Thirty years ago, Ella was a human. Now, Ella is a doll who spends her days dancing and playing “imagination time” in the professor’s dusty old attic. The professor doesn’t allow Ella to leave the attic and he never really tells Ella why. When a mean Goth doll, named Lisa, suddenly shows up she has Ella questioning everything about her life as a doll – including the true motivation behind the professor’s scientific experiments.
Whoa! I chose this book because of the amazing cover art. It immediately grabbed my attention. Then, when I read the book blurb, I knew right away that this would be an unusual book. It was like a creepier, quirkier version of Toy Story and it had me hooked from the start.
Broken Dolls is short, but contains a good deal of action to keep readers involved in the story. It’s only 176 pages long, but it’s well developed and contains all the elements of a well-written novel – firm story foundation, engaging plot, tidy and conclusive ending. Most importantly for me, Broken Dolls is a standalone novel, even though there’s a follow-up book available. There’s a brief, yet compelling excerpt for “Shattered Girls” included at the end of Broken Dolls, which has certainly motivated me to read it next.
Broken Dolls is one of those books that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Although the dolls and their dialogue are very much teen-like, the storyline is suitable for readers of any age. If you like quirky SciFi/Fantasy you’re going to enjoy this book.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton