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. Hardcover , pages. New Hampshire United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Asylum , please sign up. Is it similar and is it any good? Amanda Davis It's similar in the way that it has pictures accompanying the text.
It also has that creepy feeling to it. What I think is most different about this …more It's similar in the way that it has pictures accompanying the text. What I think is most different about this book is that it has a "flashback" feel to it, but it doesn't actually go back in time. This book is actually really good. Is there any book that look or have the same storyline as this? Aimee There's another book called Asylum thats in a series of 4 about a girl that goes to college in an old asylum and she has a connection to everything.
It doesn't have any of the pictures in it like this one does. See all 36 questions about Asylum…. Lists with This Book. Sep 01, Melanie rated it liked it. As I read the other reviews I wonder how horrible it must be to be one of those people who has to nitpick every little detail in a book rather than enjoy it. Personally, I found this an enjoyable story, with twists I didn't see coming and an interesting conclusion. I'd recommend it, just maybe not to an elitist book snob. View all 65 comments. May 17, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it did not like it Shelves: The characters in this book are supposed to be This is supposed to be a suspenseful thriller, a horror, for young adults.
It is middle grade in writing. It is elementary in plot development and characterization. It is lacking in everything that would make it anything remotely approaching a good read. The writing is not terrible, just forgettable. I usually use a fair number of quotes in my reviews; I have almost nothing at all scribbled down in my notebook for this one: This book, the writing, and the characterization is absolutely lacking in anything memorable; for better or worse. Do yourself a favor and skip it. Don't even glance at it. Oh, I changed my mind. I do have a quote for you.
It's not from the book, but it's my personal opinion of that idiotic ending. No spoilers, by the way. This type of ending is a special instance of deus ex machina , known as the folie adieu , which is French for "Are you fucking kidding me? There is no character development in this book. The characters do not develop in complexity, they act, they do not think. They do not grow. They do not mature.
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They are scared, I am not scared for them; I half wished they'd get killed so that there would at least be a spark of excitement in this dull shadow of a horror novel. Stephen King might have written something better in 3rd grade. It is a sad, sad thing when a book fails at writing characters that are so poorly written that they cannot even force themselves into a mold.
There is Dan, our main character, a seemingly extra-bright year old, with hints of past psychological trouble. The book is told from his point of view, and he is an utterly unconvincing character. I believe he is a poorly written male character. It is not so much that he acts feminine, or makes observations that are uncharacteristically male and he does make certain observations about her clothes and hair that do not ring true to a teenaged boy, but there's also something lacking about the way he is written.
There is something about every single one of the three main characters, really, that doesn't make them feel real at all. The characters are Dan, the socially awkward but bright teen. Abby, the beautiful, artsy why are they always fucking artsy? Jordan, the brilliant gay math student. The three of them bond almost immediately, but again, we are told this, not shown this. I cannot buy this friendship, the way it was written does not ring true. Their bond feels forced. I neither like nor believe in any of the three as characters, and I do not believe in their friendship for a moment.
Their individual personalities are nonexistent. They are words on paper. Even through the eyes of our main character, we get no sense of development, of complexity. If this was a character-driven book, it fails utterly. The romance was forced, and it had no room in the plot. It does not play any role of importance whatsoever, it felt merely inserted in the book for the sake of having romance in a book that needed none, and actually ended up making a bad book even worse with its extraneousness. Their romance, their dates, their strained courtshiphad no room in the book short of trying to insert some awkwardness in the already poorly crafted credibility of the dynamic that makes up our not-so-dynamic trio of Jordan, Abby, and Dan.
For students supposedly so devoted to the pursuit of advanced education, the three seem in a terrible hurry to throw their summer of education away. They break the rules, despite knowing it would get them into trouble. They make stupid decisions, they overreact for no reason at all.
Their apparent reasons for acting outside of their character were forced and not well-written as to create a sensible flow within the book. Everything felt incredibly disjointed. The final nail in this book's coffin is the fact that this book fails in delivering a compelling plot.
This book fails as a horror, as a thriller, as a suspenseful book. There is no fear to be found within its pages. The photographs are laughable, and does nothing to add to the atmosphere of the book. They actually make it laughable; the picture of the so-called "lobotomy" pictures a girl with a horizontal zigzagging line across her forehead. It looks like someone scrawled a long line of Ws across her forehead; did anyone even bother to research this? There are photographs of other patients, so poorly photographed that they are obviously posed.
They do not instill anything within the reader except laughter. The other photographs are that of letters, notes, sceneries. Yes, I am shaking in my boots. I'm actually more frightened by the hideous carpets paisley?!
I was an easily scared child. I would say with absolute confidence that my five year old self would not be frightened at anything within this books' pages. The plot revolves around telling, not showing. Suspense is never built. The plot is paper thin, the twists are completely dependent upon our suspension of disbelief. For a horror, there is absolutely no suspense, and no fear. It is reliant upon coincidences and deus ex machina. There is no subtlety in the attempts at giving us hints. It was so very obvious to me from the very beginning as to whom the villain would turn out to be.
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There is a hint that this will be part of a series. I was barely intrigued enough to keep reading until the end of this book, and I'm about as eager to read the next book as I am anticipating a visit to my dentist. View all comments. Aug 06, Wendy Darling rated it it was ok Shelves: View all 11 comments. Oct 28, Fari rated it really liked it Shelves: That was so so good, whaaaaaa?
Exceeded my expectations with flying colours, yes it did. Had me doing this every couple pages: View all 8 comments. The word Asylum alone evokes a feeling of dread. A twinge of apprehension. Unfortunately the title was the only thing that elicited that expected response, because the book was honestly extremely dry and wearisome.
The idea behind the story was solid: I'm on board with that. The characters completely destroyed this story though. They were dull, uninteresting and lacking in any sort of dimension. The inconsistency of maturity was awful. Dan would be contemplating Jung one minute and acting like a 12 year old boy the next. He is supposed to be this incredibly socially awkward guy that has the hardest time making friends, yet he finds two people and they're the bestest of friends They spend all their time together and they even decide to take some of the same classes together and they talk about their family problems with one another and Their friendship itself may have worked, but the fact that we knew they had JUST met ruined it all.
Within a week even the teachers have nicknamed them 'The Hydra'. Dan's two friends, Abby and Jordan, also met each other for the first time on the bus that brought them to the school. The nail in the coffin happened for me when about a week into their stay, Abby forgets to tell Jordan that she won't be able to study with him because she's hanging out with Dan instead.
She comes home to find him waiting for her outside her dorm door, drinking, proclaiming that she drove him to drink. Their friendship lacked a necessary composition that would generate these types of responses. But honestly, I'm not sure when I would ever put up with that type of behavior from a friend; it was just unnecessary and dramatic. Also unnecessary was the incredibly forced romance that could have completely been done without. It seemed incredibly unrealistic how advanced their relationship seemed to be after such a short amount of time and considering this was a huge basis of the story, it practically ruined the story as a whole for me.
The comparison to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a bit far-fetched and the only link between the two I could determine was the inclusion of black and white pictures. With Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children though, the pictures felt like they fit with the story much more and appeared to be incredibly authentic. While my ARC copy didn't contain all pictures, the ones I was able to view looked digitally created and many didn't even match up to what was being described which completely defeated the whole purpose. The story was interesting enough but I was really anticipating a much more intense reading experience.
The ending doesn't give you all the answers, because apparently this is being made into a series which is completely unnecessary; this could have been a perfect stand-alone story if it had more solid of characters and maybe a bit more creepy thrown in for flavor. Suffice it to say this was an epic disappointment and I don't consider myself to be interested enough in continuing.
I enjoyed this book much more this time around than the last time I read it. I was itching for a creepy yet easy read and that's exactly what this gave me. I always enjoy it when the plot of a story is centred around an old, dark building with secrets to be uncovered.
This provided all of that and more! La cosa es que en el verano decide ir a un curso preparatorio para la Universidad y, cuando llega al campus, ve el lugar donde se van a hospedar: Y, encima, le gusta Abby Y no, ni siquiera lo que hace al final del libro logra convencerme de que es buena gente, lo siento. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review. 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 t See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy.
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. 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. 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. Mar 30, Pinky rated it it was ok.
I wouldn't say this book is amazing. I mean, I liked the book, but I wasn't attached to it. Before reading this book, I had so many expectations.
The characters were likable, but I wasn't completely attached to them. Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style either. From some of the reviews I read, they said that this book was a cheaper version of Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Unfortunately, I didn't read that book yet so I cannot compare the two. I just didn't enjo I wouldn't say this book is amazing. I just didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. It was the reason I was in a reading slump.
I kept avoiding the book because I think I got tired of it.
This story is about a boy named Daniel Crawford who is going to summer school. The high school that he is going to is an old asylum, that was renovated into a high school. But parts of the school is not renovated and there are old offices with information about the old asylum. Daniel befriends Abby and Jordan and they go on adventures to the old offices. Throughout the book, there are some images that show where they are. Weird things begin to happy to Daniel and murders begin to occur in the school. Abby, Jordan and Daniel try to figure out what it going on and try to piece everything together.
If you think about it, I feel like the summary really gets you. But when I read the book, I just didn't enjoy it. I found it fast-paced, but I didn't feel like I was Daniel. Usually, when I read a book, I feel like I am the main character. But I didn't feel like that in this book and I don't know why. The book was meant to give you the scares, but it didn't scare me. At parts I would get the creeps, but I never felt terrified.
When I read the huge plot twist in this story, I felt like I saw it coming. I already knew who was behind the murders and I wasn't surprised. I suspected one character the entire time and I was right. But the thing is, when it comes to suspense and mystery, I want my predictions to be wrong. I want to be shocked and read a huge plot twist that gets me. As you can see, I didn't enjoy this very much. Maybe others may enjoy it but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I am planning on continuing with this series because some reviewers said that it gets better.
I am hoping that it does. Wish me luck, and hopefully I wont go into another reading slump! View all 33 comments. I try really hard to finish this book but I wasn't enjoying reading anymore so I decided to dnf. I usually hate dnf books because they sometimes get better or find some kind of redemption.
This book I feel like it would never change. Although the beginning was interesting some problems that I had i though it would be solved at least in half the book of course it weren't. What was my big problem? All the characters in the book are quite "empty", and they look more younger than they actually are it gives a vibe of a childrens book, which it wasn't what i was exepted , but the character that discourage more is the main character, Dan.
The relationship between the characters didn't seem real. It developed too fast to look realistic. Don't recommend this book. View all 9 comments. Jan 06, Nima Kohandani rated it really liked it. View all 7 comments. May 13, Jon rated it did not like it Shelves: Miss Peregrine's is one of my favorite books so I had high expectations for Asylum. Miss Peregrine's was such an unique read because all of the photos that accompanied the story were original.
Ransom Riggs wrote a story around the creepy photos he had found at flea markets and photograph collectors. It is quite obvious that the photographs in Asylum were staged to complement the story. All of the photos feel very fake and don't really add much to the overall feel of Asylum. Six more were initially not allowed into the country and sat on blankets throughout a chilly night before authorities agreed Tuesday to process their claims.
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