16 Oct 2009


Blood Is The New Black by Valerie Stivers.

The Devil may wear Prada, but real fashion taste is in the blood .....

When Kate is offered an internship at top fashion mag Tasty, everyone tells her she's the luckiest girl alive. But Kate's not so sure. Her fellow interns are bitchy, her superiors are backstabbing, and she's constantly getting it in the neck from her boss.

Then people start to go missing, and Kate starts to really worry. Why is everyone condescending, black-clad and emaciated? Doesn't anyone sleep? What's with the sharp teeth? Are they ... vampires?

Armed with a stake, a crucifix, and James the cute photo assistant, Kate sets off for a showdown - only to realise that she's more out of her depth than a homeless person in Hermes. Starting your first job may be difficult, but working at Tasty is draining. Literally...

.... From the back cover.

FIRST SENTENCE: I'm crouched under a desk in the assistant's bullpen.

Set in the world of fashion this is a tale of vampires but not as we usually know them. Blood Is The New Black is an easy read, full of dark humour and practically blood and gore free though it does begin with the 'dogocide' of Marc Jacobs.

The characters are an odd bunch to say the least and, as a reader, your not always too sure who is a vampire and who isn't. My favourite is the depressed Lillian who "as the years go by," finds herself, "having to spend more and more time in spas. Not to keep," her, "looks, but to remain fresh". Then there is the 'heroine' of the story, Kate, who soon realises that things aren't quite what they seem and maybe she has bitten off more than she can chew (sorry, I couldn't resist the pun).

Tongue in cheek all the way through, there are, however, some very funny, laugh out loud moments. I particularly liked the idea of the Tasty sponsored benefit for 'The Low- Income Ladies' Plastic Surgery Fund (LILPSF)' and then there's Sylvia's research into 'vampire qualities' and Kate who tries to pass holy water off as a 'Creme de la Mer product'.

A fun read though I suspect that those into the more traditional vampire story might find themselves disappointed.

MY RATING: 3 out of a possible 5.


Hazra said...

Sounds like Devil Wears Prada meeting Buffy. The title is nice and catchy. And 'dogocide' intrigues me? Does Marc Jacobs get eaten by a Paris Hilton's little doggie?

....Petty Witter said...

That's exactly what its like Hazra.
Don't want to give too much away but I think I can safely say that Marc Jacobs is in fact of the doggy kind.

Kelly said...

This sounds like a fun book!

My recent vampire reading has been limited to Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse, though I did read several of Anne Rice's books years ago.

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

This sounds funny. Nice review. I hadnt heard of it before.

Jenners said...

Sounds kind of silly but in a fun and good way!

Melissa (My World) said...

This sounds like a great fun read. Which we all need one of those every few books. Great review! Thanks.