Ooooh doggies! I’m excited to share this interview with you today. I got the chance to ask Michelle Krys a few questions. She’s the author of the newly released YA novel Dead Girls Society and she had some great answers to my questions. I particularly enjoy her answer to question #4.
1.How did you come up with the idea for Dead Girls Society?
I had a few different inspirations: the anonymous letters from Pretty Little Liars, the secret society in the movie The Skulls, and competition, which is an element in some of my favorite YA novels. I’d been trying to work these inspirations into different books over the years, but for one reason or another, they never quite fit. It wasn’t until I was in New Orleans for the RT Booklovers Convention in 2014 (in a bar with Tessa Gratton, telling her about the book that I was writing!) that I realized a way I could combine them all into one novel. What I came up with is a diverse group of girls who receive anonymous invitations from a group who call themselves the Society, inviting them to join a high-stakes game of dares. Only the game isn’t all that it seems, and soon the promise of a prize is replaced by a fight to stay alive.
2. Some reviewers are comparing Dead Girls Society to the Pretty Little Liars series. Is this an accurate comparison?
Yes! Since PLL partially inspired the book, I can definitely see why the comparisons are being drawn. And I’m honored. It’s one of my favorite series.
3. Is this book the first in a series or is it a stand-alone novel?
Right now it’s stand-alone, but who knows what the future holds! This was such a fun and exciting book to write. I’d love to continue this story.
4. Do you have any hidden talents you can tell us about?
I’m told I’m good at drawing stick figures. I’m serious. I once made a goodbye card for a coworker that included a silly stick figure drawing of everyone at my workplace, and people went nuts over it. There’s a copy framed at work. There’s talk of using it as the logo on our jackets.
5. What do you do in your free time?
Aside from spending time with my family? I watch a ton of Netflix, read, and catch up on celebrity gossip. I’m pretty wild.
My Thoughts on Dead Girls Society
The book dives straight into the plot and introduces us to the main character (Hope), her secret crush, and the first cryptic message within the first few paragraphs. Hope gets an email asking her to go to a warehouse in the middle of the night. No other information is given. In hopes of having something remotely interesting happen in her life, she decides to go.
Hope has cystic fibrosis, which makes breathing (and life in general), difficult. She learns to be brave, take risks, and stretch herself as she participates in the game. There are a lot of storylines in the book, but the author juggled them all well. The game is always first and foremost, with friendship and romance playing supporting roles.
So what did I think of Dead Girls Society? I really liked it. It kept me coming back for more each time I had to set it down. I loved the mysterious messages, the way invitations and “gifts” could appear at any moment. When things really started to heat up, I loved the tension and the girls’ desperation to find out who was behind everything. I’m hoping this will be series because I could definitely spring for more of this story.
I loooooved the last few chapters. I loved learning who the mastermind behind the game is. It’s incredibly scary and creepy when they finally reveal themselves. I also liked how things ended and how Hope proved what she was capable of.
Cursing (no f-words) and taking the Lord’s name in vain. Violence and scary situations. Kissing, both boy/girl and girl/girl.
Where did I get this book?
I received an advanced reading copy (ARC) of Dead Girls Society from the publisher for the blog tour.
Age Range: 12 – 17 years | Grade Level: 7 and up | Hardcover: 304 pages | Publisher: Delacorte Press (November 8, 2016)
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