Title: Bad Girls Don’t Die
Author: Katie Alendar
Synopsis: Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents’ marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
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?
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: This is the first Halloweenie book I’ve read this year – I’m going to read a lot of spooky books from now until the end of the month, – and this book ended up being the perfect way to start off my holiday reading.
Alexis is anti-cheerleader, often anti-social – think Kat Stratford from ‘Ten Things I Hate About You’ – but she loves her little sister Kasey, who is creepy-obsessed with dolls. What thirteen year old collects dolls? Anyway, Kasey starts acting bizarre, and Alexis begins having visions of a tragedy that happened at their creepy house years before. Soon, Kasey starts acting REALLY weird, like stealing reports from school, and telling lies that adults just seem to believe.
I love anything about creepy dolls. I love anything about creepy possessed children. This book combined both of those, so naturally I was going to adore it. It was so suspenseful, and gripping that I was barely able to put it down to get some sleep last night. However, I continued reading it first thing this morning, and quickly finished it.
The character of Kasey chilled me to the bone – she was as creepy as Lilith in the little girl’s body in Supernatural. If you’ve ever seen that, you know the unnerving feeling. However, it was a great feeling. I get my kicks from freaking myself out.
As for the book as a whole, it held my attention, right through til the very end, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. It’s as if you’re going through a long, dark tunnel and you don’t know what’s at the end. Your apprehension increases the closer you get to the end, and then a huge shock happens, and you’re thrown for a loop.
There is romance in it – cute, ‘fuzzy in the tummy’ romance – but it doesn’t play a big part in the book. Not so much that it overcrowds the actual story, but it’s still so adorable that I just had to include it in the book. Carter…
It’s an incredible book, spooky and fabulous, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series – From Bad To Cursed – so I can love that one just as much, hopefully.