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Review: From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender

From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender

  • Published By: Hyperion
  • Publication Date: June 14th 2011
  • Series: Bad Girls Don’t Die, #2
  • Genres: YA Paranormal
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 442
  • Date Read: January 12, 2015
  • Links: Goodreads

Alexis is the last girl you’d expect to sell her soul. She already has everything she needs–an adorable boyfriend, the perfect best friend, and a little sister who’s finally recovering after being possessed by an evil spirit, then institutionalized. 

Alexis is thrilled when her sister joins a club; new friends are just what Kasey needs. It’s strange, though, to see how fast the girls in The Sunshine Club go from dorky and antisocial to gorgeous and popular. Soon Alexis learns that the girls have pledged an oath to a seemingly benevolent spirit named Aralt. Worried that Kasey’s in over her head again, Alexis and her best friend Megan decide to investigate by joining the club themselves. At first, their connection with Aralt seems harmless. Alexis trades in her pink hair and punky clothes for a mainstream look, and quickly finds herself reveling in her newfound elegance and success. Instead of fighting off the supernatural, Alexis can hardly remember why she joined in the first place. Surely it wasn’t to destroy Aralt…why would she hurt someone who has given her so much, and asked for so little in return?

– Synopsis,
Goodreads

This one wasn’t as creepy or as good as the first but definitely still kept my attention though. Anyway, From Bad to Cursed is the sequel to Bad Girls Don’t Die, a book I absolutely loved, the story brings back Alexis Warren, and her formerly possessed sister Kasey who has just been sprung from a mental institution.

Kasey’s reappearance has Alexis on edge and threatens to derail what had been shaping up to be an excellent school year. Her sister is sullen, at best, resenting the suspicious way Alexis looks at her, and she is understandably reluctant to go back to school.

Surprisingly, however, Kasey is welcomed by a group of girls including a new student, one of Alexis‘ old friends, and even Kasey’s former BFF/ Together, the girls meet regularly at one another’s homes and form a club that focuses on self-improvement.

There’s a little bit of Romance but not much, so if you’re like me and I don’t really like heavy Romance in books, then this might be a good fit for you. This is another book where I enjoyed the pacing very much. It was hard for me to put this book down. This is such a fast paced story.

Have you read this series? What did you think of it? Do you agree or disagree with anything I mentioned here? Let me know in the Comments!


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Review: 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?

– Synopsis,
Goodreads

I read this book over 3 years ago, so I’m going to try to remember what happened in it enough to review it. Possession? Dolls? Haunted houses? Vengeful spirits? This was exactly the YA horror book I was looking for, and while this book wasn’t exactly real Spooky or Scary, it was a lot of fun to read. I still really loved it. It might have just been me though, I don’t get spooked easily while reading a book.

In the beginning, for whatever reason, I had low expectations for this book. But when I started reading it, I was surprised how much I instantly liked it. I’ve read a lot of books where I constantly check the page number I’m on and I’m like “Ugh, is the chapter over yet?” and I’m so bored. But I also have read a lot of books that just suck me in so much that after a while, when I check what page I’m on, I’m like “Wow, I’ve read that far already?” This book falls in that category.

Besides the Pranormal that was happening, this book also had a nice romance, while I didn’t love the romance, I didn’t mind it. I loved that the romance was slow-paced, and it didn’t take up the whole book. It was put in here and there, but it wasn’t a huge part of the book, which I’m glad about.

This book was fast paced, and kept me hooked from page one! I didn’t want to put it down. I had so much fun with the creepy ghost related paranormal vibes. I’ve read most of Katie Alender’s Books and loved them all. I’m not usually a fan of Paranormal books but they just work in her books.

That’s all for this review! Hopefully you still enjoyed this review despite it being vague due to not being able to remember much from it. I really need to start doing reviews more regularly, like as soon as I’ve finished a book so It’s still fresh in my mind. Anyway, let me know in the Comments what you thought of this! Have you read this Book? Or anything else written by this Author?