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Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  10,263 Ratings  ·  959 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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Tabi I guess it COULD be appropriate for those grades because it does not have any sexual content or foul language but the subject content seems more…moreI guess it COULD be appropriate for those grades because it does not have any sexual content or foul language but the subject content seems more advanced to me, I would say grades 6 or 7 and up.(less)
Tabi Definitely appropriate! No foul language, sexual content, etc. I would even let my middle school age child read it but it would still entertain a high…moreDefinitely appropriate! No foul language, sexual content, etc. I would even let my middle school age child read it but it would still entertain a high school age (or older) child. It is about vampires (and has hints of werewolves and other supernatural beings) but it is not disturbing at all. (less)
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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,
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
Wart Hill
3.5 rounded up because it made me think of the Bailey School Kids.

I really really enjoyed this.
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
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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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