Sunday, June 3, 2018

Book Review: Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1) by Katie Alender

When Alexis' little sister, Kasey, becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks nothing of it. Kasey is a weird kid. Period. Alexis is considered weird, too, by the kids in her high school, by her parents, even by her own goth friends. Things get weirder, though, when the old house they live in starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves, water boils on the unlit stove, and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough for the girls to see their breath. Kasey is changing too. Her blue eyes go green, and she uses old-fashioned language, then forgets chunks of time.

Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey's shoulder. The formerly gentle, doll-loving child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

When I first came across Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender, I know I had to read this book!!  The synopsis sounded right up my street.  

Fifteen year old Alexis and her thirteen year old sister Kasey have always been close until recently.  Kasey has started acting different.  Even the house feels different; it just feels evil.  Alexis questions her own sanity.  Is she going crazy or is something actually possessing Kasey?

Bad Girls Don't Die is such a refreshing title for a supernatural book.  Usually they have the whole cliched scary title, but this book didn't.  I didn't feel that it suited the book that well.  I don't really want to go into it because of spoilers, but if you read the story, you'll see what I mean.

How gorgeous is that cover!?!  I absolutely love it.  It looks a bit ominous.  I don't think it really suits the book as gorgeous as it is though.  Kasey is obsessed with dolls, so I would've liked to see some dolls on the cover.  Perhaps a scarier cover would've been more suited to the book as well.

The world building and setting were fantastic!!!  I loved the description of the house.  In fact, I'd love to live in a house like the one in the book!  The author did a fantastic job of making the whole story come to life through the world building.  Even the memories mentioned in the book are written really well.

The pacing was amazing!  I devoured this book like I would a pizza (I love pizza)!  In fact, I finished this book in less than 24 hours.  Every spare minute I had was dedicated to reading this book.  It is very fast paced, and each chapter leaves you wanting to read more.

As for the dialogue, there were a few words that I didn't think a 15 year old would use in everyday language, but that's probably more of a personal issue.  Plus, it didn't happen often enough to take away from the book.  There is mild swearing in this book, but it is very tame and not very often.  The characters' dialogue flows freely making this book easy to read.

The characters are all well formed.  Alexis comes across as a normal, every day 15 year old girl.  She's an outcast at high school, and I think the author did a good job of portraying this.  The character of Kasey blew me away!  Kasey was my favorite character due to how the author had written her in the story.  She's definitely a very strong character.  I also loved the character of Megan.  I liked how the author didn't make her a stuck-up cheerleader like most authors do when writing about cheerleaders.

All in all, I absolutely loved this book!  In fact, after I finished reading Bad Girls Don't Die, I bought the next book in the series.  I am definitely in love!  This book did an excellent job of combining everything I love into one book.

I'd definitely recommend this book to EVERYONE aged 13+.  It is amazing! 

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