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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Bad Girls Don't Die
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423137779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423137771
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book made me wish I still slept with a night-light! A smart, scary ride." - Melissa de la Cruz, NYT bestselling author of the Blue Bloods Series

"FROM BAD TO CURSED sent a creepy, delicious chill up my spine. All I could think when I turned the last page was more, more, more!" - Heather Brewer, NYT bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series

"In the classic tradition of Stephen King, Alender will have you sleeping with the lights on." - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, NYT bestselling authors of the Beautiful Creatures series --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Katie Alender, the author of the Bad Girls Don't Die series, is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School. When she's not writing novels, she can usually be found in her sewing room, making things for her friends or her dog (or her friends' dogs). She also enjoys reading, eating delicious high-calorie foods, and hanging out at home in Los Angeles with her husband and her very spoiled Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Winston.

Visit her website and blog at http://katiealender.com

More About the Author

Katie Alender was born and raised in Florida with her three siblings. She attended an arts high school, focusing on writing and video production, and continued her education at Florida State University, majoring in Film. She currently lives with her husband (her college sweetheart) and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Winston, in Los Angeles, CA, where she works as a freelance producer/writer. For several years, she produced televised dog shows, and she can probably tell you more about dogs than you would ever want to know. When she's not working, she can usually be found at her sewing machine, making quilts and other gifts for friends and readers.

Katie's first brush with publication came in 1991, when her article "So You Want to Live On Mars?" was published in Sassy Magazine's Reader Produced Issue. She loves dogs, the color red, good food, practicing yoga (emphasis on "practicing"), hanging out with her friends, and (of course) reading. She is a Gemini and would probably be a Ravenclaw if she went to Hogwarts. Her favorite authors include Amy Tan, Paula Danziger, Jane Austen, and Stephen King.

"Bad Girls Don't Die" is her first book.

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This book keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Emily M. Green
You really come to know and love all the characters and the descriptions of everything are exceptional; you feel like you are actually there!
Susan Derr
I can't wait to start reading the next one in the series!
Aliyah

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Miller on June 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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, Disney-Hyperion in exchange for my honest review on Letters Inside Out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on February 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a good read--well written, with fairly memorable characters. Since I didn't read the first book, there was a great sense of the mysterious unknown which gave it a haunting quality. That was good. Overall, though, it's a bit cliched. I would recommend it for ages ten to fifteen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amber @ Down The Rabbit Hole on October 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Blending horror and humor, From Bad To Cursed is sure to be unforgettable. Taking all the amazing elements of the first installment and amping up the stakes for this newest addition, it is the perfect novel to read just after dark, with every single light in the house on. From it's characters to it's break-neck plot, From Bad To Cursed is original and yet, somehow, completely familiar.

I mentioned before in my review of the first novel, Bad Girls Don't Die, that horror novels are tricky to pull off without strong leads. Alexis's got that covered and then some. She's never been the girl that runs blindly into something because the plot calls for it. She strives to know what she's dealing with and is brave enough to do something about her situation. As a newly reformed bad girl, making amends for her dark days, she is likable. She still tells it how it is but is trying hard to be nicer to people. Her voice in this next installment felt even more authentic than the first one. As she slowly changes after joining the Sunshine Club, you can feel the things you love about her starting to slip away. Suddenly, she is becoming unreliable which is complete change from her strong, stable self in the first book. Seeing her fade into something completely other really does make you realize how incredibly strong she was in the first and by the ending, you are clamoring for her to find that strength again. Her journey doesn't disappoint.

Ms. Alender is a master in the art of subtly. You'd think a character completely changing who she is would be a huge red flag and easy to detect but I can't pinpoint when Alexis went from bad to cursed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on April 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although I consider this one of the lighter Teen Ya books. It was very good and I loved that they added real elements of how to get rid of ghosts and spirits etc. It was a joy to read and very creepy!! The only element they didnt use was salt. Which demons and ghosts dont like.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Allure of Books on July 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender is the second book in the Bad Girls Don't Die trilogy. I found a lot more depth and meaning in this novel than I expected to find! Beyond just containing a really creepy ghostly mystery, I think the characters' experiences added extra layers to the story.

Teenagers have a long history of searching for a way to feel beautiful and popular. The lengths some will go to (especially girls) can get really out-of-hand. That is definitely true in this novel! Kasey, who was possessed by a vengeful ghost in the first book of the series, accidentally gets herself roped into another situation where she finds herself possessed. This time she drags her older sister Alexis and Alexis' best friend Megan along with her.

Alexis goes to a meeting of The Sunshine Club intending to put a stop to it to keep Kasey safe - but before long finds herself pledging loyalty to the god Aralt. The members start showing up to school looking much prettier...before long they realize they are also acing quizzes they didn't study for and attracting attention from the popular crowd that had ignored them in the past. Exactly what is Aralt doing with their lives?

I found the plot really engrossing - it is definitely a twisty-windy journey to find out exactly who/what Aralt is and how he is managing to control their lives. The plot is 100% contained in the novel, you definitely don't have to read the first book of the series to keep up with it (although I recommend doing so just so you have more background on the characters - and because this series is entertaining and creepy).

Putting aside the supernatural, the girls learn that sometimes being popular and gorgeous isn't worth all the trouble it takes.
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