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Dead Is Not an Option (Dead Is #5)

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It's springtime of senior year, and psychic sleuth Daisy Giordano is preparing to say goodbye to Nightshade High. But no college acceptance letters have arrived yet, and she's beginning to worry about where she'll end up come fall--and if it will be anywhere near her boyfriend, Ryan. But that's not the only uncertainty Daisy's dealing with. There's a vamps-versus-shifters ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Turtleback Books
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Veronica Morfi
Jul 23, 2014 Veronica Morfi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4/5

This is the big finale to Daisy's story and it's grand, for sure. Daisy is in her last semester in High School and she is anxiously waiting for her acceptance letters but nothing seems to show up. In the mean time, her boyfriend, Ryan, is thinking of leaving Nightshade for college. Also, a huge fight between werewolves and vampires is about to start. Both sides have so casualties but Daisy is beginning to believe that the attacks are not by paranormal but by the Sourge, the organizati
Feb 23, 2011 TK rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In a word, this book was abbreviated. It's like having a bored teenager tell you a story as quickly as possible, and the only two things that interest that teenager are food and clothes. The books reads like: skim skip skim extreme detail of everyone's clothing skim skip skim intricate detail of food preparation. Near the end of the book, I was suprised to discover that the main character is tall. In fact, I really didn't know what anyone looked like nor most of the places they went. The story i ...more
Christy (TheReaderBee)
This is such a cute little series. I've really enjoyed reading all the books. In 'Dead is Not An Option', Daisy the detective is on the trail once again to solve the mysteries of Nightshade, while also getting ready for graduation and college.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick, easy read. It was also the perfect ending for the series. There were quite a few twists that I didn't see coming. Quite a few funny moments also. I enjoyed watching the characters grow over this series, an
Sometimes it's just nice to sink into a quick, sweet book. The 'Dead' series is perfect for that. 'Dead is Not An Option' is the 5th book in the series about a supernatural girl, Daisy, living in the supernatural tow of Nightshade.

Daisy anxiously awaits the arrival of her college acceptance letters while doing all those traditional senior things like prom, graduation parties, and worrying if her boyfriend will forget her when he goes off to college. And, the mystery of Lily and Bathazar's entra
Jun 03, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Graduation is about all Daisy can think about; friends are going through all their “lasts” this senior year, Ryan isn’t quite telling her the truth, and she still hasn’t heard back from UC Nightshade about her admissions. I thought Perez did a wonderful job capturing how it feels to be moving from one stage of your life to the next; just because this is a “special” community doesn’t make Daisy and her friends any less human, and college and life are scary – and she wrote that well.

But that’s no
May 10, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Read if you love...Forgive My Fins, Beastly, Nancy Drew series
This is my first foray into the series and, as with series that I enjoy you don't have to read the other books to get what's going on, but I definitely am going to after this one. I've been wanting to read the series for a long time and own two others already, so when I saw that I could get this one as a review at Netgalley, I jumped at the chance.
If you are looking for a book that's adult and in-depth than this series is not for you, however, this book beats the Twilight series any day. It's
Apr 30, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 5 in the "Dead is... series.
1. Dead is the New Black
2. Dead is a State of Mind
3. Dead is So Last Year
4. Dead is Just a Rumor

My thoughts:
Although this book easily stands alone, I would suggest reading the whole series - in order. I enjoyed the story, but there were some references to previous happenings that left me feeling, not that I was lost but that I wished I had read the first four books before this one.

The characters are wonderful! I have to say that Lil (the jukebox) is my
I absolutely love this series and jumped at the chance to read it. I was expecting tonnes of mystery and excitement, in this, the final book in the Dead is series. I was not disappointed that’s for sure.
Dead is not an Option was just as good as the other books in the series and for that I’m glad. I love how the mysteries are always there and I can usually guess what’s going on about halfway into the story. I could do that with Dead is not an Option as well but there were still some surprises.
Daisy Giordano is ready to graduate high school, but several issues interfere with the joyous time. Without any of her college acceptance letters arriving, Daisy starts to get nervous about her future plans. However, a distraction shows up. A war is starting between the vampires and the shifters, but the reasons for the conflicts don’t sit well with Daisy. Plus, the war is spilling into the Giordano home, since Rose and Daisy are dating shifters, while Poppy is dating a vampire. Daisy sets out t ...more
Cheryl Bradley
The town of Nightshade is like no other - populated by paranormals such as vampires, werewolves, psychics, and ghosts as well as humans. Mostly, the citizens get along, and for more than 50 years a truce has been formed between the Weres and the Vamps and has held up. However, the Scourge seek to rid the town of all paranormals and are up to their old tricks.

Psychic part-time sleuth Daisy Giordano is finishing up her senior year at Nightshade High. She is fretting over her lack of college accept
Dec 29, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of this series that I have read. I received a copy of this from the publisher, and I can not wait to get the four books that proceeded it! I am very curious about many things, such as where the Scourge (I think of them as the monsters who hide in your closet) came from, and the story behind Slim (Mr. Invisibility). I wish there was a bit more description about some of these fun characters (and a bit less with the kissing).

But, I really enjoyed reading this story. There is actio
Dec 06, 2010 Ginny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampish, shifters, 2010, arc
Something is happening in Nightshade. Well, when is something NOT happening in Nightshade? Daisy is at the forefront to solve the mystery of why the shifters and vampires are attacking each other.

I enjoyed this book. It was fun, and even had me guessing at what was really going on! One of my biggest complaints about this series is the repetitiveness of the books. Example-Daisy will explain that her boyfriend is always hungry because he is a werewolf. Okay, well, Daisy just told us this 10 pages
Berkeley Poder
Oct 21, 2016 Berkeley Poder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that i am going to tell you about is called Dead Is Not An Option. This book is a very serous book about her life and how reality is going for her. This girl's name is Daisy Giorando. She thinks that her life is the worst thing on Earth.In my opinion her life is all not that bad she just thinks that because,she doesn't get the things she wants.
The book Dead Is Not An Option is about this Daisy Giorando and she has a boyfriend named Ryan. The only bad part about having tha
Oct 23, 2014 Shayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daisy and Rose's boyfriend are werewolves while their sister Poppy's boyfriend is a vampire. The vamps and the werewolves aren't getting along which is causing a problem in Nightshade. Daisy suspects someone else to be the reason for the casualties but she has to find more proof. I like this book because there is a lot of suspense and there is always a problem to be solved and I love a mystery. Although I don't like how long it takes to get to the solution and the last chapter is where the autho ...more
Psychic sleuth Daisy Giordano has a new mystery to solve, and it's not just whether or not she got into her college of choice. Someone is trying to start a deadly turf war between Vampires and Shifters, and when Sorceress Circe Silvertongue resurfaces, Daisy thinks she knows who's responsible. Suspiciously shady strangers begin lurking around Nightshade, and clues point toward the Scourge. But who is giving the group its orders? The shocking answer comes during a graduation night party when Dais ...more
Dec 16, 2011 Lilian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lets say I didnt give it a shot...

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Stefani Zeiger
May 03, 2011 Stefani Zeiger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG i loved it. It had so many twists and turns and I had no idea what would happen next. I cant wait for the next book. I love this series so much! Keep on writing Marlene!
Nov 08, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
cant wait!
Kate McMurry
Adorable, funny, satisfying, fifth and final book in the "Dead Is" comic, paranormal, mystery series for teens

Daisy Giordano is about to graduate from high school in the quirky little town of Nightshade, but what would normally be a happy time is filled with anxiety. All of Daisy’s friends have received acceptance letters for college—including her boyfriend Ryan, who will be attending a university in another part of the country. Daisy hates the thought of being separated from him, but even if sh
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
*Contains spoilers from previous books*

Dead is not an Option by Marlene Perez is the fifth and final book of the Dead Is series centering around Daisy Giordano and her family and friends.

In Nightshade, an intense vampire and shifter war is going on and are vampire and shifter attacks. This not only splits the town of Nightshade into factions, but it also splits the Giordano sisters because Daisy and Rose both date weres while Poppy is seeing a vampire.

Daisy also is close to graduating and has ye
Jan 20, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Star Book Tours
Shelves: arc, 2010, ya-paranormal
Dead is Not an Option is, sadly, the last in the Dead Is series starring Daisy Giordano. There is hope, though, for us rabid fans: there will be a spin-off of the Dead Is series with Jessica Walsh - who you'll meet in this book - as the main character! The first two books in the new spin-off series are Dead is a Battlefield and Dead is a Killer Tune. The other piece of good news is that Dead is Not an Option does not disappoint! Now, for those of you who are like me and hate spoilers for the fin ...more
We are back in Nightshade for the fifth installment of this fun lighthearted series. Tensions between the weres and the vampires are mounting as people are being attacked and left for dead. Daisy is attempting to figure out who is behind these attacks while at the same time trying to undo the spell that traps Lily and Balthazar in their forms as a Jukebox and a pig. She has a lot on her hands as the school year wraps up, and graduation approaches. Will she unravel the mystery in time or
Mary (BookHounds)
Daisy is now a senior in high school and waiting for her college acceptance letter. Strange things are happening again in Nightshade, especially with her friend Sam and Sam's father, who was her dad's partner at the University. Her father has survived his capture by the Scourge and accepts her were boyfriend Ryan with a bit more tolerance. She is trying hard to solve the mystery of Lil and Balthazar who were turned into a jukebox and pig respectively by the witch, Circe. There is someone who is ...more
May 20, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead is Not an Option was a very good wrap up to the Dead is Series. I felt like all my questions had been answered and I can now put this series behind me. Plus I do not have to worry about some dying question! Dying...Dead?! Sorry!

Even though this final installment was quite predictable, I still had a fun time reading it. I don't quite know what draws me to this series, but they're my light, fluffy reads where I enjoy trying to solve the mystery within the first few chapters. I don't mean to b
Daisy Giordano is back with her psychic abilities to help protect Nightshade from the Scourge, a group that wants to get rid of all paranormals. In this installment, Daisy has a ton of pressures going on: there are growing tensions between the werewolves and the vampires that could destroy the town if boils over,she is still trying to undo the enchantment that Circe placed on Lil and Bartholemew and she has not received any college acceptance letters yet while all of her friends have.

Like the o
Alicia Montoya
Oct 14, 2012 Alicia Montoya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the last book about a girl named daisy and her adventure as a psychic. She has an amazing boyfriend named Ryan who is a werewolf. In this book her boyfriend dad gets murder. Also a group of people try to kill all the parmormals in nightshade. This group is known as the scrooge. In the first book they captured daisy dad and held him captive. This is a very good book for teens to read it has adventure and mystery. In this book they have to learn how to turn two people into their human ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
I’m a fan of the “Dead Is” series and each individual book’s quick read pacing. This is definitely a beach read for those of us that like our books a little darker. This is book 5 of the series and while I wouldn’t recommend reading it without having read the other 4 books, it is possible to understand everything that is going on in this one on its own. The other books just make for a more complete picture, as most in a series will do. Dead is Not an Option isn’t my favorite in the series as I f ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Kale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tensions are high in the small community of Nightshade. Rifts in the vampire and were factions of the paranormal residents are deepening. It's the type of situation that local sleuther Daisy Giordano can't help but end up in the middle of. Our leading lady is also diligently trying to find a counter spell to release her prophetic jukebox friend Lilly and her pot belly pig beau Bam from their unnatural states. Top that off with her senior year duties, and Daisy is in for a busy year. Unfortunatel ...more
Zemika White
First off I want to say this book was great. It had romance, mystery, and a little bit of drama. I wish to become a great author like her and other of my most inspiring authors. I wish to live my life giving readers a chance to go on a journey on the books I write. To inspire others , I'm proud of myself for doing something that I thought was impossible to complete. But I finished the first book of my series "True, Love Story". I am now between the beginning and middle of my second book "True,Lo ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, arc, fantasy, 2011
The Dead Is series by Marlene Perez is a cute series starring Daisy Giordano, a teen with telekinetic and telepathic abilities. She lives in Nightshade, California, a town inhabited by other paranormal-types such as vampires, witches, and werewolves. Her mother is a psychic investigator and she and her sisters have inherited her abilities. Throughout the series the Giordano sisters use their special talents to solve various of crimes and mysteries involving an anti-paranormal group called the Sc ...more
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