Sunday, December 16, 2012

Book Review: Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens


Grace Doll  From Goodreads: 

Grace Doll

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Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty. Everything except her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace--one that's purported to make beauty immortal--she stages her own death to escape him. With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She's forever flawless. Forever young, and forever pursued by her past. But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she'd left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she's known...and embracing the role she was born to play.

My review: 

  Grace DollGrace Doll by Jennifer Laurens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thanks to Jennifer Laurens for this wonderful book! I give it a 3.5 because there were some things that I really loved, but a couple of things bothered me as well.

I felt that the setting in 1949 was a spot-on description of Hollywood in the glamorous days. Ms. Laurens also did a good job of the current day setting, although it wasn't as detailed as the 1949 part.

Grace's husband was very abusive and controlling and some scenes were definitely PG-13. Those bothered me a lot since Grace was so young and was forced to give into her husband's sick demands.

The experiment results and the effect it had on Grace later on with Brendan just sort of creeped me out. I couldn't get past the fact that this was an 80 year old woman in a 17 year old's body. I wanted to believe that she truly was a 17 year old, but I just couldn't wrap my head around it. If you can, then it will be a better read for you.

I wish that the entire book had taken place in the 50's and 60's with a pleasant outcome for Jonathan, Oscar, and Grace, but then it wouldn't have been in this genre. The exploration of immortality was interesting, but I just would have enjoyed it more as a continuous time flow.

It was very fast paced and kept my attention, but it sometimes seemed as if the plot was being forced. It was worth the read, even though some of the scenes bothered me.

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