Book Review: Bad Girls Don’t Die

Alender brings the chills.

I’m a relatively new lover of the horror genre. I’m a big chicken when it comes to scary things – not too long ago, I would bury my head and cover my ears whenever a preview for the newest horror flick came on TV.But something’s changed for me in the last few years, and I’m so glad that I can enjoy a creepy book and the occasional spooky flick.

My latest journey into the land of the macabre is Katie Alender’s Bad Girls Don’t Die. In this YA horror, narrator Alexis is a high school outcast dealing with a dysfunctional family, a doll-obsessed little sister, and her inability to fit in with any group. Little sister Kasey is beginning to act stranger than ever – speaking differently, stealing, and apparently losing chunks of time in her memory. Could it have something to do with the new friend she’s found?

I love a good spooky story around cursed objects and possession. I’m fascinated with the idea that an item can hold on to a piece of its former owner’s soul. I think Alender does a good job of handling the possession angle. Kasey is so darn likable that when she’s acting out, it’s so creepy. Creepy kids are just such a great addition to any horror story. I love it.

I will definitely read on in this series, and I hope Alender keeps bringing the chills!

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