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

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  5,707 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
A creepy, campy new mystery series

Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom- shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterl
Paperback, 175 pages
Published April 9th 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Oct 07, 2014 Emma rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-vine
I am part of's new Vine program. In exchange for reviewing products, I get stuff for free. One of my most recent picks was Marlene Perez's book Dead is a State of Mind. Unfortunately, this book had a few strikes against it right out of the box. The first being that I was not expecting a young adult book. The second strike was that this book was actually the second in a series (the first book is called Dead is the New Black).

While I thought the title was amusing and could almost get pa
Julie H.
Jan 06, 2009 Julie H. rated it really liked it
Another fast and entertaining read. Things in the weird-but-not-entirely malevolent town of Nightshade continue apace when a mysterious new student arrives at school, claims to be a fortune-teller, and sets his sights in an obsessive fashion on our spunky protagonist, Daisy Giordano; her sister Poppy falls for a ghost; her boyfriend Ryan is being mysteriously elusive; and her long-lost father may possibly be trying to reach them. The book is fast-paced, well-written, and stocked with believable, ...more
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Jun 24, 2009 Kelly rated it it was ok
Dead Is a State of Mind is a light, fast-paced supernatural mystery for teens. It's set in a world where the paranormal exists in a half-open, half-concealed way; from what I gather, pretty much everyone knows vampires, weres, etc. are out there, but many of the individual vampires, weres, etc. are in the closet. There are aspects of it that I enjoyed a great deal (I love the jukebox!), but overall, Dead wasn't quite my cup of tea.

For starters, when I say the pace is fast, I mean I should have
Andrea at Reading Lark
Posted on Reading Lark 7/12/11:

This is yet another little gem from Marlene Perez. Daisy Giordano is back with a new set of problems. Being a teenager is hard enough, but Daisy also has to deal with her growing supernatural powers. She can read people’s minds and move objects just by thinking about it. I have to admit I wish I had that power when it was time to cook dinner! Daisy is happy about her gifts since it helps her fit in with her talented mother a
Nov 07, 2009 Karenne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens that like mysteries/being scared
Recommended to Karenne by: i read the first one because it seemed interesting so then i fou
This was an amazing book that you have to read.

This book has many secrets that Daisy does not know, but will figure out.

There's a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she's psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke's powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all.
Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher's killer, s
Nov 22, 2009 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormalfiction, ya
NOTE: This review will contain spoilers for Dead is the New Black

Another fun supernatural mystery from Marlene Perez, the second in the series featuring the Giordano sisters. Daisy Giordano is newly come into her psychic powers, and thus no longer such an outsider in her family. However, she has other problems to deal with, most notably the death of a teacher at her school, apparently being mauled by shifters. Her boyfriend Ryan has been avoiding her, she may have a new romantic rival, and a cha
Dec 22, 2009 Shannan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 12 to 17 year olds
Recommended to Shannan by: cute cover, so picked it up
Let me just say, that I am indeed part of the crowd that LOVED Twilight! That said, when I was at the bookstore one day, the DEAD IS… books were right next to the Twilight display. They looked short and had snazzy (yes, I actually said snazzy) titles. Therefore, I picked up all of them. After reading the first two chapters of the first book, I knew this was for young teenagers. In fact, I just happened to look at the back of the book and in small text above the ISBN it clearly states, 12+. I act ...more
Karen Keyte
May 08, 2011 Karen Keyte rated it really liked it
If zero is the normal setting on the weird-o-meter, than on any given day Nightshade, California registers somewhere around a five. It's hard for a town that harbors a secret sub-community of werewolves, vampires, witches and assorted other paranormals to avoid being a little strange. And that's okay with Daisy Giordano. She grew up in Nightshade and, although she's not paranormal herself, she has powerful psychic abilities - mind-reading and telekinesis, to be exact. In fact, all of the women i ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it liked it
3.0 out of 5 stars Bailey School Kids for the tween......., December 1, 2008

This review is from: Dead Is a State of Mind (Paperback) YA FICTION

The minute I opened this book I was transported back to the days when I first was reading The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids (Volume 1)which probably has about 50 titles in the series right now. Those books were about kids living in a town where all sorts of characters were imagined to be anything from werewolves to vampires to other various ghosts
Jul 07, 2010 Realteenreviews rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mind-readers
The Gist

Prom is only weeks away, and Ryan still hasn’t asked Daisy to go with him. Daisy is beginning to worry, but her best friend Samantha Devereaux insists that Ryan will come through eventually. Meanwhile, a ghost is terrorizing Mort’s Mortuary. When the Giordano sisters go to investigate, the ghost turns out to be a passed high school student, who just isn’t ready to die just yet. Poppy immediatly warms up to the ghost and begins to trust him, even though he’s dead. Rose and Daisy warn her
Kate McMurry
Delightful second book in the "Dead Is" comic, paranormal, mystery series for teens

Daisy Giordano and her friends and family are back for a second, fun-filled paranormal adventure in the wacky town of Nightshade, in Northern California.

A beloved teacher from Daisy's school, Nightshade High, has been savagely killed, and the signs point to a werewolf as the murderer. The secret, supernatural "Council" that rules over the magical citizens of Nightshade is on red alert, determined to figure out if
May 17, 2011 Julie added it
such a good book!
In this sequel to Dead is the New Black Daisy Giordano and her psychic sisters are back. Rose is dating a werewolf, Poppy falls for a ghost, and Daisy has problems of her own because as prom approaches Ryan hasn't asked her out yet. Worse than that, Ryan seems to be keeping secrets from her. When a teacher ends up dead, possibly a victim of a werewolf attack, Daisy jumps in to investigate, and finds out more than she bargained for.

I love, love, love, love, love this series. Okay, I realize I am
Jul 04, 2011 Always rated it really liked it
I don't think this book is a life-changer in any huge undeniable gigantic way. So I guess I should explain my 4 stars.
The cover on the book is beautiful. I know, you're probably thinking "WHAT? It's alright, but...beautiful is a stretch." It's not, it's really really not. More often than not covers reveal to much. Not enough. Are trying to much. Have really nice seperate components, but clash when put together. This book had none of that! It had a logical, intriguing title that just can't hel
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* YA Paranormal


Dead Is a State of Mind is the second book in the Dead is series. Our protagonist is 17 year old Daisy Giordano, one of the famous Giordano family members who are psychics, mind readers, and have the ability to use telekinesis. Daisy is having a hard time controlling her newly found powers which seems to encapsulate both of her sister’s powers (Rose and Poppy) as well as her own.

Daisy is fully entrenched in a relationship with Ryan Mendez who she also gre
Sep 29, 2015 Wisty rated it liked it
No! No, no, no. The first book in this series was dumb, but in a tolerable, almost charming way. This book was just freaking stupid.

Let's start off with the blurb on the back of the book. If you have ever read any other book in your life, then you can guess every single detail of this book based on that blurb. By maybe the 10th page, I had the "mystery" solved. Yet, you know who had trouble figuring out what was going on? Every. Single. Character. The main character, Daisy, would "investigate" a
Apr 05, 2012 Antonio rated it it was ok
Second novel of the Dead is series, is a more tolerable book than its previous book.

Quite well, she ties the knot at the end neatly but not entirely satisfactorily. As the first book, the final sequence when she uncovers the villain there's no such action. It lacks more fighting or something. I mean isn't she a psychic after all.

Why do authors always torture us with wimpy, fussy female characters. Cough* BELLA Cough* Daisy has grown from being on my bad side to my blacklist of fem
Sep 13, 2015 Mya rated it it was amazing
This book to me provided the perfect transition to the 3rd.
Jan 23, 2013 Courtney rated it it was amazing
I feel the reason the author wrote this book was because it touched on the love story, mystical creature, and murder that many teens like to read. She showed how love can always have something go wrong with it. Many teens read a book about mystical creatures,love stories, and murder. The author put these three things to give teens the ultimate book to read. I the book the author wrote " He drew me closer and gave me a lingering kiss.". This shows that she is trying to show the love and romantic ...more
Amber Brito
Oct 15, 2012 Amber Brito rated it it was amazing
Dear Charan,
I read a book called Dead Is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez which is a work of fantasy/mystery.
There's a new kid in NightShade high named Duke Sherrad,a fortune teller "descended from gypsies" but Daisy is doubtful about his powers. But when a teacher ends up dead, that Duke predicted will get hurt, Daisy begins to think that Duke might be the real deal after all. Daisy is determined to find out who killed the teacher. daisy and ryan aren't doing so good and daisy thinks that he
Veronica Morfi
Jun 04, 2014 Veronica Morfi rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5

Dead is a State of Mind is the second book in the Dead Is series that follows Daisy and her two sisters Poppy and Rose. In this one, Daisy is continuing her Junior year in high school after her very intense first semester (a.k.a Dead is the New Black). This time around there is a new mysterious guy in her school that claims he is a fortune teller and even though Daisy is no stranger to powers like that, since her family has more than one psychic. But for some reason Daisy doens't trus
Welcome to book two in the Dead Is, series! And what a book it was. It clearly wasn't a case of second-book-in-a-series-syndrome, thank lord. Always afraid to read a second book, I had a few series where the first book was just awesome, but the second book sucked hard, and thus I dropped it.

We got 3 new characters here, Duke and Elise, and Gage. One is a fortune-teller (or so he says), one is (view spoiler) and one is (view spoiler)
Desti A
Dead Is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez is a book mosstly about life and explain different problems. Each character is alittle different in a good way. Daisy Giordano is a teenager at Nigheshade High school. Dasiy has just met Dukker Sherrad he has one thick accent hes from Mexico. Dukker learns that he has a big crush on Dasiy. On page 38 "My psychic powers went wonky when i was understress." I chose this sentence beause Dasiy was having a hard time on figuring out what was going on with her. ...more
Wart Hill
rushed, but still fun.
Brianna Mcrayer
Mar 11, 2015 Brianna Mcrayer rated it it was amazing
The book Dead Is a State Of Mind by Marlene Perez, is about 3 sisters, Rose Poppy and Daisy. They are all psychics. Rose is a mind reader, Poppy is a telepath, and Daisy gets a combo of the two but gets them later than her sisters. A new guy comes to Nightshade High School and daisy is the first greet him. He claims hes a fortune teller but the 3 girls dont believe it. During this time in the book its around prom time so their school prom committee is getting ready for that. Daisy and her boyfr ...more
Amanda Shook
Jun 01, 2015 Amanda Shook rated it it was amazing
This book is the sequel to the book Dead is the New Black. It continues to story of Daisy as she struggles with her relationship with Ryan, and solves a murder mystery. When she discovers that the murder victim was a paranormal character she is determined to solve the murder.
I think that the theme of this book is that love can make you do crazy things. Whenever Daisy thinks Ryan is cheating on her she gets very angry and even shoves Ryan's supposed other love in the hallway. She gets very upset
Sep 08, 2015 Krissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are cheesy and very teeny bopper-ish. Normally I would avoid that. But this series is surprisingly entertaining. I can't really explain why I enjoy them. But I'm not going to question it and just enjoy the ride.
Donita Luz
Seriously, i don't know what the title has got something to do with this sequel. I know it has something to do with psychic powers and all, but I still can't figure out the direct connection.

Anyway, this sequel is pretty much the same as the first book, with the Giordano sister's dealing with high school life and getting entangled with the mysteries of their paranormal town.

Still a pretty light read. I noticed some logic lapses along the way but it is something I can let go of. Still too cheesy
Jenny L
Oct 13, 2016 Jenny L rated it it was amazing
This is as good as the first book! Every bit as exciting and filled to the top with creepiness. But this times there's more creepy characters, and Daisy is the hero again, solving the mystery of mysterious deaths and uncovering the villain. I'm going to read the third book as soon as possible!
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Author of the paranormal teen mystery Dead Is series and the adult urban fantasy Nyx Fortuna series.

Nyx Fortuna series
Strange Fates
Dark Descent
Fortune's Favor

DEAD IS series is as follows:

DEAD IS NOT AN OPTION (Spring, 2011)

Look for the DEAD IS spin-off
Dead Is a Battlefield, Dead Is a Killer Tune, and D
More about Marlene Perez...

Other Books in the Series

Dead Is (8 books)
  • Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is, #1)
  • Dead Is So Last Year (Dead Is, #3)
  • Dead Is Just A Rumor (Dead Is, #4)
  • Dead Is Not An Option (Dead Is, #5)
  • Dead is a Battlefield (Dead Is, #6)
  • Dead Is a Killer Tune (Dead Is, #7)
  • Dead Is Just a Dream (Dead Is, #8)

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