Book Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Posted October 17, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Book Review: Asylum by Madeleine RouxAsylum by Madeleine Roux
Series: Asylum #1
Published by HarperCollins UK on 2013-08-27
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Hardcover, My Own
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The asylum holds the key to a terrifying past... A thrilling creepy photo-novel, perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. For sixteen-year-old outcast Dan Crawford, the summer program at New Hampshire College Prep is a lifeline. Finally, a chance to make some friends before college. Even if that means staying in a dorm that used to be a old asylum. Soon Dan’s hanging out with Abby and Jordan, and summer is looking up. But then he learns that the asylum was not just any sanatorium – it was a last resort for the criminally insane. As Dan, Abby and Jordan explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. And that some secrets refuse to stay buried... Featuring unsettling found photos of real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen horror debut ASYLUM treads the line between genius and insanity.

“Asylum” by Madeleine Roux was a whole lot better than what I was expecting. I originally purchased an ecopy of this book because it was one of the epic deals on epic reads and I have been interested in it for awhile but I don’t do well with horror stories so I thought that maybe this book would be perfect for my plane ride on my most recent vacation. I ended up not reading this book on the plan. I slowly found out that when you have a 5 am flight and you don’t live in the town of the flight, by the time you are flying you don’t want to read because your eyes hurt so bad from being awake so early. I ended up starting the story right before bed time and soon thought that it might be a bad idea but come to find out that I didn’t think the story wasn’t as frightening as some may have lead me on.

I wouldn’t necessarily classify “Asylum” as a horror story, maybe more a thriller and a mystery. I do have to say it was a very interesting tale that I was drawn into right away. Who wouldn’t want to know what spooky things could go on in an old asylum? Normally this is the part that I go on and talk about the story but I am going to change it up a little today. I want to comment on Roux and her book first. I was amazed by the writing for debut author Madeleine Roux. It has been awhile since I was truly drawn into a novel and was hooked right away.

Roux has a great writing style. I don’t feel like she used a lot of fancy wording but she structured her sentences perfectly. I truly think this story is incredible. The plot may not be very complicated, Ii mean it is pretty much like your normal haunted house type story but it is the fact that Roux was able to draw my attention in right away and keep it When I wasn’t trying to finish the novel, I would find myself thinking about it or wishing that I had the book in my hands to continue reading. For a debut author to blow me away like this is pretty impressive to me. Several kuddos to you Roux.

Abby, Jordan, and Dan are part of an early college program for school. The schools dorms though are held in an old asylum. Abby and Dan learn how they may be connected to this asylum. What they thought could be coincidence turns out to be anything but a coincidence. Abby and Dan want answers but then Jordan is feeling left out. What is going on at the asylum? When people end up murdered and no one seems to know what is going on, Dan wants to figure it out. How is he involved and why does he seem to be involved with everything? What is going on with his memory?

I think Dan is a great main character. It was fun getting into his head a bit and knowing what he was thinking in order to figure out the mystery going on. I would have to say that my own curiosity about what was going on matched Dan’s. I enjoyed digging deeper and deeper into the mystery. Abby made a great companion for Dan. Her curiosity and her persistence matched perfectly with his. I think these two make a great team together. Jordan was a little bit of the odd ball in the bunch. He seemed to fit well with the other two but then there are moments that Jordan just seemed to be a little off. Jordan then began to separate himself from the other two so it just seemed a little weird to me with how he was acting. I guess only time will tell about what is going on with him.

I really enjoyed “Asylum.” I thought it was a great book and I am looking forward to more. Roux brings a great haunting thriller to readers and i definitely think it is worth a read. I had a lot of fun trying to figure out the mystery going on. I definitely think this is a story to read if you like a some mystery to your day.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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