Tuesday, January 29, 2013

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die #2) by Katie Alender

Five Stars

Goodreads Summary: 

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?

Apparently, this series doesn't focus on both evil dolls and ghosts. It just focuses on bad ghosts. I feel kind of stupid for not realizing that. But I wouldn't change it, at all.

Alexis isn't one of the people that are immune to everything bad. For example, if this was another book, Alexis would be the only person not influenced by Aralt. However, she is a one of a kind, too. She fights back, eventually.

We also get to learn a little more about Alexis's hobby, photography.

There's also some more bonding with Kasey, her sister. In the first book, there wasn't, since she was possessed and all.

Aralt is sort of like a voice in her mind. He tells her all the right things to say.

Carter stalks Alexis, now. It's not that he wants to. With Aralt telling her the things to say, she turned him into some sort of loving stalker. There might be another love interests. I'm not sure, though.

The writing flowed really well. The development of Alexis was very subtle. Also, the plot was perfectly paced.

The ending left enough so there had to be another book. I'm going to give my librarian one week to get it, and if she doesn't, I'm going to buy it myself.

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