Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bad Girls Don't Die

By: Katie Alender

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? (from Amazon)

Character Development:
Overall Enjoyment:
Total Score: 60

Grade: A+

Drugs, Alcohol, Etc.:
Sexual Content:
This book deserves and extra category---

Completely frightening stuff that can make you jump and will scare you so much you check under the bed and in the closet before you sleep but it doesn’t matter because the book is so good no matter what you do you CANT. STOP. READING.:10/10
Aimed at: 13 and up

# of pages:

Written in:
first person narrative, teen girl
Released on:
April 21, 2009
Tone: chilling, terrifying, and amazing

Pros: Everything about this book links to something else that links to something else which makes the book flow effortlessly

Cons: um…….I can’t think of anything I didn’t like

Written Review:

Can I just start by saying O MY GOSH!!!! This book was so cool and amazing and fantastic and every other word that is the equivalent to Absolutely Positively Great! OK I know I sound totally fake because who could love a book this much but I really did. And why wouldn't I? Like I said above the pages flowed effortlessly. Katie Alender obviously spent a lot of time planning the flow of this book. Every action had a reaction though you didn't necessarily figure it out until the end. The characters took such a definite role that made them seem so real. Their voices were so distinctive and their personalities were developed to the maximum level. The plot was so frightening but at the same time it was filled with humor, romance, mystery, and suspense to make a perfect book. The ending concluded things perfectly. The book foreshadowed enough to keep you wanting more but not enough to spoil the many, many exciting twists. There isn't much more I could say except I completely fell in love with this novel from page one. This book kept me in the novel until the very last page. To prove it I'll tell you I read over 200 pages today. 200 pages when I didn't even have the time to read one page. But this book was so good I made time. 2 minutes while my food reheated. 1minute waiting by the front door to run errands. 4 minutes on the ride to the store. You get the idea. I loved this book. O yea And I don't even like horror novels. The littlest thing can scare me for months. An article in a magazine about someone dying or a trailer for a horror flick all give me nightmares. I'm that easily frightened yet I loved this totally chilling novel. Weird huh? Overall this is a must read for everyone whether you are a scaredy-cat like me or brave enough to face the most dangerous of situations. You need to read this book! So check it out when it releases on April 21st.

O and check back on April 15th to read a guest blog by Katie Alender the amazing author of this superb book.




deltay said...

Wow - definitely lots of great feedback circulating around the YA blogosphere about this!

Katie Alender said...

Jill, thank you so much for this incredible review! It's readers like you that make books worth writing.

I'm so honored that you liked Bad Girls so much. And yes, interconnecting all of that stuff was a labor of love, so thank you for noticing! LOL!