Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages: 384
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
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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.
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 be this book. 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 rampage was when I was reading Amanda Sun’s Ink. I’m not sure what to feel, seeing as Ink finally has its own contender. I don’t like reading books that enrage me, and more than that, I don’t like friends and family suffering through the same experience.
With that said, I’ll give you a guys a pretty good dissection what I found awful about this book, by going back in time and showing you my status updates. They will say it best.
Beware, there WILL be some spoilers, so if you plan to read this book in the future, I recommend leaving now.
7% in: A picture perfect town surrounded by big walls? Weird suicides going on? CREEPY GALORE
As you can see, the first 7% wasn’t that bad at all. We’re introduced to Eveny who’s moving into some supposedly rich town in Louisiana with her Aunt. She’s bitter and mad about it, because she lived and loved New York, and she hasn’t been back in Carrefour for fourteen years, ever since her mother committed suicide. Okay, that’s pretty understandable, right? If I were her, I’d be pretty pissed, too. She then notices a few things: the town is surrounded by big walls that isolate it from the rest of the world. It is also divided into two areas: the area of the rich, and the area of the “poor”. Later on, we see that she lives in the fricking biggest mansion in town! Okay, my bullshit senses were alert at this point, but I wasn’t going to put the book down yet.
Then, she meets Cute Guy who claims to be her childhood friend. She remembers and they share stuff, and when he’s about to leave to attend a funeral, she asks to go with him.
To a funeral. A funeral of someone she doesn’t know. I could dwell on this but there are worse parts in this tale.
10% in: The hottest guy in town has entered the fray, folks. The MC is absolutely smitten! Woohoo… NOT!
This is where things started to get a bit shaky. I should’ve seen this coming. I should’ve expected it. It was naive for me to have thought otherwise because hello! Paranormal YA! This shit is so commonplace I’d be surprised if the opposite happens. We’re then introduced to brooding Hot Guy, who says nothing to her, who gives her the cold shoulder. I am appalled that anyone can be smitten by douchebags like that. I mean, okay, you find him attractive, but when you have this…
11% in: According to the MC, hot guy who didn’t do say anything to her, who didn’t even introduce himself to her, is INTRIGUING, for the simple fact that he’s HOT. Okay.
…I’ll really have to question your preferences, because dude. You don’t even know the guy. Heck, how can you even know of his personality or intentions or anything at all? Hot Guy was in a group of pretty girls (one carrying a live snake around) who gave Eveny dirty looks. He didn’t even do anything, not even defend her from unwanted attention, aside from looking pretty. How can someone like that be found intriguing?!
14% in: Despite the insta-attraction, I can’t deny that Carrefour gives me the freaking creeps. It’s downright suspicious when everyone else is brushing off a death like it was nothing. THERE ARE SECRETS HERE. I JUST KNOW IT!
And it’s true. Someone has died, and people are putting it under the rug like it wasn’t there. If there’s one thing the story got right, it’s at least the creepy atmosphere. Unfortunately, that’s greatly overshadowed by other, more ridiculous aspects. Because a few pages after I felt something positive from this book, this had to happen:
15% in: This heroine is getting on my damn nerves. I give zero shits about her daydreaming being pressed up against the hot guy’s chest, a guy who she doesn’t even really know, a suspicious guy who acts all shady around her. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK DUDE. You already have another VERY CUTE guy vying for your attention, but you don’t wanna cause the popular kids don’t like him that much? I WANNA PUNCH YOU RIGHT NOW
Hooooold it! Say what?! Let me get this straight. You just met Hot Guy, in a funeral of all places, thought he was intriguing, and now you’re daydreaming about being pressed up against him?! This part was so fucking silly I think I ranted about it on Twitter for a good, long while. It’s pretty obvious these two will end up together, but at least make the beginning of their “romance” a bit more believable, and I don’t know, less childish? Eveny haven’t even talked to him yet at this point.
This is creepy behavior, guys.
23% in: Really? REALLY? You’d rather hang out with a bunch of spoiled brats who shun everyone else because you think they’re the key to what you were supposed to be? What are you implying? That you were supposed to be like them, a bunch of individuals whose worlds don’t go beyond themselves?
What is this heroine smoking.
Basically, there’s some sort of Dolls group in the town. They’re considered the elite. They have their own luncheon – complete with picnic baskets and wine, and they always get what they want. This is spear-headed by two beautiful girls and followed around by a bunch of guys and girls who tend to their needs left and right. Eveny knows this. The two girls were her best friends before, and now, she sees how they treat everyone else. So it really pissed me off when she said they’re the key to what she was supposed to be. I would have appreciated it if she meant they were they key to knowing her past, but that? I don’t know. It rubbed me the wrong way.
And at the same page:
23% in: Wow. This book really want to shove down our throats that Caleb’s Le One. You bump into someone, it’s Caleb! You’re walking and it suddenly rains, guess who comes to the rescue, Caleb! All supposedly coincidental! How about contrived, instead?!?! I mean, come on. I get that he’s the Love Interest but at least make it convincing. No build-up at all and forcing them together is counterproductive.
Hot guy is everywhere. It kind of makes sense later on as he was supposed to be her guardian, but good lord, you can stalk and follow someone without making it too fucking obvious, y’know. When I was reading it, I just wanted him to disappear. Heck, I wanted them both to dissolve to oblivion so the book will end already.
24% in: Continued where I left off and then BOOM heroine keeps fawning over the hot guy again, lol, whining how if she doesn’t eat with him, she’ll be out of his life. LOL WHAT WHAT WHAAAT. SOMEBODY GIVE THIS GIRL A REALITY CHECK
Why. Why is it always like this? A fair amount of the paranormal books I read have heroines like Eveny who are absolutely clingy to their love interests. He didn’t even interact with you that well, girlie, so why is it such a big deal if you DON’T EAT WITH HIM?! I don’t eat with my boyfriend all the time, but you don’t see me crying about it being the end of the world. And seriously, how ridiculous it sounds…
Come on, guys. Say it with me:
“If I don’t eat with him, I’ll be out of his life.”
“If I don’t eat with him, I’ll be out of his life.”
“If. I. Don’t. Eat. With. Him. I’ll. Be. Out. Of. His. Life.”
See how ridiculous it sounds? :|
34% in: So. This is basically the movie Mean Girls where the MC doesn’t really like the cool kids but joins anyway because there are awesome benefits, leaving a bunch of disappointed normal people behind. There’s just some voodoo, a suspicious walled town, and a bunch of nutjobs who wants revenge for a more-than-a-century-old cause. Hm.
On a normal case scenario, I would have loved to read about voodoo in a suspicious walled town, with a bunch of nutjobs who’re out to get some teenagers because of an outdated cause. But of course, the insanely annoying heroine has to ruin it all.
48% in: Sweet lord jesus. The girl is practicing magic and trying to channel her power through memories of people she love and who love her. She thinks of her mom, a bush of roses grow live. She thinks of this guy who she doesn’t really know (you know… the HOT dude) and EVERY bush is glowing. /facepalm
Seriously? This book is really pushing it. T_T
And when I thought it couldn’t get any more crappier, this book just had to plummet down the gutter hole. I’m trying my hardest here, but I cannot – I just cannot – believe that a guy you haven’t even had a decent conversation with, a guy who haven’t even tried to be friendly with you, a guy you’ve barely met, will have this much effect. How can some hot dude have more impact than your very own mother? How? HOW? This is beyond the realm of realistic already, and I just feel sorry for the mom.
51% in: So hot dude saves MC from a sneering idiot by telling she was his girlfriend.
MC: *blush* You said I was your girlfriend.
HD: I didn’t mean it.
MC: *goes mad* Oh because I’m so repulsive huh?! Then why drag me away from a guy hitting on me?
HD: I was saving you from him.
MC: I don’t need your help!
HD: But you’re not repulsive.
MC: BYE! *stalks off*
… all this drama. FOR WHAT EXACTLY
This. And this:
51% in: OH MY FUCKING GOD. IS THIS GIRL FOR REAL? SHE’S MAD AT HOT DUDE BECAUSE HOT DUDE DIDN’T DO ANY MOVES ON HER???? WHAT. THE. HELL.
HD: “I wanted to explain what I meant on Saturday night.”
MC: “Let me recap: You could never imagine dating me, even though you don’t find me entirely repulsive. That about the gist of it?”
WHAT THE HELL IS YOUR PROBLEM? LEAVE HIM ALONE YOU CLINGER
51% in: “I AM THIS FUCKING CLOSE TO CRAUGHING. OMFG.
“I know I’m an outcast here. I know I don’t really belong with the Dolls. But if you’re not interested in me, why do you keep lurking being all sexy and intriguing?”
Yeah, because his appearance is SO for you huh. Fuck you, girl. FUCK YOU VERY MUCH
And fucking this:
52% in: I know Hot Dude admits he likes her. A LOT, he says. And here I am, scratching my head, wondering HOW THE HELL CAN HE LIKE HER WHEN SHE HASN’T DONE ANYTHING AT ALL OTHER THAN BEING ABSOLUTELY SHALLOW AND SUPERFICIAL?? They don’t even interact that much that could justify such emotions! Yeah, whatever. To the gutter you go, you piece of junk T_T
You know what? I rest my case here. I think you’ve all seen what my problem was with this book.
The heroine = no. She’s shallow, she’s ridiculous, she’s annoying, she ruins everything in this book.
The instalove = no.. You haven’t even talked to the guy yet and you’re daydreaming about him. You feel like your world will end if he doesn’t eat with you. I’m sorry, but this is not only absolutely laughably silly, but it’s creepy to boot.
The dialogue = no. It really could use some more work. The one I just put above is cringe-inducing enough. “But if you’re not interested in me, why do you keep lurking being all sexy and intriguing?”??? Really? Is this supposed to be considered romantic? Am I supposed to blush at this? Is this supposed to be sexy? Ummm…
It’s really too bad because this book could have been good. I liked the premise. I liked the atmosphere. But at this point, with these three factors, I’m going to have to avoid all succeeding books.
Also, the climax was god-awful. Why do villains keep on sprouting these nonsense speeches before they do what they were set to do? What’s the point of doing all these theatrics? It’s such an obvious attempt to stall the hero/heroine some time to get away or turn the tables around that it’s become exhausting to read at this point.
FINAL VERDICT: DISAPPOINTED.
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