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The Asylum Interviews: Bronx (The Asylum Tales 0.5)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  594 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews

The first of two prequel stories to Jocelynn Drake's Angel's Ink. It's not easy being a tattoo artist and a wizard, especially when you're in hiding. Or when a botched ink job has amplified an incubus's existing sex appeal into one that could wreck the whole town. And your only help is a troll.

Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Harper Voyager
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5 stars for a novella...from a new-to-me author and series? Crazy, right?

What an interesting start to a new series. Magical tattoos, interesting mix of characters, and even with this being so short, there was nothing missing with any of the characters. Certainly some backstory, but I wouldn't expect everyone's deep, dark secrets to be revealed in a prequel of all things. Save that stuff for the books.

Speaking of the characters, I really like that this was narrated from a man's POV. Gage, the m
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Entertaining look into a new series about a loyal tattoo artist.

Opening Sentence: “What the … Get the hell out of here!”

The Review:

The Asylum Interviews: Bronx is the first of two short stories about how Gage, the mysterious tattoo artist of Angel’s Ink, meets one of his two employees. First up is Bronx, a talented tattoo artist who happens to be a troll. Gage meets Bronx in a most hilarious yet uncomfortable situation while at a bar. Undete
Jessica (a GREAT read)
May 25, 2012 Jessica (a GREAT read) rated it it was amazing
I received this unedited version of the novella from the author for review

In a few days you might notice that my blog will be taken over for the day, by none other than Jocelynn Drake! Surprise! I will be having a character interview Jocelynn put together for a small blog tour for the Asylum Tales! The Asylum Interviews: Bronx, is one of the prequels to Angel's Ink that releases later this year.

So I decided to read this one right away since I had just finished another novella! And it was incredi
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
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Favorite Quote:
“Most trolls only have one child.”
“Really? Why?”
“The mother tends to eat the spares.”

The Asylum Interviews is a prequel to Jocelynn Drake’s newest series, The Asylum Tales, which releases its first in the series, Angel’s Ink, in October. In this short novella, we get an introduction to the series main character, Gage, and the unique fantasy world in which he lives. Drake’s new world is an alternate Earth city, (Low Tow
Jun 20, 2012 Alicia rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and I couldn't be more happy! I devoured every Dark Days book she wrote and I after reading this short story I know that The Asylum Tales series will be no different. The first full novel Angels Ink will be released on October 16, 2012.

The Asylum Interviews: Bronx is a prequel to the new series. Drake has done an amazing job of setting up a new world. We got to see trolls, warlocks, and incubus' in this short and I have fallen in love with them
Jun 09, 2012 Kt rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

I'm a huge fan of Jocelynn's Dark Days books, so now that they are over, I've been very eagerly anticipating this new series. However, there always is that worry in the back of my head that any author's new series will not live up to the high bar that they have previously set in another one. However, after reading this prequel novella, I have a feeling The Asylum Tales series will be every bit as good as the Dark Days books, if not even bett
Jackie (Literary Escapism)
I love novellas or short stories. They can be the perfect introduction to a new world if done right or they can leave you wanting more, which can be both good or bad. Thankfully, Jocelynne Drake has not only given us a fantastic glimpse into her Asylum Tales world with Asylum Interviews: Bronx, but she's definitely left me hungering for more.

And you know what, that's all I'm going to say right now. If you want to hear more about what I think, then head over to Literary Escapism on June 24th to r
Jun 16, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it
Asylum Interviews: Bronx is a prequel to Jocelynn Drake's very intriguing new series, The Asylum Tales.

In this prequel we get to learn a little about the fascinating urban fantasy setting that Ms. Drake has created from the POV of the main character in the series, Gage. The Asylum Interviews: Bronx does just what the title suggests. It introduces us to Gage's newest tattoo artist and friend, Bronx, who happens to be a troll.

Jocelynn Drake has created a very interesting world and I look forward t
Jul 22, 2012 Lorre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-complete
This prequel was a very promising start to the series! I was hoping it would be as good as Drake's Dark Days series, which I read last year, and this prequel makes me think I'll love it as much.
Loved Gage and Bronx and the world they live in is interesting as well.

Can't wait to read more about Gage and his magic past, to know more about Bronx, a troll and learn more about this world full of supes.
Jul 16, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Freaking awesome! If you like the Dresden Files then you're gonna love The Asylum Tales (just ignore the paranormal romance cover - seriously? what where you thinking HarperVoyager?).

I can't wait for the first full length novel, Angel Ink, coming in October.

More thoughts here.
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Jun 17, 2012 Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha) rated it it was amazing
I love this series!
Deea (Andreea)
Aug 25, 2012 Deea (Andreea) rated it really liked it
Awesome! This is going to be a killer series, I can tell!

-Review to come-
Michelle Leah Olson
Our review by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

Jocelynn Drake is easily in my top 4 Urban Fantasy Author list, and I love the way she writes. I was a steady Dark Days fan from book #1 to the conclusion, so when we hosted Jocelynn for an Author Event and she told us in a live chat about the new series concept she was working on I was immediately excited.

The Asylum Interviews - Bronx is the first story of The Asylum Tales series, released as an eNovella.

In Bronx, we meet the cent
Aug 08, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
The Asylum Interviews are two prequel novellas for Jocelyn Drake's new Asylum Tales series and this first story Bronx gets us off to a great start. The author has created what looks to be a promising world full of an interesting selection of paranormal creatures from warlocks and witches through to incubi and even trolls. It can be hard to introduce a new world in a novella but I think the author has done a fantastic job, she gave enough information to hook me in without too much info dumping to ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I’ve been a fan of Jocelynn Drake’s ever since Kim Harrison said she liked Drake’s books because her vampires actually had bite and didn’t sparkle. I read Ms. Drake’s entire Dark Days series (before I was blogging) and I absolutely loved how menacing, calculating and truly vampire-ish her character Mira was. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does with her new Urban Fantasy series, The Asylum Interviews. Angel’s Ink, the first book in the series, is coming out on October 16th, 2012.

Aug 25, 2012 Habrewer rated it really liked it
The Asylum Interviews: Bronx (Prequel #1) by Jocelynn Drake
*A review copy of this book was received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

Gage owns a tattoo parlor and tries to keep a low profile. He’s a wizard that tends to weave his magic with his tattoo potions, even though he isn’t supposed to be practicing magic. He is looking for a new tattoo artist since his business is really taking off and Bronx may be the solution.

Bronx is the new troll in town and he is looking for a job. He
Kristie Elston
Sep 24, 2012 Kristie Elston rated it really liked it
Shelves: dft-reviews
Originally published at Dark Faerie Tales:

Quick & Dirty: Entertaining look into a new series about a loyal tattoo artist.

The Review:

The Asylum Interviews: Bronx is the first of two short stories about how Gage, the mysterious tattoo artist of Angel’s Ink, meets one of his two employees. First up is Bronx, a talented tattoo artist who happens to be a troll. Gage meets Bronx in a most hilarious yet uncomfortable situation while at a bar. Undeterred, Bro
Sandra "Jeanz"
Mar 30, 2013 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it really liked it
I purchased this novella from After reading Blood by Midnight which is bascially three novella/short tales in the form of a small anthology, I decided I would like to read more by Jocelynn Drake. The result was me having read The asylum Interviews in the wrong order really, but then it didn't really matter, they were still enjoyable to read and still made sense. The cover depicts Parker, the unfortunate guy, a good friend of Gage. the cover also shows the unique, tattoo Pa
Amber at Fall Into Books
Let me start this review by saying that since it was a short work, the review will be shorter than usual. That being said, I did not enjoy this novella as much as I wanted to. Drake wrote from the first person perspective of Gage, a male tattoo artist. However, Gage, nor any of the other men in the novel, came across as men. They came across as a bunch of gossiping women. It was very clear that a female was writing this instead of a man, and I couldn't buy the male perspective for a minute. Men ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
May 22, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
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THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX, was an engaging and gritty introduction to The Asylum Tales series. Gage immediately held my attention with his backstory as a ex-warlock who is forbidden to use magic and is working as a tattoo artist. We only get a little mention of why he isn’t a warlock anymore but what we do learn about his past makes me has me anxiously looking forward to more revelations.

Humans always seem to be the ones left with barely any defenses in urb
Sep 10, 2012 Jeanne rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the last series I read by Jocelynn Drake and this one came recommended so I figured I'd give it a shot. I have to say that not only did I really enjoy it, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it given that it was a short story pre-quel for a new series. I'm not usually a big fan of short stories becuase it is tough to get into the characters and the story line in such a short read, but Jocelynn Drake did a great job with this one and I was quite interested in the series by the time I ...more
Jordan Summers
Apr 16, 2013 Jordan Summers rated it really liked it
This was my first Jocelynn Drake book. I'd actually picked up her Nightwalker book YEARS ago, when it first came out, but like so many books on my TBR pile, I'd never picked it up. (How's that for a run on sentence and a sad admission? *ggg) I realize now that was a mistake. Her writing is quite lush. There's something about her style that draws you into the world and doesn't let you go.

Bronx is a prequel to the Asylum series. It introduces the main character in quite a vivid fashion. Not sure
Katie Michaels
Jun 23, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
Jocelynn Drake gives us our first look into her new Urban Fantasy world of the Asylum Tales with this engaging novella. Our main character is Gage, a tattoo artist and wielder of magic, who shares his story in the first-person. It all begins as he wakes up on the floor of a nasty bar bathroom, shaking off the effects of a mickey.

He soon discovers he was drugged by his own friend, an incubus named Parker, who dosed him so he could go, er, recharge his energies. A troll named Bronx helps him track
Nov 19, 2012 Marsha rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
"The Asylum Interviews: Bronx" is a prequel and introduces us to Gage the tattoo artist and how he meets a troll, Bronx. Together they must undue a tattoo spell gone array that was placed on Gage's friend, Parker. Parker is an incubi and is having his life source drained because his human girlfriend cannot keep up with his sexual needs. In an attempt to remain faithful, he gets a tattoo that with draw more sexual power from his girlfriend with a single kiss. Unfortunately, it backfires and cause ...more
Sara Walker
Sep 23, 2012 Sara Walker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Kaleidoscope Reviews

THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX is narrated by Gage Powell, a warlock. The story opens with Gage on the floor of a women's washroom in a bar. As he tries to piece together how he ended up there, he meets Bronx, a troll. Bronx is new in town, licensed to make magical tattoos and looking for work at Gage's tattoo parlor. With a little help, Gage figures out his friend Parker, an incubus, drugged him and left him at the bar. Gage and Bronx set out to find Parker with the intent of
Jul 07, 2012 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
This is the first of two prequel shorts to Drake's upcoming Asylum tales series ( there's another short in September and the first book Angel's Inkis out in October.)

The Asylum Interviews: Bronx introduces several of the series characters in addition to Gage, a tattoo artist/mage who is not supposed to be doing magic, there's his friend incubus Parker who is suffering for trying to maintain a monogamous relationship with a human who just can't keep up enough to keep him fed, as well as Bronx, a
Well, this was interesting, not to mention original. The Asylum Interviews: Bronx is the first of two prequel novellas, and I have got to say that both novellas piqued my interest. The sheer originality was refreshing an the characters were a compelling mix of trolls, Vestal virgins, warlocks, succubi and others.

Gage, the protagonist is the owner of Asylum, a tatto parlor. Due to his somewhat mysterious past, he tries to live a quiet life. But flying under the radar isn't always possible when y
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Jun 14, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Heinzypop
Recommended to The Haunted Reading Room by: Jocelynn Drake
Shelves: july-2012-reads
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in this story, but what I found was paranormal elements galore and a smoothly written tale that combines unexpected action with good character delineation (and it can’t be easy to draw characters such as elves, Fae, Minotaurs, Trolls and other “unusual” species). I found the story enticing, and I’m eager to read more in the “Asylum” Universe.

Gage owns a tattoo parlor, “Asylum,” in Low Town, where magical beings are prevalent and accepted. In his “world,” tattoo
This was the longest short story I've ever read. I mean that in the sense that it actually took me from Friday, until Monday to read it. It was only 85 pages!

I think the reason for that was due to what I read before this one. It was a Dual POV First Person Present Tense. And it drove me bonkers.

This one was a First Person POV, but it wasn't a Present Tense. So it was better, but it still had my brain jerking at times.

But once I finally got into it. It was good.

I drama was a bit anti climactic. (
Oct 01, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because it was cheap and sounded interesting. I'm fairly sure it was an ad on Smart Bitches, but it might have been FB, unsure. This short story and it's companion "Trixie" are introductions to this series by Jocelynn Drake. I haven't read her other books, so I don't know if it resembles the Dark Days series.

I thoroughly enjoyed this method of introduction, learning bits and pieces about Gage, the tattoo artist/ex-sorcerer-in-hiding and his new friend/employee Bronx, who is a tr
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