[eARC Review] The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

Monday, September 01, 2014

Title: The Dolls
Author: Kiki Sullivan
Series: Dolls #1
Genre: YA Contemporary with Paranormal elements
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: eARC received by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.

I went into this book with so much hope because I loved what it was about. Set in the south I knew that there was going to be some interesting things happening, especially if there was witchcraft and voodoo happening. And for the most part I was very entertained but I will admit that while I was reading I felt like there was something missing.

The setting for me was the biggest thing I loved about this novel because it was so authentic. I felt like I was there for most of the novel and for most of the novel I could hear the accents of the characters and the could picture the mansions and the bayou surrounding everything. i loved it. I think that was my favorite part of the book because it consumed me as a reader and that is what kept me reading.

I will admit that I hated most of the characters in this book, especially the ones they called The Dolls. I will admit that these characters made me dislike this book more than I wanted because they were so infuriating. They were consumed with their looks and how they appeared to others, and the way they treated other was atrocious to the point where I wanted to stop reading about them. I did really like Eveny, our main character. I will admit that I wanted her to be a bit more strong willed when it came to peer pressure and The Dolls. I wanted her to stick up to her so called friends and be different from them, and for me it took a bit too long for that to happen.

What I also liked was the mystery aspect of the story. In The Dolls we encounter a lot of death, and what I think I liked the most was that we, as readers, knew that it was targeted at The Dolls and what they stood for but we didn't know who was doing the killing. So that mystery was an aspect that left me wanting to finish the book, and although I waited until the end to figure out who did it, and I must admit I figured it out pretty early, I was still disappointed in the way the book ended. This is a series, and I did not know that going in, so I did not get the answers I was looking for, and I honestly don't know if I will read the rest of the series, but I am interested in the unknowns that we were left with. Overall this book was okay, it mad its amazing moments and then it had some issues that I just could not get past, like characterization and the way the characters interacted with each other. I was not a fan of this book but that does mean you should not pick it up because you never know, you might love it!

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