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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Super Doll is a work of adventure fiction aimed at young adult readers and was penned by author Erin Schulz. The central character is Ruth ‘Piper’ Pfeiffer, a seventeen-year-old who has learned a lot of independence and insolence in her life as she is shunted around as an Air Force child. When Piper is offered eight weeks in the Caribbean to practice her Spanish, she relishes the idea of freedom, but soon finds that it comes with a price. On the mysterious island of Carabajel, warring factions vie for supremacy and there is even a little magic afoot. Piper’s sudden involvement in their quarrel lands her straight in an adventure she never bargained for.
Author Erin Schulz tells a culturally unique and fascinatingly realistic tale of magic, romance, and independence that young adult readers are sure to enjoy, and adult readers will find much to adore too. The atmospheric descriptions of the Black Mariahs and the General’s people bring a new culture to life that Piper – and the reader – must learn all about, delivering some superb lessons in mystery and intrigue that any writer could appreciate. The scenery is lavish and the characters are very likable from the off, particularly Piper for her rebellious ways and cool attitude. When put to the test, she becomes a heroine to truly fall in love with, and the romance elements of the tale are not overdone or overtaking of the main plot. Overall, Super Doll is a high-quality YA work that’s not to be missed.