Bad Girls Don’t Die

Author: Katie Alender

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion, 2009

Series: Bad Girls Don’t Die #1

Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Mystery, Young Adult

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? {}



To be honest I picked this novel because of the cover. This cover screamed CREEPY and Victorian, which are two of my favorite things. Although the cover is scary and leads the reader to believe that this book will keep them up at night (and therefore have to be stored in the freezer a la Friends), Alender created a story that was a nice balance of fear/curiosity/and mystery.

I loved how this story was set in the present, but kept snagging the reader back to the past with either references to the past (the previous home owners, genealogy, etc.) or actual flashbacks. This allowed the reader to be in the same mind-set as Alexis.

Alexis is a strong character who kept searching for reasons as to why her sister and her life were crazy. She knew that it was up to her to solve this mystery because otherwise she, the bad girl, would be blamed for all the crazy that was hurting her family.

I loved how Megan fit in to the story and was honestly stunned to find out her role in solving the mystery of Kasey’s crazy behavior.

My only complaints are that it seems that we were introduced to Megan and her role too late, because I wish there was more background to her as a character. And how things were left unfinished with Alex, and his past.

I understand these failings with the story, as they lead to the next novel in the series, which I WILL be reading.

All in all I would recommend this story to anyone who likes a good mystery with a slight horror twist.



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