By: Melanie | September 2, 2013 | (15) Comments

Mini Review: Asylum by Madeleine RouxAsylum by Madeleine Roux
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 1, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
Pages: 320
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!~

1 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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15 Responses to Mini Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

  1. Joana V. says:

    I have been wanting to read this book ever since I saw it…too bad it’s not as good as it should be. I thought the blurb sounded really good and sort of creepy but, oh well…I guess I’ll have to find another creepy book to read haha
    Great review! 🙂
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  2. Oh no, I was expecting a quite thrilling plot based on the scary looking cover. I hate it when a good potential goes to waste 🙁 In those cases, I always wish that one of my favorite authors came up with such a story, because they would make it awesome. What a shame!
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  3. Ugh I haven’t been seeing many positive reviews for this one, so I’ll probably end up passing on it. That sucks that the characters were so random and flat, I hate when characters aren’t developed well. Sigh. Also, if there’s going to be romance, even as a subplot, it should at least be the tiniest compelling, so I’m sorry that it wasn’t D:

    Fantastic review, Melanie! <33 I'm sorry that this one didn't live up to the expectations and potential it had.
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  4. Giselle says:

    Boo this sounds so lame and I have not read a single review above 2 stars for this one. It actually reminds me a bit of Frozen – how things and characters are randomly thrown in. I’m glad I never requested this one I had a gut feeling it would be bad haha.
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  5. Nara says:

    Oh wow this sounds horrific. Crappy pacing is pretty much a dealbreaker in a mystery/thriller, so it kind of sucks that the author couldn’t quite pull it off… The romance also sounds so terrible…
    Definitely a helpful review, Mel! I’ll probs avoid this book…
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  6. I’m kind of glad that I’m not the only one who hated this! I totally agree with all of your points, Mel. It was very dull, and the characters were so inconsistent and badly developed. Quite honestly, I’m surprised that either of us got through to the end! Great review as always.
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  7. I haven’t read many (any?) positive reviews for this, so I think I’ll pass. At least it was a quick read 🙂
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  8. Annie says:

    Maybe I’ll stick with trying Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – which I’ve heard good things about… 🙂 Cool review, glad you got some shut eye!
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  9. This book looks so scary 😛 Too bad you didn’t like it.
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  10. Megan says:

    Boo! This one sounded really good and now I’m all disappointed! But thanks for the warning, so I won’t have to waste my time on this one.
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  11. You’re hoooot and you’re coooold… *sings*

    It sucks that this is like that Katy Perry song, Melanie. I had high hopes for this one, but after reading your review, I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up. I seriously dislike flat characters, and then on top of that, insta-love? EW. That just sounds terrible. A mildly interesting plot definitely wouldn’t do anything to redeem this book for me, it seems.

    Also, naps are the best, for the record, and are great for us people to take too, ok?? Don’t judge. Naps are cool.

    Lovely review, Mel! <33
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  12. I don’t think I’ve seen another review for this one, but based on the comments here it seems like most people aren’t enjoying this one. That’s a bummer because I really did want to check this out, and I love that it has pictures included. Maybe it will be a library read sometime.
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  13. Celine says:

    Oh no, this looked so promising and creepy! I´m really sorry it turned out like this. I was really excited for this, but won’t be reading it now. *sigh*
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  14. Haha I found your review to be hilarious Mel! I don’t think I’ve read any of your negative reviews yet but it sounds like this one is one to stay away from. Bummer that you didn’t enjoy it!
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  15. Oh no! I was really looking forward to this one, and had heard that it was supposed to be scary. Vehemently juvenile? Yikes! I hate lame characters and terrible pacing, so I may have to pass on this one O_O
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