Review: From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender

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If you haven’t read the first book in this series, Bad Girls Don’t Die, you may want to express caution reading this review.

Bad Girls Don't Die: From Bad to Cursed“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.
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. Then 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. Soon, Alexis trades in her pink hair and punky clothes for a mainstream look, and finds herself reveling in her newfound elegance and success.
The club’s connection with Aralt seems harmless, and before long, 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?”

Umm…WOW, is all I can say. Seriously, I don’t know where to begin. My first thought when reading the synopsis was “This family seriously has bad luck. How can they be getting mixed back up in something supernatural?” I loved the first book, Sarah creeped me out more than words can say…then again, as a child I had a fear of one of my dolls. I was convinced she’d come alive, but I’m not reviewing the first book.

The sequel holds that same scary factor. It’s more of a gradual build-up. The whole time in my head I was going “No, Lexi, no no no no!” You’d think after the last book, she’d have learned not to toy with things of this sort. That aside, my inner teenage girl totally understands why there is an appeal to being perfect and getting everything you want. Who cares if you have to take an oath?

There was one line towards the end of the book that rocked me to my core. It was definitely one of the most frightening lines I’ve read in a book in a very long time. I read a lot of horror/thrillers that I don’t review, so for me to say it’s that bad is kind of a big deal. After that line, things sped up and went at a rapid, yet appropriate rate.

My heart ached for Carter and Kasey both. Moreso for Carter since he had no clue what was really going on. I have to admit, I kind of missed Carter throughout the book, but also would love to see more of Jared.

If you have read this review and haven’t picked up the first book and love being scared/creeped out, pick it up! If you loved the first book you won’t be disappointed with the sequel and then can join me in eagerly awaiting the third book. From Bad to Cursed will be in stores on 6/14.

I received From Bad to Cursed as an ARC from the publisher, Hyperion. Thanks to them for sending it out to me!

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  1. Katie Alender says:

    Thank you so much for the great review! And for posting it at The Website That Shall Not Be Named. I really appreciate that. :-)

    But I have to say, I’m dying to know what the line was that scared you!

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