy is the prom question. While I understand that for a high schooler, whether or not her boyfriend is cheating, let alone the questions of prom, may be the center of her world, it was still annoying.I like the idea of a town of which a good portion is supernatural in nature. Werewolves and psychics are in residence, as are shifters, apparently.Daisy's "solving" of the mystery, though? Completely lame and outta nowhere. I felt as if Perez had a word count limit, realized she was close, then wrapped it up as quickly as she could.Very thin plot, though Daisy could be interesting if she'd get over the need to "solve" mysteries.
59Square on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Kearsten says: Daisy and her sisters are back, using their psychic abilities to solve the murder of a high school teacher. But, more importantly for Daisy, will Ryan ever ask her to prom?!?!Seriously, the biggest problem for Daisy is the prom question. While I understand that for a high schooler, whether or not her boyfriend is cheating, let alone the questions of prom, may be the center of her world, it was still annoying.I like the idea of a town of which a good portion is supernatural in nature. Werewolves and psychics are in residence, as are shifters, apparently.Daisy's "solving" of the mystery, though? Completely lame and outta nowhere. I felt as if Perez had a word count limit, realized she was close, then wrapped it up as quickly as she could.Very thin plot, though Daisy could be interesting if she'd get over the need to "solve" mysteries.
liga1996 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
i love this book even though it wasnt as good as the first one. this is what i look for in a mystery book... i would deffinetly read it again. i cant wait for the next book.
callmecayce on LibraryThing 24 days ago
A coworker suggested I read this series and though I was apprehensive, I did pick it up. and I fell immediately in love. The characters are fun, the plot interesting and the writing both amusing and slightly suspenseful. Daisy's from a family of psychics, but she doesn't have any powers -- or does she? That's the basic premise of the first book, but it's mixed up nicely with a mystery for Daisy to solve, a changing relationship with her former best friend and sisters as well as a cute little love story. I really enjoyed it.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
While a little cheesy, I still liked it. These are quick but fun reads and I like the characters enough to read the other books. Also throughout this one though, I was like, dude just communicate with each other already. Good sequel at least. And I like the covers.
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Awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book i think it should have been alot longer to tell the rest of Daisy's story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Top says it all. Please people stop being such spoilers my god its annoying -.-
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Amazing book. You must read it