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What would you be willing to give in order to have everything you've ever  wanted? Money? Your time? Your soul?

Kasey is finally home from the mental hospital, and she's having a difficult time making friends. Afterall, who
wants to be friends with a girl who was possessed, and tried to murder her  parents? Hesitant to build a new relationship with her little sister, Alexis  decides to hang back to see if Kasey can survive the "survival of the fittest"  atmosphere of high school on her own.

When Kasey's group of outcasts  create the Sunshine Club, and find themselves at the center of popularity and
acceptance, Alexis gets suspicious and joins. She quickly finds out that they've  conjured a creature named Aralt who promises riches and fame in exchange for  their souls. As the club grows and approaches "graduation day," strange things  begin happening and people start dying. What once seemed like a harmless
agreement to become popular has turned into a coven of young girls willing to  kill to keep thier evil master happy.

I was wary to read this novel because I wasn't sure that Alender could repeat the intensity of the first novel; however, she skillfully drew upon the elements of her first novel to create an entirely new plotline. Although it dragged in a few places (i.e. Alexis's relationship issues with Carter), the majority of the novel built suspense through folklore, urban legend, and people's worst nightmares. Very few people can write effective supernatural suspense thrillers that maintain intensity throughout a novel, let alone a series, but Alender is one of them. For instance, book two ends with so many options that her third BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE is sure to be just as unique. I cannot wait for her to write it!     

*This can be a stand-alone novel.         

 
 
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Something dark and sinister is on the hunt. During a tumultuous Calcutta night
in 1916, a brave English lieutenant saves a set of twins from "it" before losing
his life in an effort to protect them. Unfortunately, the monster refuses to
give to up, and will stop at nothing to possess them. Time is on its side, and
as the children grow into young adults, they find out that their days are
numbered.

This is a fun, quick read that has just enough suspense to
keep the plot moving. Althoughit isn't as scary as what hard-core horror fans  might like, and it's pretty cliche, there were a few places where the hair stood  up at the base of my  neck.