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.
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.
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.
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.
This book was certainly a wild ride. I really should be in bed right
now but I couldnt put this book down. And boy did it scare the pants
off of me. Ok, admittedly I am a scaredy pants. I hate horror movies
and I hate dolls so I really dont know what possessed me (haha&bad pun
if you have read the book) to read this except it got such good
reviews. As a story it was great, there were a few twists that kept
you off balance and unsure what exactly was going on. Alexis was a
great character who for all her thoughts that the people around her
tried to hard to be something they were not I felt she also was
behaving the same way. I think she accidentally ended up being the
bad girl and then felt like she had to live up to that reputation.
That made it even sweeter the way she tried to protect her little
sister. It was nice that the cheer leader, Megan, was able to break
out of the stereotypical superficial, airhead mold and tried to help
Alexis with the possession of her sister. Im sure those of you who
are braver than I will love this book. It was great although it does
remind me why I despise dolls.
Bad Girls Dont Die is currently in my scariest-book-I-read-in-2009 list. A totally freaky and scary novel, Bad Girls Dont Die will take a look at ghost stories and things that we have no explanations for.
What I loved about Bad Girls Dont Die was the plot. I loved how the doll was the source of evil and how it was the doll that held the little girls ghost, seeking for revenge. I loved the pace of the book. I enjoyed how the weird supernatural parts werent random and made the whole book better. The first chapter really creeped me out though the weird light bobbing at random places and ended up bobbing at the place Alexis and her sister, Kasey, were. It was a sign of future evil deeds. Woooo ~~
Alexis was the typical anti-social girl so when all these weird things start happening to her and, most importantly, to her sister, Kasey, she had to find help at surprising places. What I liked about her the most was her ability to understand what was the priority. She realized that her sister was in danger and did all that she could to help her out and to uncover the secret of her house.
The ending was done nicely because it definitely ended Bad Girls Dont Die without any cliffhangers. The cover depicted the book well because the girl in the middle with the curtain obscuring her face sent a chill down my spine just like how the eerie weird things in the book sent a similar chill down my spine.
Don't Read This At Night: A Marvelously Suspenseful Ghost Story
Reader reviewed by Steph Su
Photography-lover Alexis Warren
lives in an enormous, rambling, slightly creepy house with her dysfunctional
parents and younger sister, Kasey. Alexis may dye her hair pink and disdain
most of the people at school, but her Kasey seems to be REALLY crazy: she has
an unhealthy doll-collecting obsession, and has recently been acting weird,
alternately crying tearfully and acting unlike herself. Almost as if she
Alex is further convinced that
somethings not right with Kasey when strange things start occurring in the
house: doors open and close on their own, appliances turn on all by themselves.
With the help of unlikely new friendsMegan Wiley, the head cheerleader at
Surrey High, and Carter Blume, the popular new kid whom Alexis might like more
than she shouldAlexis is going to find out what the evil spirit that seems to be
haunting Kasey and inflicting harm wants.
If she can manage to do this
without be killed.
Be forewarned: dont read BAD
GIRLS DONT DIE, or you will feel the goosebumps on the back of your neck long
after you reluctantly put the book down! Katie Alenders debut YA novel is
deliciously creepy; imagine the movie The
Sixth Sense in novel form, and you can get an idea of what this book was
Alexis kicked butt as a
protagonist; if Jessica Darling had a young sister who turns the popular crowd upside-down
and unfortunately finds herself in a ghost story, youd get Alexis. The
majority of the story centers around the evil ghosts mystery, which
occasionally leaves the characters slightly incomplete, at least in my opinion.
I would have no problem reading a hundred extra pages in order to better
understand important characters such as Carter, Megan, Kasey, Alexis parents,
and the ghosts history and motivation.
Despite the sometimes
overwhelmingly fast pace of the novel, however, BAD GIRLS DONT DIE is truly a
remarkable read, destined to send shivers down your spine.