Sullivan, Kiki. The Dolls.
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Sullivan, Kiki. The Dolls. Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollins, 2014. 384p. $9.99 Trade pb. 978-0-06-228148-7.
Fourteen years after her mother's suicide, seventeen-year-old Eveny Cheval returns to Carrefour, Louisiana, to her pristine, stately home, and the Dolls, the flawlessly beautiful and wealthy Peregrine Marceau and Chloe St. Pierre who, like herself, are descendants of the town's founders. Eveny is stunned to be welcomed so easily into their perfect world, but a part of her wonders why the other side of town, the Peripherie, is so destitute. The Peripherie has been deteriorating for years, and it is only getting worse--and the Dolls have something to do with it. Before long, Eveny is caught up in voodoo magic, seances, and spirit possessions. To make matters worse, shortly after her arrival, a classmate is murdered. Between learning about her power and keeping the Dolls from using magic irresponsibly, Eveny vows to solve the murder and unveil what really happened to her mother.
The Dolls has the southern charm of Beautiful Creatures (Little, Brown, 2009/ VOYA December 2009) with an added assortment of brand-dropping and catty friendships. There are generations of shallowness and bad habits between the Marceaus and St. Pierres that the girls could hardly be blamed for their frippery. But Eveny is an easy character to side with, even if she is a bit flavorless. The love interest is the dark and brooding type, star-crossed and forbidden, and a high interest of paranormal romance fans. The Dolls is hardly a serious treatment of southern voodoo culture, but it is certainly fun.--Jane Gov.