Here is a little about the author of A Leak of Madness, Alice J Black!
Alice lives and works in the North East of England with her partner and slightly ferocious cats! Alice has always enjoyed writing from being a child when she used to carry notebooks and write stories no matter where she went. Nothing much has changed and she writes all manner of fiction with a tendency to lean towards the dark side. Most of her work is rooted in darkness, her inspiration coming from a macabre selection of reads as well as the dreams that frequent her sleep.
Her debut novel, The Doors, was released three years ago and her next novel release, the first part in a series of seven, is due to be released in Autumn this year. Several of her short stories have been included in anthologies with various presses and she is always working on more. When she’s not writing, she always has a book in her hand and will read from whatever genre suits her that day.
Summary: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…
I’m a Jack, or more accurately, a Tyrolin of all trades. In my 23 years, I have walked the red carpet for song nominations, was awarded Australian of the Year in 2014 for Music and in 2015 for the Arts, worked as a qualified paralegal, appeared in TV Shows, hired for product photography, modelled, became a Justice of the Peace, started my own club for school children interested in the arts, worked for a successful magazine company, published a book, hugged a koala and had a show ride collapse on my head.
*I received this ARC from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.*
Oh. My. Goodness.
I honestly don’t know where to begin with this review, because it isn’t something that I’ve yet to wrap my head around. There were so many delicious twists and turns in this book just when you think you know what is going on and what its all about…HA!
So, we begin our story with a little animated doll named Ella, she’s a ballerina and is quite content in her life, she adores the Professor, the one who made her and takes care of her. One day, he gives Ella a friend, Lisa. At once, it’s seen that she is unlike Ella, she’s dark and not friendly, she remembers things from her past though, dolls don’t have pasts, right?
A series of rapid fire events occur and they keep you guessing until the very end, when the truth comes out it is rather heartbreaking. Heartbreaking until the very end, too. Ugh, I was reeling from my overload of feels…
This book was quite marvelous in that I’ve never actually read something like this… It’s a touch horror, thriller and mystery. There is a low key of romance. There were two things that kept me from giving this a five star rating.
* Sometimes it felt like it was written too much for a young teen — around the ages of 12-13, so it gave it a childish feel to it. [Part of me thinks it was so that Ella’s ‘age’ was believable.]
* IT WAS TOO SHORT!!! this isn’t exactly a bad thing, because it means I wanted more and most certainly will be reading the second installment. 😉