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The Dolls (The Dolls #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Balzer + Bray
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Khanh (the Grinch)
This is one of the most shallow, insipid YA paranormal books I have ever read. It is filled with descriptions of clothes, descriptions of beautiful, wealthy people, meaning-filled loving gazes, and not much more than that.

I might get more complexity from the pages of Cosmopolitan magazine.
He looks up as we pass, and for an instant, our eyes meet, and it feels like the world slows on its axis.
Most voodoo books I've read have been, well, doodoo. This book totally sucked, too, but here's the diff
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Faye, la Patata
Long story short: this book is awful.

I don't even know why I read it in the first place. I was searching through my books on my Kindle, bored out of my skull, when I decided to just fuck it and click a title randomly. I think the Fates hate me because it had to bethisbook.I've never been so frustrated and annoyed and wrathful as I have been with this novel.Throughout reading it, I couldn't help but stop every few pages to rage about something. I think the last time I went on such Hulk-like rampa
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Ben Alderson
Nov 22, 2014 Ben Alderson rated it really liked it
4.5 !
Super fun and interesting!
Really easy and quick to read and I loved the way the story grew!
Only down point was that I guessed a big part of the book!
but still loved it!
Aditi
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

----W.B. Yeats, an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature


Kiki Sullivan, an American author, has penned a thrilling as well as an enchanting YA tale of magic, friendships, love and lots of herbs and sexy dolls, The Dolls which happens to be the first book in The Dolls series, where a group of friends with strange magical powers (harnessed from various weird kind
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Sarah Churchill
This isn't out until March in the UK, so I don't want to give too much away, but I do need to give some general thoughts because I can see the ratings for this one are really varied.

Dolls is basically Mean Girls with magic. Shallow, privileged girls you love to hate (or just hate) who happen to be queens of their particular kind of magic. It's a bit a cheesy, a bit silly, but a whole lot of fun and I read it in two sittings.

I'm marking it down a little because I guessed the twists.

This is a b
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Lily
1 1/2 stars, because, despite its many flaws, it was mildly entertaining.

I wasn't planning on reading The Dolls next, but after too many young adult contemporary novels in a row I was in need for a bit of a change genre-wise, and found myself wanting to read something a bit darker and grittier, and a bit mysterious—and thus, I reached for this book.

Calling my decision a bad one would be an understatement, and I’m honestly still stunned that I even managed to finish this book, because it is fille
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AH
This book had a promising start, then it rapidly descended into a slog of a read.

A few days shy of her 17th birthday, Eveny Cheval is whisked away from her life in Brooklyn, NY and taken to the walled and gated town of Carrefour, Louisiana. The town is odd - those in the periphery live an impoverished life while those in the center of town live a life of luxury. Eveny is surprised to find out that she is the owner of a large mansion in the town.

Enter The Dolls. The Dolls are a vapid, materiali
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Abbe Hinder
I read a few chapters and that's enough for me!

But for those of you who may want more information, I'll make a list!

1. The main character is really boring. I know, I know I didn't give her a chance but holy crap, I could sense the Bella Swan in her right away.

2. The Dolls are fucking ridiculous. I couldn't get past them.

3. There's just so much high school crap that doesn't really have a lot to do with the story. It needs to be toned down.

I'm sure there's many more, especially from the reviews
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Dhonielle Clayton
Full review coming...

As an author about to be subjected to reviews and ratings in 2015, I'll just say that I don't often post reviews unless the book is awesome, or so offensive that I can't stay quiet.

And this is one of those cases. I can't stay quiet.

I love "Pretty Little Liars" and a good old-fashioned campy mystery, and can even tolerate vapid characters. But this book is whitewashed and painful to read (much like another whitewashed voodoo book: This Wicked Game). It's a packaged product
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KZM books
Feb 01, 2015 KZM books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
OVA RECENZIJA JE OBJAVLJENA NA PORTALU KNJIŽARA ZA MLADE.

Dobrodošli u Carrefour.

Malo mesto koje je okruženo zidinama i čiji se svi stanovnici veoma dobro poznaju, naselje gde svako zna šta ko radi i za koje je potreban ključ kako bi kročio u njega. Glavna akterka ove knjige – Eveny Cheval je pre četrnaest godina srećno živela tu, ali se nakon samoubistva svoje majke preselila sa tetkom u Njujork i tamo provela svoje detinjstvo. Sada, nakon četrnaest godina ona se ponovo vraća u Carrefour i tu po
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Lovetoread
Okay short & simple

The Dolls was a good read. I enjoyed the magic elements and the mystery. The author also did a really good job describing the setting. Very detailed , which made building the world in my head so much easier.

The characters were okay. I didn't like Peregrine obviously. Chloe wasn't that bad. And Eveny, idk, I have mixed feelings about her. She was strong one minute and the next she would let the dolls push her over. Kind of annoying tbh.
Also so disappointed in Drew.

I mus
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Max Baker
I'm not going to lie. I knew EXACTLY what I was getting into with this book. Cliched heroine with disappearing parent syndrome. A stalker love interest with the personality of a toilet seat. Cardboard besties. Faux-voodoo. White-washed Louisiana. A none creepy Gothic setting. And bitches. Just swarms and swarms of straight up bitches. And I was OK with that. Really.

See, when I pre-ordered The Dolls I honestly did not care about Eveny Cheval or her psychodrama. I could dig to the very bottom of m
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Gisbelle
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My thanks to Balzer + Bray & Edelweiss

Actual Rating: 2.5

Point of View: Single (Eveny Cheval)
Writing Style: First Person | Present Tense
Setting: Louisiana
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal/Magic

One word... Meh

So you might wonder what the heck are "the Dolls". Imagine a group of insanely beautiful, extremely rich, super popular, wickedly shallow people. Then add the ability to perform dark magic and communicate with spirits. Now you get the idea.

To be honest I liked this book a lot at the begin
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Abbie
Dec 04, 2014 Abbie rated it liked it
I don't know what to say. I thought this book was about a group of snotty rich girls who are mean to the new girl. But I was wrong. This is actually about shallow witches and murder. Not as exciting as it sounds. Plus, the romance was frustrating and I kind of guessed the bad guy early so...

But I found the MC charming, and she did gain insight into her identity and power, so that was good.

Unfortunately, this book is part of a series. I'm not sure if I will continue it but I would recommend it to
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Tânia M.
Depois de mudar a classificação umas dez vezes, lá me decidi. Não é nada de inovador, mas estive sempre bastante entretida a lê-lo. Há que dar-lhe crédito por isso.
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Meredith
Nov 13, 2014 Meredith rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

I've been dying to read The Dolls ever since I first saw it on Tea Time (Hosted by Epic Reads, A.K.A HarperTeen) during their Fall 2014 #ARCParty. The second Margot and Aubry began discussing it, I was major grabby hands! First of all, it has a GORGEOUS cover! Then, Margot described it as "Pretty Little Liars meets The Craft" and called it a "southern gothic boarding school cattiness" book. Sooo... Yeah, I was completely and totally hooked. I DESPERATELY wanted to get my
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Kirsty-Marie Jones

Ohhhhhhh, there are so many reasons why I absolutely hated The Dolls. And if I didn't want to bash my head against the wall right now this would probably be a less ranty review. I was past rolling my eyes every five minutes after half way through and began wanting to hit it instead. It's one of those books that are just so ridiculous that you either want to laugh or throw it at a wall. Or stab. Stab, stab, stab. It and its characters are so freaking shallow like some YA are, but let's be honest-
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Bayram F.
*an e-ARC of this book was given to me via Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review*

The first time I laid eyes on The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan was during Epic Reads' #ARCParty last year when they were basically unwrapping and talking about the latest ARCs at that time. Not only did the cover look amazing but both Margot and Aubry's reactions to it made me want to read it desperately. As soon as the #ARCParty was over I went on Edelweiss and requested and soon after received and read it,
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Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

MY THOUGHTS
I was kind of iffy about this book at first. I was worried that this would just be a Mean Girls, only with voodoo. I did not love this book, but I actually ended up liking this book.

Eveny grew up in the small town of Carrefour, but moved to New York with her aunt when her mother committed suicide. Then, her aunt spontaneously decides to move back many years later. Carrefour is not the ordinary small town. The town is almost to
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Christy (Novel Ink)
Jul 11, 2014 Christy (Novel Ink) rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
I’m usually not a huge reader of magic, voodoo or witches but when I saw this book and read the synopsis I knew that I had to give it a chance and I’m so glad that I did because it completely drew me in.

Eveny Cheval has just moved back to the small town of Carrefour, Louisiana with her Aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t been back since her mother committed suicide fourteen years ago and she doesn’t remember much about the town. From the moment her Aunt has to pull out a key to gain access to the town, Eveny
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Sarah
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Eveny is moving back to her home town of Carrefour with her aunt, but she’s about to find out that Carrefour is not a normal town at all.
What is going on in Carrefour? And are the suicides that are happening really suicides?


This was an okay story, but it was painful to get through.

Eveny was an okay character, although she did seem a bit slow at times. On
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Angel Erin
Apr 07, 2015 Angel Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
I'm done already! I read it in less than a day because I couldn't put the book down. I LOVED it! I can't wait for the second book!!!! The Dolls is just a FUN FUN FUN read. From the beginning of the book I was intrigued and desperate for answers to questions. Like, why do you have to have a key to get into the town? Ok, but what REALLY happened to her mother? What kind of magic are they using? I just had to keep reading! I do have to say though I guessed the bad guy VERY early into the book. I ...more
Michelle Sedeño
Mar 31, 2015 Michelle Sedeño rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-dnf
I thought I won't be making a "2015 DNF" shelf here in Goodreads. But now, I just did.
I tried, really. Right from the first page I knew it wasn't for me. I made it until page 144 but I have to pause and pick another book. When I picked it up again just now, the follow-up event in one page decided that I should leave it. My goal to no-DNF for 2015 was now officially broken.

P.S I don't like the main character, the insta-love, pathetic "gorgeous" girls, and well, this book. Cliche all the way. Plus
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Soumi
Not so good, not so bad. I've read similar stories before.
Talina at Sassy & Dangerous
Jun 18, 2015 Talina at Sassy & Dangerous rated it it was amazing
What a fun, mysterious, read! Loved every moment of this! Full review to come!
Rayne
This is my first review this year. So, let's make it an angry one, shall we?

The Dolls is, without a doubt, one of the biggest wastes (of time, paper, money, etc.) I've read in my entire life. I'm trying to remember a more spectacularly insipid, preposterously vapid, profoundly shallow and endlessly frivolous novel and I simply can't. By the end of this self-imposed torture, I simply could not understand the why: why I have chosen to read this book or why had possessed me to pick it up and buy in
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The Dolls started out a creepy, atmospheric read full of suspense. I loved the first half, but after that my interest dwindled and slowly faded.

Opening Sentence: When I open my eyes and blink into the milky morning sunlight, there’s no longer snow on the ground.

The Review:

Eveny just moved back into the town of her birth. But there are strange things going on, keys to the town that one needs to get inside, it’s off the radar way, the always c
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Kirsti
Jun 20, 2015 Kirsti rated it did not like it
Urgh. This was right up there with my most hated YA titles, books that made me feel physically ill like Twilight and Beautiful Creatures. Books that make even a seasoned book lover feel like throwing them in a fire when finished (I won't by the way, I'll either donate it to the Op Shop or sell it on the book buy swap and sell) This review will definitely have spoilers, so read on at your own risk!

Still. Really? I'd read reviews but once again because of the different cover I didn't immediately t
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Heather A
This one started off pretty good, but the last few chapters were a let down. This comes under the heading of 'rich people problems'. Now, this is the sort of rich people problems though, I enjoy. A magical town with a history, the girl who was taken away, and brought back in.

Spoiled rich girls and witchcraft is never a good combination, though it does make for entertaining books. In this case, the mysterious town history is built amongst a type of voodoo lead by three girls who come into their
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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 ...more
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