Teen Review: From Bad to Cursed

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die #2) by Katie Alender
Release Date ~ June 14, 2011
ISBN13: 9781423134718
Purchased personally

Goodreads Synopsis:
Alexis is the last girl you'd expect to sell her soul for beauty and popularity. After all, she already has everything she needs--an adorable boyfriend, the perfect best friend, and a family that finally seems to be healing after her sister Kasey's unfortunate possession by an evil spirit.

But then Kasey tells Alexis about the mysterious new club she has joined, and the oath she has taken to someone named Aralt. Worried that Kasey's gotten in over her head again, Alexis and her best friend Megan decide to investigate by joining the Sunshine Club, too. At first, their connection with Aralt seems harmless. Alexis tries a new -- normal-- look, and finds herself reveling in her elegance and success.

Still, despite the Sunshine Club's outward perfection, the group is crumbling from within, and soon Alexis finds herself battling her own personal demons. She can hardly even 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?

 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!
  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.

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Ashley Prince said...

I just finished Bad Girls Don't Die and have been wondering where the sequel will go. I am glad to see it did not disappoint. I will definitely have to check it out. :D

Great review.

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I haven't heard of this series, but it sounds good. I always love a book with a little bit of creepiness in it. And I like that it doesn't disappoint following the first one (I know sometimes sequels can't measure up to the first one, or are just kind of an inbetween for books). Glad to hear these were good books! Thanks for the great review!


Katie Alender said...

Dorian, thank you so much for this wonderful review! I'm totally blushing from your compliments. It was definitely my goal to write a sequel that was a really different type of story, and I'm glad to see that worked for you. :-) I hope book 3 is just as satisfying.

Bookish in a Box said...

I'm really excited for this one so I'm glad it was just as awesome (and sorta different) than Bad Girls Don't Die.

Unknown said...

I have to read Bad Girls Don't Die first these two books look really good.

Daphne said...

Did ou read the thi4d book? And if you did, did you like it?

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