Dead Is A Killer Tune by Marlene Perez

November 23, 2012 in TeenSpace by SCLSAdmin

I have to be honest, I liked this series better when it was about the Giordano sisters, but it still is a light fun read. They make more sense if you read from the beginning of the series because all of the characters and situations are related. Here is the series in order
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
Dead is a Battlefield
Dead is a Killer Tune

The whole series is about the strange town of Nightshade. Most citizens are paranormal in some way and there is even a secret city council made up of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc. This book, and the previous one, is about Jessica. Jessica discovered that she is a virago. Viragos can sense danger, so Jessica and her fellow viragos train in fighting and running, etc to help keep their town safe. Jessica had been dating Dominic, the lead singer of a local band, but lately he has been avoiding her. They keep running into each other though at the Battle of Bands, a big competition taking place in Nightshade. Dominic has a strange psychic ability where he will go into a trance and sing a song that in someway predicts the future. When this happens at the Battle of the bands, Jessica tries to make sense of it. It seems to be related to a missing flute from a local estate sale and to another band in the battle, Hamlin. A lot of the Hamlin fans have been causing trouble about town and Jessica thinks something deeper is going on there.
There is also another plot line involving some missing magic dust and a dollhouse in which the dolls have come to life. Honestly, it can be a little hard to follow because it seems like a lot of mysterious things are happening and there’s no way to connect them until everything is revealed at the end of the book. I had to go back after everything was solved and read some parts again so I could put all the pieces together. Also, there are a lot of characters in her books, so it can be hard to keep track of everyone. Nonetheless, the mysteries are always intriguing and the main characters are strong females, so I will continue to read and enjoy this series.