As Dead It Gets- Spoiler for Book 2! (Bad Girls Don’t Die #3)

As Dead As It Gets (Bad Girls Don't Die, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same author:
Bad Girls Don’t Die
From Bad To Cursed

Synopsis:

It’s been three months since Alexis helplessly witnessed Lydia Small’s violent death, and all she wants is for her life to return to normal.

But normal people don’t see decaying bodies haunting photographs. Normal people don’t have to deal with regular intrusions from Lydia’s angry ghost, sometimes escalating to terrifying attacks.

At first, it seems that Lydia wants revenge on Alexis alone. But a girl from school disappears one night, and Alexis spots one of Lydia’s signature yellow roses lying on the girl’s dresser the next day. Soon, it becomes clear that several of Alexis’s friends are in danger, and that she’s the only person who can save them. But as she tries to intervene, Alexis realizes that her enemy is a much more powerful ghost than she’s ever faced before… and that its fate is tied to hers in ways she couldn’t possibly imagine.

Not even in her worst nightmares.  

Thoughts:

I think most regular readers of my blog will know that I’m not a massive fan of horror/paranormal. I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror. I have a way too active imagination. However, I have devoured the Bad Girls Don’t Die series by Katie Alender. It’s a fantastic YA ghost series which I really don’t see enough of around the blogosphere. I expected more drama in this finale if I’m completely honest, but it was still utterly readable and chilling at the same time.

As Dead as It Gets takes place not long after the events of From Bad To Cursed. Our main protagonist, Alexis can now see ghosts, especially in photographs that she takes. Alexis is keen to give up this hobby because she’s fed up of being spooked by ghosts. Alexis is haunted by Lydia Small who died in the second book. Carter, who was with Alexis has started dating another girl and Alexis decides to move on with Jared. Jared is quite a lovable character in the second book, so I could get on board with this relationship. Girls have been disappearing and two of them have been found dead, each time a girl disappears yellow roses are found by her. Alexis is convinced that Lydia has something to do with it as Lydia had yellow roses at her funeral.

I felt like Alexis was pretty alone in this book. She was so isolated. We didn’t see much of her relationship with Kasey, her relationship with Carter and her best friend Megan. We see her relationship with Jared, but we soon learn that he is incredibly controlling. I really wanted someone to be there for her and that was lacking at first in this book. I did like Elliot though, who we are introduced to- she begins to develop a friendship with Alexis.

I really enjoyed the character of Lydia in As Dead As It Gets! I love how her character develops over the course of the series, she grows so much in this book and there are some particularly chilling scenes that involve her. On the other hand, there are some incredibly touching scenes too. She was one of my favourite things about this book.

I think there was far too much going on in this book and it lost some of the charm of the first two books. However, I’d still highly recommend this series. I’ve been so impressed with Katie Alender’s writing, I’m eager to explore more.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Not an explosive ending, but decent all the same!

Annual End Of Year Survey- 2016 Edition!

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I absolutely love thinking about my reading in the year.

 

 

Number Of Books You Read:  So far…134
Number of Re-Reads:  2 or 3!
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Oh my goodness, that’s hard. I think it would have to be Highly Illogical Behaviour, One or Paper Butterflies. I couldn’t pick one.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I thought I was going to love Ballet Shoes more than I did.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I still push Me Before You wherever possible. I can’t help myself.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Ooh. I’ll go for series. This is a tough one because I have two I have really enjoyed. I’ll pick two! The Spinster Club by Holly Bourne and Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Holly Bourne

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Hmm… I’m not a big re-reader but I’ll say Harry Potter. I read the first book this year and it’s made me want to continue with the series.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?

Made You Up

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Jeannette from The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Last Act Of LoveCathy Rentzenbrink

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

A Boy Made Of BlocksKeith Stuart

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

One by Sarah Crossan. I know it only came out in 2015, but still… I should have read it then!

 15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“He was afraid of the world, afraid it would find a way to swallow him up. But, maybe everyone was sometimes.”   -John Corey Whaley- Highly Illogical Behaviour.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Longest- Carry OnRainbow Rowell- 518 pages

Shortest- To DanceSiena Cherson Siegel- 64 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Crush by Eve Ainsworth

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Celeste and Justin- Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Sam and Alex- A Boy Made Of Blocks by Keith Stuart

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

One by Sarah Crossan

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Hmmm… this is a tricky one. I’m not one for fictional crushes. Justin from Flat-Out Celeste was adorable, I guess!

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Love That Split The WorldEmily Henry

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzinbrink

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

book-blogging

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2016?

I am so bad at remembering how long I’ve been enjoying blogs, so I’ll pick a blog that I’ve enjoyed in 2016. That has to be Megan at Love, Literature, Art and Reason.

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2016?

I never like reading my own reviews as I always find flaws with them! I did enjoy writing A Boy Made Of Blocks.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I haven’t had very many this year. Definitely need to get my thinking cap on for 2017.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

The Transatlantic Book Project with some other wonderful bloggers.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Winning an award at the UKYA blogging awards. A surprise to me that’s for sure as I didn’t ever anticipate winning!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Balancing blogging and reading with a full time hectic job!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Highly Illogical Behaviour– John Corey Whaley

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I really love the Reading Year subscription from Mr B’s Emporium in Bath that my sister and my mum got for my birthday.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

At this point not all of them, but by the end of the year I anticipate that I would have made my 140 book challenge and completed the series that I wanted to! I have completed the British Book Challenge that challenges its readers to read 12 books by British Authors. I’ve nailed that one with 64 read so far!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I’m so bad at keeping up with series so I’ll mention one I’m anticipating to finish… What’s A Girl To Do? by Holly Bourne.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Continue to add different features to keep my blog fresh!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I’m just starting my 2017 ARCS so can’t comment on that yet. I have high hopes for The Edge Of Everything by Jeff Giles though!

Stacking the Shelves #154

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Sent from publishers

Fish Boy– Chloe Daykin- This doesn’t have a cover online yet, but just read the synopsis! It sounds like an amazing middle grade read! I’m excited! It’s due for release in March 2017.

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I was intrigued by this book’s synopsis. I love psychological thrillers, so I’m always willing to give them a go!

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The Edge of Everything

I am very intrigued by this book which I have seen about on so many blogs so far these past couple of months! I hope to read it within the next week!

Life in a Fishbowl

Another book coming out next month! I hope to read it within the next week or so. This book sounds fantastic!

The One Memory of Flora Banks

There are so many intriguing books coming out in January. This is another one! 🙂 I’m going to be busy reading these next few weeks!

Bought:

As Dead As It Gets (Bad Girls Don't Die, #3)

I’m very excited about reading the final book in this series. It’s creepy without being too scary.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by!

From Bad To Cursed (Bad Girls Don’t Die #2)

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Bad Girls Don’t Die

Synopsis:

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, then institutionalized.

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. Soon 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. At first, their connection with Aralt seems harmless. Alexis trades in her pink hair and punky clothes for a mainstream look, and quickly finds herself reveling in her newfound elegance and success.

Instead of fighting off the supernatural, 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?

Thoughts:

I think I’ve made it known here on my blog that horror isn’t usually my sort of thing. Then I read Bad Girls Don’t Die and absolutely loved it. I finally got around to reading From Bad To Cursed and I absolutely loved it. It’s a very different book to the first. It still has some of the same characters but I felt this one had a different vibe. I found it to be incredibly unsettling but utterly gripping at the same time.

From Bad To Cursed follows Alexis and her sister Kasey. Kasey has finally come home and is attempting to go to high school following the awful things that happened to her. Alexis is thrilled when Kasey joins The Sunshine Club. Kasey is in need of some friends. However, there is something different about The Sunshine Club. Alexis finds out that the girls have pledged an oath to a spirit called Aralt. The Sunshine Club are getting more beautiful and popular by the minute. Alexis is worried that Kasey will get in all sorts of trouble. Alexis and Megan join The Sunshine Club and find themselves intrigued by the increasing confidence, elegance and success. Alexis becomes completely enveloped in The Sunshine Club and begins to forget her reasons why she joined the club in the first place.

As I mentioned, I’m not one for scary. I’d definitely describe this book as creepy and unsettling but nothing that’ll keep you wide awake at night or cause you to have nightmares. Yes, this sometimes happens to me, I have an overactive imagination.

I thought Katie Alender’s writing was superb in this sequel. I find it simple, but engaging to read. It captured my attention throughout the story. The plot is fast paced and the changes on Alexis creep up on you and before you know it, you realise Alexis is deep trouble. I am so intrigued to see what happens in the next book as it ends in such a gripping manner. I’m just pleased that it’s already out so I can read it as soon as I can slip it in!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic, creepy sequel! I loved it!

Top Ten New To Me Authors That I Read in 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we’re listing our favourite new to us authors that we’ve read this year. I’ve discovered some gems this year but I have to admit, I have returned to old faithfuls more. I must get better!

Courtney Summers-

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I started with All The Rage and have since caught up on all things Courtney Summers. I think she’s such a powerful, edgy author.

Keith Stuart-

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I really enjoyed Keith’s debut novel Boy Made of Blocks which was about an autistic boy and his family. Heartwarming.

Carrie Hope Fletcher-

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I’ve known about Carrie for years, so was happy to read her debut novel On The Other Side.

John Corey Whaley-

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Highly Illogical Behaviour blew my mind.

Lauren James-

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I didn’t expect to like The Next Together as much as I did!

Francesca Zappia-

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Made You Up was one of my favourites of the year!

Katie Alender-

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I have thoroughly enjoyed Katie’s creepy series Bad Girls Don’t Die.

Holly Bourne-

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Am I Normal Yet? is one of my favourite YA books of the year!

Jenny Lawson-

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I really enjoyed Furiously Happy. It was different to read about anxiety and depression in this way.

C.J. Flood-

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Infinite Sky was a stunning read!

Which authors have you discovered this year? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books To Read To Get You Into The Halloween Spirit!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we could recommend our favourite scary/creepy reads. I’ve went for more creepy than anything else as I’m a massive baby when it comes to horror.

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

Hollow Pike- Juno Dawson

Hollow Pike

This was a debut novel and it’s an absolute cracker. A really atmospheric piece.

Cruel Summer- Juno Dawson

Cruel Summer

This totally reminds me of Point Horror. I adored it.

Say Her Name- Juno Dawson

Say Her Name

Bloody Mary used to terrify me (still does if I’m honest…) and this one really creeped me out.

Frozen Charlotte- Alex Bell

Frozen Charlotte

Ahh. Dolls. *shudders*

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

I loved this one more than Frozen Charlotte. Probably because I have a personal connection to the place in which its set.

Choker- Elizabeth Woods

Choker

This messes with your head. Unexpected gem!

Bad Girls Don’t Die- Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)

Dolls. *shudder*

Through The Woods- Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

Why not throw a graphic novel in there? Loved this one!

The Drowning- Rachel Ward

The Drowning (The Drowning #1)

A creepy read. I really enjoyed this one.

Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece

Kate Karyus Quinn is a writer that you’ll either love or hate. I really enjoy her unique books.

What have you recommended this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

This Week In Books #43

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book title to get to Goodreads!

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die, #2) Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, #1)

NOWFrom Bad To CursedKatie Alender– I’m about 160 pages into this sequel to Bad Girls Don’t Die. At the moment it’s a little unsettling but nothing majorly freaky/scary has happened yet.

THEN– Furiously Happy- Jenny Lawson- I really enjoyed this book about mental health. Jenny Lawson does manage to make her stories about anxiety quite funny. You end up questioning why you’re laughing about it!

NEXT- Behind The Scenes- Dahlia Adler- I have had this book on my TBR forever, so I’m hopefully going to get to it this week!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave a link to a post you do or answer in the comments below!