Dead is a Battlefield

Author: Marlene Perez
Pages: 240
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forget about the tragic events surrounding her brother’s graduation. She wants to have a normal high school experience. But that’s easier said than done in Nightshade. 

When a new boy shows up at school, the girls are infected with a case of seriously creepy crushes. But when their obsession turns to violence, Jessica and her friends start to wonder if there’s more going on than just a little friendly rivalry. Are the smitten girls turning into love zombies?

And Jessica has other worries—like her crush on Dominic Gray, the cute but moody new singer for Side Effects May Vary, and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day and lets her know whenever there is trouble brewing. Jessica learns she's a Virago, a woman warrior chosen to fight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really have what it takes to keep Nightshade safe?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Daisy's gone off to University, but Nightshade hasn't been left unprotected - Jessica, Daisy's neighbour, has taken up the post Daisy left behind after the tragic events of her last few weeks of high school.

But Jessica isn't Daisy, and while she might be good at kicking butt, there's only one thing she's focused on: surviving her first year of high school. And when a new boy shows up at her school and causes all the girls to complete lose it, Jess knows there's something much bigger going on than anyone in Nightshade ever realized...

My Thoughts: When I found out there was going to be a sixth book in the Dead Is series, I was a little reluctant to pick it up - finding out Daisy wasn't going to be the main character anymore kind of threw me a little (which usually happens with big character shifts in series). But when I picked up the book and read the first couple of chapters, I realized I really liked Jessica as a main character - she's honest, witty, and a kick-ass warrior.

The writing was great as usual! Like the other books in the series, it made me wish it was longer so that I could spend more time in the world of Nightshade. I loved the idea of the Viragos -  who doesn't love a band of Amazon warriors sworn to protect the city from evil? I know I wish I was one of them!

Final Thoughts: This was a really cute read, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first five books of the Dead Is series. If you haven't checked them out yet, I recommend you do so ASAP - especially if you're a fan of paranormal YA.

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