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As Dead as it Gets (Bad Girls Don't Die series Book 3) Kindle Edition
|Length: 453 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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The protag in this story is equal parts funny, quirky, charming, snide, intelligent and rude, an interesting combination of qualities but appropriate for someone of her age. What kept my interest piqued was her responses to situations did not always marry with my expectations and it was clear that the character surprised even herself on a myriad of occasions. There was a true evolution of character that transpired between first and last page and Alexis' metamorphosis from closed-off, snarky, troublemaker to thoughtful, caring and selfless friend proved as big an element of the story as the unfolding mystery. This transformation also added a level of depth to a story which could have easily veered into campy lit.
Though at times a tad predictable, it's easily forgotten as you breeze through the well crafted narration and realistic dialogue. On more than a few occasions I found myself "talking" to Alexis as she navigated the maze of puzzle pieces in her quest for the truth, saying "no, not that!" or "you've got it all wrong!" or "get out of the room!". In my estimation, when you have moments like that, when you feel the character is real enough to shout at, you're reading a well crafted piece of fiction.
End note: I've read quite a bit of Y/A lit, as it is my job to do, and this is by far one of the better stories.
Alexis can feel something different about the old house they've lived in since they were children, as if there was another presence. When strange things begin to happen, she pushes them aside, figuring that her sister had just gone off the deep end. Eventually, she realizes that there's more at stake than she realized. Lives are being threatened and she has to get as much information as she can muster up in order to save the people she never thought she'd get involved with.
I was torn whether to give this book a 4 or a 5 for rating. I enjoyed it a lot. It was a fast-paced read and the author kept the story interesting, with entertaining characters, dialogue, and unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Around the time I picked this book up, I didn't hear much about it and looking at the summary, I thought it was just about a creepy doll. Call me slow, but it didn't occur to me that it was about possession until someone mentioned it. There were even parts in the book where I had to stop reading just to gather what had just happened.
This was the perfect read for Halloween (especially since it took place in October, as well). I wouldn't call it a scary book, but it definitely had its creepy moments. You know, the ones where you check over your shoulder or snuggle a little closer to your cat. Or maybe that's just me.
I will definitely be looking into the sequel, From Bad to Cursed.
Alexis is a high school nonconformist. She doesn't have any close friends and is not involved in school activities. She does speak her mind but this mostly lands her in hot water. Her one true love is photography. She comes from a dysfunctional family. A father who would rather be anywhere else but home, a mother who is a workaholic, and a younger sister that is getting stranger by the day.
Alexis is worried about her sister, Kasey. Kasey doesn't remember things, she steals other student's genealogy reports and sometimes her blue eyes turn green. Also their house is acting strange, cold air coming from the vents when AC is off, water boiling on the stove when burner is off, doors opening and closing on their own. Is she going crazy?
Alexis gets help from two unlikely sources, a popular cheerleader, Megan, and the class president, Carter, who just might become her boyfriend. With their assistance Alexis begins to unravel the story's mystery, Kasey is possessed and the spirit that possesses her is out to get revenge by way of murder.
The story is well written, the pace is right, and there is plenty of suspense. Alexis makes a good protagonist. Even though her family is not perfect she loves them and will do anything to protect them, even go up against a murdering spirit. As Alexis gets to know Megan and Carter she learns a very good lesson that you can't judge a person just by their "title", cheerleader or class president.
The one thing I found disappointing was that the book was told through Alexis so we don't get any insight to what Kasey was going through.
I highly recommend this book and I plan on reading any other titles in this series.
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