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Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  7,153 ratings  ·  755 reviews
Everyone in the Giordano family is psychic�except for Daisy. When her mother, who uses her power to solve crimes, enlists Daisy�s older sister to investigate a teenage girl�s mysterious death, Daisy feels utterly useless. But she takes matters into her own hands when she learns the victim has lots of company � teenage girls are being attacked all over town, including at Ni...more
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Graphia (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kelli Lee
Read 50 out of 190 pages and I can't take any more. I'm clearly not the demographic for this book. I thought the idea of a supernatural Nancy Drew would be entertaining, but so far cheerleading, and Ryan, and how hot Ryan is, and ohmigod is Ryan going to kiss me again takes the stage over a body disappearing from a morgue. There isn't much left to read of the book, and seeing how not much has happened within 50 pages, well, you can see why I bowed out. My second gripe - the non-subtle references...more
Kristen "Kirby"
Feb 20, 2010 Kristen "Kirby" rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Generation Dead fans
Where to start?

Dead Is the New Black was one of the cheesiest books I've ever read.

Daisy, one of the Flower girls (her sisters are Poppy and Rose. How witty!) is completely boring. Aside from breaking into a !!!Mortuary!!! with her boyfriend Ryan (and making out there when busted as a "cover up"--weird right?) she's a basic follower who goes along with every situation.
Example- Daisy "I don't want to cheer-lead." Samantha, cheer captain "Tryouts are in 5 minutes, be there." Daisy "Omigawd! Okay,...more
Supernatural Book Club
In my never ending quest to find another engaging teen series like "Twilight" I found this book while shopping at Target last year. I liked the bright colored cover, and the description on the back sounded a little different, and like it could be cute, so why not, right? Read on the see exactly "why not".

I'm not sure if Marlene Perez is herself a teenager, or if she simply is not giving them, as her intended audience, enough credit, but this book is written as if the audience is stupid. There ar...more
An advanced reader I received at Mid-Winter in Philly.

This is a good read-a-like for kids and teens who are fans of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" Series.

In "Dead" Nightshade High junior, Daisy Giordano, is on the hunt for a soul-sucking vampire. With the help of her boyfriend Ryan - who is the son of the town's Sherriff, her two sisters - Rose and Poppy, they crack the case of the mysterious vamp who is decimating the high school cheerleading squad. In addition to the supernatural powers of the p...more
so far i thinkk This book is really good =)
The Gist

Daisy Giordano is the odd one out in her family. Her mother’s a psychic. Her sister Rose can read minds. Her sister Poppy is telekinetic. And as far as Daisy knows, she has absolutely no powers. She’s a norm. To top it all off, her best friend (and secret crush) Ryan Mendez seems to be chasing after Samantha “the divine” Devereaux, the prettiest and most popular girl in the school. Then one day, completely out of the blue, Samantha comes to school wearing a fashion that can only be descr...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
3.5 stars for this.

First off, that cover is eye catching. Who doesn't love black nail polish. The pink background was a nice touch.

Second, this had some cheesy and somewhat eye rolling moments. But its part of the charm in a way. It took me a little longer than I thought to finish this.

Just saw it on the shelf one day at the library when I was bored and looking for something new and in a way, random to read. This caught my eye.

The summary sounded like my kind of read and noticed the length of th...more
Julie H.
What a super clever series this is! I read this in a leisurely two hours, and enjoyed it thoroughly. It's marketed/shelved as young adult fiction, but adults who enjoyed the guilty pleasure of Joss Weedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will make short work of these stories. The dialogue is quick and catchy, the premise is great, and in this first entry in what will soon be a three-volume series, Perez has left herself lots of great storylines, opportunities, and options to explore in future episode...more
You know, this was one of those books where I read it, I was pretty entertained but there was nothing spectacular enough to make anything really jump out at me. The story kind of blends into every other vampire/cheerleader/maybe boyfriend story out there and I really don't think it had the oomph enough to elevate it over the crowd.

It gets huge kudos for the Santa Cruz reference, not to mention its wharf. I'm curious to know why she didn't reference the Boardwalk since that's really where all the...more
Sep 29, 2010 Grace rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls 12 and up
Recommended to Grace by: Molly
Dead is the New Black is about Daisy Giordano, and her family of psychics. Well, her two sisters, Poppy and Rose, and her mom are psychics. Daisy is considered a “norm” in her family. Daisy’s father was also a “norm”, but he disappeared six years ago. In the first book in this series, Daisy—with the help of her sisters, totally smokin’ boyfriend, and a jukebox spilling out clues—will solve her first mystery: teenage girls being attacked in Nightshade.

Girls all around Nightshade, California are b...more
Taylor K
Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez

Daisy Giordano is a junior at Nightshade High School. Weird things happen in Nightshade that date back for centuries. Daisy is the only “norm” in a family of a psychic mother and two telekinetic and mind-reading sisters. Her mom uses her powers to help the Police Chief solve some of Nightshade’s strange mysteries. When teenage girls, particularly that of the cheerleader kind, start to drop dead, Daisy isn’t the first person that her mom goes to for help on...more
Lady Bocwyrm
May 25, 2012 Lady Bocwyrm rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy a good blending of paranormal, mystery, and light-hearted realistic fiction
Shelves: teen
If you liked: 1-800-Where-Are-You?, and The Mediator series by Meg Cabot; Oh My Goddess by Tera Lynn Childs; The Mystery of the Third Lucretia by Susan Runholt; Heist Society by Ally Carter; Awakening by Kelley Armstrong; Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Recommended for: Those who enjoy a good blending of paranormal, mystery, and light-hearted realistic fiction. Good for a reluctant reader, or as a just-for-fun beach read.

Dead is the New Black is the first book in Perez’s Dead Is… series. I...more
This is one of the books that I had to read in one day, but not because it was so really awesome and stuff like that ,but Because i wanted to get over with it. The only string that kept me going on with Mathis book is the mystery. That was the only promising thing I saw in this book.
The short summary at the back of the book promised a lot of things and had my favourite combination of nancy drew, supernatural and normal life. Basically I hoped it to be the sisters version of the supernatural seri...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3 stars
*Genre* Young Adult/Paranormal


Dead Is the New Black, is the first book in the Dead Is Series by Marlene Perez. Daisy Giordano is the youngest in a family of psychics who all have different powers. Her mother works closely with the local police department in helping solve crimes and can pretty much see what happened just by touching an object. Poppy, who is a year older than Daisy and a senior at the same high school, has telekinesis abilities. Rose, the older university f...more
Chantal Montes
Have your parents ever told you a bad situation that they've been through? Whether it has to do with money or any other situation? Well "Dead Is The New Black" is exactly what it's based on.

Daisy, is the outsider in her family, Rose, Poppy, and her mother are psychic they know when any other they're of their family members have an important situation in during the week and any time of the day. But for Daisy it's completely different she feels that she can never be the one to help her mother with...more
While on my mission to not read anymore YA supernatural/fantasy books, I found this. It's a YA supernatural/fantasy book. I had finished my LightRail Book and needed a new one and meant to get something completely new and different and wound up with this, instead.
So far, however, it's really cute. So far, there are no whiny, humorless teenagers who mope about lusting constantly after a kiss. So far, there's a neat family and a unique family dynamic (they get along like a real family! There are n...more
Mikaela Tynski
"Dead is the New Black", by Marlene Perez, is about a mysterious psyonic vampire that sucks the souls out of everyone he/she comes into contact with. Throughout the book, only one main thing happened, Daisy tries to figure out who the syonic vampire is! She beleives that it is her arch-nemisis Samantha, but there was just something not right about that theory...

I rate this book 1/5 stars (wish I could rate it 0/5) because it was completely unrealistic and was SUPER boring. I would not recommend...more
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Oct 22, 2008 Stacy268 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacy268 by: Jen Hubert
I have lots of love for this book.

Daisy is a bit of an outsider in her family. Her mom and sisters all have psychic abilities...not Daisy.

Things seem weird at her high school as soon as Samantha Deveraux comes back from the summer looking like death warmed over. Really. She has adopted the goth look big time. Not exactly what you would expect from a cheerleader.

Life gets even more strange as Daisy realizes how cute her friend Ryan is, she herself becomes a cheerleader, and teenagers are droppin...more
Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez is a 200 page that I really enjoyed reading, It was an interesting book that kept making me flip the pages and want to know what is happening next. It is about a girl in a psychic family who falls in love with her best friend and finds out who is killing teenage girls. When I say killing I do not mean stabbing or shooting I mean litterley sucking the life out them. SO not exactly a vampire but a type of vampire. There was nothing I disliked about the NEW fi...more
Rosie M.

Nightshade è una cittadina che va a braccetto con l’insolito, una cittadina strana, una cittadina dove chiunque ha un segreto o una particolarità. È qui che abita la normale Daisy Giordano, la normalissima Daisy Giordano: figlia di una sensitiva, sorella di due paranormal girls. Non ha vita facile in famiglia, essendo l’unica che non possiede poteri ‘straordinari’ (a parte il saper cucinare divinamente). Così si sente esc...more
Ugh. I used to like this series when I was still in high school. Six years later when I long for nostalgic times, I reserve this book at the library and eagerly re-read this book again... only to find out that my opinion now vastly differs from back then.

Daisy, in my opinion, is as selfish as the girls she puts down namely her former best friend Head Cheerleader Samantha Devereaux and the other cheerleaders. She tends to complain and whine a lot about what she doesn't have (such as an uber hot...more
Già vedendo dalla copertina e dal fatto che è stata addocchiata dalla Disney Channel, si capisce subito che questo libro è molto più adatto a lettori adolescenti. E leggendolo ne ho avuto conferma. Mi sono immaginata proprio di vedere una puntata televisiva prodotta dalla Disney. Vita liceale, indagini, vampiri e poteri sovrannaturali sono gli ingredienti usati per creare "I segreti di Nightshade". Si potrebbe definire un miscuglio tra Buffy l'ammazzavampiri e un classico film Disney dove i nost...more
I finished the book three days ago. Had I known this was a book written for teenage girls, I would had steered a long way away from it. Why do writer's write such crap for girls? I feel books for teenage boys are so much more entertaining and intelligent and girl's books, seem so degrading.

Actually, I picked up the second book, "Dead is the State of Mind" for only $1 at the library's annual book sale, not realizing it was second in a series of....I don't know how many. I borrowed this one from...more
This was a fun, entertaining read..the perfect spring break book. It was kind of Twilight-esque...vampires, werewolves, a lttle romance...but it didn't take itself as seriously as Twilight. (Note: It did have some bad language and it may not be entirely appropriate for kids under 12 or 13.) But if you're not bothered by PG-13 level language and you're looking for a girly book that's light and fun to read, you should check out this series.
Miranda Mo
This book made supernatural incidents seem like a norm. Not normal, but like paranormal things are expected but just rare.

The main character is not developed, and that she is the same from the beginning to the end, except that she got her powers and is a bit more confident becoz the guy she has been crushing on since forever finally liked her.

The author didn't emphasize the romantic relationships, simply that they just "got together". Daisy was like, "I though you liked Samantha," and Ryan was...more
Tia Farnsworth
Marlene Perez's book Dead is the New Black mysteriously unravels a few town secrets. Daisy Giordano is the narrator of the story that is being told. Daisy talks about other peoples lives and her own. She lives in a secretive town called Nightshade and begins to figure some of the secrets out.

It begins when Samantha Devereaux gets back from summer vacation, and Daisy notices a whole new look and personality that Samantha has now taken to. Samantha is the head cheerleader of Nightshade High School...more
The mysteries really keep you thinking and guessing. There was one part near the end of the story that gets intense. I'm just not a big fan on vampires and I feel there's room for improvement.

SPOILER: just a little spoiler, I think Ryan is a good lover and some of the things that he does is cute.
Good read-alike for teens who enjoyed Prom Dates From Hell - it's a light, humorous horror read that should have a wide appeal! This was a lot of fun to plow through! Put this is your Teen Read Week 2008 book displays!
So apparently, I completely forgot that I actually read this book before. It wasn't until I realized I knew how it ended as I was reading it that I remembered. Didn't live up to my expectations for a second time.
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Author of the paranormal teen mystery Dead Is series and the adult urban fantasy Nyx Fortuna series.

Nyx Fortuna series
Strange Fates
Dark Descent
Fortune's Favor

DEAD IS series is as follows:

DEAD IS NOT AN OPTION (Spring, 2011)

Look for the DEAD IS spin-off
Dead Is a Battlefield, Dead Is a Killer Tune, and D...more
More about Marlene Perez...
Dead Is a State of Mind (Dead Is, #2) Dead Is So Last Year (Dead Is, #3) Dead Is Just A Rumor (Dead Is, #4) Dead Is Not An Option (Dead Is, #5) Dead is a Battlefield (Dead Is, #6)

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