"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?"
Marlene decides to change characters in this particular story and settled on Jessica, Sean's younger sister. When I first picked up the book, I realized that the protagonist altered and had a great disappoint due to the fact that I admired Daisy Giordano, the past protagonist, so much. As the story proceeds, I soon gave in and decided that Jessica is not a bad character to put as the center of the story. I noticed myself soon enjoying the story more and more and realized that Marlene could never disappoint me. This was a outstanding read, though I kept hoping that sometime during the story, Daisy would take over again. She was an amazing mystery solver and I revered her personality and determination to solve cases. Well enough about hoping for the things that probably wouldn't happen, :( Jessica was an interesting teenager to read about when she soon realizes that she is a Virago. I still love the series and is now seeking for the next installment. Rating: 9/10