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Dead Is a Killer Tune

(Dead Is #7)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,443 ratings  ·  83 reviews

High school freshman Jessica Walsh is a Viragoa woman warrior who must protect her hometown from danger. And in Nightshade, California, trouble is always lurking. At the towns Battle of the Bands, Jesss boyfriend, Dominic, and his band, Side Effects May Vary, are up against Hamlin, a band so popular, their fans follow them everywhere. Soon, the competing musicians are

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Published September 4th 2012 by Graphia
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This was a YA paranormal story, with a battle of the bands competition.

Jessica was an okay character, but I still found it really odd to be following her and not Daisy! I really dont get why the author changed the main character.

The storyline in this was about things going wrong in Nightshade again, and there was also a battle of the bands competition going on. We had a mystery surrounding a stolen flute, and a very strange doll house, but once again the pace in this one dragged.

The ending to
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I read Dead is a Battlefield, I was really disappointed because Daisy was not the main character of the book and I wasn't getting more of her story. However, I got over my sadness and was able to enjoy this new book in the Dead is...series. These books are not great literary works, but they are enjoyable, quick reads that are super for reluctant readers. The town of Nightshade has every supernatural creature - werewolves, vampires, skeletons, the invisible man, ghost and more. The only ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Like I stated in my review of the previous book in this series "Dead Is A Battlefield" this book didn't really do it for me (I found the characters and situations to be a bit too juvenile for my tastes, the sheer number of characters overwhelming, etc.). That being said, since I reviewed "Dead Is A Battlefield" I have learned that these books are ALA (American Library Association) Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Therefore, while as a reader they may not be entirely to my liking, ...more
Having Jessica as the main character is still weird to me. I kind of miss the Giordano sisters. The virago aspect of Jessica's story is pretty cool though. There are a lot of characters to keep track of! Other than that, I can see why this is a popular series for reluctant readers.
Nunchi Goya
This is a light read. Something that cute will makw you smile and if you're a teenager will totally agree with and if you're an adult will have you reminiscing of the good ole days... With an added supernatural element.
This being part of the Dead is series... I do prefer Daisy and Ryan as main characters but Jessica has her quirka abs Eva is the devoted friend we should all have to get us through high school.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 2.75

The main character in this was okay, but again, I didn't love her.

This wasn't an awful read, but these books seem to just get a bit more boring with each one. Because of that, the last few of them have dragged at times, unfortunately.

Glad the next one is the last.
Judine Brey
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
The "Dead Is" series never fails to disappoint, but I'm starting to feel a bit bogged down with the sheer number of characters to keep straight. Jessica continues to be a convincing narrator, but I tend to mix up her fellow viragos. Maybe a couple fewer "special guest villains" would help.
Elizabeth Aguilar
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-wands, 2019
Ummm... Out of all.mythology and supernatural creatures, why go with pied piper?
Ayesha Nur
If there is going to be any more books for the series, then I BEG the author to change the main character back to Daisy somehow! PLEASE!!!!(I know its a little crazy!!!)
Allyson Rida
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I think the Dead is series is one of the most under-appreciated series in YA. The books in this series are so great, they are short yet packed with mysteries, there are so many sub-plots that I must applaud Perez for stuffing them all in then resolving them in about 200 pages. Well done! Perez! *insert enthusiastic clapping here* As you can see, this is the 7th book of the series, but don't worry, Perez doesn't drag her plots, each
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It took me a month to get through this book. Normally it would take me a day or two. Im not 100% sure if this is because since I started this series back in 2008 my taste and expectations have changed (It tends to happen when you read over 100 books a year), or because this one was much slower than the others. Either way I didnt like this book as much as the others. I found that the characters were focused more on being polite and up standing citizens compared to the actual on goings. Although ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Yes, Dead Is A Killer Tune is another book from my to-reads list. I have almost fifty books on there, and I'm trying to get that number down (maybe to 30, or at least, down to the ones that aren't published yet). (In the parentheses, I was about to say "get down for what.")

Some background info about Dead Is a Killer Tune: It is the seventh book in the series (and it doesn't look like the author is going to write anymore, but who knows?). The sixth and seventh book of the series (still can't
The Good

The pace.  This is a quick, cutesy read. This whole series is a great introductory for those who are interested in trying out paranormal fiction, but don't want anything too heavy. That being said, ever since the narrator changed in the last book, the series has fallen a little flat.

The Bad

The characters.  The first five books in this series were wonderful. I loved Daisy. I loved Ryan. I loved Slim and Flo. But even the wonderful characters I fell in love with in the earlier books
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was a little late getting into the Dead Is series, but Perez generally gives the audience exactly what is expected. The entire series are light, fluffy mysteries with all our favorite fantastical creatures mixed in. In the latest, Dead is a Killer Tune, Jessica (high school sophmore virago) is thrust into another mystery to save her town of Nightshade. Our lovable sidekicks, Raven, Eva, Andy, Serena, and more are all involved. A battle of the bands has been slated in Nightshade with
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
So Daisy has graduated and the series shifts to her boyfriend Ryan's sister, Jessica Walsh. Jessica finally has her life on track as a new Virago, protecting Nightshade from the paranormal threats that create havoc for the population. Her new boyfriend, Dominic, the singer from Side Effects May Vary (SEMV) is acting a bit strange, so when a Battle of the Bands comes to town and SEMV shows up to compete, things go haywire. Something peculiar is happening to the most popular
Ashley Ehlers
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Dead is a Killer Tune is a fun quick read with little talking dolls and a pied piper looking for revenge.

Honestly, this spin off series is fun but that's all it is. There's no real storyline that connects the books together in this trilogy. The only thing is that Jessica is a Virago and she's learning her way with it. Other than that, there's not much for me to fall head over heels like I did with Daisy's
Rating Clarification: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Summary: Jessica Walsh is a virago - a female warrior responsible for keeping paranormal critters in check to keep the residents of her hometown safe from things that go bump in the night. Life as a virago isn't exactly ideal for Jess - a high school freshman - but she's managing as best as she can.

Until strange - er, stranger - things start happening to her boyfriend's band and their rivals. The boys behaviour seems to escalate daily, pitting them
Julie H.
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
In rating Dead is a Killer Tune, I am rounding up from 2 1/2 stars. While the story is Book #7 in the "Dead Is..." series, it's really only the second outing for protagonist Jessica Walsh. The town of Nightshade, CA, and many of the characters are familiar from the stories featuring Daisy Giordano in the first five "Dead Is..." entries. Books 6 and 7, however, have shifted the focus away from Daisy who has completed high school (and is presumably no longer of interest to YA readers?) to that of ...more
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I will come out and just say it - this "spin-off" series is just not cutting it for me. Book #8 (Dead Is Just a Dream) just came out and I will not be reading it.

Is it just me or does it seem like these books keep getting shorter and shorter? Book #6 was 240 pages, this book was 204, and Book #8 - 176 pages! I don't think you can really get a good story in that short of time. I also took issue with that fact that the summary on the back cover is misleading! You can read
Yet again, Marlene Perez' latest installment in the Dead Is Series was a quick and fun read. I still need to go back and read the original Dead Is Series, but from what I have read in this spin off series, I am loving it. I plan to share this series with my pre-teen niece - I know she is just going to love it.

Jessica is still out there fighting paranormal baddies in this next installment and also pining away for the ever elusive and mysterious Dominic. She has a sixth sense about things and can
Yu Ting Zhu
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dead Is a Killer Tune is another fun book that written by Marlene Perez. Nightshade's first annual Battle of the Bands is coming up, but too many strange things happen. A magic dollhouse found in the Mason house, the death of Scotty in the cave, and the abnormal behavior of Connor. Jessica Walsh who is a virago will find out what happen and protect her town from danger.
This book is very unique because it need to deal with another story about the Pied Piper. The piper is a rat-catcher hired by
This is the 7th book in the Dead Is series, but only the second one narrated by high school freshman Jessica Walsh who found out a few months ago that she is a viragoa woman warrior who must protect her unusual hometown of Nightshade, CA from danger. All viragos start out with a whirlwind tattoo that becomes animated when it senses any threats. Nightshade is full of vampires, witches, werewolves and shape-shifters.

Everyone is excited for the month-long Battle of the Bands competition,
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jessica Walsh is trying to juggle her busy life as a high school freshman, responsible big sister, and the newest member of warrior women known as Virago. So Nightshade's first annual Battle of the Bands should be a welcome distraction, as the competition heats up, band members are going down. Jessica and her friends are going to have figure out what's going on before the threat consumes the city.

Marlene Perez has written another fun read. While I was disappointed at first when Daisy's leading
Wren Bautista
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book intrigues me A LOT... Base from just looking the cover title... Dead Is a Killer Tune..

What capture my attention most is the stolen magical flute... It took time for me to unveil who stole it.. A magical music sheet a scary one that possess Harmony Clare and for her to have a nice voice.. A wishing powder that grant wishes but cost a price.. Anyway, BATTLE OF THE BANDS is mostly present here and a lot of MURDERS and scary accidents especially suicidal ones...

The magical flute is a
Magic Shop
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like the books in this series.
Recommended to Magic Shop by:, public library.
Wow, there are a lot of books in this series and I have almost read all of them and there are more coming. I got to say, I think I'm addicted to reading every single books in this series. The book was really short and easy to read. it wasn't overly complicated, but just right. The plot was great with Jessica and everyone else. I liked how the author had put a little bit of the old characters into this too. This was a really interesting. The characters were awesome with their special powers and ...more
Vivian Xia
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG I love love love this book!!! I thought it was reallly cool that the author could include one of the Brother's Grimm stories in the plot of this book. I think that there were some similarities between the Pied Piper story and this plot. First, the flute was to lure the main singers of the band not all the boys in the town. Secondly, I liked how the band was named Hamlin, though I found it a little ironic that the Pied Piper was helping Hamlin, instead of using the flute to play against them. ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's always unclear to me why a late series book would be ARCd in large quantities, and in this care I've never heard of the series (not sure what the series is called, except all the books start "Dead is..."). Anyway, I'm glad I got this because It Is Cute.

The premise apparently is that there's a town in California, Nightshade, and Jessica is a virago (a woman warrior) who protects the inhabitants from [vampires/zombies/werewolves/paranormal thingy]. Kind of like Buffy, but not quite as secret
Cristina Lobaugh
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought the book Dead is a Killer Tune by Marlene Perez was interesting and sometimes confusing. A Nightshade freshman Jessica Walsh is a Virago, a woman warrior who must protect her hometown from danger, and trouble is always lurking. At the towns Battle of the Bands, Jesss boyfriend, Dominic, and his band, Side Effects May Vary, are up against Hamlin. The competing musicians are doing risky, illegal, and fatal things. They are also claiming that they heard strange music that compelled them ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Walsh the main character is a woman warrior who must protect the town where she lives Nightshade, California. The town is organizing a Battle of the Bands where Jessica's hot boyfriend Dominic is Side Effects May Vary is one of the bands competing. But they are up against Hamlin a popular band, and fans follow everywhere they go. But then some of the contestence in some of the bands are doing dangerous stuff and getting hurt, but they don't remember why they did it in the first place; ...more
This seventh book in Marlene Perez's Dead Is series was a quick read; I finished it in three short sittings. It's shorter than its previous six sisters. That in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, but I thought this plot was less interesting than the plots of previous Dead Is novels. The clues are obvious, the twist is a short leap, and the stakes for Jessica aren't nearly as high as they were in the first Jessica-centered novel, Dead is a Battlefield. If there's a next book in this series, ...more
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