Pretty Little Liars meets Beautiful Creatures in this steamy southern suspense novel about a group of powerful teen voodoo queens who will do anything to get what they want.
Eveny Cheval has just moved back to Carrefour, Louisiana—a town she left fourteen years ago in the wake of her mother's suicide. An outsider at first, Eveny quickly finds herself embroiled in a web of intrigue, betrayal, and lies. Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends collectively known as the Dolls. They want to bring Eveny into their circle and share their darkest truths with her.
Eveny is wary of these girls, but after murder strikes and she 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.
About the Author
Kiki Sullivan is the author of The Dolls. Like her 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, and written this series with a redheaded Louisiana voodoo doll beside her computer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Eveny Cheval hasn't set foot in Carrefour, Louisiana in fourteen years--not since she moved away with her aunt Bea after her mother's suicide. After years spent in Brooklyn, New York, Bea and her aunt are moving back to Carrefour just before Eveny's seventeenth birthday. Upon her return, Eveny is stunned by the stately old houses and the pristine gardens. Even her new classmates are flawlessly beautiful--so much so that most people call them the Dolls. Drawn in by Peregrine Marceau and Chloe St. Pierre, Eveny is soon at the center of the decadence that is the Dolls' world. But beneath the wealth and charm, Carrefour is hiding a secret, one that leads to murder and dark truths about Eveny and her past in The Dolls (2014) by Kiki Sullivan. Atmospheric writing and genuine chills enhance this story that is populated with familiar mean girls, gorgeous boys and a generally clever narrator (however readers like me may wonder why a girl who left town at the age of three has quite so many memories of the town she left behind). Sullivan capitalizes on the southern setting here to spine-tingling effect as the story moves in a surprising direction involving voodoo magic and sinister forces at work around Carrefour. Spooky moments and incidents of near-peril are tempered with campy fun and a hint of romance with one of the numerous beautiful boys to be found in this narrative. Although Eveny fits in seemlessly with the Dolls she remains equally sharp-witted and sharp-tongued throughout the story, making her easy to cheer for throughout the story. Sure to be popular with fans of similar books as well as Veronica Mars. Possible Pairings: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shephard, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke *A more condensed version of this review appeared in the June 2014 issue of School Library Journal from which it can be seen in various sites online including an SLJ Spotlight*
I've received an ARC of this book from Balzer + Bray in exchange for an honest review. The Dolls was an okay book with lots of creepy scenes and interesting plot. What I liked about it is the mystery at the beginning. I say the beginning because the mystery kind of died down towards the middle and the end of the book since it got a bit predictable. I think the world building was pretty good. Eveny’s hometown is divided into two parts – the rich and the poor. The author was very creative on explaining how the town became like that. I enjoyed it for the most part, but the whole clique thing a.k.a. ‘the dolls’ and boys chasing them was just too cliché for me. What I liked about the characters though is that some were easy to differentiate because they had different personalities. Though they were easy to differentiate, I don’t think they’ll fall under the category of ‘memorable characters’. There were also some inconsistencies throughout the book like Eveny’s aunt telling her that it is not safe in their hometown yet they move there…UM OKAY? Overall it was a good book with some inconsistencies and cliché characters. I would recommend you reading it but I wouldn’t put it on top of my to-be read pile.
THE DOLLS is full of southern charm, beautiful people (with ugly secrets), and lots of mystery. I think this will be a series, and I'm hoping so, because THE DOLLS leaves readers with a bit of a cliffhanger ending. It ties up nicely to be a standalone, but I'd love to see a book 2!