Friday, August 15, 2014

The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

Title: The Dolls
Author: Kiki Sullivan
Series: Dolls
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen
Release: September 2, 2014
Review: Five Stars

I received this ARC from The Regulator Bookshop.

Characters: Eveny (protagonist), Aunt Bea, Peregrine, Chloe, Caleb, Drew

I really liked Eveny. Unlike many protagonists, Eveny isn't quick to trust. She observes and gets to know people before she really lets them in, and with a world like this, that's very important. On to Aunt Bea. She ROCKED! Yes, she kept secrets, but when all is said and done, she's there for Eveny, and understands the mess she's in, which is more than most parents/guardians are in novels. Peregrine and Chloe are quite something. They're selfish and mean, but I feel like there's something deeper to them. So, Caleb. I heart him so hard! Proof:

Caleb is so swoony and I want more! Drew plays the role of Eveny's best friend. He's the first person in Carrefour that she really hangs out with.

First Impressions: 4/5

It started out a little weird, but I fell in love with it pretty quickly. I hadn't heard much about it, and didn't know what to expect. But here's the deal, when the main character is a red-head and the book takes place in Louisiana, it's a recipe for perfection.

Writing: 5/5 It's hard to rate the semantics of writing when reading an ARC, because there are many mistakes that get taken out in the drafts afterword. That said, the writing was to the point and well done.
Plot: 5/5 The plot is a mysterious thing. The author sets it up so that anyone can be the bad guy in town. With Eveny coming into her powers as well, there's some crazy stuff that goes on.
World Building: 5/5 At first, Carrefour seems sorta cheesy and stereotypical, but as the novel goes on, you see why.
Characters: 5/5 The characters were supremely well done. It was really cool never knowing exactly who was what.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I don't read many books in the south, but they're often really fun. I'm really excited to figure out what happens next!


Welcome to Carrefour, where long-buried secrets simmer like heat over the bayou and whatever you desire most can be yours—for a price.

Eveny Cheval has 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 collectively known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest guys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in this town. They want to bring Eveny into their circle, share their darkest truths with her, introduce her to handsome, enigmatic Caleb Shaw. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes in Carrefour and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she’s forced to 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.

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Author Bio:

Kiki Sullivan is the author of The Dolls series. Like the main character Eveny Cheval, Kiki used to live in New York and now calls the American South home. Unlike Eveny, she finds it impossible to keep her rose garden alive and has been singlehandedly responsible for the unfortunate demise of countless herbs. She may or may not have hung out with queens of the dark arts, strolled through creepy New Orleans cemeteries at night, or written the first book of this series with a red-headed Louisiana voodoo doll beside her computer.

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