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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

Published April 21st 2009 by Hyperion
346 pages
Series: Bad Girls Don't Die #1
Source: Borrowed

Holy. Frickadoodles. (No, I don't say words like this regularly. They are reserved for special situations such as these...) This was one of the creepiest books I've ever read. A worn out doll with bright green eyes, a seemingly innocent little girl, and an antisocial pink-haired teenager together weave an intricate story about a malicious ghost hungering for revenge.

The plot is fast-paced, with little details that ultimately help unravel the mystery scattered randomly throughout. As major revelations occurred, I would go back and try to find the clues that answer the questions. Sometimes this helped, but oftentimes, it appeared to complicate the plot further. The author also did a wonderful job with characterization. Pink-haired Alexis has just the right amount of sarcasm to seem like a strong girl without being overly annoying. Her younger sister Kasey was marvelous, too, as both her needy and resentful sides were portrayed realistically. It takes talent to craft a 12-year-old with the level of terrifying grace that Kasey possesses.

Bad Girls Don't Die is an addicting paranormal novel that will leave readers anxiously waiting for the sequel.

Tidbit of random: I swear, this song was running through my mind as I read the last few chapters...

Rating: 4
delightfully scrumptious
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