Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

Social outcast Alexis starts to notice her sister is having some strange behavior. While it starts out fairly innocent, pretty soon Kasey is showing signs that something is very very wrong. Slowly Alexis comes to believe that her sister is possessed, and by an extremely malicious spirit. Now she must find the truth behind the secrets of the house they live in and try to free her sister from a hateful ghost before the ghost makes Alexis pay for challenging it.

Genre: supernatural, contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5

First off, this book cover is great. I love it. So creepy and very bright at the same time. Cover art is something I judge so harshly and it's nice to see this one looking so cool. The only way it could have been creepier was to employ and actual old ugly doll on the cover.

Meanwhile, this was a very taut thriller. The spirit in this case was completely malevolent. Her initial story might be sad, but there is nothing redeemable about this ghost. She's nasty, responsible for a string of deaths, and determined to kill anyone else in her way. This is an Exorcist possession, not a friendly one. Kasey does terrible things when possessed and is in desperate need of a throttling. While it was a bit convenient that cheerleader Megan is a specialist in spirits, she's at least an interesting character, being a popular preppy girl who is actually very nice. Alexis is also exposed to the attentions of Carter, a preppy, straightlaced guy who is severely misjudged by Alexis.

While the story itself is sometimes a bit predictable, it was still a very good book.

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