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From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender
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Jun 04, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-fantasy, paranormal

On the surface, the sunshine club seems rather pathetic: girls getting together to better themselves, to be prettier, and to make better fashion choices. When her sister's sworn enemy decides to join her club, Alexis is immediately suspicious. After learning that the club is centered around an entity named Aralt, Alexis and her friend Megan decide to infiltrate the club and destroy the source of its power, an ancient book written in a foreign language. However, joining the club means taking an oath, and taking an oath means they don't really feel the same way about destroying the book anymore. Suddenly, life is too easy for Alexis. She's pretty, popular, and powerful, and she'd rather die than give it up. But what does Aralt get out of this arrangement? They're about to find out. The story was interesting and quirky. Since the old house burned, Alexis's family has moved into a cookie-cutter condo, which echoes the "Stepford Wives" effect that Aralt has on the girls. There were many twists and turns that kept the story going until the very end. The book also played around with themes of insecurity that plague girls. As soon as Alexis joins the club, she is immediately hypersensitive about her appearance while all of her friends seem super-confident, but no less shallow.
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