Book Review: Paper Dolls by Hanna Peach

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Title: Paper Dolls
Author: @HannaPeachBooks
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 266 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis
My life comes down to this. Two faces. One choice.

Salem is my twin sister. She loved me. She protected me. She forgave me, even after I failed her. I just got her back after searching for three long, lonely years.

Then there’s Clay. Sweet yet intense and nursing a dark past of his own, he’s all the redemption I don’t deserve. He wants to open me up and know the insides of my soul. I want to let him, but I’m scared he’ll run from what he finds.

But I can’t have them both.

My name is Aria. I’m 18. And today, I must choose. One of the two people I love has to die.

New Adult Romantic Suspense.
This is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger.

Grace Review
I thought I had it all figured out.
I didn’t.
But I was close.

This book is one that kept my mind thinking from beginning to end.  Even though I figured out the major twist fairly early, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story.

At the center of the story is Aria, who is the sole POV.  At her side are two people vying for her attention – Salem, her twin sister, and Clay, her boyfriend.  I had a feeling early on, with some of her inner monologue that something wasn’t quite right with her.  However, the biggest clues in the story are provided by the other two characters.

“Perhaps . . . but men at some times are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Aria, is not in our stars, but in ourselves . . .”

I never cared for Salem.  She’s self-centered, argumentative, guarded, jealous and overall negative. Although Aria was glad to have her sister back in her life, I felt like Salem was poison.  Every scene with her seemed to end up with a fight or Aria second guessing herself.  I had my suspicions about Salem and why she came back to Aria, but I’ll keep those thought to myself.  All I’ll say is there are plenty of clues there.

With Salem I could never go in the water.  With Salem I was stuck on the edge, just watching her.  With Salem I became . . . less so she could always be . . . more.

As for Clay, I didn’t know what to think of him.  Even without Salem’s opinions, I knew he had his own secrets.  Where those secrets to protect Aria or harm her, I hadn’t figured out.  I wanted to believe he was good for Aria, but Salem kept providing doubt that made me fully commit to liking him.  Plus, there were glimpses of his less than perfect persona when he mistaken Aria for Salem.  Given what I know now, some of that doesn’t make sense, but I’ll give it a pass since I can’t explain it without giving a spoiler.

Clay, Salem and I – we were all just paper dolls in a paper chain, me in the middle, each end pulling tighter and tighter until something had to tear.

This was the first book from the author that I’ve read.  I thoroughly enjoyed the story and how it was laid out, so I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

– Grace

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