Descending Into Madness by Kelly Ryan

Descending Into Madness by Kelly Ryan
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (21 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

One moment Alice is locked up, her life over. Next she’s in a new and confusing, yet wonderful world with her life just beginning.

Alice had always been different and for that she had been locked away and called crazy since she was a child. Just when she thinks that her life is over something wonderful happens. She enters a whole new world and discovers that this is where she has always been meant to be and she truly begins to live.

Memories can be slippery things. What happens when they slide just past your grasp?

Jumping into this tale sort of felt like waking up from an incredibly vivid dream. At times I wasn’t entirely sure what was going on, but I was curious to keep reading so I could fit all of the pieces together. Eventually they all snapped together in ways that I didn’t necessarily anticipate ahead of time. It all did made sense, though, especially once I began to approach it in the same way I would a memorable dream. Enjoying this sort of thing is easy when one waits for the answers to reveal themselves.

The narrator relied on telling the reader what was happening instead of showing it to us. It made me feel as though I was hearing a thirdhand account of a really exciting adventure instead of experiencing it myself. Had I felt drawn into the action, I would have easily chosen a much higher rating than the one I ended up giving to this book.

I definitely wasn’t expecting the romantic elements of this story to play as prominent a role in Alice’s new life as they did, although the chemistry between her and her love interest was strong. This subplot also blended in well with the science fiction and fantasy themes. The conclusion wouldn’t have been the same without this addition to it.

Descending Into Madness was a wild ride. Give it a try if you like being kept on your toes!

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