Title: As Dead as it Gets (Bad Girls Don’t Die #3)
Author: Katie Alender
Release Date: May 15th 2012
Published by: Hyperion Books for Children
Read: October 19th 2012
There WILL be some spoilers if you haven’t read book 2!!
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.
What I thought:
This is by far the best book of the 3! The ghosts are back, and much scarier in this one. Because of incidents from the end of the second book, Alexis can actually see ghosts when she takes pictures with her camera, or in pictures already taken and on TV. Lydia is the only ghost that Alexis can actually see without the camera and even talk to, because of their connection from before. The description of a ghost nearer to the end of the book is probably the scariest, especially when it actually still moves in the pictures after Alexis has taken the shot.
The other thing I loved about this book, was that the plot and characters were at their best. The story had so many awesome things going on, like why this ghost was attacking people and killing them, there was a lot more behind it than I would have thought!
Alexis has changed into a kind of loner when the book started, thinking everyone is judging her because of Lydia’s death. The other Sunshine girls from the last book are avoiding her too, Cater and her are broken up and her best friend Megan hasn’t talked to her in ages. Even her parents are treating her a bit differently, keeping an eye on her. So she’s feeling pretty alone, and now she has a ghost tormenting her and following her, and killing girls she knows.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you’re looking for a series that has ghosts, possessions and a great main character definitely pick this one up! It builds up for a great last book and the ending was intense. Loved it!