Dead Is a Battlefield by Marlene PerezDead Is a Battlefield by Marlene Perez

Dead Is a Battlefield

byMarlene Perez

Paperback | March 6, 2012

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Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forgetabout the tragic events surrounding her brother's graduation. She wants to have a normalhigh school experience. But that's easier said than done in Nightshade.There's a new guy at school who seems to be turning the girls into lovesick zombies.And Jessica has other worries-like her crush on a cute but moody lead singer,and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day that lets her know wheneverthere is trouble brewing. Jessica learns she's a Virago, a woman warrior chosen tofight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really havewhat it takes to keep Nightshade safe?
Marlene Perez is the author of eight books in the Dead Is Series, including Dead Is The New Black, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She lives in Orange County, California. Visit her website at www.marleneperez.com .
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Title:Dead Is a BattlefieldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.62 inPublished:March 6, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547607342

ISBN - 13:9780547607344

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from YAY I REALLY loved this one. It was a very good continuation of the series, and I like it even better!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute continuation Marlene Perez made it pretty evident in this book that the adventures of Daisy Giordano were over and she was getting some well deserved peace after 5 books. She was of course mentioned, no one could possible forget her and the great mysteries she solved, but she was never interacted with in this book. But that doesn’t mean the adventures are over in the town of Nightshade...far from it. Now we get brought not too far from home. To Daisy’s next door neighbour Jessica (love the same by the way). You might remember her as Sean’s (Sam’s boyfriend and Ryan’s best friend) sister. And you remember (which I don’t blame you if you don’t, it took be a while to remember all the details) she helped kick some series butt when the dance/prom was coming down all around them, and a mysterious tattoo—reminding us of one pretty cool diner waitress—appeared on her body. I thought it was all going to be over after book 5. That’s it, they’re in University, a lot of people have died and suffered, the story ends here. But a smile broke out across my face when I found out a different character in the Nightshade community was taking over, and of course some familiar faces (Poppy, Rose, Wolfgang) make some appearance. Marlene sticks to what is familiar and what we know and does not disappoint when she takes the point of view of a freshmen in high school and introduces us to a new side of Nightshade, one that protects the community like Warriors. And of course we have Jessica who is a lot like Daisy only with different talents and characteristics but also very unsure of herself. We watch as Jessica navigates the world of paranormal, high school and love with a firm hand and strong heart. It was a cute quick read and I can’t wait for #7Good: Jessica—not only does she have an awesome name, but I like the idea of an almost Amazon like society that are created to defend the community. On top of that she is also stronger than Daisy in many ways: Physically, emotionally. She can kick butt and doesn’t take or play games with the guys she’s dating. Dominic—He is obviously sexy, he’s the lead singer of a band, and an oracle. Lovely Bad: Like the other novels in the Dead Is series it is a short quick read and sometimes that’s not the best as some things feel rushed and crammed. It almost seems like the characters don’t have any time for reflection, which doesn’t allow us as readers a lot of time to reflect, things just happen one after the other. I guess we almost don’t get to know Jessica Walsh that much; just what she does in some tight situations. But, luckily, because it’s a paranormal series it all plays out over time Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the book was cute as always, the characters were all individually different and there were some that were just as bad as others were clearly good. I just wish the book would almost be a little longer with more details and emotion to warrant a 5/5 View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 Maple Leaves! :) *Dead is a Battlefield by Marlene Perez is book six in the Dead Is series. However, this book is a spin-off from the five previous books and it can absolutely be read and enjoyed as the beginning of a new series. _________________________________________________ Dead is a Battlefield is only 240 pages in a very small book format. Who would have though that in such tiny little package such great enjoyment could actually be found! This book certainly gives a short, yet fast-paced and fun read! When I first saw this book I was pretty sure it was a contemporary novel, and in part it is. Yet, there are some paranormal elements that gave me a pleasant surprise and certainly gave the plot a great twist! The story is told from Jessica's point of view. She is a very likable protagonist as well as smart. They are certain decisions she takes during this story that, regardless her young age, demonstrates how this character grows through her own experiences. The are other characters who are fun, likable, delicious or detestable (insert Selena here). However, since I am not used to read books so short, I think I didn't have enough time to fall in love with the characters as much as I do with longer books. Yet, I have to mention that this is my very first book in this series so I am absolutely new to this world. Having said that, I think people who has already read the previous books in the Dead Is series will find themselves enjoying a wonderful re-encounter with all the characters that have already showed up during Perez's previous books. There is also a strong love interest in the story even though the romance is subtle. However, there is also drama to this romance between Jessica and Dominic which provides the tension that many relationships have, a love triangle...but not really. Selena is a girl who is obsessed with Dominic and tries everything in her power to distract him from getting closer to Jessica. Yet, Dominic's experience with Selena are pretty blurry and strange which makes readers to question themselves who are really are these characters and what' s going on between them. However, there is more to this story than just a subtle romance. Viragos, Seers, Magic and Zombies!!!... do I need to say more? :) Dead is a Battlefield is a short and fast-paced read that can easily be enjoyed by readers in just one seat. With a short but dynamic plot, this book assures readers enjoyment from beginning to end!
Date published: 2012-03-07

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CHAPTER ONE I took a deep breath before I pushed open the door of Slim’s Diner. My best friend followed me in. The smell of frying burgers wafted through the restaurant and my stomach gurgled. "Jessica, I don’t know why you don’t like this place," Eva said. "Everyone comes here." "It’s my brother’s hangout," I replied. "At least, it was before he left for college. And besides, the jukebox would always play ‘The Warrior’ every time I came near it." If there was one description that didn’t apply to me, it was the title of that old song. We both glanced in the corner where the jukebox was. It was just a regular old jukebox now. I didn’t want to admit it, but I kind of missed the random selections it used to play. "What’s the story?" Eva asked. "What happened to it?" I shrugged. "Who knows? This is Nightshade. Anything’s possible." "I heard that Daisy Giordano trashed it." "What? Daisy would never do that," I said. As much as I envied my next-door neighbor, I wasn’t going to spread rumors about her, even though Ryan Mendez, my first crush, was in love with her. "I heard she beat up her best friend’s dad on Grad Night," Eva continued. "And burned down the Black Opal." "That’s not true," I said. "I was there." The all-ages club had burned down on Grad Night, but it hadn’t been Daisy’s fault. Her best friend, Samantha Devereaux, happened to be my brother’s girlfriend. Sam’s dad, Professor Devereaux, had been arrested for the murder of Chief Mendez. Things were complicated here in our little town of Nightshade, California. "Well, something strange happened," Eva said. "Maybe it was like Revenge of the Pod People, or something. I can’t believe I missed it and you won’t even tell me what really happened." I didn’t want to talk about the strangeness of my brother’s Grad Night. Or exactly how well my one selfdefense class had worked, enabling me to kick butt. Or the weird tattoo-like mark that had mysteriously appeared on my upper arm one day. It wasn’t exactly a tattoo, since it actually moved sometimes, but I didn’t know what else to call the swirling black ink. I’d managed to hide it all summer, which meant no cute camis or tiny bikinis. I’d spent my days at the beach sweltering in a cover-up instead of showing off my bod like all the other girls. There was only one other person I knew with a mark like this. I scanned the restaurant and spotted her sitting at the counter. Flo used to be my favorite waitress, but I’d been avoiding her since Grad Night, when, among other things, I noticed (a) a similar tattoo on her arm and (b) her fighting abilities. Flo was awesome. She had almost as big a crush on Ryan Mendez as I did. That is, until Ryan started dating Daisy and I finally realized exactly how hopeless my crush truly was. I was finally a Nightshade freshman and I’d let go of my little fantasy about my brother’s best friend. Now I just wanted to find someone who would look at me the way Ryan looked at Daisy. Eva was still talking about the Black Opal as we sat down at a table. "They’re finally reopening the place," she said. "I think we should go check it out tonight." "I thought the fire caused too much damage for them to ever reopen." I didn’t mention the explosion that started the fire. "The owner is reopening the club right here in Nightshade," Eva said. "Remember when that enormous big-box store at the edge of town closed down a few years ago? She’s relocated the club there. They’ve been working on it all summer. One of Bethany’s crushes worked on the construction. He says it’s really cool-looking now." "How would we get there?" I asked. "My parents are taking my little sisters to some kiddie play tonight." "Bethany is going," Eva replied. "She has a thing for the lead singer of this band that’s playing there tonight. Maybe she’ll give us a ride." I wasn’t holding my breath. Eva’s sister, Bethany, was a junior and didn’t have time for freshmen. Flo came over to take our order. Her T-shirt read unsupervised children will be given an espresso and a free kitten. We decided to split a chicken Caesar salad. "It’ll be up in a few minutes," Flo said. She hesitated a second. "Jessica, I’d like to speak to you about something before you leave." I suppressed a groan. "Sure." "Are you trying out for the high school soccer team?" Eva asked. I shrugged. "I survived summer conditioning," I said. "So I guess so." Eva and I talked about soccer tryouts, but my mind was on something else. When Flo set our salad down, I jumped. I was pretty sure I knew what she wanted to talk to me about, but I just wanted to forget it ever happened and go back to being a normal girl. The restaurant got busy and Flo was the only server there. Taking the opportunity to avoid her a little longer, I hurried Eva along, trying to get her to stop talking and eat. She finally finished her meal, and I handed her some money. "Would you mind paying the bill? I need to use the restroom," I said. While she was paying, I slipped outside. Flo saw me leave, but was forced to take care of a customer waving an empty cup in the air. She gave me one last look as she went to refill his coffee. Eva spotted me outside and came out. I started walking down Main Street at a brisk pace. "What’s your hurry? I didn’t even get any dessert." "No hurry," I replied. "Hey, look at that. Nightshade is getting a new store." There was a sign in the window that read, in flowing script, The Look of Love coming oon. "The Look of Love?" Eva said. "What kind of store do you think it is?" We pressed our faces to the window, but couldn’t see anything. "Take a flier," a boy said. Eva whirled around to face the boy, who looked to be about our age. "What do you think you’re doing, sneaking up on us like that?" she asked. "What are you?" he taunted. "A scaredy-cat?" He wasn’t unattractive, but he looked at us like a buzzard eyeing particularly tasty roadkill. The boy wiped all expression from his face, but not before a gleam of anger showed. "Take one," he repeated. "It’s for our grand opening." He stood there blocking our path, so I took a flier just to get him to leave. Eva grabbed one and crumpled it into a ball before she threw it into her bag. "Eva, he’ll see you," I said. "I don’t care," she replied. "How dare he say I was scared. As if! I’ve seen The Shining five times and didn’t even flinch." I glanced back, and the boy was still watching us. I shivered and linked arms with Eva. "I’m going back to give him a piece of my mind," Eva said. She was practically snorting fire. "I thought you wanted to go to the Black Opal to- night," I reminded her. "Don’t you need to go home and butter up Bethany?" I didn’t really care one way or the other if we went, but it was better than Eva getting into a fight with a strange guy. "You’re right," she said. "I’d better hurry and catch her. I’ll call you!" We’d reached the bus stop, where she went one way and I went the other. Our houses were in the same neighborhood, so we always met at the bus stop. The buttering up must have worked, because Eva called me a little while later. "Can you meet me at my house in fifteen minutes?" she asked. "Bethany said yes, but she’ll leave without you if you’re not on time." There was no way I’d make it in time if I walked. I still had to get ready. I was wearing my old soccer shorts, footie socks, and P.E. T-shirt from sixth grade. "Mom, can you drop me off at Eva’s?" I shouted. Mom appeared in the kitchen doorway. "Jessica, what did I tell you about yelling?" "Sorry," I said. "Can you drop me off at Eva’s? Her sister is going to give us a ride to the Black Opal. If that’s okay." She glanced at her watch. "Yes, but you need to hurry. We have to leave soon for the play." I ran upstairs to get changed. Sean and his girl- friend, Samantha, used to hang out at the Black Opal all the time when they were in high school, and she’d always dressed up. I didn’t have a lot of clothes to choose from. Mom had promised to take me shopping for new school clothes, but she was always busy with the little ones. I found my favorite jeans, paired them with a cute silvery silk top, and decided I’d put my makeup on at Eva’s. I raced down the stairs as Mom and Dad and all my little sisters were piling into the van. "You’re giving me a ride to Eva’s, remember?" I said. "Of course," Mom said placidly. "You know it takes a long time to get everyone settled." I sat next to Katie and put an arm around her. "Have fun tonight," I told her. "I will," she said. "Sam is coming, too." "Samantha is going to the play with you guys?" I asked. "You didn’t tell me that, Mom." "Would it have made a difference?" Mom replied. "Sam misses Sean." My brother was attending college in Southern California, but his girlfriend had chosen to stay in town to go to UC Nightshade. "No," I said. "But you could have mentioned it." Even though Sean was gone, I couldn’t seem to shake his girlfriend, no matter how hard I tried. Samantha Devereaux had been the It Girl of Nightshade High and that hadn’t changed one iota just because she’d graduated. I would be starting my freshman year in her shadow. My number one goal was to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Dead Is series [Perez] delivers a wise-cracking, boy-lusting, determined sleuth of a high school protagonist . . . this quick, lighter-than-air spoof of the undead, cheerleaders and popularity is pure pleasure."- Publishers Weekly "A fun ride from start to finish. Perez's smart and sassy style soars."-Mary E. Pearson, author of the Jenna Fox Chronicles"[A] quick, lively romp. . . . Teens looking for a breezy read will find plenty to like here."- Booklist "This super supernatural murder mystery is sassy, romantic, and spooky-fun!"-Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize "Light romance and a paranormal plot are more tongue-in-cheek than scary, making this series a good introduction to the genre for younger readers."- Booklist "Breezy style and comic-book plot. . . . Fun."- Kirkus "