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Blood Is The New Black

3.04 of 5 stars 3.04  ·  rating details  ·  539 ratings  ·  109 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
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
Dannii (lilbob1980)
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.
Tracy
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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
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.
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.
Joanne Kowitz
I love a good B-grade novel as much as (if not more) than the next person. I also love fashion, due to a misspent childhood parading through my grandmother’s silk dresses and an abnormally large percentage of my time now spent trolling fashion blogs on the internet. I am ambivalent about vampires, but that still means that this book ticks two out of three on my list of guilty pleasures.

The basic premise is that our heroine, Kate, unexpectedly gets a much wanted internship at the current ‘It’ ma...more
Kasi
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
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...more
Lauren Kathryn
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...more
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
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...more
Gabriel
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...more
Rosi
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
Jennifer
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
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
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
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
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
Diana
Kate McGraw is visiting her aunt when she is offered an internship at the fashion magazine Tasty by the editor-in-chief Lillian Hall herself. As she starts work, Kate is struck by how thin, pale, and night-loving her coworkers are. What are they really, and does her job have anything to do with her deceased mother, famed fashion design Eva McGraw.

A fantastic over-interpretation of the bloodthirsty world of fashion. Kate is down-to-earth, though a little slow at times and a good foil for the craz...more
Jeanne
It's chick lit meets vampires--does it get any better than this?

Kate McGraw recently accepted an internship at Tasty, a fashion magazine. Little does she know that the magazine's staffers find blood to be most tasty. That's right--her blood sucking boss is a vampire, and so are many of the other employees.

Can Kate escape the clutches of Tasty before she becomes a donor? Will she get in touch with her inner fashionista before it's too late?

Read and find out--it'll only take you a couple of hours....more
Jenine
3.5 for a stylish little book built on a joke.
M
This book was exactly as I expected... A light read - not great, but not terrible either. The main issue I had with it was that of course we know that the magazine staff are all vampires - it says on the tagline on the cover. But the heroine takes so long to find this out, and when she does, well, nothing really happens. This is an okay book, but it could've been a great one. It's a filler-read for vampire fans who can't find anything else, but that's all I can say about it.
Daisyjess
Disappointing. The basic idea was an interesting one, but it was completely ruined by just about everything else. The plot was jerky and full of holes. The characters were as stereotypical as they get and for some reason, the author included a completely pointless 'tragic past' to provide a lengthy and uninteresting way of explaining events. I managed to read through to the end, which was as unsatisfying as the beginning and middle. In all honesty, I've read better fanfictions.
Samantha
This was a great great book! A young woman, about to enter med school interns for a fashion magazine that her mother used to work for before she abandoned her family. The young woman is absolutely amazed at how beautiful and perfect the people are that work there. She starts to get suspicious and does some research and discovers that all the women that work there and some of the men are vampires. It's really a great story. It's humorous and thrilling. I highly recommend it.
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