Book Review of The Dociles by Valerie Puri

The Dociles by Valerie Puri

Walls are meant to keep the monsters out…

Deep in the forest there is a wall where no wall should be. Behind it live the people of the Commune, the last remnant of human kind.

Jennie Caraway has lived behind the wall her entire life, certain that it protects her and her brother from the lemerons, ravenous undead monsters whose only desire is to kill – and feed.

Jennie’s peaceful existence is shattered when she uncovers a secret organization whose purpose threatens to destroy not only Jennie, but her entire world. The Order has a deadly mission, and they will stop at nothing to see it completed.

Jennie and those closest to her must expose the evil truth before they are killed – or worse.

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The Dociles (The Secret Archives) is the kind of story that I typically gravitate towards. And this story did not disappoint.

Set in a time hundreds of years in the future, behind a tall wall that protects the Commune. Jeannie never thought that the life she had grown up knowing, the safety she thought her and her family had always had could have been a lie passed down through generations by their Elders. That is until one day her teacher told an unteachable secret and a handsome boy that shouldn’t exist from outside the walls showed up in Jeannie’s stable. With so many secrets to unfold will Jeannie have enough time to answer all her questions before the secret society trying to keep the truth hidden finds out what she and her friends are up to.

The Dociles had the same feel to its story flow as the movie The Village, which was really fun for me to read because I found that movie so fascinating. The writing flowed together building  my anticipation and curiosity. I can’t wait to see where the next story in the series takes the characters.

I was given a copy of this story for my 100% honest opinion.


Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always found her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, she finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories.

Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. She continues to hone her skills by having at least one writing project in the works at any given time. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration.

Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.

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