Author: Katie Alender
Pages: 442 pages
Published on: June 14th 2011
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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?
(Summary from Goodreads)
I know this book came out AGES ago but the third one just came out last July, if I'm not mistaken and I've been trying to get my hands on it ever since, but our local bookstore hasn't contacted me yet for the reservation I made three times. :( I hardly see Ms. Alender's books in the bookstore anymore. If my memory doesn't fail me, I believe I discovered Bad Girls Don't Die in one of out thrift book shops (yes, I shop there. So much hidden works!) I was really intrigued and there came my paranormal fetish. Haha, just kidding. But yeah. I would really love to see more books out here. Especially Hyperion and Penguin. *sigh* But anyway, back to the story. :D
Though it wasn't as spine-tingling as Bad Girls Don't Die (which left me wide awake at 3AM and me basically donating my doll collection. Eeep.) It still had its fair share of paranormal goodness. It amazes me how ghost-prone this family is. Haha! But when you link it to reality, it's not that far off. I'm a stickler for details. Like how her sister really got in this mess without her intention to and how she was beggining to get sucked in this whole Sunshine club. I loved how it had twists and turns, every special surprise really... surprising. Haha! I loved the main focus of this book is in the ghosts and evil forces and not on the mushy romance. I mean, if I wanted a love story, I would have gotten Colasanti or Dessen or something. But I still do appreciate the twinge of romance. And it's not the overly mushy, why-does-this-go-in-here type. It's the appropriate sweetness for a paranormal book. I love how Alexis really just try to stay away from these things since it's kinda a given that her sister Kasey is on the evils spirits' Gullible Girls list. This is really such a simple, easy to understand book. None of those unimportant fringe unlike some books to make the story interesting. Every chapter gets you closer to finding out new things and rest assured, you'll feel the chill and tingle until the very last page.