Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Series: Broken Dolls #1
Ella doesn’t remember what it’s like to be human - after all, she’s lived as a doll for thirty years. She forgets what it’s like to taste, to breathe…to love.
She helps the professor create other dolls, but they don’t seem to hang around for long. His most recent creation is Lisa, a sly goth. Ella doesn’t like Lisa. How could she, when Lisa keeps trying to destroy her?
Ella likes the professor’s granddaughter though, even if she is dying. Gabby is like Ella’s personal bodyguard. It’s too bad the professor wants to turn Gabby into a doll too, depriving her of an education…depriving her of life.
With time running out and mad dolls on the rampage, Ella questions her very existence as she unearths the secrets buried in her past; secrets that will decide whether Gabby will befall the same fate…
This story went left field on a lot of genres so I opted out of my usual genre rating because you'll find equal amounts of fantasy, and mystery, with a touch of science fiction.
Ella is given a goth roommate. A new doll to be activated, like Ella, she'll be able to move and basically is alive. Lisa is a spiteful roommate however, and she's sniffed out a mystery, claiming that the Professor, their creator, is evil. The plot thickens as evidence builds up against the Professor and the first human to have contact with Ella enters her life. Gabby is the Professor's ten year old granddaughter. The two hit it off right away, becoming instant friends, but when some of the Professor's plans take shape, they find some deeply hidden secrets.
I enjoyed this story because it was just plain odd. The plot moved along quickly and I found myself really enjoying what would happen next. I couldn't predict how it would all turn out, and that was delightful and twisted. Ella transforms in this story, and you see the two people she could, and is. It's a complicated stance, but I think the author moved Ella in the right direction.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In my 23 years, I have walked the red carpet for song nominations, was awarded Australia Day awards in 2014 and 2015 for Music and Arts, worked as a qualified paralegal, appeared in TV Shows, was hired for product photography, modelled, became a Justice of the Peace, started a Performing Arts school, worked for Discover magazine, published two books, hugged a koala and had a show ride collapse on my head.
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