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Dead Is the New Black

(Dead Is #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  10,583 ratings  ·  987 reviews
Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the pyschic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom-shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case! ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2008)
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Fafa's Book Corner
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
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Beware spoilers ahead!

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

“I think what’s happening to Rachel is supernatural, and even the best hospital can’t cure that.”

This was a paranormal/fantasy story featuring vampires and psychics.

Daisy was an okay character, and I could see why it might be annoying to be the only normal one in a family of psychics. Taking it upon herself to investigate a murder was probably taking things a little too far though.

The storyline in this was about teen girls being attacked, and one turning up dead, and Daisy believing it to be
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 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
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,
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good fast YA read
Wart Hill
3.5 rounded up because it made me think of the Bailey School Kids.

I really really enjoyed this.
Supernatural Book Club
Sep 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book started my addiction.
I love Dasiy; i'm sad she's gone.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
so far i thinkk This book is really good =)
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This series used to be one of my favorites when I was younger. The writing is a too little juvenile for me now, though.

I didn't really care for the romance. It was... weird. I was expecting a twist at any moment, like, 'just kidding! there's actually something going on and he doesn't actually like you!". Okay, harsh. But he was definitely absent a lot and acting suspicious. I mean, he started out in the book as her best friend, and then all of a sudden they're dating??

As for Daisy, she was a t
Johnathan Duplanti
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jan 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Taylor K
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it
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
Julie H.
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-physical
"The preferred term is 'undead' or, if you must, 'living challenged," she said, nose in the air. "I'm not a vampire."

This book is about Daisy and her odd life in her odd town called Nightshade. The most popular girl at school shows up on day in all black with freshly bleached white hair and porcelain skin. And she's dragging a coffin behind her.

And thus kicks off the new trend of looking undead in her little town. Luckily, this town has a resident awesome sheriff (dad of Daisy's best friend) wh
Buffy mixed with Nancy Drew is the description I can give this. I tried this one a while ago but it wasn't what I was looking for then. If you are looking for deep or serious, this is so not it. However, if you want a fun paranormal mystery without angsty drama, this fits the bill.
Biggest flaws: It was a little too over the top at times (girl drags a coffin around with her at school?), and a little too breezy/simplistic at times.

However, I liked the characters. I loved that there were positive
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.75 stars

It's not so bad, really, and if you want to read something that would keep you company for a couple of hours without too many complications, this could be the right book for you.
But it wasn't so good, either. It really lacks something. The main character is not bad, her crush is not bad, either. Her family is not bad, and I liked her sisters, too. But, you see, not bad is not good enough. So yes, in this book we have a lot of "not bad" but it lacks something really "good", and the stor
Apr 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Chantal Montes
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
*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
Leigh Collazo
Nov 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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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
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Author of the paranormal teen mystery Dead Is series and the adult urban fantasy Nyx Fortuna series. My new young adult novel Forward Into Darkness releases on April 25, 2017.

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