Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Review #382 - Asylum by Madeleine Roux


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.
My Rating: 4.5/5
This book has drawn a lot of comparisons with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children which I have not read. 
I know there have been very mixed reviews about this book, people who had high expectations for it were let down. I only picked this book up from the library because of the cover and actually knew very little about it before reading so my expectations were non-existent.
This book wasn't exactly fast paced, in fact it was a little slow in plot development and got bogged down in detail at times, but there was also something about it that made it impossible for me to put it down.
I didn't find this book to be anywhere near as creepy or scary as I think was intended. The pictures included were a nice touch to the story and helped add to the creep factor.
The characters were all very different from one another, and at times didn't really gel together. Dan was the only character that had any kind of development. Jordan went missing for large portions of the book and I felt no connection between Dan and Abby.

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