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Blood Is The New Black

3.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  595 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
When Kate gets offered an internship at top New York fashion mag Tasty, everyone tells her she's the luckiest girl alive. But it's not long before the office politics get to her. When people start to go missing, Kate starts to realise that there's something funny going on at Tasty.
Paperback, 293 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2007)
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pianogal
Dec 11, 2007 pianogal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tried-to-read
I don't like giving very negative reviews, but this book deserves one. The writing is insipid and unbelievable - even for vampires. Who gives up a promising medical career to work in the fashion industry against their will? Am I missing something? The whole premise wishes it were "Ugly Betty" meets "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." It would have to come up quite a ways to ever hope to compare to either one of these ideas. I made it to about page 50, and I'm sorry that I didn't stop sooner. I tried to ...more
Sian Jones
Jan 11, 2008 Sian Jones rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those waiting in airports with nothing better to do besides watch CNN with the sound turned down
Shelves: horror
I just read through a bunch of one-star reviews for "Twilight" and found myself thinking, well, firstly, that I apparently have a weakness for vampires and other spookies (there's news, ha) but secondly, that the writers of those one-star reviews don't have enough experience in bad vampire novels, or at the very least haven't read "Blood is the New Black." This one is like: Meh. It's a slickly produced thing with an ending specifically tailored to a sequel. You can hear the cash register ca-chin ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 16, 2008 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fresh off of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, I saw this book at Barnes & Noble and borrowed it from my library. It looked full of promise for a different type of chicklit book (similar to Meg Cabot's Avalon High or even Jinx). But instead I slowly had to wade through (I still can't believe I finished it) a misdirected plot, jump-the-shark tactics and characters that needed more background and development. The book was also so poorly edited that I often had to go back and re-read sente ...more
Maria
The book is set in the fashion centre of New York, in a world where the fashion industry seems to be overtaken by vampires. Is it a silly concept? Absolutely. But in the best possible way.

The book starts with the prologue, effectively getting any doubt as to whether Kate is dealing with vampires out of the way. I really liked that. Stivers was able to write the story in a way that Kate overlooking evidence didn’t seem dumb, while still giving the readers hints of who were the vampires and who we
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Dannii (lilbob1980)
Feb 05, 2009 Dannii (lilbob1980) rated it really liked it
Kate McGraw, currently a pre-med graduate and EMT with plans to return to school after the summer gets convinced to take a summer internship at teen fashion magazine Tasty in New York by her aunt. All is not as it seems and after a couple of murders Kate discovers she is working for vampires.

This is not quite my usual type of book, as it is a little too "chick lit" for me, but made a nice distraction and was an entertaining and quick read, It was a "Devil wears Prada" scenario but with vamps.
Emily
Jan 02, 2015 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's put it this way: I pulled eight 'new' vocabulary words out of this entire novel.
This quick-read is a solid addition to the vampire-fetish pop culture phenomenon, to say the least. The author wastes no time establishing the theme of the book, dropping terms like "to die for" and "bloodsuckers" within the first two pages; while it's obvious subtlety is not the goal, I will admit I rolled my eyes through the first few chapters.
However, as the story line evolved and the plot thickened, I was
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Laura
This was entertaining, and was exactly what I expected and hoped for. It's a fun combination of chick lit and vamp lit, more towards chick lit, and it kept me entertained till the end.
Stacey
Jul 08, 2008 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-candy
Exactly like The Devil Wears Prada except the people running the magazine are vamps and Devil Wears Prada was much better. Pure brain candy/beach read.
Mikha ϟ
May 31, 2011 Mikha ϟ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, angie
Vampirized The Devil Wears Prada. Cool.
Lucia Bradbury
I loved it. It was so detailed and interesting, there were many surprises especially about the characters. It was definitely hard to stop reading.
Jinglemarco
Dec 29, 2015 Jinglemarco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny and compelling novel!
Christine
It doesn't have a boss like Miranda Priestly, it doesn't have a repetitious slogan such as, "a million girls would kill for this job!" and it isn't an office with two assistants. With these exceptions "Blood is the New Black" is much like the book, "Devil Wears Prada" with a vampire twist.

These characters go by some of the same rules as Devil Wears Prada, their boss is Lillian not Miranda but in both books tell you can't ride in the same elevator as them, and there's dress size, at Tasty you can
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Tracy
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Kasi
Nov 05, 2008 Kasi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed-lisa
I couldn't do it! I got about 50 pages into it and I just couldn't go through with it. It SUCKED! (no pun intended) I just can't do another poorly written, fashionista-wanna-be, chick-lit. Even if this one has a bloody twist. I just can't! At least with Imogene, she has a sassy voice...and her author's lack of writing can-do is unnoticeable because she's targeting a much younger audience. Or rather, I expect the storyline to be a bit simpler. I just can't do this tripe, fashion-name-dropping for ...more
Roberta
Jun 17, 2015 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fantasy
Blood is the new Black

Kate McAlliston, giovane studentessa, accetta di lavorare come stagista presso una prestigiosa rivista di moda, <>. Dopo le prime angherie e umiliazioni da parte delle colleghe e della direttrice, quando finalmente Kate sta conquistando un piccolo spazio per sé, all'improvviso ha il terribile sospetto che l'intero staff sia composto da vampiri. Incredula, decide di indagare sul misterioso segreto che si nasconde tra le mura dell'ufficio. Tra strane abitudini e sotterf
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Lauren Kathryn
Jun 27, 2011 Lauren Kathryn rated it it was ok
Ideally, I'd like to give 2.5 stars - on the basis I think it was better than a 2 star but not good enough for a "likeable" 3 stars.

I thought the vampire essence started off with an OK concept but then as the story progressed got worse and worse.
Something about the story just made me think the word "cheesy" the entire way through.

It wasn't that I didn't enjoy the chick-lit aspect of the book; but I felt that the vampire and fashion combination didn't mesh well. It was a slighlty ridiculous idea
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Victoria
If Stoker’s Dracula had an illegitimate lovechild with The Devil Wears Prada, this book would be the result. It was interesting, but definitely more than a little silly, in a funny sort of way. I liked this modern take on the vampire story, as it managed to be more “chick lit” than a true urban fantasy novel. The book finished on an open enough note that I could definitely see a sequel on the horizon. While I am not hanging on the edge of my seat for it, I would more than likely read it. Light-h ...more
Marie
Feb 06, 2012 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
6/10

Tout d'abord je tien à dire que ce livre est lent, lent et re-lent. L'action débarque dans les alentour de la page 290 alors qu'il n'en fait que 391. Et je trouve ça tout à fait dommage. Je me suis vraiment ennuyer au début de ce livre parce que je ne suis pas très attirer par le milieu de la mode. Mais plus j'avancait plus j'avais envie de connaître la suite. Savoir si Kate allais sortir avec James etc . Kate ma énormément énerver aussi, il faut dire aussi qu'elle avait toutes les preuves q
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Carly Nicholas
This book is very funny, to me it's like the program Ugly Betty if everyone involved in the fashion industry was a vampire. If you haven't seen this program, it's about a girl with no fashion sense whatsoever, that works for a company that publishes a fashion magazine, where she doesn't fit in.

The first time I read this book, I though it was entertaining, however I myself are no fashion expert, I adore the Gothic/Alternative fashion so that would also make me a misfit in society like Ugly Betty
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Gabriel
Jan 25, 2010 Gabriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a breath of fresh air! Lightly original (meaning the ancestry was obvious, but it was still used in a very nice and interesting way), subtly funny and a breezy read. Yes, the writing itself is bland, but fits the novel well enough. It's not one where the style of the writing needs to take precedence over the story. In fact, since the writing is easily ignored, the story takes full precedence and it makes for one very entertaining read.

Sure, the first 60 pages are pure chick-lit, but as
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Rosi
Mar 22, 2013 Rosi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
Kate Mcgraw lands an intership at one of the most prestigious ny magazine companies. The book read a lot like Ugly Betty meets The Devil Wears Prada with a slight introduction to vampires. There was a lot of in-your-face reference to vamps that eventualy got annoying! I thought forshadowing was supposed to be subtle! I wanted to scream, "stop hinting at vampires and show them to me!!! where are the vamps!!" Finally we get vamp action about 3/4 into the book. Very disapointed that this was very p ...more
Shahida Dzulkafli
Kalau anda peminat cerita vampire dan juga fashion, maka buku ini sesuai dengan anda..
Tapi kalau anda minat fashion ataupun vampire sahaja pun ok jer kalau nak baca..
Cuma bila baca novel ini kena letak kotak logik di tepi..
Novel ini bermain dengan kreativiti anda untuk berimaginasi..
Yellah mana logiknya bila melibatkan vampire..
Sekadar bacaan ringan dan juga santai-santai yer..
Kendall Daley
Jan 10, 2015 Kendall Daley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for vampire books no pun intended! This one was interesting! Not what I expected for the ending! I enjoyed the book but some things i felt were all over the place! I would recommend it to someone else who enjoys this genre of books!
Christine
This isn't really my type of book. I don't really care about fashion, and have no desire to read about what outfits and designers the characters were wearing, but for some reason I still wanted to finish it.
Jennifer
Jul 22, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like it, I really did. I just wasn't impressed. I loved the concept of the vampires meet the fashion industry. The concept is one that could have been really fun to read. The characters fell a little flat for me. I had a hard time telling the fashionistas apart. The story also seemed to get away from the world that the author created, as in what happens in the end seems silly and implausible. This could be a YA book, however I found it in the general fiction section at my local libra ...more
Surbhi
Jul 14, 2013 Surbhi rated it it was ok
Slow in the first half and makes an attempt at being interesting. Then it goes so fast in the last half that you'd almost feel like the author focused too much on trying to make the first half good, but then she got bored and wanted to finish the novel desperately so,'YAY, I shall now introduce new characters with little or no background out of thin air and I'd kill half of the important sounding people I tried to introduce in the first half and here take this GASP GASP SUSPENSE SUSPENSE, oh but ...more
Embla
Dec 31, 2013 Embla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Come viene giustamente riportato sul retro copertina, questo libro è un bel mix tra Buffy l'Ammazzavampiri e Il Diavolo veste Prada. Quindi in sostanza, se si ha voglia di un libro veloce e divertente, magari da leggere sotto l'ombrellone, questo potrebbe essere l'ideale. La storia in sè è francamente banale e se non avessero rivelato praticamente nel titolo (almeno nella versione italiana) e poi nella trama che nella redazione di Tasty sono quasi tutti vampiri, forse quel leggero dubbio inizial ...more
Meg
May 18, 2014 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good! Cleverly deduced and written. However the twist at the end, well... That just didn't make sense to me :/ it disappointed me after reading it with such relish.
Ellyn
Mar 02, 2008 Ellyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. At first I thought "oh, no, this is the 'Devil Wears Prada' and the devil is the real thing" but it ended up being a bit different. Kate goes to New York for an internship at the hottest new fashion magazine. But she becomes suspicious when dead bodies turn up around all of these fashionistas and she has good reason to be suspicious. Kate is a very likable character and the plot moves at a brisk pace. I wish the ending didn't have a cliff hanger (why does every new vampire ...more
Sarah
According to the mini-bio, Stivers did her own fashion rag internship, and the scars show. Despite the occasional hilarious passages and a genuinely tense third act, the book is overwhelmingly scattered and confusing. The book description and title give away the major source of mystery, leaving the reader to wonder why it takes more than 150 pages for Kate to figure out what is so bloody obvious from the very beginning, all the while dropping giant turds of vampire-based wordplay. The ending was ...more
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