Release Date: September 1, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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
I highly recommend Asylum if you want to fall asleep in the middle of the day- which mind you, I haven’t done since I was 4 years old, and well, now. This book certainly comes with a lot of nostalgic moments, including a writing style that’s vehemently juvenile. But of course, read this book if you’re feeling lazy, and don’t want to use your brain as Asylum does a perfect job in these two areas. Apart from that, Asylum was flawed in most other aspect which is re-assuredly much more important than a middle-of-day snooze and no-brainer read.
What I enjoyed:
The one and only legitimate reason to why Asylum was merely bearable was the plot. Sure, it was horribly executed but the mystery was somewhat there and interesting enough for me to want to know the resolution. While it didn’t give off the effect of a thrillingly spooky, the mystery part did give this novel some enjoyment- though insanely miniscule.
What was just, bleh:
I feel Roux created a bunch of world’s randomest characters and threw them into the storyline. Our main character, Dan is exceedingly flat. He’s meant to be smart but his dialogue and the way he tackles situations is completely hollow and illogical. Moreover, Abby, the love interest had an undeniably stereotypical ego and Jordan, the other friend was more randomer than this book. He’d pop out of nowhere then show up with some irregular behaviour. The protagonists, to be put candidly, were inconsistent and not carefully constructed.
Another undoubtedly lousy aspect was the romance. There is not the slightest layer of depth. Instant love really does not go well with underdeveloped characters and childish chemistry. And by childish I mean utterly awkward and laaaaame.
The pace. Hot and Cold by Katy Perry is the ideal song to match this aspect. The range of fast to slow is a distinct dynamic here, really. This took major impact in the mystery. Like I aforementioned, the mystery lost its chilling counterpart due to the poor even, pacing.
Asylum, is another good potential gone bad. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this. (Heck, I couldn’t find much effort in reviewing this either.)
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
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