Book Reviews of Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, Bk 1)

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, Bk 1)
Bad Girls Don't Die - Bad Girls Don't Die, Bk 1
Author: Katie Alender
ISBN-13: 9781423108771
ISBN-10: 1423108779
Publication Date: 6/22/2010
Pages: 352
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a phenomenal book! The synopsis doesn't say much about the story but it's about Alexis and her little sister Kasey. Kasey loves and collects all kinds of dolls. One day strange things start happening around the house and Alexis realizes that Kasey has changed. The house has a past and it wants to come back! Alender definitely put the creepy aspects of this story to life. I myself am terrified of dolls so I was looking forward to getting a little edgy after reading it, which totally happened.

You can't help but love these characters. Alexis is a smart ass which I totally dig and Kasey is so shy and cute that you want everything to be okay. I loved this unique story and I'm awaiting the second one to come in so I can see what else unfolds!

This book gets 5 stars from me! It thrilled me and kept me on my toes. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. If you're looking for a nice creepy tale, this is a good place to start!
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Helpful Score: 1
I really liked this book! It was different from the YA stuff I've been reading lately & what a nice change! Fast paced & unpredictable which isn't always so easy to find. If you get a chance to read this one, definitely give it a try...you won't be disappointed.
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I don't really understand the high ratings for this book, however, I am a senior citizen but I read the YA books sometimes to know what young readers might like, so--

I thought this was all over the place and on the boring side (for me), it is very slow and draggy (for me), I didn't really find anything scary or creepy about it but yet I guess the young reader might be able to relate to the high school theatrics meaning I guess it's always the cheerleaders that are the 'mean girls'? I don't think so but this book is just another one that makes the cheerleaders look like selfish mean girls but yet the most popular? So that makes the main girl character look and sound like a creepy castoff loner with no friends and whines about it on every page

I'm giving it only 3 stars (2 is really enough) just because I think the YA reader would probably like it along with the paranormal aspect to it too
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There are some great young adult books and this is definitely one of them! I loved the storyline and there was plenty of suspense. I haven't read many paranormal/ ghost type books lately, but read them all the time when I was a kid. Now I remember why I loved them so much!! Can't wait to read the sequel...

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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 were...possessed.

Alex is further convinced that something's 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 friends--Megan Wiley, the head cheerleader at Surrey High, and Carter Blume, the popular new kid whom Alexis might like more than she should--Alexis 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: don't read BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE at night, or you will feel the goosebumps on the back of your neck long after you reluctantly put the book down! Katie Alender's 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 like.

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, you'd get Alexis. The majority of the story centers around the evil ghost's 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 ghost's history and motivation.

Despite the sometimes overwhelmingly fast pace of the novel, however, BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE is truly a remarkable read, destined to send shivers down your spine.
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Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.com

Alexis might not be perfectly well-adjusted to high school life, but she finds her niche as an outspoken pink-haired smart-aleck quite satisfying, thank you very much.

Her four-person family is far from perfect, but they have always managed to get by, in their spooky architectural jumble of a house. Alexis' mother spends more time at work than at home, but so do millions of other moms across America. Kasey, her doll-obsessed little sister, is sometimes too passive for her own good, but hopefully the doll-collecting is something she will grow out of. As for her father, they aren't exactly close, but he could be worse.

One night, after a family argument leaves Kasey in tears, Alexis comes to the rescue in the role of comforting big sister. Kasey requests a story, so Alexis soothes her with a made-up story off the top of her head. Since it is for her baby sister, the story revolves around a little girl and her doll, Kasey's favorite topic. Naturally, Alexis doesn't think much of the story, though come to think of it, it is a bit strange at how smoothly the spontaneous story rolls off her tongue.

However, shortly after Alexis' tale, Kasey starts behaving weirdly. More strangely than normal anyhow. It starts small, with her eyes sometimes changing color from blue to green and using old-fashioned language, like "oughtn't." At first, Alexis tries to brush away her foreboding feelings, deeming the odd vibes she is getting from Kasey as a figment of her imagination, nothing serious.

When mysterious lights appear in the middle of the night, doors close themselves, and the air conditioner goes haywire to the point where Alexis can see her breath in the house, she knows it is no overactive imagination. She has no idea what exactly is going on, but something weird is happening in their house, and much as she hates to admit it, Kasey has something to do with it.

Events spiral rapidly out of control, as midnight wanderings progress to thievery and even attempted murder. Alexis has no idea who to turn to - does anyone even believe in the supernatural anymore? People might just lock Kasey up as schizophrenic, but Alexis knows better. Her little sister is not crazy. Kasey is possessed.

Katie Alender's BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE is a haunting tale of one town's murderous history and a ghost that wants revenge.
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Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.com

Alexis might not be perfectly well-adjusted to high school life, but she finds her niche as an outspoken pink-haired smart-aleck quite satisfying, thank you very much.

Her four-person family is far from perfect, but they have always managed to get by, in their spooky architectural jumble of a house. Alexis' mother spends more time at work than at home, but so do millions of other moms across America. Kasey, her doll-obsessed little sister, is sometimes too passive for her own good, but hopefully the doll-collecting is something she will grow out of. As for her father, they aren't exactly close, but he could be worse.

One night, after a family argument leaves Kasey in tears, Alexis comes to the rescue in the role of comforting big sister. Kasey requests a story, so Alexis soothes her with a made-up story off the top of her head. Since it is for her baby sister, the story revolves around a little girl and her doll, Kasey's favorite topic. Naturally, Alexis doesn't think much of the story, though come to think of it, it is a bit strange at how smoothly the spontaneous story rolls off her tongue.

However, shortly after Alexis' tale, Kasey starts behaving weirdly. More strangely than normal anyhow. It starts small, with her eyes sometimes changing color from blue to green and using old-fashioned language, like "oughtn't." At first, Alexis tries to brush away her foreboding feelings, deeming the odd vibes she is getting from Kasey as a figment of her imagination, nothing serious.

When mysterious lights appear in the middle of the night, doors close themselves, and the air conditioner goes haywire to the point where Alexis can see her breath in the house, she knows it is no overactive imagination. She has no idea what exactly is going on, but something weird is happening in their house, and much as she hates to admit it, Kasey has something to do with it.

Events spiral rapidly out of control, as midnight wanderings progress to thievery and even attempted murder. Alexis has no idea who to turn to - does anyone even believe in the supernatural anymore? People might just lock Kasey up as schizophrenic, but Alexis knows better. Her little sister is not crazy. Kasey is possessed.

Katie Alender's BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE is a haunting tale of one town's murderous history and a ghost that wants revenge.
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This is a great story. It drags you in and keeps you going. I stayed up too late several nights, not wanting to put it down.
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Loved this book. Very spooky.
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I have had this book on my shelf to read for some time. This ended up being a well done YA horror mystery with a heavy supernatural element to it.


The story was engaging and I breezed through it in one night. Parts of it were a bit predictable but it was still entertaining. The story never gets too gory or scary but is pretty creepy at times.


There are a lot of high school elements in the story as well (mean girls, bullying, etc). However the majority of the book does focus on the mystery behind what is happening to Alexis's sister Kasey and the history of the house they move into.


Alexis was easy to engage with as a character. The writing flowed really well and the dialogue was written in a way that was snappy and natural sounding. This was just an easy book to get drawn into and read. The story wraps up nicely and doesn't leave the reader hanging; this makes a good stand alone book (even though it's the first of a trilogy).


Overall I enjoyed this YA horror mystery. I am not a huge fan of horror but I enjoyed both the mystery and supernatural elements to this story a lot. I would recommend to young adult readers who love creepy ghost stories and don't mind some high school drama in their books. Right now I am uncertain as to whether or not I will pick up the rest of the books in the series; I enjoyed this book but I have a lot of other books to read right now.