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Dead Girls Society

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,868 ratings  ·  370 reviews
You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Delacorte Press
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When I first saw this book appear on Netgalley I was pretty excited, despite it not being the sort of book I normally read. For whatever reason it had a distinct “Pretty Little Liars” vibe and that was actually a bit of a turn off for me. (Although I was probably just being a snob in that regards since I had never actually watched or read the series).

However the title, the cover, the plot, drew me in and I found myself fervently crossing my fingers, hoping that I would soon get that beautiful a
"The Society. Weird. Sounds like spam, but you know what they say: life is short, read spam."

Hope is facing a shorter, more sheltered life than most: she has cystic fibrosis and a mother who keeps her trapped inside the house. The only person she has outside contact with is her best friend, Ethan, who is also the object of her crush (go figure). So when "the society" offers her a bit of excitement and a chance to break out of her narrow mold, the email invitation to join the "games" proves t
Lala BooksandLala
Lovers of Panic by Lauren Oliver, Nerve by Jeanne Ryan or Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard will likely enjoy this fast paced read about a group of girls being blackmailed to participate in a game of dare. A little predictable, a little overdramatic; if you're a YA mystery veteran, this might not bring anything new and exciting to the table for you.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3,5 stars. What do you do when you have cystic fibrosis and want a break from your sheltered life? You join a deadly game of dares, duh.

*Evil Laugh* Haha, this was just the fun YA thriller to kick off this spooky month of October! A nice cast of leading ladies, a couple of messed-up challenges, and plenty of possible culprits to kick off your paranoia.

Because while the deadly dares are the highlight of this novel (my god, the one in the swamp!), the suspicion about the blackmailing Society itse
Mar 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off - I took this book at face value. I was interested by the premise as a fan of horror but had no delusions that it would transcend the genre. I enjoyed the beginning: particularly the main character with a disability, meeting all the girls and their different personalities, and the way terror can bring people together.

Unfortunately, the rest of the book did not deliver anything noteworthy, or even original. The prose was clunky (there were metaphors that I'm pretty sure didn't ma
3.5 stars

I was sold on the secret society dare club synopsis. I love both of those things, so I was eager to read it.

I really liked Hope. She's really sick and wants nothing more to be treated like every other seventeen year old girl. There are a few other girls who are also "club members", but I'll let you find them on your own.

The plot line was interesting, but not quite captivating for me. I was surprised at who it was and why and I didn't expect the level of intricacy that was involved. I
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Similar to Michelle Krys's debut novel, this book only offers one good thing, an interesting premise.

Overall, Dead Girls Society has a terrible execution. The writing is shoddy. My attention span started waning after reading the first chapter. As if that isn't terrible enough, The Bury Your Gays trope was also used to make the plot somehow edgier. It didn't worked. It's just another one big fuck you to wlw readers. I highly advise skipping this one.
Sumaya Musse
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why the cliffhanger? Now I have to wait till the next book... if there is one... For a full review, follow the link: ...more
"Dear Hope Callahan",

"You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. That is, if Mommy will let you out of the house. Come to 291 Schilling Road at Midnight tomorrow. Tell no one and come alone. If you dare".

Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

Nothing like secret societies and secret dares.

This was a fun dark edgy little piece of writing that I quite enjoyed. I liked also that it takes place in New Orleans as that added to the atmosphere.

And I liked the main character
Sophie Marsden
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gimme-gimme
OMG THAT ENDING! There better be a book 2.
Beza Addis
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh. Oh My Gosh. OH MY GOSH!!!! This was, hands down, one of the best books of the year. I read it in two sittings, and I'm just mind blown on how good this book is. I mean I guessed the suspect a little after half way, but I didn't expect to be right! But all the things they had to do was so unexpected and thrilling. This book had me at the edge of my seat the whole time, and…And just, I can't put into words on how good this book was and if you have money and own a car/laptop, BUY IT NOW ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, mystery
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

This was a fun thriller. I think this story was written at a great pace and had a cool concept. Some of it was really far fetched. I would sum this up as good, not great.

First the good: I like Hope as a person. I love the idea of the society with all these different personality types working together. There is such diversity in the group, and even a LGBT is represented

I loved that this story started right off with the first letter. Like I said before, the p
“Dead Girls Society” is a young adult thriller that delivers on its promise of suspense.

The main character, Hope, has cystic fibrosis and an extremely over-protective mother. Those things lead her to be sucked into a deadly game of truth or dare. All of the secondary characters are diverse, have their own reasons for playing the game, and are interesting and well-developed. The plot is tense and moves quickly. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, as well as up way past
Brandy F.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I stayed up until 4am reading because I was dying to find out who was behind the invites. I never would've guessed who it was! Such a satisfying ending. This was a tightly paced read, full of unexpected twists and turns. Other things I enjoyed about it: the diverse cast of characters (loved the LGBT representation), the complexity and depth of the characters, and the setting (New Orleans really came alive). Fans of Pretty Little Liars will go apeshit for this book haha.
Ruth Lauren
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page-turning thriller full of dares set against the backdrop of a main character dealing with a chronic illness (but not being defined by it) and the repercussions that's had on her relationship with her mother. Plenty of plot, action, mystery, girl characters and romance too. Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars!
Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 3.5 stars

This review was originally posted at

I received an e-ARC of this book from Random House Children’s and Delacorte Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

This review talks about the Cystic Fibrosis representation from an #ownvoices reviewer perspective, check it out as well:

Plot – 3.4 out of 5 stars
This book was really mysterious and intense. It’s full of adrenali
rachel ☾
Dead Girls Society was the perfect blend of Nerve and Never Missing, Never Found with a splash of Pretty Little Liars. If you adore those sorts of thrillers then you’ll be in for a treat! The plot had an irresistible, almost addictive quality to it that left you effortlessly flipping through the pages. Hope, our protagonist, was a pleasant MC and the whole cast of characters was well-rounded and engaging. If the ending had not been quite as predictable and the writing style had been a little bit ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope is smothered by her mother and limited by her Cystic Fibrosis, desperate to get out and be a normal teenager. She watches her best friend Ethan go to parties and date, when what she really wishes is that he was dating her. All of that changes when Hope receives a mysterious invitation to an exclusive club which dares the selected girls to complete some challenges that get at their worst fears- offering both threats if they don't and gifts if they do complete them. Hope thinks about chickeni ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Hope has cystic fibrosis and an overprotective mother. She just wants to live life like a normal teenager, or at the very least be able to leave her apartment once in awhile. When she gets a shady invitation to “participate in a game of thrills and dares”, she decides to do it, even though she knows it’s probably not a good idea. There she meets four other girls who got invitations from The Society. Together they decide
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
-I won a free copy of this book from a goodreads giveaway in return for an honest review-

I'd firstly like to say that this is my first ever review so apologies in advance if the standard is poor.

From the moment that I began reading this book I was hooked and could not put it down. I found that I could relate to the main character in some aspects, especially due to being around a similar age, which enabled me to engage more with the storyline. Some of the other character's had slight stereotypica
Gina *loves sunshine*
Once again I am picking up the YA genre. This recent release was a decent read - definitely had the vibe of books like Pretty Little Liars or Reconstructing Amelia. Books that have a plot that revolves around jealous high school girls and the lengths they go. I think this will be more popular with the young crowd as I didn't think it had a strong adult crossover. Or maybe I am just not that entertained with this kind of plot? Either way - I thought it started out strong and had a good mystery to ...more
Kara Babcock
Full disclosure: I received this book for free because I won a Twitter contest run by Courtney Summers. But wait! If you want to send me free books, you don’t have to get me to retweet anything at all. You can just do it! Contact me for more details.

Fuller disclosure: Michelle Krys is from Thunder Bay, my hometown and place of residence, so that does give her bonus points.

Fullest disclosure: (I actually have nothing else to add, but I felt like going all the way to the superlative.)

Anyway, I sup
You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares.
Tell no one.
Come alone.
If you dare.

Hope Callahan is a young girl with cystic fibrosis, affecting the way she breaths, and the way she lives her life. One night she receives an email. It has the insignia of a rose, and instructs her to go to an abandon warehouse, in the middle of the night. Hope is hesitant, not wanting to be caught, but she goes anyway.
There she runs into four other girls. Hartley, Nikki, Farrah, and Lyl
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
My second DNF of the week. Thankfully. like the other book I DNF'd, I got this from the library. I read the first hundred pages and was too bored to continue. It wasn't horrible or anything, it was just really tropey and too much teen romance stuff for me. When I pick up a thriller or a horror, I am not looking for half of it to be about a unrequited love with a best friend. No, just start knocking the kids off ! I'm not going to review this one since I didn't read it all the way through and I'm ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have wanted to read this book for so long.

The Cover... It is beyond gorgeous. It is going to look great on my finished book shelf.

The Plot... So Intriguing.

Secrets, Lies, Betrayals....this was just the book I needed.

I found this novel to be pretty fast paced, lots of dare action and trying to figure out who is a part of The Society.

I thought the reasoning behind the dares was believable. I enjoy that Michelle puts her medical background to use and I enjoyed that the main character had a cond
Jacquelyn Simon
I read a lot of mysteries and for me this book was a “fluff” read or a palate cleanser rather than a book I took too seriously. It was an “ok” read, but it had the entertainment and character likability that I was looking for in the moment.

I do agree that fans of “Pretty Little Liars” or “Nerve” (which I also have three stars) would probably enjoy this book.

If you liked this book, I’d recommend reading “They All Fall Down” by Roxanne St. Claire.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breakfast Club meets Nerve meets Pretty Little Liar. Entertaining and enjoyable!
Lisa Mandina
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really good! Review to come on Lisa Loves Literature on Thursday, November 11th.
This.Was.Amazing! I am so glad I read this one. I haven't had that much luck with YA this year, but this one is definitely a hit!

It will keep you guessing for all of the book. Who is the Society? What is their goal?

I haven't had any luck writing the review, sometimes it words don't come. But I do want to write something, so I will go for my trusty: Good/Bad kind of review.

Let me start with Good:

-The Society. I was just so excited to find out who was doing these things, who was making up the d
This was a very pleasant book.

I don't really read these types of books, but I'm glad I picked this one up. As the blurb says it is about a sick girl who has been invited to a challenge of sorts. This challenge consists of taking dares and doing them.

The writing was great. I had absolutely no problem with it. It was smooth and not weirdly worded.

The characters were pretty great, too. They were awesome and wonderful and most of the time, they were realistic, none of that "Oh, I'm invincible! I c
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I'm the author of the YA novels HEXED, CHARMED, and DEAD GIRLS SOCIETY, all from Random House Children's Books, plus the forthcoming THIS TOWN IS NOT ALL RIGHT, written under the name M.K. Krys, out August 11th, 2020 from Penguin Workshop. Visit me at or follow @MichelleKrys on Twitter or @michellekrysbooks on Instagram.

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