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The Dollhouse Asylum

3.04 of 5 stars 3.04  ·  rating details  ·  459 ratings  ·  140 reviews
A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields--a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus--she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.

At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, th...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)

There is an astounding amount of stupid within the pages of this book. I can say with absolute confidence that this is the worst book I've read this year.

You could call the main character of this book innocent, sheltered. I could be nice to her, give her the benefit of the doubt, and call her naive.

But no. Nope. I've had it. I've read way too many books lately about stupid girls and their stupid actions and I'm just absolutely fucking fed up with the incomprehensible idiocy of our narrator, Chey...more
Giselle
DNF at 40%

At first when I was reading and things were just odd and kind of stupid, I figured there were drugs or mental illness involved (no I'm serious), but it's really just an annoying book.

It's about this young teacher, Teo, who, after this zombie-like epidemic has returned (or so he says), builds this "ideal" town where he brings 7 couples with him who are all students. He renames them after famous couples in literature - like Romeo and Juliet - and forces them to act and dress like them....more
Matilda
Oct 20, 2012 Matilda marked it as to-read
The amount of time we're waiting for this book should be illegal!
We can call it ... Obstruction of Justice. I deserve to have this book, in my hands, so I can drool over its cover, and do this:



ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL DAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. Try and stop me. Seriously. I dare you.
Stephanie
The Dollhouse Asylum features one of the worst love triangles imaginable: a girl who is spineless, insipid, and subservient; a guy who is a murderous, raving lunatic; and another guy who is only notable because he is the lunatic's brother. If those were my only choices, I might hope for the disease called the Living Rot, to take me instead.

The events of The Dollhouse Asylum are so out there that I kept waiting for Cheyenne, the protagonist, to wake up and declare it all a mere nightmare. Instead...more
Jasprit
The Dollhouse Asylum had a lot of potential to deliver a solid story. Cheyenne was kidnapped (saved from the living riot as she’s been told.) The world that she’s taken to seems perfect, and it must mean something if Teo (her former teacher and crush) selected her as one of the few individuals he wanted to save. Cheyenne in my eyes was really naive. If some guy you shared a kiss with and supposedly liked you back kidnapped you with no explanation, wouldn’t you consider it a little strange? And i...more
Alice Qu
So. Where in the world do I begin.
The thing is, when I finished this, my brain went whack like "WHATWAHTWATWHUTWHATTHEHEEELLLLPFFFFTT"
I mean, the plot was good...
I read this book overnight.
But that's besides the point here.
The first two chapters really frustrated me since the main character IS THIRSTY AS HELL (which is funny how in the beginning she actually wanted water..) Now let explain myself for ^ that statement up there. Every since the book started and we meet fellow Teo (pronounced Tay-o...more
Drew Graham
(I was ready to give this 2 stars until the last 100 pages or so, when it sunk decidedly to 1.)

18-year-old Cheyenne Laurent, an insipid but obviously lovely girl with chronically twitchy fingers and extreme emotional issues, has an unhealthy and unethical obsession with her math teacher Teo Richardson, a narcissistic pedophilic psychopath with talented black eyes. After the reported resurgence of a zombie-like infestation in the world, Cheyenne and a handful of minors think they're pretty lucky...more
Alice
Mar 10, 2013 Alice marked it as to-read
Shelves: will-review

This sounds epic. I really hope it turns out as creepy as it sounds.
Keren Hughes
*WARNING: May Contain Spoilers*

*KABOOM* That sound? My brain imploding from the amazingness of this book!!

Welcome to your new home. Welcome to Elysian Fields. Welcome to your worst nightmare!!

A once dormant disease has resurfaced. The Living Rot is back. Just when people believed their lives would return to some form of normalcy, the disease rises up to ravage humankind.
Teo Richardson has a plan that will keep him and Cheyenne safe. He must take her to Elysian Fields. There she can live withou...more
Cherine
Haha I rated it 5 since the rough rough rough cut I read was so awesome, and I can only imagine how it has transformed. Bravo to my awesome talented friend. I am glad I am not the only person who enjoys creepy things!!! PS Mary is not just an awesome writer but a wonderfully kind friend! Mark your calenders (a year couldn't come any faster)!!!
Jill
This is a book about an abuser/victim relationship. A senior in high school gets involved with her math teacher who is a bit of an egomaniac, and suddenly he kidnaps her and tells her that he has just saved her life because a supervirus is killing everyone and he has brought her (and 15 others) to a safe place. This safe place is a neighborhood that he had built, surrounded by an electric fence, in the middle of nowhere, when this virus had previously flared up and took out a big part of the pop...more
Jennifer
Well, I thought this going to be a good book.....but it's not. I applaud that Cheyenne wants to believe Teo is a good person but it's to the point that she's blind and irritating as a reader that she takes too long to see that some people are crazy.

The whole premise of the book that this disease has resurfaced and no one has heard about it except Teo should really raise some questions to everyone in the book but instead they play along so they can get the vaccine which they shouldn't need if th...more
Erica Lisher
There needs to be a negative star rating, seriously. Real rating -2 stars.

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That is what I did while reading The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray-I literally beat the back of my own head into the wall. Maybe it was a drastic attempt to dumb myself down to the level that were these characters so I could enjoy this steaming pile of shit and not push myself deeper into a migraine with this book. None of which happened. It hurts to even think about this poor attempt at a book.

Three tries it took me to g...more
Kayla Beck
Review originally posted at Bibliophilia, Please.

Oh man, I feel really bad about writing this review, but obligations. I wanted The Dollhouse Asylum so badly that I begged my way onto the tour. I mean, look at that synopsis! Have you read it yet? I thought I would be getting a book about a weird oldish guy (probably 30s to a teenager - it says "man") being creeptastic with the young girl. I guess it was a little bit like that, but the "older man" is in his early 20s, and Cheyenne is 18. Not wh...more
Patrícia
I wish I could say good words for this book, because I really wanted to like it. Alas, I couldn't force myself to finish. The plot has no logic, couldn't bare another shared thought (much less a word!) of the irritating shallow brainless sort of "stockholm sydromed" main character, huge amount of abuse and stupidity everywhere...

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So, yeah... that's it. At some point I just had to ask why was I forcing myself to read this book when there's so much better books to read.
Stephanie
TBH I could NOT finish this book. It was insipidly awful. The main character is (seemingly) brain washed by an (outrageously) abusive man who just happens to be her (inappropriately) older teacher. There was so much deranged love dialogue and sheer stupidity going on that I had to give up. She couldn't even feel the wind after being abandoned in a hot Texas street without wishing it was her captor's hands. GROSS. The possible zombie tie in or classic lit tie in could not begin to hold me captive...more
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
Ugh, did not like this at all, could not empathise or sympathise with the heroine and the story wasn't compelling enough to make her infatuation and blind trust believable.
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Feb 23, 2014 Haley ~ YA-Aholic marked it as to-read-i-own
ugh....really want to read this...and LOVE the cover. But I have to say I am hating how all these covers are coming out a YEAR before the book comes out.
Meghan Bauer
I read this book based on another reader's review which I had stumbled upon. She stated that while the book started out terrible, it redeemed itself at the end.

I disagree. I disagree 100% It started out terrible and it stayed terrible.

Basically this girl (Persephone - not her real name) is in love with her teacher. He "saves" her from the Living Rot, a disease that turns people into zombies, along with his brother and some of his classmates, by building them some houses in the middle of nowhere...more
Erin
Oct 11, 2013 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: arcs
***ARC received from SHP in exchange for an honest review****

Even if it weren't for that creepy but mesmerizing cover, the synopsis for this book completely intrigued me. I dove in expecting something entirely unique, and boy did I ever get it! In a world where a virus turns people into flesh-eating monsters, what would you do to survive? Leave your home behind? Band together with others to find safety? Possibly even put your life before others? Well, Cheyenne was never given the chance to decid...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
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The Dollhouse Asylum was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I genuinelly couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Right from the moment I saw that creepy-ass cover I was dying to read it. The Dollhouse Asylum was so much more than I could have ever imagines. It was so much more creepy and it is possibly the most unique book I have ever read.

When Cheyenne wakes up in a strange place she doesn't know what has happened. Told that a virus has wiped out th...more
Gillian

Rating: Yet again, we go from near-DNF to can't-put-down. A creepy, psychologically disturbing, action-packed tense novel, with flaws.

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

Yet again, I find myself conflicted. I thought the beginning of this book was a little bit of a hot mess. All right, it was quite hot mess, but the last two thirds were so completely awesome that it's difficult for me to rate this book. I want to give Mary Gray all the points for the unique set up, viciously high stakes, and th...more
Bridgette
i am going back and forth between feeling totally creeped out by and being in awe of this story. to imagine a tale so twisted and creative would mean delving into the dark dark thoughts that the truly mentally disturbed entertain. I found myself wanting to get inside Teo's head so that I could figure out the way to best him at his own game, but at the same time wanting to stay as far away from understanding the way his mind worked as possible. Cheyenne was as messed up and damaged as you would e...more
Tyler Jolley
Don't let the word “Dollhouse” fool you into thinking this a fluffy girly book. It is a raw, mysterious, thriller and I loved every minute of it. While the world is attacked by a deadly virus, Cheyenne has been swept away into the safety of Elysian Fields; a place that her love interest, Teo, has built for them. She is there with seven other couples and immediately has to pass a test to prove her worthiness. She quickly realizes that this sanctuary isn’t a sanctuary after all, and it may prove t...more
Miranda
It's been a long time since I read a book with such an annoying, whiny, self-centered MC. She was horrible. I didn't like her at all and thought the entire concept was kind of lame. Who just goes with everything they are told and accepts it blindly after being kidnapped and watching other horrible things happen? And then still whines about loving the psycopath who has them captive? Not enjoyable at all for me. I only finished to use it for a reading challenge. And the only reason it gets 2 inste...more
Mary
Finished it but I so did not like it. The MC was whiny and wimpy, the plot was convoluted and there was a high-creep-factor love triangle.
RegencyEmma
Wow! This sounds great. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy. :D
Katrina Tinnon
I found myself having dreams about The Dollhouse Asylm. It’s creepy, not necessarily like horror books, but in the fact that it shows how monstrous humans can be.

Cheyenne kind of annoyed me at the beginning. She’s very naive and immature. Her character needed that in order to be able to grow throughout the book. Marcus is probably my favorite character. He’s got layers. He is doing his best to play the game, but he has this incredibly sensitive side. He also wants to do whatever he can to get th...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
The Dollhouse Asylum has such a great premise, I knew that I had to give it a read. The subject of viruses, quarantines, and such always get my attention for whatever reason.
The Dollhouse Asylum wasn't quite what I expected and I didn't connect right away with Cheyenne, but that came later. It was a very mysterious and chilling atmosphere, and there was such big questions and consequences that it kept me flipping the pages.
I didn't like Teo from the start. I had no basis for her infatuation...more
Jenea Whittington
The Dollhouse Asylum has been a book that I have looking forward to reading for quite a while. The cover just gave off a creepy vibe, and I am sucker for anything creepy. From the first page till the very last, it was hard to put down, everything from the characters to the perfect houses had me hooked.

Cheyenne finds herself in a whole new place, and it is one that she doesn’t yet understand. Teo, her former teacher, now is in charge of this mysterious place and has hand picked 7 couples, turning...more
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Mary Gray has a fascination with all things creepy. That's why all her favorite stories usually involve panic attacks and hyperventilating. In real life, she prefers to type away on her computer, ogle over her favorite TV shows, and savor fiction. When she's not immersed in other worlds, she and her husband get their exercise by chasing after their three children. The Dollhouse Asylum is her first...more
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