Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Quicky Review - Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die
by Katie Alender
ISBN: 978-142310877-1
Suggested Ages: 11 + (nothing inappropriate)
Buy From Indigo

Description: Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore

The Good Stuff
  • Fast paced and spooky
  • Likeable heroine who reacts quite realistically
  • Darkly funny
  • Just one of those fun ghost stories that will keep you glued to the pages - & probably leave you sleeping with the lights on
  • Love story is cute and fun - the dialogue between the two is hilarious
  • Will be picking up the other two books in the series tomorrow
  • Fabulous opening chapter, really sets you in that spooky mind frame - I was hooked right away
  • Liked the bits about her photography, found it interesting and added some depth to her character
  • Usually not a fan of creepy doll stories -- because well -- dolls creep me out (hmm hence the first night after reading, I didn't sleep well) but I still couldn't put it down
The Not So Good Stuff
  • parents are sorta caricatures - not useless like in many YA books, but they still do not really have any personality or place in the story
  • A wee bit confusing at times
  • Librarian was a bit of a stereotype at first - but she redeemed herself - not really for this section but  just want to get across that library staff are usually really cool people - so stop with the stereotypical rule obsessed librarian caricatures
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I didn't know.  If only there had been a poster in the clinic: HOW TO TELL IF YOUR SIBLING IS POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL OR JUST COMPLETELY MENTAL."

"The official diagnosis was psychotic schzizophrenia, and we all went along with it because the insurance company won't pay for "made friends with the wrong ghost."

"The corner of Mrs Ame's mouth twisted up into an almost-smile, and she cleared her throat. This was promising - this was "My day hasn't takene a nosedive yet, so this is kind of amusing," not "I've had it up to here." When you spend as much time around the principle as I do, you get to know her idiosyncrasies."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for ghost story lovers of all age
  • A good one for younger YA readers as it is scary without being gory and there is nothing inappropriate for younger readers
4 Dewey's

I picked up a copy of this at the Chapters Shawnessy


  1. This looks intriguing! And I love the cover .... reminds me of that movie The Others. I might have to check this out!

    1. Oooh I loved that movie (This one isnt that spooky as there are more light moments) but its still good

  2. I hate it when books stereotype librarians!! I dont know, Ive never met one myself so...

    And also, Ive read many books myself where the parents are basically like objects.

    Great review!! (:

  3. I love good ghost stories and this sounds really interesting. I really love the cover of this one too!

    1. It a nice fun one - picked up the second in the series last night too