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Posted November 12, 2012
I’ve now read Grace Doll twice, and must say I was just as eager the second time around to read it. I was pulled into the pages, and entranced in Grace's world and story from the very first page.
** They wait for me, the crowd, like savages awaiting a sacrifice. They want me. What I am, what I have...** (( what an opening line )) I was compelled to read on...........
Jennifer Laurens has taken us on a different path with Grace Doll, slightly darker than any of her previous books. The story concept only, I found it intriguing and mesmerizing till I Turned that last page.
Grace Doll is every girls dream, Young, Beautiful, Talented and loved. A wonderful career ..... Even some may say, Loved to much. Rufus was every girl’s nightmare, dominant, demanding and possessive, to the point of wanting his Doll Forever Flawless, Forever young and forever his.
Rufus decides he wants to give Grace a gift for eternity - he puts his plans in motion for his Grace Doll to be his for all immortality. HIS LIVING DOLL. Unaffected by age, Forever his beauty.
At a young age, Grace was given the chance to shine - sizzle and be a movie star. Upon Meeting Rufus her dreams were met, but with harsh consequences.
Grace became his possession, his obsession - his to deal with as he pleased, and in time, Grace no longer wanted to be his Living Doll. His controlling nature and ways was not the life Grace wanted for herself.
A night that was meant to be her way out, ended up being a sentence.
A life in hiding, from the evil that hunted her.
80 years later - Destiny came knocking at her door.
Wow - I’ve read this book twice and I’m sure I read it in record breaking time both times. Second time around I think I was even more excited to see the edited copy and the extra’s that Jennifer added it. (( This will be an added extra for the readers )) grins.
A compelling storyline, with crisp dialogue that was fluent flowing, filled with twists and turns, and suspense that will keep you eagerly flipping till the last word.
The plot is intricate, intriguing, and solid. Giving the reader many thoughts along the way, a story that was definably unpredictable.
Heartfelt moments that will make your heart sag - moments where you will want to rip Rufus’s head of his shoulders and other moments where you are briskly reading to find out what’s next. Even the gooey moments, I was waiting for that first kiss ;) sigh ....
The emotions that Jennifer has put forth In Grace Doll, I’m sure are beyond words. As the reader I can feel everything that Grace felt, the hurt, hate, horror, and love.
At times, you will be taken aback by Grace's life, what Rufus put her through - and as a mother - My heart was aching for what poor young Grace went through at the hands of an older man.
Can someone be loved too much??
In Grace's case yes... He possessed her in every way possible. The animal and abusive man that he was portrayed well, and instantly as a reader I disliked him from the very first pages. Cringing along with Grace as I read about her life, I was unsure where the story was headed but eager to find out if she escaped Rufus's evil demands and clutches.
I loved the way in Which Jennifer put forth all her vivid descriptions, giving the reader every detail possible to see what is happening within the pages. So fluent - so detailed ...... it’s like your peering through a looking glass watching the story unfold.
The characters are all defined well, with depth and definition. Villains we all wanted to see vaporized, the bad portrayed at exactly that, the kindness and love of others shone from the pages.
We see Grace change along the way - from a timid young girl to a young girl with a mature mind. This will make more sense as you read on.
The chemistry and passion between Brenden and Grace was sizzling, not just because of Grace's circumstances, but because they both felt that connection. Brenden was a character that I easily fell in love with, caring and considerate and honestly innocent. Despite his upbringing and the hurt he felt, he found it within himself to Give Grace a chance. Even though beforehand he has other ideas.
As the suspense builds throughout the story, I felt like I was holding my breath just waiting for what was to come next.
Grace Doll is a well-paced suspense-filled with a story that will leave you breathless and many a heart stopping scenes to leave your heart sagging – yet also relieved.
An ending every reader will surely be smiling over ;) I Know I was.....
A must read to add to your shelves…
If you are viewing the kindle version make sure you click on the link titled GRACE DOLL HAPPY ENDING for the link ;) its after the Vanity Fair article on the last pages..
Posted September 3, 2012
Grace Doll was pleasantly chilling and completely surprising. I’ve read a few of Laurens’ contemporary books, but wasn’t really sure what to expect from her in a different genre.
The opening of Grace Doll hit on the “history” of Grace’s life. It was done incredibly well, despite being absolutely heartwrenching. Grace suffers from the hands of her husband, a movie producer, who is completely appalling. I felt myself on pins and needles, completely tense wondering what would happen to Grace next.
In the present time, the story alternates between Brenden’s point of view and Grace’s. Brenden won me over early on. He’s been neglected and has just lost his father. He’s bitter, but still has a heart of gold. As their two worlds are collide, the story gets more dramatic.
The science-aspect that went into Grace Doll was very interesting to me. Laurens’ didn’t simply say Grace was immortal, she gave scientific reasoning behind it. That made the story a bit more believable.
I wasn’t initially sure I would enjoy Grace Doll, but it definitely won me over. If you are in the mood for something a little different, check out this one!
I received my copy of Grace Doll in exchange for my honest opinion.
Posted August 3, 2012
I've read all of Jennifer Laurens books and I couldn't wait to read this one. It did not disappoint. Beautiful cover, story, the little special extras inside and I loved the creative and amazing ending.
This is a beautiful book and I fell in love with this story. Grace Doll is young, beautiful and kept like a doll in a beautiful house that holds her prisoner to a life that isn't really a life. She's a 1940s famous actress who doesn't age thanks to her husband and a doctors experiment. In a way she is free but still very much a prisoner because she can't trust anyone and she can't live her life to the fullest. Her husband Ruffus took it all from her before her friends helped her fake her death.
Grace escapes with the help of her friends but she's still not fully free. She won't until she faces her past and puts it all behind her. Brenden is the son of her friend who shows up after his father's death with something important his father kept safe for Grace for very many years.
Brenden is angry at his father and at those who knew him better than he. He has his own issues to deal with, along with finding out the truth about Grace Doll and Katherine, the young woman he meets. He's angry at a lot of people but feels protective of Katherine.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. Grace is old Hollywood, beautiful, suffisticated and glamorous. Can't wait for whatever Jennifer Laurens comes up with next.