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Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,652 Ratings  ·  911 Reviews
Everyone in the Giordano family is psychicexcept for Daisy. When her mother, who uses her power to solve crimes, enlists Daisys older sister to investigate a teenage girls 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 Nights ...more
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Graphia (first published 2008)
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

Nightshade is a very odd town where it’s normal for some to have supernatural powers, where to pose as a vamp is a fad and to drag a small coffin instead of to clutch a purse is the norm. What’s even odder is that pretty teenage girls seem to be a target of a serial killer on the loose. Daisy, the heroine, a “norm” in a family of psychics is more than happy to go on full Nancy Drew mode to catch the culprit even if it means having to be a cheerleader, dating the hottest guy in school and befrien
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I had heard about this book series when I was in high school. But for some reason I didn't read it then. One day a friend of mine on GR wrote a review for Dead is The New Black and I remembered how when I was in high school I was interested in it. Of course I added it and checked it out from the library. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

The book begins with Daisy coming to school. While walking in the hallway she sees her former best
Donita Luz
Well this was fun!

Reading Dead Is the New Black is like watching an episode of your favorite TV series, I'm looking at you Supernatural, but of course with different cast, a much younger cast, and teenage angst.

I don't think the book was trying to keep the mystery for the reader's sake, because everything's pretty predictable from the start, so if you are expecting unpredictable paranormal plot, you'd be disappointed. This book is a generic light paranormal read. But what I really enjoyed in th
Kristen "Kirby"
Feb 20, 2010 Kristen "Kirby" rated it did not like it  ·  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,
Wart Hill
3.5 rounded up because it made me think of the Bailey School Kids.

I really really enjoyed this.
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
Apr 24, 2008 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so far i thinkk This book is really good =)
Oct 30, 2012 Realteenreviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Norms
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
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
Sep 02, 2015 Jo-Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I enjoyed this book. After reading some of the other reviews, I feel that some of them are a bit harsh, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It did annoy me that at times the main character, Daisy, seemed so insecure in her relationship with was the very beginning of their romantic involvement after knowing each other since they were tots, so really, I felt like telling her to get over it already and start enjoying it!

The town that the book is set in is Nightshade. Nightshad
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
Sep 29, 2010 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Taylor K
Apr 30, 2012 Taylor K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lady Bocwyrm
May 25, 2012 Lady Bocwyrm rated it liked it  ·  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
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
Sep 24, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daisy Giordano often feels left out.

She comes from a family of psychics -- her older sisters are able to telepathically share secrets, secrets that she isn’t a part of as a “normal.”

She has a huge crush on her best friend, Ryan, but isn’t sure that Ryan feels mutually. Besides… he’s gorgeous.

As part of her quest to feel included, Daisy joins her high school’s cheerleading squad…. but there’s one problem.

There’s a vampire attacking the cheerleaders, and Daisy is motivated to figure out who the va
Christina T
A book with an interesting idea but a less than polished execution.

The Good: The idea of a family of psychics and one "norm" (aka no woo-woo powers) investigating mysteries has excellent potential. Daisy, the "norm", seems a typical teenage who just doesn't feel as if she fits in with her powerful psychic sisters and mom. Feeling like an outcast is a good theme for a YA novel even if it has been done over and over again.

The Bad: Touting this book as a paranormal mystery is misleading. The myster
Leigh Collazo
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WHAT I LIKED: Dead Is the New Black is a cute story that will appeal to middle school girls who love paranormal mysteries. I've heard this series compared to Nancy Drew, and I suppose I can see that comparison. There are clues, multiple suspects, a who-done-it mystery to solve.

I love Daisy's family dynamic! Daisy's father has been missing for years, so Daisy and her two older sisters are being raised by their psychic mother. I am the oldest
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
*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
Chantal Montes
Mar 04, 2012 Chantal Montes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mikaela Tynski
Jun 15, 2014 Mikaela Tynski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: third-term
"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
Apr 21, 2009 Meredith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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I first read this series in sixth grade. I'm pretty sure only the first two or three were out. I waited for the next installment in the series but was never able to get back into it. Of course, I've tried because I've read this book 40 times already! So so good!
Oct 22, 2008 Stacy268 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jessica at Book Sake
This is definitely a teen book from start to finish. It’s a light read, no heavy messages weaved through the plot, and it’s a lot of fun. I love how being “dead” is the hot new thing that the most popular girl in school is pushing this week. We follow Daisy, a not so popular girl on her ride of figuring out just what is going on in her creepy little town of Nightshade. Everyone in her family has a paranormal gift and she just wants to be accepted both at home and in school. There are no overly c ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Sabrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 about Marlene Perez...

Other Books in the Series

Dead Is (8 books)
  • 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)
  • Dead Is a Killer Tune (Dead Is, #7)
  • Dead Is Just a Dream (Dead Is, #8)

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