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The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

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

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

  I had no idea who Brandon Sanderson was until I recently read The Rithmatist. I enjoyed the book and did some googling to see what else Mr. Sanderson had written. Low and behold, he has this massive and highly praised body of fantasy work! Where had I been? Still I hesitated because I am a Rothfussian and feared that any fantasy that wasn't part of the King Killer Chronicles would only disappoint.
I am so glad I was wrong!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Mistborn is a brisk, engaging tale with vibrant characters that felt fresh. Plus the ninjas with physics powers are an added bonus.
The magic system of Mistborn (Allomancy) is very physically present, detailed without being overwhelming, and fun. The magic fights are very dynamic and immediately bring to mind a childhood glee, the kind that makes you want to rush outside and launch yourself into the air, pretending to be an Allomancer.
I am so glad I read this, I needed a reminder that epic fantasy can come in many different shades.