Series: Dolls #1
Published by Balzer + Bray
Pub Date: September 2nd 2014
Format: Paperback | Source: Library
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Eveny is moving back to her home town Carrefour, Louisiana with her Aunt Bea who suddenly decides to leave New York. Eveny hasn’t been in Carrefour since her mother’s suicide when she was a child. Carrefour is a small town with many strange quirks, you need a key just to get into the town, the weather is always perfect, and The Dolls seem to make all of the rules. While settling into the town Eveny starts to discover many things she didn’t know about her family.
This town is just weird. The rich side of town is perfect, perfect weather, perfect houses, and the poor side of town is falling apart. The people all seem to be in on the secret and okay with the way things are. Then there are The Dolls, Peregrine and Chloe. They are two gorgeous and glamorous girls who are selfish, shallow and happen to rule the town. All they care about is getting what they want and they have no concern for how their actions affect the people around them.
The romance was not my cup of tea, it moved way too quickly and was hard for me to believe. Caleb and Eveny barely spoke to each other and then all of a sudden they’re in love. There’s no build up, no connection or understanding just instalove that left me feeling very confused and underwhelmed.
The amount of family secrets that Evenly has is ridiculous. It seems like every other chapter there is a big reveal about Eveny’s past that everyone knew about but her. She gets upset and confronts everyone, has them promise that they aren’t keeping anything else from her, and then two chapters later another secret comes out. This goes on throughout the entire book and I don’t understand why Eveny is so surprised every time.
Aunt Bea is another strange character in this book. She starts off as a supportive parent and just disappears when they get to Carrefour. She knows that Evenly will learn a lot of things about their family history, but instead of helping her teenage niece she gets angry when Evenly ask questions and is no help at all.
I wish I had more nice things to say about this book, but it just wasn’t for me at all. Half the book was describing the girls looks, wardrobe, cars, and every other luxury item you can think of. I wanted more magic and intrigue instead I got a bunch of flat characters who happen to do magic.