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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307352137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307352132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,373,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Talking fashion and bloodsuckers is all in a day's work for wide-eyed intern Kate McAlliston in Stivers's sharp debut. When Kate takes a summer job working for Tasty, the hottest young women's magazine in America, she discovers blood-spattered is not only a trend but the style favored by a nest of chic Manhattan vamps in stilettos. Lillian Hall is the elegant but oh-so-scary editor-in-chief of Tasty, headquartered in The Dark Tower of Oldham Inc., a media empire much like Condé Nast, one of the author's old employers. As Kate helps organize the Tasty Girl modeling contest and choose the finalists, the blood-drained bodies start to pile up, including a freelancer's poor little Chihuahua. Stivers's sly satire capitalizes on the lingering allure of The Devil Wears Prada, the bubbly appeal of Ugly Betty, the campy joy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the drop-dead glamour of Fashion Week. (Sept.)
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Stivers brings New York fashion world insider knowledge to this first novel about a young woman who discovers the trendsetters' sinister secret. Kate scores a hot internship at Tasty magazine with the help of her aunt and her mother's reputation as a classic fashion designer. But she finds the atmosphere at Tasty forbidding; the other interns are competitive and condescending, while the senior editors are downright chilly. The sole exceptions are the elegant editor in chief, Lillian Hale, who takes an interest in Kate, and a handsome, mysterious photographer named James, who attracts Kate's attention—and Lillian's. But romantic rivalry is the least of Kate's worries when she learns that young women have been found dead at several industry parties, their bodies drained of blood. And there is no ignoring the odd habits of the senior staff, many of whom sleep well into the day in boxes filled with dirt. A fun, frothy send-up of the fashion industry, Stivers' debut leaves the door open for future books about Kate and her fellow fashionistas. Huntley, Kristine

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Kelly Wagner on November 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I wanted to not like this book, 'cause I'm not really into chick lit*, or fashion, or shopping - but despite myself, I enjoyed it! (*Why did you read it in the first place, then, you ask? Because I am into vampire books, and I always like to see where the genre wanders to.) The dialogue is snappy; enough of the fashion world was explained as we went along that I didn't feel too ignorant; and the vampires were a bit different from the same old same old. I enjoy reading about vampires who have "day jobs" rather than existing solely for the purpose of representing evil/darkness. This is a personal bias; there are many types of vampires for many types of readers, and that's why I try to explain a bit about the specific characteristics of the vampires in each book.

As a vampire story goes, this one is lightweight but amusing. The vampires are part traditional, part not. They can turn into bats, they drink blood, they hate garlic and crucifixes - but they can go out during the day, and drink other things besides blood, and they're surprisingly ambitious in the business world. These vampires aren't the dark, brooding, evil-for-the-sake-of-evil types; they are sometimes-brooding, sometimes-perky, and when they're evil, it's for the sake of corporate profits, just like everyone else. Some are all-evil, some aren't, some are even, at least for now, nice people.

As a previous reviewer noted, there are fun moments for Excel nerds (of whom I am one) in here. And some for medical nerds, since we do get some of Kate's EMT background spilling over into her new job. Most of the fun, though, is poking at fashion, with a bit at the art world thrown in. (I suspect it's entirely possible that another book by this author might involve Kate's uncle Sterling, and his art collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa N. VINE VOICE on March 1, 2008
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You've got to give author Valerie Stivers credit for tapping into a brand-new genre...vampire chick lit! "Blood is the New Black" revolves around Kate, a young woman starting a summer internship at Tasty, a popular fashion magazine based in New York City. Breaking into the grueling fashion industry is tough enough as it is, but it doesn't take Kate long to figure out that something is rather off with her Tasty coworkers. They sleep in their offices during the day, they never open the blinds, and they drink large amounts of what looks like a disgusting beet juice drink but turns out to be blood. When a slew of fashion-related deaths occur, Kate realizes that she and a group of aspiring young models are in grave danger. With the help of a few friends, Kate works to bring the vampires to justice before they succeed in making her join the undead.

I enjoyed this book. It's pretty funny and reminds me of "The Devil Wears Prada" meets "Bloodsucking Fiends." Much of the plot is very predictable and certain aspects of the story don't tie together very well, but it's still a fun book and is perfect for a light read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 8, 2007
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In Manhattan Kate McAlliston obtains a summer intern position at Tasty, the most popular young women's magazine in the country. However, Kate soon learns the ropes or at lest the bites at her new job as blood-spattered is the in-crowd's favorite design.

Her boss, editor-in-chief Lillian Hall assigns Kate to assist in organizing the Tasty Girl modeling contest. As she and others work on selecting who the surviving finalists will be, someone is dining on people leaving behind human bodies and even a canine, void of blood. Although not in her job description and fearing her boss who needs dental work might be the gourmand, Kate investigates who is feasting on Tasty folks.

This amusing chick lit tale satirizes the fashion industry as being filled with "bloodthirsty" taste. The breezy story line never slows down once Kate begins working at Tasty. The heroine and fans will wonder whether a serial killing vampire is making a fashion statement and how to describe her job on her résumé as an intern to a maybe undead. BLOOD IS THE NEW BLACK is a jocular romp that will have readers laughing at the antics at Tasty where standard operating procedure is no garlic is allowed on the premises.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Dolan on September 11, 2007
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Impossible to put down, this novel grabs you by your baby doll hem and doesn't let go until you know who will be the last fanged fashionista standing. Just as Kate McGraw is brainier than her fashion closet internship at Tasty Magazine, Valerie Stivers smartens up vampire slayer chick lit with absolute wit and juicy insider details. If you like fashion, shoes, mystery, Manhattan, best friendship or falling in love, this fun and funny coming-of-age story in the big city is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Malafis on September 27, 2007
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Love of fashion and/or interest in vampires will keep you totally immersed in this little gem. If this is any indication - I found myself longing to descend into the stifling, foul-smelling subway station because I do most of my reading during my commute. Also came close to missing my stop a few times. Definitely looking forward to more work from Stivers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By smartyj on October 7, 2007
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If you think this is just another formulaic Madison avenue fashionista novel, you're in for a big surprise. The juicy, mysterious plot adds so much more to the very real-life fashion magazine world Stivers depicts in her book and because of it makes it 100 times more interesting than your average intern-in-the-big-bad-world-of-fashion story. It's hip, smart, funny and unbelievably well-written. She makes you want to know more about the texture of a new york city hot-dog cart with her wonderful descriptive writing. You can smell, taste and feel every nook and cranny of Manhattan--she totally brings it to life on paper. I couldn't put it down and I can't believe this is a first novel for Stivers.
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