I received this book for free from Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Asylum (Asylum, #1) by Madeleine Roux
Published by HarperTeen on August 20th 2013
Genres: Horror, Horror & Ghost Stories, YA, Young Adult
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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 couldn’t wait to read this book, I picked it for the challenge Can you read a series in a Month? I was eager to step into this world and be totally creeped out. I have to say the pictures in the book add a lot to the creepiness and I loved how this keeps you guessing.
At first I wasn’t sure about the characters. I enjoyed reading in Dan’s POV and I actually enjoyed Abby, however Jordan got on my nerves a bit more than I would have liked. I really believed as much as all three characters were suppose to be friends they spend a lot more time fighting because they just liked to keep things to themselves and had serious trust issues. I did like the character development but as some points I felt the story was a little disconnected. It didn’t flow like I had hoped it would and it got sort of choppy that by the end I was sort of confused how it all happened. I am not saying I didn’t like the book because I really, really did. Since this is the series I picked I am eager to find out what happens to the characters and the end gave me chills. I also plan to read the novellas at some point maybe it will fill in the parts I that were choppy.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, Jordan got better in the end and the friends seemed more connected just took a bit of time to get there. I totally recommend if you are looking for something creepy to make you sleep with the lights on. Can’t wait to read the next one.
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