Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die #1)
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?
Time to hide under the covers!
This is my second time reading Bad Girls Don't Die. Even so, I could only read it in bed if my husband was there. Katie Alender does an excellent job of creating that delicious sense of suspense that only truly great scary stories can achieve. She is also incredibly skilled at writing scenes that begin with the easily explained and end with the truly terrifying.
The story falls on the shoulders of Alexis who is, at best, a deeply flawed character. She is usually callous and sometimes mean. She often goes out of her way to spread rumors about those who have hurt her in the past. This is not the character you root for from the beginning. This is the character that you realize has a lot of growing up to do and hope that she does. I have encountered these types of character before, but I am very pleased that in Alexis' case, all of her growing up does not occur within the first book. She continues this development and I hope by the third book in the series will have become a character I can be proud of.
Alender also does quite a good job of painting realistic relationships, between Alexis and her "arch enemy", her crush and her sister. The cheerleader is not all villain, there is no insta-love and the sisters do not bond over boys and shopping. Instead, we see these relationships grow and develop (albeit under extreme circumstances) and Alexis begins to see the value in each, especially the love for her family.
There are far too few truly creepy YA books out there. We tend to gorge ourselves on this genre in younger years, with Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark, but we seem to lose it as we get older. Thank you Katie Alender for bringing me back to those childhood moments of sneaking a flashlight into my room and reading beneath the covers.
Bad Girls Don't Die
Going into it, I really didn't expect the book to be too good. Boy was I wrong. I loved how creepy this book was! It left me wondering if maybe my sibling would become obsessed with dolls and turn into a possessed monster. This book really brought the creepy factor without being gory or too horror-y. And come on, Alexis' sister was just plain scary. I must admit I read it because it was a ghost story, I am a sucker for them.
There were some things that bothered me, how come Alexis' parents didn't realize something strange was happening to their youngest daughter? If I was a parent I think I would notice something like that right away. Also the dialogue was awkward, it just didn't seem as realistic as it could have been. But it was short and the author kept it simple so that was what saved it for me.
Overall, I did like this story, it was a fun read that kept me up turning the pages well into the night just so I could find out what happened next. I would recommend this to people who are looking for those who like ghost stories and are looking for a quick easy read.
Bad Girls Don't Die (A Room with Books review)
I rather liked this book, but not that much. It was a quick read and really sucked me in. Now, I know a lot of book bloggers out there read at lightning speed, but I'm not like that. I'm really okay with getting books done at a moderate pace, but this time I discovered my library wanted me to take this back to them - soon. In short, I ended up finishing this in about a day and a half. It wasn't all because of my deadline though. Bad Girls Don't Die was written in such a way that it pulled me in almost immediately.
I don't usually jump at ghost books, but the story here made it feel like it could happen to anyone. Alexis was your typical outcast teen with your typical dysfunctional family. Only, not quite. The family aspects played in pretty well with the story which I enjoyed. What I didn't enjoy was Alexis's attitude.I understand the whole grumpy-teenager thing, but it seemed like Alexis was taking it a little too far sometimes. She complains about The Doom Squad because they "try to hard," but that's exactly what Alexis does in her efforts to continue being an outcast.
It also felt a bit like the poor love interest only made about three appearances in the story. It felt as if the story could have moved along perfectly fine without him and he was just thrown in to appease the swoony teenagers out there. Normally I'm all for a little romance (who isn't?) but I felt as if Bad Girls Don't Die almost could have done without it.
One more downside, I predicted the outcome LONG before Alexis. I kept wanting to scream at her because she was being so dense.
My griping aside, this was still a great story. I loved all the back stories and history. It was nice to read about normal people going through something paranormal. Many times the main character or their families aren't quite normal which works just fine, but normal characters created a nice change of pace for once.
Final thoughts: I know, I didn't have absolutely positive things to say about this, but it's still worth the read. If you're in the mood for a quick spooky, ghost story pick this up and give it a go.
One of my all time favorite creepy stories!
Reader reviewed by BrielleBookworm
First off, I'd like to recommend this
book to you if you like ghost stories. I loved this book so much, and I
think it may be in my top five favorite books of all time.
"I crept down the hall to Kaysey's room. Inside, the only light
was a faint slant of yellow spilling in from the hall, illuminating a
little display of threadbare rag dolls on the other side of the room.
When my eyes had adjusted and the lumps of blackness had taken on
furniture shapes, I began searching for her bookbag."
Warning: There may be some spoilers in here, but I'll keep it to a minimum.
This book is fantastic. I couldn't put it down, not for anything.
Dinner's ready? Be there in a minute.
Brielle, come with me to the store. Let me finish this chapter.
Bri, there's a flaming cat outside your door. That's nice.
my favorite chapter was probably everybody's least favorite. (**SPOILER**)
chapter where the doll is trying to get Shara to kill herself and and
her daughter. Shara pushes Megan out of the door, overpowering the doll
and saving her daughter.
Alexis, the MC is humorous,
memorable also. I love her thought process and her obsession with
photography. She isn't a girl you'll easily forget, and it isn't just
because she has pink hair.
Kaysey, Lexi's sister, is the perfect
mix of creepiness, charming little girl, obsessive freak, and
bittersweet sibling. She's your average little sister, except for the
fact that she's been possessed by an evil spirit, who's bent on
revenge, even if it means murder. Kaysey seems very real, so much that
while reading the book, I wanted to save her. I wanted to smack her when
I found out she had done something stupid.
I give it five stars.
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bad bad bad girls
Reader reviewed by Nicole M.
While living in an ancient house that has a terrifying past with her annoying family, Alexis and her sister Kasey find an unwanted guest in their house. Water is boiling in a pot on a stove that is off, weird smells along with cold rushes of air also Kaseys eyes change color and she cant remember a thing! This teens life turns into a tragedy!
This nerve-racking book is best for young adults who love a good spine chilling thriller. Truly nail-biting I could not put the book down. I picked this book because it was unpredictable and interesting with a twist of romance and high school teen life. The book was fantastic but I hated the cover and title. Most people wouldnt want to read this book because of it. This book truly shows to never judge a book by its cover.
fun and creepy
Reader reviewed by Lauren G
This novel was a fun read. It had a good storyline and just the right amount of creepy-ness to keep me entertained. I'm always looking for a good scary YA read but they don't come around often enough. I enjoyed this one and can't wait for the sequels. I hope the writer can give us an equally scary story in the next one and I recommend this book to all those who love a dash of scary in their novels.
Great Ghost Story
Reader reviewed by Harmony
I held off on reading this for quite a while because Im easily scared and this involved ghosts. Ghost stories+chicken me = nightmares. So I waited until a nice, rainy day that I was running a bakesale at the library to get very far in it. But once I got into my reading groove, I could not put this down.
Bad Girls Dont Die was pretty much everything I wasnt expecting. Its quirky, its haunting, and its mysterious. For the most part, its unpredictable too. There was one thing that I figured out but other than that, I was on the edge of my seat.
What I loved most was how subtle the spookiness was. At first, it was just little things and it kept building up until the end. The struggle within Kasey also added so much to the story, from what you got to read about it.
All in all, I definitely recommend this one for those who dont like scary books but are looking for a little paranormal spookiness.
Love This Book!
Reader reviewed by KJ
This book was so good! The plot was really unique and Katie Alender really made the characters seem real. It was horror, but not Stephen King horror. It was a book that kept me up at night reading, but not so that I was afraid to sleep! Alexis could be any high school girl and she was a character I would like to know. The writing style had a nice flow and while I was reading I had a hard time putting the book down! Ive heard tale of sequels to this book, so Im really looking forward to reading those! All in all I would highly recommend Bad Girls Dont Die. This was a fantastic debut novel and Im looking forward to reading what Katie comes out with next!
To Die For
Reader reviewed by Yan
Bad Girls Don't Die was a chilling read that had an odd twist of humor. There were moments where my arms were covered in goose bumps and all of a sudden, it wasn't what you had not expected. It was actually somewhat funny, the scenes. However, it comes out more of an awkwardIm not crazylaugh. Extraordinary in that sense of way.
I dreamed I was standing on an island in a swamp full of alligators&I saw Kasey swimming towards me, blissfully unaware of the predators&I pulled out a rifle, and I shot any alligator that got close to her. Then Kasey was with me on the island, braiding my hair and singing me Christmas carols. And a battered doll in a ripped petticoat came out of the water and walked over to us, but Kasey couldnt see her. And the doll pointed at Kasey and looked at me and said Your sister is crazy.
What I loved most about this quote was the randomness of it. Seriously, I love random stuff but when you include it with some not so random information, only to you of course, then it makes it only so much more fun. A little giggle to yourself looking crazed to the world through their eyes makes it so much more sweeter.
Aside from that, outside of its original content, this passage may not seem so frightening, but it left me in chills&well until the part about your sister is crazy. The main fear is the dolls, the true demonic force behind it all. Even in real life dolls are creepy to me. Im talking about the classic porcelain ones, the ones that are so lifelike you just cant stare them in the eye. So here I was, just anticipating something horrific about to happen, and bam, there goes a funny little surprise. So an awkward, half hilarious, half scared, laugh is elicited.
Almost all the characters are so well done. The secondary characters are of course in the background, but also giving more depth to the main character. But that doesnt just stop there, some of them even have a bit more life in them. Carter, the male protagonist as well as being a secondary character, gave Alexis more of a girly flare that doesnt show anywhere else. But he also has a dark past that gave him more depth. Alexis was the older sister, the person who cared for her, as well as the one whos more than what she appears.
The action was predictable in some areas, but not so in others. The mystery aspect and the road to uncovering it was wonderfully done and left no real questions behind.
Overall: A great book to pick if youre in the mood for creepy little dolls. Okay so its much more than that. Just read this book if it sounds interesting to you, trust me, itll be better than you expected. I took it for granted and now Im in contentment after reading it.
Realy Creepy Book
Reader reviewed by Megan
To the world, fifteen-year-old Alexis Warren is just a pink-haired troublemaker. She doesnt have any real friends, and her parents are way too wrapped up in their own problems to bother with hers. Pretty much the only things Alexis can count on are the photographs she creates in her darkroom and her little sister Kasey.
One night, to help take Kaseys mind off a vicious family argument, Alexis makes up a story the first thing that comes to mind, really, just a harmless fairytale about a little girl with no friends. But Kasey seems to take the whole thing a little too seriously. Before long, shes actually bringing parts of the story to life and people are getting hurt.
Alexis knows she has to find a way to stop her sister before something terrible happens. But with no friends and no help from her parents, shes basically on her own until help turns up in the unlikeliest form Alexis archnemesis Megan Wiley, who happens to be the captain of the cheerleading squad.
This book got really creepy but was still good and fun to read. I had to put it down a few times because it really crepy. I liked the charcters I didn't like Kasey but I liked Alexis, she sounded better as a person. I loved the idea of this book and really liked. You should read it if you like creepy books.