Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Asylum

Title: Asylum
Author: Madeleine Roux
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Rating: 3 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

A few months back I won an arc of “Sanctum,” from Team Epic Reads.  Unfortunately, it was the sequel to “Asylum by Madeleine Roux which I hadn’t read yet, so I bought that on Amazon and gave it a go.

“Asylum” is about Dan Crawford who goes to a college prep program for the summer, before his senior year of high school begins.  When he gets there though, he finds out he won’t be staying in the dorms after all because construction work is being done on them.  Instead, all the students coming to the college prep program will be staying in an old building on campus, that used to be an asylum.  As if being away from home for the whole summer and getting ready for college wasn’t scary enough, lets add sleeping in a place where they used to house the crazies! No thanks, I’ll pass!

It did make for a pretty interesting story though! I like a good scary story now and then, and this one was pretty good.  Unfortunately the plot was a little confusing at times, and some of the events felt like fillers. Dan and his two friends Abby and Jordan, had a knack for running into trouble.  I was a little annoyed that they acted so surprised when bad things happened to them though.  After all, they were snooping around an old asylum!  Then again, you all know how reading can be sometimes.   You know the characters are going to do something they shouldn’t and you know something bad is going to happen, but they do it regardless!  If you’re like me, you want to yell at them through the books: STOP MAKING BAD DECISIONS!

These bad decisions lead Dan and his friends to finding out secrets about the building they’re staying in though, and they find out there’s more to the old asylum than just some gruesome history.  Along the way, they uncover secrets about themselves they never knew existed.  That was one part of the book I really enjoyed.  Their being at the college prep program is not a coincidence, and fate plays a big part in them solving the mysteries of this building.

​       After finishing “Asylum” I was a little disappointed.  Typically I can’t wait to start reading the next book in a series, but with this one I wasn’t too excited.  I will say though, the series does pick up in the next book, and if you’ve already read “Asylum,” it’s worth getting “Sanctum.”  All the loose ends are tied up in the second book, and it made me appreciate this one a little more than I did originally!



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