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?
Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida. She is the third of four children (three girls and a boy) and the child of three very loving and encouraging parents.
She attended high school at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, studying Communication Arts. From there, she went on to the Florida State University Film School, which led her to Los Angeles, where she worked in TV production and development before becoming an author.
She enjoys writing, reading, sewing (especially quilts), and hanging out with her husband, her daughters, and her dogs, Scooter and Frodo.
Her first brush with publication was the article “So You Want to Live On Mars?” published in Sassy magazine in December 1991.
Not meaning to start the review with a deeply intrusive and definitely impolite question, but doing so anyway:
Have you ever looked at yourself on the mirror and disliked what you saw? You probably didn't even look that bad, but because you felt like scrutinizing every single detail of your features and comparing it to everybody you know, suddenly you deem your eyes too far apart or too close together; your nose too small or too crooked; you cheekbones way too high and what the hell did you do to your hair to make it hate you so much?
What about school? How's that going for you? Are you forever stuck in mediocrity, poster boy/girl for averageness? Or maybe you have less friends than you could count in one hand - let alone real ones - and your social life is so dead it's starting to smell.
What if it could all end, though?
What if you could just swear an oath, recite some crap in gaelic - forget that it has a meaning that you have no idea of - and make all your insecurities, your uncertainties go away?
You could be beautiful. You could be popular. Hell, you could be fucking rich! Everything you could ever want, one barely pronounceable oath away. Would you do it?
Alexis would. Kasey, her sister, has returned from the mental institute she spent ten months in after the events on Bad Girls Don't Die, and now she's starting high school. Alexis knows it's going to be a massacre. Kasey wasn't that good with people and, for all everyone knew, after having just returned from a nuthouse she certainly wasn't any popular either. But suddenly, she is. Now Kasey has a posse, and she dresses in beautiful clothes, gets the best grades and sits on practically the best table. Alexis doesn't want to believe her sister has gotten herself mixed up with the paranormal again, but the signs are all there and so she joins Kasey's Sunshine Club to investigate what is going on, not knowing she could lose her life - and her soul - in the process.
This book, man. I really, really enjoyed it and it was probably the most fun i've had with a book this year, Paranormalcy aside. The writing was very fluid, the plot was amazing and the characters never disappointed me. Alexis is, in my opinion, a badass but not because she did anything insane like kicking down doors or shooting people in the face, but because she's smart and sarcastic and a total hypocrite, like most other characters in most other books. The difference is, she totally knows it.
Now, I might not have lived long, but I've lived enough to give you the following bit of wisdom: the world is separated between hypocrites that admit to being so, and hypocrites who claim to have no idea what that's all about.
It's not bitterness and it's not because I'm one of those people-hating hipsters who think life is a jungle and it's every man for himself; it's just a fact. You, me, the person you love the most, the person you wouldn't mind hearing died in a fire; we're all hypocrites because at one point or another - or at various points, most likely - we condemned someone for doing something we ourselves have done, thought we should have done or that someone else ought to have done even if we wouldn't.
It's life. And it kinda pisses me off that most characters in books are always the kind of hypocrites who pretend not to be. It gets old really fast and so it was a breath of fresh air that in this series, Alexis has always been like this, a person who knows that she's constantly annoyed at other people for doing things she herself has done. I loved this book for tons of other reasons but mainly because of how likable and relatable Alexis is.
Also, because I don't know what I would have done in her place. If I could stop having to worry about my appearance, my grades, my social life and basically every other issue that worries me - and all I had to do in return was let some entity occasionally tell me what to do and what to say, I like to think I would still say no, but since it won't ever happen, I have no idea.
Lo comencé sin muchas expectativas por que la primera parte no me gustó tanto como pensé, además de que la sinopsis de este es el que menos me llama la atención de los tres, y el resultado fue...
Esta muchísimo mejor que su antecesor, la historia tal vez al principio suene un poco rara e incluso absurda pero engancha, te mantiene entretenida y esta mucho mejor narrada. La trama se va acelerando y llega un momento en que la curiosidad y la incertidumbre no te dejan soltarlo hasta el final.
Sin duda emocionada por saber en que va a terminar todo, ya que el tercer libro se ve increíble.
I really loved this book! Just like the first book I really loved the characters and was so invested in the story line. I have to say it throw me off a bit that this book was so different from the first one but I think I actually enjoyed that more. I don't wanna say to much about it because I don't want to give anything away but this book was amazing and well worth the read! I flew through this book and couldn't seem to put it down!
Evil teenagers. Isn’t that redundant? Oh, just kidding.
Anyway, Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed is full of evil teenagers. A sequel to Bad Girls Don’t Die, a book I absolutely loved, the story brings back pink-haired Alexis Warren, and her formerly possessed sister Kasey who has just been sprung from a mental institution.
Kasey’s reappearance has Alexis on edge (she did try to kill the entire family) 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. If kids will make fun over you over lame things like a haircut or an outfit, Kasey knows, a year in a mental institution is sure to be excellent mocking material.
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, a girl whose arm she broke in the first book. Together, the girls meet regularly at one another’s homes and form a club that focuses on self-improvement. So everything is OK, right?
We’re all too smart to believe that. Alexis investigates further - using both her intelligence and a Ouija board - and realizes that these little models of perfection are messing with things better left alone. Afraid that her sister will end up trotting down the same supernatural path that almost got them all killed in the first book, Alexis begins attending the meetings herself. And that’s when everything in her life starts going incredibly...right - and that is so wrong.
Will Alexis have the strength to look beyond all of the amazing new gifts she has received in order to fight a force that seems stronger than all of them? I guess you’ll just have to read it for yourself.
Blending horror and humor, From Bad To Cursed is sure to be unforgettable. Taking all the amazing elements of the first installment and amping up the stakes for this newest addition, it is the perfect novel to read just after dark, with every single light in the house on. From it's characters to it's break-neck plot, From Bad To Cursed is original and yet, somehow, completely familiar.
I mentioned before in my review of the first novel, Bad Girls Don't Die, that horror novels are tricky to pull off without strong leads. Alexis's got that covered and then some. She's never been the girl that runs blindly into something because the plot calls for it. She strives to know what she's dealing with and is brave enough to do something about her situation. As a newly reformed bad girl, making amends for her dark days, she is likable. She still tells it how it is but is trying hard to be nicer to people. Her voice in this next installment felt even more authentic than the first one. As she slowly changes after joining the Sunshine Club, you can feel the things you love about her starting to slip away. Suddenly, she is becoming unreliable which is complete change from her strong, stable self in the first book. Seeing her fade into something completely other really does make you realize how incredibly strong she was in the first and by the ending, you are clamoring for her to find that strength again. Her journey doesn't disappoint.
Ms. Alender is a master in the art of subtly. You'd think a character completely changing who she is would be a huge red flag and easy to detect but I can't pinpoint when Alexis went from bad to cursed. Even though this is a first person narrative, her priorities and tone changing is so subtle that before you know it, she is a completely different narrator with only hints of the girl we know and love. Still using sight, sound, and sense to play with emotions and amp up the fright level, this novel is scary in an entirely new way. Though there isn't a physical presence of an antagonist, the fact that it was coming from within was enough to make it really truly scary. And just when you feel like you can't take anymore tension, a line jumps out to make you laugh before layering a new threat on thicker.
One of the most interesting aspects of this novel once again was the dynamic between Kasey and Alexis. Freshly out of the mental institution and hopping right into high school, Kasey is not the same girl she was in the beginning of the series and Alexis really doesn't know how to deal with her. I loved watching Kasey mature through this novel and to see Alexis's learn to lean on Kasey a little bit more. With their relationship always being Lexi taking care of Kasey, it was nice to see Kasey stepping up to the plate to show Lexi that she can carry some of the burden. There is a scene where Kasey cleans up Alexis in a bathtub that is partly touching and partly horrifying. It brings an entirely new layer to their complex relationship as sisters.
Generally speaking, I'm not big on plot since I'm willing to go for most things if I like the characters enough. And I really like these characters who continue to break through from their stereotypes in order to come alive on the page. But this story had a complex plot that will have you flipping the pages faster just to figure it out. The clues are sprinkled in so well that you don't really know what's happening until it does and I didn't even have time to try and reason out what was going to happen because I was so addicted to the words on the page. I caught the twists and turns only when the character did and I felt compelled to read "just one more chapter" until the 400+ pages melted into nothing in my hands.
Alexis's voice is believable, her journey long and winding but it doesn't feel like it. The ending reaches out for one final scare and will have the reader clamoring for the next novel. Even better than the first, with an entirely new kind of enemy and the same cast of familiar characters, From Bad To Cursed is a masterpiece. From its first fright to the last, it's scary good!
It breaks my heart but sadly I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book.
Honestly I skipped most of the middle. I was very interested the first 100 pages or so but then Alexis was too heavy. Her character was just too much to take. I tried very hard to understand her acting but I couldn't. It's not like it was irrational, it was just dumb. And the relationship with Carter was set on fire. Just for the hell of it. I'm kinda sick of MCs who aren't allowed to be happy just for once. Really. I get that there has to be a literary conflict (so that there is something to write about) but honestly that was too much at once.
Sadly I'm not gonna continue this series because it wouldn't be fair to the books. I've loved the first book and I would highly recommend but for me it has to stop there. I'm sure I'm the minority here because the average ratings are very high, so don't mind my unpopular opinion.
Comments: how can I say this? Awesome ? No it was better than awesome it was a page turner you see I never get bored with this book. These are one of the books which I will spend my money buying it. The action scenes are great and it is never predictable which I love about it. Plot = After witnessing how scary a ghost can get, Alexis continue with her life but when she met the Sunshine Club everything changes. At first she is just in it because of her sister Kasey but as she goes on she knows it's more deadly. Characters = Alexis= this girl has always been my favorite, I love her kickass attitude and this book didn't change what I thought of her either. She is one strong character, I love how we gets a glimpse of her bad side this time I always wanted to see a good girl gone bad. I love how she softens with the people she cared about. Kasey= now I love this girl, I always love the sisterly bonding it touched me a lot. I especially love the scene when Alexis tried to kill their family and she stopped her. I love he Kasey is always for Alexis. She has finally grown up which I love and how she is brave makes me proud of her a lot. Carter= this guy....at first I love him but now a little off but still it's good.. Meagan= wow she changed a lot, but I am surprised how crazy she can get. Taisha= I love how loyal she is, she is one great character. Lydia= wow wow wow, I never knew this girl was that of a genius she appears to be a great girl but...lol Aralt= this mysterious but dangerous guy, everyone loves bad boys but I bet on all my money you won't love this one bc this one takes souls... Sunshine Club girls= this book is a out the Sunshine club the name sounds sweet but it is crazy, the girls Emily, Sophie and a lot more those poor girls .... Cover= I believe that is Alexis the cover is stunning!!! I believe that is the basement where they are locked up in. Writing= The writing is one great masterpiece, it is smooth and no hard vocab words the description of places and motions is the best!! I totally recommend this book, page turner, every time I was yelling at the book saying don't go in there!! Lol
At first, the premise made me roll my eyes. Kasey knows better than to get involved in anything supernatural! Come on! But I was swept away with the story, and found it to be just as compelling as Bad Girls Don't Die. This one ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger, so I'm eager to find out what happens in the final book.
Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and disliked what you saw? You probably didn't even look that bad, but you could easily point out every single flaw you had. You noticed everything that nobody else saw. Why was your face so greasy? Why were your eyes so close together? Why was your nose too big? And why in the world did your hair look like a rats nest? What about your friends? What did you do to deserve to have only one? Why were your grades so low, why wren't you good at anything? What if you could change all of that, make it better? Would you give something up for that? What if all you had to do was recitesome meaningless oath, just a couple sentences, and everything would be okay? You'd be popular! You would be beautiful, smart, athletic ... you would be living the perfect life! Would you do it? Alexis would. Her younger sister, Kasey, was sent to a mental insutute a while back. She was cursed and she wasn't even herself anymore. Once, she even attempted to kill her family. Kasey was never the most popular girl, or the prettiest. When she came back, everybody thought she was crazy, a nutjob. You wouldn't think that she'd ever be known as anything but that crazy weird girl who went to a mental hospital. But she was. As fast as you could count to three, Kasey was living the perfect life. She has great hair, did her makeup just riight, and was finally in a group of friends. Not just any group of friends, though. The popular girls. The in-crowd. Kasey had it all.Amazing grades, great style, great looks, everything. Alexis doesn't want to believe her sister has gotten mixed up with the paranormal again, but the signs are all there and so she joins Kasey's Sunshine Club to investigate what is going on, not knowing she could lose her life - and her soul - in the process. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. It pulls you in, leaves youi clinging to every word. You don't want to stop reading because you want to know what happens next. It's full of mystery, action, and relationship problem as well. nother reason I love this book is because, well, I don't know what I would do in Alexis's place. She had the choice to stop being the awkward lonely girl. She had the chance to be popular, smart, pretty, loved by everyone. I know that right now I think I wouldn't take that chance. I hope I wouldn't. But really, a lot of people would. I would recommend this to anybody who has a good taste in books. That's because I know that anyone would love it.
A couple months ago, I read Bad Girls Don't Die, and loved it. I was so excited when I got the sequel, From Bad to Cursed. This book did not disappoint my expectations. Do not get it confused with the first book though; it is a very different sort of a book. It is still very well done though, and this series is definitely one of my new favourites! And the third one is coming out this May!
Reasons to Read:
1.Creepiness Factor: I actually found this book to be a lot creepier than the first. There was so much in this book that I had to read again, so I could be sure that I had understood what I had read. If you were a little bit creeped out from the first book, you will definitely be with this one. There was definitely something very, very disturbing about his book the entire time I was reading it. It still won't keep you up all night afraid, though, which I was very glad to find.
2.Alex and Kasey's Relationship: In the first book, we never really get to see a strong, established relationship between these two. And although at the beginning they are as far apart as ever, they gradually start to become closer and closer. You start to feel a really strong bond between to the two, particularly at the end of the book.
3.The Writing: The writing in this book was absolutely brilliant. The change you see in Alex is very slow and gradual, so much I hardly even noticed it. You start to almost believe that the change is for the better. I found myself beginning to wonder why Alex had ever been apprehensive about joining the club. It was clearly benefiting her and everyone else who joined. A really good writer will be able to twist your thinking. Alender's writing did that to me.
I could come up with many more reasons, but I'll stop there. I don't want to ruin the book for you all. I will admit that the ending of this book is very frustrating since I'll have go wait a couple of months before the next one comes out. This book is very disturbing and creepy, but in a different way than the first book. If you enjoyed the previous novel, I'm fairly certain you will enjoy this novel as well.
3.5 This one was a bit more annoying than the first. The ghost thing wasn't as scary, it was just plain weird. Our ghost is Aralt, who was a total player when he was alive, in case you were wondering. Basically he made tons of girls fall for him when he was alive, then he would break their hearts. Some of them went so mad that they committed suicide. Well, on his death bed, his current love interest, a gypsy kept his heart with her so his love could "belong to her forever" or something funky like that. I should mention that this gypsy lived for almost two-hundred years, and was one of our characters (Tashi).
Tashi was the protector of the book where Aralt's spirit lived and with it, the Sunshine Club was made (horrendous name, I know). Basically, girls would take a special oath, and they'd pretty much turn perfect. They would get more beautiful, smarter, more athletic, without doing anything. They were basically beautified zombies. Aralt is actually evil, however (no surprise there).
So Aralt possessed Lydia, Alexis' kinda-no-really friend and made her fall in love with him yadda yadda yadda. He eventually kills her, blah blah blah I don't really feel like explaining.
Alexis completely changes in appearance in this book because of the dumb beauty club. In this one, Kasey is actually the one that saves Alexis because she was smart enough not to take the stupid oath but still pretend to be a club member. It was meh. Alexis and Carter break up....yay.
She wins a photography scholarship because the judge is one of "Aralt's girls". Apparently the ones that don't listen to Aralt die of an aneurysm or something. Eventually, the good guys win. Except Lydia is dead.
I'm kinda over it.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
ilk kitaptan sonra böyle bir Alexis ile karşılaşmak üzücü oldu. Aslında kitabın özeti son sayfada Carter'ın Alexis'e söylediği: "İnsanları dışlamamak aklına bile gelmiyor. Bana hiç güvenmedin. Nasıl güvenebileceğini biliyor musun ki sen?" idi. Son kitapta işleri nasıl toparlayacak özellikle Carter ile olanı merakla bekliyorum.
Another fun read from the series. I still don't like the MC much though. I feel like she has a lot of growing up still to do. And I'm interested in seeing how she perceives things now that SHE is the one to mess up. Especially after all the ways, she's been targeting her sister for the mistakes of the previous book. Especially since both of them were under and influence of something evil. So we will see.
2.5 stars Looking at all of the rave reviews this book got, I feel like I must have missed something when I read it. I didn't like it all that much. I mean it was readable, it just wasn't that good. The story never really went anywhere. Maybe it's not so much that the plot didn't go anywhere, just that it went in circles.
Since this is more of a middle grade reader, I really wasn't expecting it to be awesome, but I have to say I was hoping it would be much better than it was. The original book in the series, Bad Girls Don't Die, was actually pretty good.
Finally finished this! This book was cool and different. I like different.
Spooky? It was spooky but not as much as the first, besides seriously what could be creepier then dolls? So if you've survived that one with joy, then you'll survive this one with bliss! I was really into the book almost all the way... But then I got Heir of Fire and you can figure out the rest:) so this book is pretty grabbing.
I really wish Katie Alender was better at writing romance. It would make her story's ten times better to have that in between break from the spooks. There was barely any romance in this book and when there was it was like...not appalling at all.
So yes I did enjoy it but there were quite a bit of areas it could of improved on. It's still a fun read and the main storyline is amazing. So if you're the person into creepy things, you should read this! And it's pretty short so a quick read too!
(P.S. Don't even get me started on the cover. LOVE THIS SERIES COVERS!)
I found this sequel to be better than the first book. Even though I still felt that the main character holds her sister emotionally at arm's length all the time, by the end of the book I felt they were getting emotionally closer. I had a hard time with how she treated her younger sister in the first book, especially before she became possessed. In the second book here I understood why she was always suspicious of her behavior, but I am so happy they were able to overcome that weirdness by the end of this one. Now, on to the story/plot. Alexis is the main focus as the one being "possessed". Well along with a group of other girls the Sunshine Club. But Alexis really takes on a leadership roll when things start falling apart she stands out as the leader, until things eventually go too far. My favorite part of the story was the danger. I felt the author was able to hold my interest throughout the whole story and keep the mystery and creep-factor steady. This book was longer than the first, added a lot of different types of characters with the sunshine club. I was sad to see my interest in the romance between Alexis and Carter go bad, I liked their interaction more in the first book, but as things happened between them in this one, I don't think they'd make a good couple. Although Aralt is the possessor and inside their heads mostly, I think he was my favorite character. He had depth and motive and the whole story really revolved around him, his past and what he has become.
MEINE MEINUNG Nachdem ich den 1. Teil vor etlichen Jahren gelesen habe, hatte ich mir auch direkt den 2. Teil bestellt, woraufhin dieser aber für Ewigkeiten auf dem SuB landete. Für dieses Jahr habe ich mir vorgenommen, alle SuB-Leichen endlich zu beenden oder wegzugeben, also ich mich endlich an "From Bad To Cursed" gewagt.
Es geht wieder um Kasey und Alexis, einige Zeit nachdem Kasey von dem bösen Geist besessen war. Alles scheint sich wieder ein wenig beruhigt zu haben und besonders Alexis ist endlich glücklich. Doch kurz nachdem Kasey wieder zurück an die High School gegangen ist, schließt sich einem Club an, der Alexis irgendwie seltsam vorkommt. Alle Clubmitlieder - nur Mädchen - sind an der High School eigentlich eher unbeliebt und zugegebenermaßen auch nicht die Hübschesten, aber nach kurzer Zeit wirken sie vollkommen verändert: beliebt, hübsch und begehrt. Für Alexis steht schnell fest, dass sie der Sache auf dem Grund gehen muss und sie tritt dem mysteriösen Sunshine-Club bei...
Die Charaktere kennen wir ja bereits aus den Vorgängern. Alexis, die Fotografie über alles liebt, mit ihren bunten Haaren stets aus der Masse heraussticht und eher eine Einzelgängerin ist. Mittlerweile hat sie immerhin ihren Freund, der einfach nur perfekt ist. Im Vergleich zum 1. Teil hat sie sich meiner Meinung nach nicht großartig weiterentwickelt und insgesamt hatte ich nie einen richtigen Zugang zu ihr. Sie war mir nicht grundsätzlich unsympathisch, aber irgendwas an ihr hat mich einfach noch ein wenig gestört. Vermutlich ihre etwas überhebliche Art, mit der sich besonders Kasey gegenüber, stest wie etwas besseres hält...
Kasey hingegen hat sich wunderbar weiter entwickelt. Nach den Vorfällen letztes Jahr ist sie in eine Klinik gekommen und hat dort die letzten Monaten verbracht. Doch jetzt fühlt sie sich besser und sicher genug, um nach Hause zurückzukehren. Obwohl der Geist natürlich Spuren in ihr hinterlassen hat, geht sie die Dinge mittlerweile ganz anders an. Sie ist deutlich cleverer, als zunächst vermutet und hat mir richtig gut gefallen.
Die Handlung wird ehrlich gesagt durch den Klappentext absolut gespoilert. Dieser geht nämlich auf alles ein, was geschieht, bis auf die letzten Seiten, was ich einfach total schade finde. Es geht wie gesagt um den Sunshine-Club, der aus unauffälligen Mädchen wunderschöne und beliebt junge Frauen macht. Hinter der ganzen Sache steckt der Gott Aralt, der das ganze natürlich nicht aus Nettigkeit macht.
Obwohl ich die Idee super spannend finde und auch den Sunshine-Club sehr interessant fand, war die Umsetzung leider gar nicht mein Fall. Ich weiß nicht, ob es am Schreibstil lag oder an der allgemeinen Art, wie die Handlung umgesetzt wurde, aber leider fand ich den Mittelteil schrecklich langweilig. Ich hätte das Buch an jeder Stelle aus der Hand legen können, weil es mich einfach nicht packen konnte. Es braucht zunächst recht lange, bis die Handlung in Fahrt kommt. Da wir wie gesagt durch den Klappentext schon relativ viel erfahren, ist es zunächst durch die Vorhersehbarkeit einfach langweilig. Es zieht sich wirklich sehr und ehrlich gesagt musste ich ein paar Passagen grob überfliegen, weil ich sonst einfach nicht voran gekommen wäre.
Immer mal wieder wurde es natürlich auch wieder recht spannend, sodass ich das Buch dann doch weitergelesen habe und auch das Ende hat mir richtig gut gefallen. Leider hat mir der Mittelteil da aber einiges an Leservergnügen genommen.
FAZIT Wieder ein sehr spannende Idee, die mich durch die Umsetzung leider enttäuscht hat. Die Charaktere entwickeln sich toll weiter, besonders Kasey hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Auch der Grundgedanke war super spannend, genauso wie das Ende. Leider hat der Mittelteil sich seeehr gezogen, wodurch ich kaum Lust hatte, das Buch weiter zu lesen. Den 3. Teil werde ich definitiv nicht mehr lesen.
A very short review, but I liked this better than the first book, actually! Right as Alexis started to get consumed with Aralt, I became consumed with the story, and I had such a hard time putting the book down. I was hooked, and I enjoyed it so much!
After reading the first book in this series, Bad Girls Don't Die, I knew I had to read From Bad to Cursed. I must admit that I was a bit wary of reading the next book as usually sequels aren't as good as the first book. However, all my worrying was in vain. This book turned out to be amazing just like the first.
Alexis and her little sister are back in this second book in the Bad Girls Don't Die series. Alexis is still worried about Kasey who has been in home for the mentally unstable. Kasey has come back home, and Alexis will do anything to keep Kasey safe. So when Kasey starts becoming more beautiful and starts making tons of new friends, including her sword enemy, Alexis gets suspicious. Alexis learns that Kasey is involved in a club called the Sunshine Club. However, the club isn't as nice as the name suggests. Alexis joins this club to find out what Kasey has gotten herself into this time. However, it soon becomes apparent that Alexis is in way over her head.
From Bad to Cursed is a good title for this book. In the story, things definitely go from bad to cursed so I can see why the author chose this title.
The cover of From Bad to Cursed looks incredibly creepy, not as much as the first book in the series, but still creepy. I'm not sure who's supposed to be on the cover. I thought it might be Kasey, but Alexis is more dominant in this story, so he could possible be Alexis. However, it still could be any member of the Sunshine Club. I do love the cover of this book, but just like Bad Girls Don't Die, I don't feel that it really gives much away about the story.
Again, Katie Alender is spot on with the world building! She makes you feel like you are experiencing everything that Alexis is. Alender makes you feel as if you're part of the Sunshine Club for this story. Everything just feels so realistic which is fantastic!
This is another book where I enjoyed the pacing very much. It was hard for me to put this book down to do anything else. Reluctantly, I did have to put this book down for some time, but as soon as I had free time, I was reading it again. This is such a fast paced story that you will not even notice the minutes flying by.
The wording in From Bad to Cursed is fantastic. It is easy to understand, and I also appreciate the fact that the teenagers speak like teenagers and not like the teens out of Dawson's Creek. I didn't notice any swear words, so fear not. The dialogue flows quite nicely.
All the characters in this book are all well developed with their each individual personalities. Alexis is a fantastic main character. I think everyone can relate to her in some way. I love Kasey!! I love how vulnerable she comes across as. She also comes across as being a bit more strong in this book. I love how she's grown. We also get to learn a bit more about Lydia in this story which I appreciated. However, Carter isn't mentioned too much in this story although he's still in it.
The whole plot in this book was well executed. It's a fantastic idea for a book. This book has me looking forward to the next book in the series, As Dead As It Gets. In fact, I ended up buying it today before I had even finished From Bad to Cursed. That's how much I love this whole series.
I'd recommend this book to everyone aged 13+. It is amazing!
From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die #2) by Katie Alender gets a 5 out of 5 from me.
This series is seriously close to being my favorite YA ghost series ever. Like, really.
The story continues a few months after the events of the previous book. Kasey has went home from the mental institution she was sent to, and no evil spirits or ghosts have harmed Alexis. Then, all of a sudden, a new girl appears in their school, Adrienne, who Kasey eventually starts to get close to. Alexis soon finds out that Kasey's friends have formed the Sunshine Club, and she and Megan decide to investigate.
Soon they find out that the group is based on a book, a book that contains a spirit named Aralt, who the Sunshine girls seem to worship and love, and he makes them all beautiful and popular and just lead a charmed life. Alexis ends up joining, along with Megan, and she even finds herself relishing her beauty and popularity. But it doesn't take long for things to crumble. And Alexis starts to wonder─what does Aralt get from all of this?
The supernatural aspect of this book is a little different from the first one. Because the spirit in question has been around for centuries, and many women and girls alike have had their own groups that worship Aralt. I especially loved the parts where we find out the history of Aralt and the book he lives in.
And also, we get to see the tables turning, and Alexis is now the girl who becomes too influenced and controlled by the spirit. We get to see how Aralt takes the wheels of her life and tells her the right things to say, always a presence in her mind. But we also get to see her start to fight back, eventually.
I can't even count the number of chilling scenes in this book. There were too many, and they all made my skin crawl. It was just so creepy how these girls were so devoted to Aralt. It was like The Stepford Wives: High School Edition or something. There's one scene in particular near the end, about thirty chapters or so in, that made my jaw drop straight through the floor and dig underground. It was probably the most chilling part of the whole book for me.
As for Alexis's romance with Carter, we don't get to see much of it in the book. Due to Aralt's presence, and the words he feeds into Alexis's mind, Carter pretty much becomes a stalking, love-struck zombie through most of the book. But we're also introduced to a new character: Jared, who I think might be a love interest in the next book. Although I'm not quite sure.
The ending wasn't really a cliffhanger, I guess. You could say it was, though, because I didn't waste any time in picking up the third book right away, since I bought the two of them at the same time. I just couldn't wait any longer, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
If you haven't read this series then I strongly suggest you do. Wait, let me rephrase that. I demand that you do.
Go buy it. Right now. Go on, scram!
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go and devour book three. :D
Cover Impressions: This cover fits really well with the first in the series. The girl has a seriously intense and chilling stare and begs the reader to ask whether she is emerging from the door or protecting what is within. While her expression is dark and menacing, her outfit is sweet and child-like, presenting a wonderful contrast. The scroll work on these covers always adds a delicate detail that adds interest.
The Gist: Alexis has spent the last few months in blissful normality. That is, until her sister Kasey is released from the mental hospital and promptly finds a group of friends who are a little too perfect. Worried that Kasey may be in over her head again, Alexis and her friend, Megan, join the Sunshine Club in order to protect her. The girls quickly learn that you never get beauty, poise and a launch up the social ladder without sacrifice.
Review: Alender really knows how to write her ghosts. First the evil doll-obsessed little girl and now a spirit that feeds on the teenage obsession to be pretty and popular. The novel starts off slowly, as each girl takes small steps towards "self-improvement" but features some truly chilling moments once the girls begin to depend on supernatural influences and to forget how they survived without them (the scene with Emily in the bathroom - HOOO BOY, that freaked me out a little).
Alexis is still a fairly unlikeable character. She mistrusts her friends and is reluctant to make any gestures of compassion and friendship towards her sister (she just got out of a mental hospital - invite her to some parties and don't make her eat lunch by herself - it is not that hard!). At one point she even asks herself when she turned into "The kind of person I claimed to hate" but doesn't appear to change her behavior. This gets worse as she begins to think and act like a teenage Stepford wife. Alexis' continued flaws did, however, allow me to see things from Lydia's point of view which may or may not play out in her favor in the final book.
Though this novel is the middle book in a series, I believe it could stand fairly well on its own. It does not suffer the same flaws as many middle books - where big secrets are rarely revealed and the plot only serves to prepare for the last novel. Here we have a real clear ending to one story, and the hint of the beginning of the next which made me want to jump right into As Dead As It Gets. Which is exactly what I am going to do as soon as the sun goes down!
Age: 13 and up Gender: Female Sex: Kissing Violence: Self harm with curling iron, hand to hand fighting, knifeplay Inappropriate Language: None Substance Abuse: None
“Rule one: Don’t be friends with ghosts.”
“I felt the oddest combination of emotions – happiness and apprehension at the same time. Like my heart inflated and then ran away and hid under the bed.”
“Look on the bright side, I told myself. It might not be ghosts. Maybe it was just drugs. Or blackmail.”
From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender is the second book in the Bad Girls Don’t Die trilogy. I found a lot more depth and meaning in this novel than I expected to find! Beyond just containing a really creepy ghostly mystery, I think the characters’ experiences added extra layers to the story.
Teenagers have a long history of searching for a way to feel beautiful and popular. The lengths some will go to (especially girls) can get really out-of-hand. That is definitely true in this novel! Kasey, who was possessed by a vengeful ghost in the first book of the series, accidentally gets herself roped into another situation where she finds herself possessed. This time she drags her older sister Alexis and Alexis’ best friend Megan along with her.
Alexis goes to a meeting of The Sunshine Club intending to put a stop to it to keep Kasey safe – but before long finds herself pledging loyalty to the god Aralt. The members start showing up to school looking much prettier…before long they realize they are also acing quizzes they didn’t study for and attracting attention from the popular crowd that had ignored them in the past. Exactly what is Aralt doing with their lives?
I found the plot really engrossing – it is definitely a twisty-windy journey to find out exactly who/what Aralt is and how he is managing to control their lives. The plot is 100% contained in the novel, you definitely don’t have to read the first book of the series to keep up with it (although I recommend doing so just so you have more background on the characters – and because this series is entertaining and creepy).
Putting aside the supernatural, the girls learn that sometimes being popular and gorgeous isn’t worth all the trouble it takes. I’m not sure if Katie Alender meant readers to find so much depth in this part of the plot or not, but it definitely struck a chord with me. I thought the book overall gave a really great message.
I never stopped feeling like I was reading a book about characters – the writing didn’t make me feel like a part of the story or like I was reading a book about real people. So, while the writing didn’t quite live up to the plot – I definitely still recommend this series overall. Very interesting and very different from everything else on the shelves.
From Bad to Cursed is the sequel to the first book in the Bad Girls Don't Die series, Bad Girls Don't Die. Alexis' younger sister, Kasey. has returned home from a mental hospital after being possessed by a pugnacious and grudge-holding ghost who wreaked havoc on Alexis' town. Now, she tries to give Kasey a second chance and is ecstatic when she joins the Sunshine Club, where she is able to socialize with other girls who do not hold her unfortunate past against her. It is later on, though, that Alexis realizes that the girls in the club have pledged an oath to a benevolent ghost named Aralt. Trying to make sure that history doesn't repeat itself and that Kasey is not harmed by Aralt in ant way, Alexis and her best friend Megan join the Sunshine Club. The thing is, once they have joined, they cannot remember why they would want to hurt Aralt in the first place and slowly start to slip into his grasp.
The story started up well, but certain parts were dragged out longer then they should have been. The important scenes towards the end were too fast-paced, and the lesser scenes went at a slower-pace and even seemed to take up an entire chapter. I felt like the author should have made the first book a stand-alone book rather than a series, because to me, From Bad to Cursed was too confusing and the characters seemed to lose their touch. The same feeling of suspense from the first book wasn't there, and some scenes felt like they were repeats of others earlier on in the book. I would not recommend this book to someone.
Oh my gosh! I loved Bad Girls Don't Die!! I loved every second of it, and I seriously couldn't put it down! I love all of the characters! Especially cute Carter. :) Anyways there's more?? I'm so excited!!! Thank you so much Katie Alender!!
Ok so where do I start with this book... Maybe I'll just break down the characters first.
Alexis Warren Just your regular, stereotypical outcast with pink hair being the only mildly interesting thing about her. But that, added to her passion for photography and her boyfriend who cuts (but more of that later) makes her possibly the most stereotypical character I have ever come across. We get it, she has pink hair! Why is that such a big deal? I'm a girl with a pixie cut and I hope that's not the only thing that makes my entire personality. And after her 'transformation', I can only imagine her from going from this:
Not a good decription.
Next, moving on to her squeeze:
Yunno, the guy with the annoying skater boy name that starts with a 'C' and of course he used to cut himself and his pink haired girlfriend helped him recover by taking pictures of it and entering it in to a public competion. Just sayin'.
Seriously, at this point the stereotypes are killing me. OK Egg, just two more characters, you can do this. *breathes*
Okay, basically a super emo kid who turns from an annoying emo kid to an evil 1940's looking housewife who tries to kill Alexis' younger sister.
Totally not sunny, Lydia.
The crazy chick who goes from being possessed and trying to kill everyone to being possessed by a evil, lusty spirit who is trying to kill them all. Yeah, you can tell she's a real smartass.
So as you can tell, I really did not like this book. But I guess it was really my fault, since Katie Alender really hasn't had a good history of books with me (Marie Antoinette.) It was jam packed with the most stereotypical characters I have ever seen, and the plot line was less gruesome but more boring. Overall, the only thing this book did for me was point my own bad looks and insecurities, so thanks for that. A minor detail is that I did not read the first book in the series and accidentally picked up the second book, but I can guarantee you, I will not be reading any more of Katie Alender's books EVER. AGAIN.
So yeah, that's pretty much it.
Oh I almost forgot!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.