Dead is a Killer Tune (Dead Is #7) by Marlene Perez
Publication Date: September 4th 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Mystery
Read: September 17 to 20, 2014
High school freshman Jessica Walsh is a Virago—a woman warrior who must protect her hometown from danger. And in Nightshade, California, trouble is always lurking. At the town’s Battle of the Bands, Jess’s 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 doing risky, illegal, and even fatal things—and claiming that they heard strange music that compelled them to do it. Can Jess and her friends track down the tuneful tyrant before it’s too late?
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 story. Actually, whenever Daisy or her sisters came into the scene they definitely stole the light from Jessica and I was pining for them to return with their own book again.
The characters are okay, no one really stands out except for all the ones from the original series. The newer ones are just, I don't know. Maybe it's cause it's been two years since I've read Dead is a Battlefield but even though it's been a while I was able to fall into this story because Ms. Perez is able to remind you about what happened in the past without dragging it alone or making you feel overwhelmed.
Overall it's just an average read. I went back to my review of Dead is a Battlefield and some of the points in that one continue to this one. I wished Jessica's story was a little bit stronger. There's nothing in here that makes me feel like Ms. Perez just had to tell us her story because there's not much of a story here. Jessica is just solving mysteries, that's all it is. And though I never see the twist coming, which is what made me give it a four star rating, there's just nothing in her that's mind blowing or have me craving to see what happens next with Jessica. I might come back because, yeah, it's a fun quick read and the world is a bit exciting but the characters are just flat to me. They don't have anything to make them solid and that's what they need.
Sweet Readings Everybody!