HOW HE KNEW by Lynda Cordova – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

  
Title: HOW HE KNEW: Short Stories For the Young and Old

Author: Lynda Cordova

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged 

Narrator: Tina Strong 

Length: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Release Date: June 22, 2015

Publisher: Lynda Cordova 

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. 

I actually struggled to listen to this audiobook in its entirety. The only reason that I didn’t just abandon this audiobook was because it was given to me in exchange for an honest review and I wanted to keep my word. 

However, I am glad I listened to the entire audiobook as I did enjoy a few of the stories. 

I think short story anthologies are difficult to rate because while some of the stories deserve a 4 or 5 star rating, others were not as highly enjoyable. That said, just because these stories did not strike a chord with me does not mean that other listeners will feel the same.

I suggest that if you like short stories then you should give this audiobook a try and form your own opinion. 

The narration was done well. Tina Strong was articulate and easy to understand with no distinguishable accent. I rate the narration as 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Overall I rate this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

5 Big Stars for THE END OF SEEING by Christy Collins – BOOK REVIEW

  
Title: THE END OF SEEING

Author: Christy Collins

Type of Book: Softcover

Length: 190 pages

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publication Date: August 23, 2015

Publisher: Xoum Publishing 

ISBN: 978-1-921134-62-3 (Print)

ISBN: 978-1-921134-63-0 (EBook) 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. A review was not a requirement of receiving this book, but authors and publishers always appreciate honest reviews. 

THE END OF SEEING is the winner of the 2015 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize. 

“The buildings rise from the rain-blackened streets and office workers slip by leaving pieces of conversation in the air…”

Ana. Poor Ana. She has to be one of the unluckiest people alive. First, she loses her daughter in a tragic accident and next her photojournalist partner, Nick, goes missing and is presumed dead. 

Everyone, including the police and the rest of Nick’s family are convinced that he perished in a boating accident off the coast of Italy. 

But, no body has ever been found. Yes, his cellphone washed ashore, but there are lots of reasons his cellphone could be there without him.

Ana is determined to find out the truth and to prove that he is still alive. She sets out to follow his path and to trace his movements.

What she discovers along the way will surprise everyone.

This book is a literary masterpiece. 

It is written in delightfully descriptive prose that will resonate with readers of all ages. 

Ana’s desire to believe that Nick is still alive is 100% believable and totally understandable. I have always wondered how a person can possibly grieve and move on if no body is found. I believe that I would be just like Ana; thinking of all the possible (even if improbable) scenarios that could lead to someone’s disappearance. This is highlighted by Ana’s thoughts at the beginning of the book:

“We’re you on that boat? Did you get off alive? Did you think: now’s my chance to disappear, to escape the grief and guilt of Mia’s death? Did you mingle in a crowd, jump on a bus, and head for the mountains, cross the border on foot, without papers, like others on board had no doubt planned to do? Maybe you were unable to resist the power of your own story, seeing how far you could get, how long you could survive – earning black money or none at all, nameless and untraceable. Or are you maddened by an ordeal at sea? Perhaps you don’t know your own name… Perhaps you’re asleep in a youth hostel, bed springs creaking above and below you. Perhaps you’re dreaming of running a very long way without anything to stop you. While I, awake in the middle of the night, am dreaming still of you.”

The subject matter may seem bleak and dark at times, but the same can be said of reality. Everyone experiences times of darkness in their lives. Christy Collins has eloquently captured both the beauty and despair of the human condition and the endurance of hope when all seems lost. 

Christy Collins has an uncanny ability to say quite a bit by using few words. For example; interspersed amongst the details of Ana’s journey are random memories that pop into her mind. Here is one such memory: 

“I remember a summer holiday: no-one on the beach but the two of us. Evening waves repeated themselves softly on the shore. Beginning with the soles of my feet, you reminded me I was alive. Later: salt and sand swilled down the drain in the cracked-tiled bathroom in a cheap hotel. You reminded me again.”

Nowhere in the above narrative does it say that Ana and Nick made love, but the reader knows that this is what occurred. Also nowhere in this description does it mention how old they were when this event took place, yet, somehow, the way it is written evokes a vision in the reader’s mind of Nick and Ana in their youthful, carefree past; before adult and familial responsibilities changed their lives. Only a highly skilled and supremely talented author can say so much with so few words. 

I highly recommend this book and rate it is 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Visit http://seizureonline.com/shop/the-end-of-seeing/ for more information as well as links to buy this amazing book online. 

  • FAVOURITE QUOTES FROM “THE END OF SEEING”

“Sometimes I felt like we were shipwreck survivors, washed up in Suburbia – living day to day and waiting for the rescuers to come and deliver us back to the country where our real lives were going on without us.”

“I look around the [hotel] room, not really expecting to find anything: hotel rooms like this one have no memory.”

“I’m on a mission no-one else believes in, and I’m not even sure I believe it myself. What was I expecting? Clues scrawled in blood on the hotel wall? Love letters jammed under sofa cushions: ‘Come find me, my love; we’ll both disappear’?”

“The day is clear and blue and emerald green. The smell of my sunscreen reminds me of summers past.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

  
Christy Collins is a writer, reader, film reviewer and PhD student at the University of Tasmania. The End of Seeing is published by Seizure and was a joint winner of the Viva la Novella Prize 2015.

To learn more about Christy Collins visit https://memoryanddistance.wordpress.com/ 

5 Stars for DIAMONDS FOR DINNER by Hilda Newman – BOOK REVIEW

  

Title: DIAMONDS FOR DINNER: My Life as a Lady’s Maid in a 1930s Stately Home 

Author: Hilda Newman (with Tim Tate) 

Type of Book: Softcover

Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir 

Length: 241 pages

Release Date: September 2013

Publisher: John Blake/Trafalgar Square

Regular Price: $14.95

Sale Price: $5.99 at Chapters in the Bargain Book section

ISBN: 978-1-78219-610-5

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Are you a fan of Downtown Abbey? Have you ever wondered if what you see on the show is historically accurate? I am, and I have. 

When browsing through the Bargain Books section at the Chapters store in Barrie, Ontario I came across “Diamonds For Dinner” and I was intrigued to see if the reality of being a ladies maid was really like the way it is portrayed on Downtown Abbey.

I expected this book to focus solely on Hilda’s time as a ladies maid, but upon reading I realized that it was much more than that. 

Chapter One begins: “I am, it is safe to say, old now. Though a more polite way of looking at it would be to say that I have seen a lot of history.” 

  
To say that Hilda “…has seen a lot of history…” is an understatement. She was born during World War I and served in World War II. In her lifetime there have been 20 (yes, 20) different British Prime Ministers and she has been alive during the reign of two (and a half) kings and was ten years old when Britain’s current Queen was born. If that is not considered seeing a lot of history, I don’t know what is. 

Hilda has lived a very interesting life and she has written this book (at the age of 97) with a wickedly wry sense of humour that makes it eminently readable. 

Hilda was born in 1916 while her father was away fighting the war in France. In fact, she would be two years old by the time she finally met him for the first time. She didn’t know it then, but she was extremely lucky. Lucky because her father not only made it through World War I alive, but that he came through it physically unscathed and arrived home without any physical infirmities. 

Hilda’s parents were never rich, and when her father returned from the war, he discovered that he no longer had his previous job as an engineer to fall back on. Hilda’s parents believed in hard work. “But we learned from our earliest years that life was a test and what mattered was the choices you made, never knowing whether you’d made the right one until it was too late: you might be right, you might be wrong but you had no option but to choose and, when all was said and done, you’d better be prepared to take the consequences.”

It was this philosophy that ultimately led Hilda to apply to be a ladies maid for Countess of Coventry, even though she had no previous experience in “service.”

  
This book is the story “…of life with the Earl and Countess of Coventry – one of the oldest and greatest families…” in England at the time. 

The details of both how the servants lived and how the family lived are fascinating. As are the details of the estate itself. In “Downtown Abbey” the story focuses mainly on the people and on the main house and rarely shows the scope of the estate’s size. In “Diamonds For Dinner” Hilda finds a guide book in the library that she follows around the grounds. Imagine having to walk for thirty minutes just to find a building that was built as a pleasure house for the residents of the main house. 

This book is completely absorbing and is so fascinating that I read the entire book over a twenty-four hour span. Because of this I have to rate this book as no less than 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

To learn more about Croome Park – the estate featured in this book, visit http://www.friendsofcroomepark.org.uk/index.html 

All pictures below were obtained from the website above. 

 Friends of Croome Court 
    
   

5 Stars for ELECTRIC BLUES by Shaun O. McCoy – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

  
Title: ELECTRIC BLUES

Author: Shaun O. McCoy

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged 

Narrator: Gabrielle Olexa 

Length: 1 hour and 13 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction 

Release Date: November 2013

Publisher: Sisyphean Publications 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
~ I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast dot com in exchange for an honest review. 

PA3025 is an obsolete robot who was created to be a PA (Personal Assistant). Yes, he’s a robot … and he’s depressed. 

His “therapist” – a man named Knickers tells him that he needs to volunteer his services to someone who could never afford an actual personal assistant.

This is how he meets Madelaine, a partly-senile, half blind, old-school technophobe with two arthritic cats. 

Madelaine nicknames PA3025 “Arty” and the name sticks.

Arty helps Madelaine and Madelaine helps Arty and together they try to find meaning in their lives.

This audiobook was very different from other robot/android stories that I have read and/or listened to. Yes, it is technically a Science Fiction story, but it is more a story of what it means to be “alive” and the importance of purpose rather than the action/thriller type of story that is typical of the Science Fiction genre. 

Narrator Gabrielle Olexa does a ‘spot-on’ job as the voice of Madelaine. She is very believable as an elderly woman and her performance of Madelaine perfectly captured the nuances of an aging woman. The only small issue I had with the narration was that using a female narrator as the voice of Arty was a bit confusing. Until Arty’s “gender” was revealed I believed that PA3025 was a female robot model. Gabrielle Olexa was excellent as the voice of a robot who operated on logic and lacked emotion. She was convincing in her lack of emotional inflections. 

I feel that a rating of 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ is well deserved for ELECTRIC BLUES. 

I do want to comment on the audiobook cover. Cover art is the first thing a potential reader sees when deciding whether or not to pick up a book or audiobook to read the back cover. If the artwork is not relevant to the story or does not somehow reflect the audiobook’s genre, it is possible that potential readers are lost simply because they never bothered to read the book’s description. I think this could easily happen with ELECTRIC BLUES. The saxophone on the cover leads potential readers to think this book is about music.

However, on the author’s Facebook page I found an alternate cover for this book which is terrific. Here is what I found:

  
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

  
Shaun O. McCoy is the author of the popular HELLSONG series. More info about that series can be found at http://www.hellsongseries.com 

Shaun started out as a writer at an early age. He wrote (well, probably printed) his first full length novel in middle school. 

In his sophomore year of high school, Shaun traveled with his father and grandfather aboard the research vessel World Discoverer to the far off continent of Antarctica. 

At age 20, Shaun was struck with CSD, which put him in a coma and hospitalized him for two weeks. Upon recovery, he traveled to Florida to live on his aunt and uncle’s horse ranch in the hopes of regaining his constitution. 

It was there that he was introduced to ideas like discipline and cage fighting. Shaun has since competed in two cage style Mixed Martial Arts competitions, and he is the proud victor of both events. He is an avid chess fan and active tournament player. At one time he was ranked as the 79th chess player in the state of South Carolina. 

In 2010, Shaun began to pursue his life-long goal of becoming a professional writer. Even Hell Has Knights was his debut novel.

Check out Shaun’s Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/shaunomccoy 

ABOUT THE NARRATOR: 

  
Gabrielle Olexa received a Bachelor’s degree in English/Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina in 2004. 

She says it was during an English class that the first seeds of interest in a career as an audiobook narrator were planted. When asked to read out loud in class, someone complimented her on her mellifluous voice. 

Gabrielle taught English in China before settling down with her husband, Phil in Charlotte. They now have one child. 

To learn more about narrator Gabrielle Olexa visit: 

http://www.sc.edu/uofsc/stories/2015/08_first_person_narrator.php#.VicOPlWs_CQ 

On Twitter at: https://twitter.com/gabrielleolexa 

Zaria Fierce Series by Keira Gillett – More Info

   
 

Blurb: When her friend, Christoffer, is kidnapped by a river-troll, Zaria Fierce must team up with his three best friends and complete a quest to rescue him

Available in E-book | Print | Audio Book formats.

Author Website: http://www.keiragillett.com/ 

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YA Book Blog: http://www.literatureyoungadultfiction.com/ 

Romance Novel Blog: http://www.loveromancepassion.com/ 

5 Stars for BREAKDOWN: Season One by Jordan Quattlebaum – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

  
Title: BREAKDOWN: Season One

Author: Jordan Quattlebaum

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged 

Narrator: Mitchell Lucas 

Length: 5 hours and 5 minutes

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Release Date: July 24, 2015

Publisher: Jordan Quattlebaum 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is a post-apocalyptic serial. This audiobook contains episodes 1 to 5. 

The best thing about this series is that the characters are regular people. 

Thomas Monroe’s life is a mess. He lost his wife and has never been the same. He tries not to let his daughter see just how messed up he is, but even though she is away at college, she knows. 

On his way to work at a low-paying, but emotionally satisfying job he gets a phone call from a prior client who is in the military. The call is a warning of impending chaos. 

Obviously Thom has no idea what to make of the phone call and when his car breaks down, the call is pushed to the back of his mind. He’s having a bad day and he figures that it can’t get any worse. 

Wow! Was he wrong!

The United States is hit by what appears to be an electromagnetic pulse, knocking the power grid almost completely offline. This means that anything that runs on electricity or is computer-based will no longer work. This includes every vehicle made in the last twenty years. 

Millions will die in the coming weeks and most of the country, including Thom is completely unprepared. Worst of all, his daughter’s college is located halfway across the state. She is all he has left and he has to get to her. 

But, the roads, cities and towns between have quickly devolved into terrifying warzone a. 

Listen to this suspenseful audiobook to follow along with Thom as he makes friends, outwits thugs, battles bandits, and struggles across the state to attempt to reunite with his daughter. 

Can an everyday, broken man survive the apocalypse? 

“Breakdown is a serial adventure. Think of it like listening to your favorite TV show, with a new episode released every three to four weeks. These episodes are not stand-alone books. Each season will be a stand-alone book containing to four to five episodes.” 

I was completely sucked into this story from the first few minutes of this audiobook. The characters are easy to relate to and it is easy to imagine yourself in Thom’s shoes. It brings to mind questions as to how you would react to each scenario that Thom must face on his quest to reach his daughter. As a parent, I can relate to his need to reach his child and his willingness to do whatever it takes to get to her. 

The narration is terrific. Pacing is perfect. Voices are realistic and easily distinguishable from one another. Mitchell Lucas does an outstanding job of conveying emotions and urgency. The narration alone deserves a 5 star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Overall, the only thing about this audiobook that I did not like was that it had to end. I will be eagerly awaiting the release of the audiobook of BREAKDOWN: Season Two.

I give BREAKDOWN: Season One a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Fortunately, the author is currently offering a free copy of his new short story on his website at http://www.thequattlebaum.com 

* I received a free copy of this audiobook through http://www.Audiobookblast.com in exchange for an honest review. 

 http://www.thequattlebaum.com 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

  
Jordan Quattlebaum is a regular guy with a talent for writing fiction. He is married and has two children. 

He has a terrific website that I encourage everyone to check out at http://www.thequattlebaum.com 

To learn more visit Jordan’s Quattlebaum Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/jordonquattlebaumauthor 

4 Stars for RE-WIRED by Greg Dragon – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

  
Title: RE-WIRED

Author: Greg Dragon

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Jack Nolan

Length: 3 hours and 44 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction 

Release Date: July 16, 2015

Publisher: Greg Dragon 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Set in Seattle sometime in the not-too-distant future. There are flying cars as well as regular cars, robots and androids have become commonplace and marijuana is legal. But some things haven’t changed … such as the desires and expectations of family. 

Brad’s family is no exception. His has always been a medical family and Brad has been groomed since childhood to become a doctor. What Brad’s parents don’t know is that he has no intention of following the life-path they have designed for him. 

Attending college, he is taking all the requisite medical classes, but Brad’s favorites class is an elective – Robotics. When each member of the class is given a basic android kit and told that they are each to create their own android, Brad is thrilled. Being assigned to create his own android is his dream come true. He has many ideas and innovations that he is eager to try. He wants to create an android that is indistinguishable from humans and one that is self-aware and who can think for herself. 

The project becomes an obsession and he desperately wants his android (whom he named Trisha) to have human looking (and feeling) skin. But that type of upgrade is expensive and Brad needs to figure out a way to get the money he needs. 

His only option is to look for the “skin” in the criminal underworld. It is there that he is offered a deal seems too good to be true. 

Remember the old adage that states “If something seems to good to be true, it probably is.” But, will this be true for Brad? Or will he and his android prove to be the exception? 

This book grabbed my interest right from the start. The idea of creating self-aware androids is not a new idea. In fact, it is a plot line in many movies and books. Because of this I expected a predictable storyline, but thankfully my suspicions were completely unfounded. 

This audiobook takes the listener on a roller coaster ride with lots of twists, turns, dips and even some blind corners. 

The narrator, Jack Nolan’s voice is the perfect blend of raw and sophisticated. He is easily understood which is essential to a positive listening experience. He never rushes the story and his pacing is ‘spot-on’. I rate the narration as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The story was interesting and the many twists mean that the listeners attention never wavers. I enjoyed this audiobook and I look forward to reading other titles by Greg Dragon. 

Overall I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

* I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast dot com in exchange for an honest review. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  
Greg Dragon has been a creative writer for several years, and has authored on topics of relationship, finance, physical fitness and more through different sources of media.This Florida author brings exciting action and drama to his written work. His storylines keep readers engaged with characters that come to life from the beautiful celestial scenes of science fiction, to the gritty world of urban drama.

To learn more about Greg Dragon visit his website at http://www.gregdragon.com 

ABOUT THE NARRATOR: 

  
Jack Nolan is both a narrator and an audiobook producer. He has worked as an actor for more than two decades and despite the fact that people often think he is British, he is, in fact from California, USA. 

To view a list of audiobooks narrated by Jack Nolan check out 

http://www.castlibrary.com/narrators/jack-nolan  

MORE TITLES BY GREG DRAGON:

   
   

4 Stars for INO’S LOVE by Marianne Sciucco – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

  
Title: INO’S LOVE

Author: Marianne Sciucco 

Type of Book: Audiobook- Unabridged 

Narrator: Terry Murphy

Length: 28 minutes

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories 

Release Date: September 21, 2015

Publisher: Bunky Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

DESCRIPTION FROM AUDIBLE: 

“Into prepares a Christmas feast for her successful CEO son, but when he’s too busy to spend the holiday with his mother, she shares her dinner and gifts with her home health aide. Sometimes, the people who love us best are not family.”

MY REVIEW: 

This audiobook was a very quick listen. The entire story only lasted 28 minutes, but within those twenty-eight minutes quite a lot took place. 

Ino is an elderly widow living in an apartment in New York’s Little Italy. She has lived there for most of her life and she has no intention of ever moving, despite the fact that she now has difficulty handling the stairs. As far as Ino is concerned, there is nothing or no one that could ever convince her move away from the place where she experienced so many happy moments in her life.

Ruby is a paid caregiver who visits Ino several times a week and spends a few hours with her each time. This service is paid for by Ino’s son who is a bigshot corporate executive who makes a ton of money, but lives on the other side of the country. 

When business brings him to New York a few days before Christmas he calls his mother and tells her that he is dropping by to visit her. 

Ino is excited that her son is coming to see her and she cooks his favourite food. However, he calls and says he can’t make it. Ino decides to ask Ruby to stay for dinner instead.

I have to admit that it made me quite angry that her son was so self-absorbed that he didn’t even consider his mother’s feelings when he cancelled. Sadly, this scenario is one that plays out way too often in households across the country. 

There is a whole extra topic of conversation and discussion that arises when Ruby stays for dinner, but I won’t go into detail here because I don’t want to ruin the story for potential audiobook listeners. I will say that if this audiobook does not make you feel, then you are immune to normal human emotions. 

The narrator for this audiobook was outstanding, perfectly capturing the mood and emotions of the characters in this story. 

I rate the audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

* I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast dot com in exchange for an honest review. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

  
Marianne Sciucco is a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she studied the craft of writing as an English major at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and briefly worked as a newspaper reporter in New England. 

To avoid poverty, she later became a nurse and wrote about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. 

A native Bostonian who loves Cape Cod, she lives in upstate New York. When she isn’t writing, she works as a campus nurse at a community college. 

To learn more about her visit http://MarianneSciucco.blogspot.com 

ABOUT THE NARRATOR: 

  
Terry Murphy started her voiceover career in 1980 and she has held multiple News Anchor jobs including positions in Cincinnati, Detroit Michigan, Chicago Illinois and Los Angeles California. 

Her voice was the driving force behind the highly successful syndicated show “Hard Copy” for nine years. Because of this, she was once known as America’s tabloid queen!

More information can be found at  http://www.voicespro.com/us/voice-artist/profile/terry-murphy

5 Stars for BROKEN DOLLS by Tyrolin Puxty – BOOK REVIEW

  
Title: BROKEN DOLLS

Series: Broken Dolls – Book One

Author: Tyrolin Puxty

Length: 175 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction 

Publication Date: December 14, 2015

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

EBook ISBN: 978-1-62007-929-4 

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-62007-931-7

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62007-930-0 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟 

First off I feel that I have to mention the stunningly gorgeous cover of this book. The “doll” is stylized and disjointed with a black wind-up type key in its right side. The choice of having the doll standing on a plush red heart that matches the colour of the doll’s dress mixed with the small black butterflies surrounding her gives a sense of something just not quite right about her surroundings. When you look closer, you realize that she is standing on a hinged piece of wood which is attached to a similar piece of wood located behind her. In fact, it looks like the two pieces fit tightly together with the doll flattened inside whenever it is closed. Also, I love that the book title, along with the author’s name are inside scroll work. The chosen font is perfect.

In fact, I had decided that I wanted to read this book solely based on the cover design. Once I read the description I was thrilled that the book sounded just as interesting as the book’s cover. 

“Slowly and silently, cries the dancing doll, meekly, angelically, she weeps for her soul.”

Ella used to be human, but she has no memories of that time. She is a doll … A broken doll. She has lived the past thirty years as a doll. She was “saved” from her human life and turned into a doll by the Professor. 

Ella lives in the attic and has been conditioned by the Professor to never try to leave it. 

When the Professor decides to make another doll Ella is excited. She has never had another doll to play with. She knows that when the new doll wakes up she will be devoid of memories, won’t even know her own name and will be disoriented, but Ella vows to help her adapt to her new life.

The new doll’s name is Lisa. When the Professor activates her, Ella asks her what she remembers and is shocked to find that not only does Lisa remember her own name, but that the majority of her memories are also intact. Another shock comes when Ella realizes that Lisa is mad. 

When the Professor’s granddaughter, Gabby arrives, the Professor tells Ella that they will become friends. 

But, what will happen to Lisa? Will Gabby somehow accept a talking doll? Is the Professor out of his mind? Is he evil? Or is he actually a saviour? How does he turn humans into dolls? And, why would he want to? 

For answers to the questions above as well as many more, you will need to read BROKEN DOLLS. 

You will not regret your decision to pick up this book. The only thing you might not like is that the story has to end eventually, but I am happy to report that this is the first book in a planned series. I will be eagerly awaiting the release of Tyrolin Puxty’s next book. 

The characters in this book are complex and believable and the concept of being changed from a living, breathing human into a doll is absolutely horrifying. Imagine never again feeling a fresh breeze on your face, never feeling the softness of grass under your feet and never being able to smell the distinctive aroma of fresh cut grass. These may seem minor things, but they are all significant parts of being human. 

Tyrolin Puxty has a wondrous gift for vivid descriptions that evoke emotional responses in the reader. For example, when describing a first visit to the ballet, she says: “The orchestra was like a romantic radioactive wave that wafted through the theatre, sending ripples of emotion through the audience. The dancers’ technique was flawless, impeccable, perfect. I loved how their eyes glistened when the audience cheered. I envied their heaving chests as they posed during the applause. I wanted the exquisitely crafted costumes that pressed into their flesh. THEY have a life.”

Not only is this book a great read but it also brings up many ethical questions such as: 

The dilemma of quantity vs quality of life

Is it better to die? Or live trapped in a dolls body?

Is he evil? Or is he a saint and a saviour?

Was does “to live” really mean? Is it life if you don’t breathe? Is it life if you are stripped of your memories?

At what point do we cease to be human? What if you were in a car accident and you lost both legs and both arms and they were replaced with prosthetics? Would this make you less human? 

For all the reasons outlined above and for the sheer entertainment value, I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

To find out more about this phenomenal read go to: https://curiosityquills.com/books/broken-dolls/  

QUOTES FROM THE BOOK:

“If she’s going to be a black hole of misery that absorbs my happiness, then she belongs in the shadows!” 

“The storm intensifies. Sticks and other small pieces keep flinging against the window. It’s really creeping me out. I keep imagining a demonic deer hovering outside, saliva dripping from its snarl as it headbutts the pane. Why a demonic deer? No clue. Deer are terrifying. I’ve never even been able to finish ‘Bambi’.” 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  
Tyrolin Puxty is only 23 years old but she has already accomplished quite a bit in a short time. She was awarded “Australian of the Year” in both 2014 and 2015. She has also worked as a paralegal, appeared in television shows, been hired for product photography, modelled, become a Justice of the Peace, started her own club for school-age children who are interested in the arts, worked for a successful magazine company, published a book, hugged a koala and had a show ride collapse on her head. 

To learn more about this author visit http://www.tyrolinpuxty.com 

PRE-ORDER OF KELLY ST CLARE’S NEW BOOK – Available Now

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The time has come! Pre-order for Fantasy of Flight is now available.

Pre-order always makes it so real!

The final product of the third instalment in The Tainted Accords is making author Kelly St. Clare so excited she is seriously losing sleep!

Release date for Fantasy of Fire is January 14th 2016 (a year from the release of Fantasy of Frost *wipes tear*). BUT remember, 5 ARCs (advanced copies) will be going out early. If you haven’t entered this giveaway already then head to this link to find the details.

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I absolutely love this series and have rated every one of the books as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Visit her website at http://www.kellystclare.com/