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Dead Is So Last Year (Dead Is #3)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,353 Ratings  ·  248 Reviews
Double, double, Nightshade's in trouble!

Who would have thought the notoriously spooky little town of Nightshade, California, could get twice as weird? The summer before Daisy Giordano's senior year, it does.

With their mom working on a case overseas, the Giordano sisters are on their own. These smart psychic teens have no trouble taking care of themselves. They score jobs:
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 2009 by Graphia, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Veronica Morfi
Jun 04, 2014 Veronica Morfi rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5

It's summer in Nightshade and the Giordano sisters jsut came back from their summer vacation in Italy withou their mother. While she stays back to work on a case the three sisters go back to their home to spend the rest of the summer. But while they were gone things had changed. The guys on the football team look like they are on steroids, the people of Nighshade are acting crazy for sugar and there are clones walking around the town. It's up to them to figure out who are the real res
Nov 10, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-teens
This book felt too fast, too shallow, and too predictable. It could have been a good book with more development, depth, and mystery. I forced through it just to end the pain of reading it. I'm not giving it a 1 simply because I liked the feel of the book in my hands. Good shape and paper quality. Sad, but true.
Kate McMurry
Captivating third book in the "Dead Is" comic, paranormal, mystery series for teens

Daisy Giordano and her older sisters Rose and Poppy have just returned home from vacation in Italy the summer after Daisy's junior year. Their psychic mother has stayed behind to work on an important case and is unavailable to help solve a big mystery here in Nightshade, the quirky little town where the Giordanos live in Northern California. Doppelgängers of local residents are appearing all over the place, a fact
Joe Young
Mom Giordano had taken the Giordano women Daisy, Rose, Poppy and Grandma to Italy for a surprise vacation and the girls had returned with Grandma leaving mom in Italy on continuing business. The girls are staying by themselves in Nightshade with Grandma checking in once or twice a week. Poppy had recently broken up with her first serious boyfriend, a ghost, and had been moping around the graveyard instead of celebrating her recent graduation from Nightshade High. Rose had a research job at the l ...more
This is book three in the Dead is series which starts with the book Dead is the New Black. Once more, Daisy and her sisters are back using their psychic skills to solve the paranormal mysteries in the creepy little town of Nightshade. It's summer in Nightshade and Daisy and her sisters have gotten summer jobs. But strange things, stranger than usual that is, are happening. Doppelgangers of local residents are appearing all over town and the football team seems to be bulking up overnight. Trust D ...more
Amanda Cruden
Mar 11, 2011 Amanda Cruden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death is so Last Year
4th hour

I wasn’t really into mysteries. But all my friends told me to read this book. I finally decided I would read this book. When I read the book I was fascinated by the words the author used. It is a love-story, and a mystery all in one. I read the other books that “Marlene Perez” wrote and I didn’t like the other ones that she has written.
Death is so Last Year takes place in Nightshade California. The two main characters are “Daisy Giordino’s,” and her father M
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Sep 13, 2012 Alden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-booksale
I already have read the first three installments of Dead Is series and I have to admit that it is my newest guilty pleasure. Although the series focuses on vampires and werewolves, the romance is not too deep and desperate, and more importantly, there is no 'sparkling' vampires here, as in Twilight series.

Dead Is So Last Year is the third book in a series about a psychic family, mainly the Giordano sisters Rose, Poppy and Daisy. In this book, it seems that Doppelgangers or look-alikes of familia
Aug 31, 2010 Myhotstylist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun series!
this is the 3rd installment, and was by far the best so far. Im eagerly awaitng the 4th book.

The Giordano sisters are on summer break and very busy. Rose is working for a scientist at the college, Poppy is working the snack bar stand at the beach, and Daisy landed a job at Slims Diner, working with Flo and an invisible boss.

But things start taking a turn for the worse. New werewolves are appearing in town, and Daisys dad has been spotted after being missing for 6 years. Peopl
Ian Wood
Jan 09, 2016 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
May 30, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend on mine likes this series so I thought I'd give them another try. I'm still not very enthused, although I can see why this sort of series appeals to teens.

The Giordano sisters live in Nightshade, a peculiar town full of paranormal people. The sisters themselves are psychic. Daisy's boyfriend, Ryan, is a werewolf, as is elder sister Rose's boyfriend, Nicholas. Middle sister, Poppy, is recovering from a love affair with a ghost. They have just returned from Italy where their mother, a psy
This entire series is very light-hearted and lacks depth. The characters are likable, but the plots have all been so predictable. What is supposed to be mysterious is not, as everything becomes obvious to the reader long before realized or revealed to characters. For something that requires little thought, though, it's fun enough!
May 13, 2015 Tabitha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2-and-a-halfish. I realize these are basically YA beach reads, but it gets really frustrating to read a book told from first person pov and have the main character keep secrets from the reader. In fact, I'm noticing a lot of the "mystery" happening in these books can be better characterized as miscommunication.
Carol Cowan
Feb 09, 2015 Carol Cowan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, pre-teen
I guess I was expecting a teen murder-mystery. That is not this book at all. This is more like a current version of the Munsters or Addams Family with a town full of similar families with teenagers. For younger readers, this may keep their attention and interest. For me, not so much.
Nickle Love (Night Owl Reads)
Like the others before it, it was an ok read. I guess it can be read by younger teens, there's no sexual content and the mystery is resolved quite easily.
Adrianna Niedzielko
The final ending had me a bit surprised although the book was very predictable, things happen too fast without much explanation.
May 19, 2016 Lydia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would not necessarily recommend this book to any one. Unless you like really shallow and dumb books. Then read ahead! I wasn't completely sure if I'd like it or not when I picked it up, then I read the back and it sounded kind of interesting because of the paranormal stuff going on. But then the werewolf boyfriends and the ghost boyfriends showed up. And I lost interest. Maybe it's just because I'm too mature for this book. I couldn't connect with any of the characters that much. It was also v ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another sort of tongue-in-cheek story in the series. There are two major themes in the book. One, there seems to be a rogue group of teenage werewolves in the city. Second, there are dopplegangers, doubles of real people, that are appearing. As to the second theme, the main perps are horribly obvious. One woman has a greenhouse, so immediately Invasion of the Body Snatchers comes to mind. The other is a woman scientist named Dr. Franken, so obviously that's a play on Frankenstein.

The we
Pre-Reading: Having read and eh-kinda-sorta enjoyed the previous books in this campy, supernatural mystery series, I expect that this will be a quick, fun read. I love the feisty personalities of Daisy and her sisters. With a splash of that and a mystery thrown in with a tad (just a tad, mind you) of romance, I will be satisfied. Just Startin' Out (40 pages in)- Already with the boyfriend drama. I am so over it. If you are so insecure with your relationship, leave it! I mean, Elise has a boyfrie ...more
Dec 20, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Granted, I have read about a million teen-oriented, supernatural book series over the past few months, but none has enthralled me so thoroughly as Marlene Perez's 'Dead Is...' series. The storyline reeled me in during the first book and has not let go so far, although I will have to admit that So Last Year was just a smidge too fast-of-pace. The thing that I absolutely love about this series is that we don't have to deal with the "OMG, magic so isn't real, so how is all of this possible" shtick ...more
Jul 07, 2010 Realteenreviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Werewolves
The Gist

Daisy and her sisters finally have a break from school work. It’s summer and their mother’s in Italy, leaving them alone in the house. To get some money, they all get summer jobs: Rose as Dr.Franken (a scientist)’s assistant, Poppy at a beach snack shack, and at her favorite diner, Slim’s. The Nightshade starts seeing double. Literally. It’s as if clones of Nightshade’s residents roam the streets. Daisy, as usual, decides that she must get to the bottom of this. But when a Doppelganger o
Yu Ting Zhu
Daisy and her older sister Rose and Poppy have just return form Italy by themselve, because their mom has something needs to work on. But there are too many things happen in Nightshade during the rest of the summer vacation. Daisy got a summer job in Slim(an invisible man)'s diner, her boyfriend Ryan is a werewolf, and many doppelgangers appear with troubles include Daisy' deppeldad.
I really enjoy to read Marlene Perez's books, her books make me don't want to stop reading. In the late part of De
May 18, 2010 avi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary (BookHounds)
I can't tell you how many people I have recommended this series to, especially those with 11-12 year old girls who are not into the Twilight series. Everyone seems to agree, no matter how old they are, think that this series is just wonderful. The characters of Daisy, Poppy and Rose provide good role models since they all have college plans, hold jobs and value family. The mystery of each book is enough to keep everyone turning the pages.
There are nice little word plays in the book like naming
May 20, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

It just didn't live up to my expectations!

Daisy and her supernatural town, Nightshade, are back and this time solving a very dangerous mystery. When Daisy and her friends start seeing doubles of the citizens of Nightshade, they just brush it off. But it turns out that there are doubles trying to cause trouble for all of Nightshade. And Daisy's schoolmates on the football team are acting even weirder. Will Daisy and her friends be able to solve this mystery without anyone getting hurt?

Oct 27, 2010 Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DEAD IS SO LAST YEAR by Marlene Perez is the third book in the DEAD series. I really enjoyed this book becauase it was mysterious, funny, and a quick read. The only thing I dodn't like about the book was that it was pretty obvious what the end result was but, otherwise it was very good!

It is summer in Nightshade and all three Giordano sisters have summer jobs. Daisy is working at Slim's Diner, Poppy is working at the pier, and Rose is working in the UC Nightshade labs with a strange scientist n
Erin O'Riordan
In this third and strangest installment in Marlene Perez's "Dead" series, Daisy Giordano (now 17) comes face to face with a man who looks exactly like her long-missing father, Rafe. Where has he been all these years, and why hasn't he tried to contact Daisy, her mother or her two sisters? The answer may have something to do with the sugar-craving doppelgangers* running around town (especially the area of Nightshade around the donut shop.) Budding foodie Daisy has a weakness for chocolate and caf ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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The Giodano sisters are back from a summer vacation in Italy, and things in Nightshade are as strange as ever when they get back.

The first thing Daisy wants to do when she gets home is see her boyfriend, Ryan. She has missed him and can't wait to get over to his house. Daisy is disappointed to find out that he is at football practice, but heads over to the school anyway. She is very surprised by what she sees. Ryan has really buffed up in the weeks
Karen Keyte
Newly returned from a glorious three week vacation in Italy, Daisy Giordano is ready to spend the rest of the summer relaxing and spending quality time with her boyfriend Ryan. Of course, that's so not going to happen because Daisy lives in Nightshade, California - land of the weird, home of the strange. Not long after Daisy returns home, Nightshade's residents, admittedly odd on their best days, start acting strangely way beyond their abnormal standard of normal. People seem to be showing up in ...more
The Giodano sisters are back from a summer vacation in Italy and things in Nightshade are as strange as ever when they get back.

The first thing Daisy wants to do when she gets home is see her boyfriend, Ryan. She has missed him and can't wait to get over to his house. Daisy is disappointed to find out that he is at football practice, but heads over to the school anyway. She is very surprised by what she sees. Ryan has really buffed up in the weeks she's been gone and so, it seems, has most of th
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Author of the paranormal teen mystery Dead Is series and the adult urban fantasy Nyx Fortuna series.

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Other Books in the Series

Dead Is (8 books)
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