Halloween and your introduction to the spooky world of possessed dolls, demons and ghosts in the Bad Girls Don't Die trilogy by Katie Alender.
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When I was a young kid, I once imagined that their was a ghost in my room. I created in my mind a suspicion that the shadows on the wall from light from my window that made shadowy shapes were ghosts.
In my review of Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender I started with the following.
"When I was in middle school, a friend of mind told me a scary story about a family that bought a doll named Lucy. In the story, Lucy creeps up the stairs and kills the whole family."
You can read the rest of my review here - if you dare!
I have also always found the human-like expressions of dolls unsettling. Dolls look, to me, too much like small baby people.
Therefore, it is not surprising to me that my favorite scary superstition is ghosts and what I most afraid of is dolls. I sometimes wish that the ghosts in my room could be real and not just shadows. I feel weary whenever I encountered a doll. Even a doll that appears harmless because of its humanlike characteristics. Well, I'm not scared of Barbies, but every other doll I never want to be around.
Katie Alender combines both of my favorite spooky beings in her wonderful trilogy. It is a must read! My reasons are below and I shall put ... where spoilers can be the only interlude.
- Alender's descriptions of the doll's story and procession of a certain girl in the first book are mind-blowing. The changing of eyes from blue to green and silhouettes hidden in photos. The demon entrapped in a book slowly ... in the second book is frightening. The mystery between deciding if its a good ghost or treacherous demon controlling the Ouija Board. The ghost that ... and is actually ... that only our awesome heroine Lexi can see in her photographs in the third book is terrifying. The devastating ending of the third book I will remember forever.
- Amazing characters. Lexi the "bad girl" who is passionate about photography and a caring sister. Kasey the resilient little sister who grows tremendously into a powerful force to be reckoned with by the series end. Darling Carter who just makes me laugh no matter what. Megan the popular and amazing best friend with a troubled home life. The spunky outcast Lydia who makes the perfect anti-hero. And so many more. Every character has a backstory and is more then they appeared to be in the beginning.
- Quotes to spark your interest. I will now share with you my favorite quote from each book.
Book 1: Bad Girls Don't Die
"Glad to see I did not knock any of the pink out of your hair." (Alender 40)
Book 2: From Bad To Cursed
"'In a horror movie, this room would have been draped in black velvet and lit by a thousand dripping, flickering candles. There would be an altar in the center of the room and shelves full of potions and evil talismans.
But I was just looking at another empty room. In the far corner was a rumpled Sleeping bag. No sheets. Not even a pillow." (Alender 290)
Book 3: As Dead As It Gets
"I have been bad.
I have been good.
Weak and strong.
Brave and afraid.
A hero and a [...]"
A hero and a [...]"
Truly, the Bad Girls Don't Die trilogy by Katie Alender is the perfect Halloween read. So why not offer you a chance to win a copy of my favorite in the series. Book 2: From Bad To Cursed. Don't worry if you have not read the first. I started this series with this book and I do not regret it. I was able to enjoy Katie's amazing writing and characters enough reading the first book that I did not mind knowing every twist while reading the first book.
1. Must be 13 or older.
2. Open internationally if you in a country that Book Depositary ships too.
3. The contest runs from now to November 4th.
4. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email.
5. To not be afraid of frightening stories.
6. Now what is your favorite supernatural speculated species?
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Thanks for reading!