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 arriv ...more
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: roughly 15 ...more
The photography was fitting and added an extra layer of chill factor. The story kept me guessing, and I definitely feel there will be some secrets and revelations in the stories ahead. The novellas just arrived in my mail today so on to the next!
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: 16 year-old Dan comes to stay for several weeks over the summer at a college prep program and he finds out their dorms are located in what once was an asylum for ...more
Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy. 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 ...more
No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.
I know a lot of people feel that asylum settings in horror are overdone, or insensitive, and I can fully respect that and see where those people are coming from! That said, even as a woman who probably (definitely) would’ve been locked up with the key thrown away if I’d been alive a couple hundred years ago (I say this only half-jokingly 😂), I adore a good retired asylum setting in a scary story, so when I found out about this little ...more
(1) Those teenage main characters act like they are 10 years old instead of 17.
(2) The writing is decent enough, but authors such as Helen Grant had done a better job scaring me with her words.
(3) The ending, what a mess!
(4) There will be a sequel but I'm not looking forward for it.
(5) The friendship among the main characters is unconvincing, their personalities and motives all feel very fo ...more
This book compares itself to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Don't even. Just don't.
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 pr ...more
Creepy cover ✔
Horrible history ✔
Mysterious happenings ✔
Creepy AF location ✔
Terrifying photos ✔
The photos definitely make this book a hundred times creepier, even if most didn't really match the story. I think the shudder effect comes from knowing that people and places like this did actually exist once upon a time.
For any horror aficionado, haunted asylums aren't really anything new. They arise constantly in books, films, tv shows ... ...more
Rating: A Generous 2.5 Stars
As soon as I saw that Asylum was being compared to Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, I immediately downloaded an ARC of it. Miss Peregrine's is one of my favorite books so I had high expectations for Asylum. I'm sorry to say that Asylum is not the next Miss Peregrine's but it is a pretty good horror/thriller.
Miss Peregrine's was such an unique read because all of the photos that accompanied the story wer ...more
The main character Daniel Crawford is on a summer programme run by the New Hampshire College but instead of staying on a College campus, the students are housed in an ex-run asylum. Dan meets Jordan, Abby and his new roommate Felix but after a short time at the asylum, nothing is quite what it seems. Dan starts to suffer from hallucinations, Jordan and Dan ...more
Honestly I had it all figured out pretty early on and I was waiting for a twist but it was just kind of predictable. Not for me which is a shame as it's been on my list forever. ...more
In the book “Asylum” by Madeleine Roux, sixteen year old Dan Crawford was attending New Hampshire College Prep, which was just your average summer program - or so he thought. When Dan comes to know that his dorm used to be an insane asylum, he starts noticing a change in the atmosphere of the college. Something just wasn't right.
Dan and his newly found friends, Jordan and Abby, discover an abandoned w ...more
I was really excited to read this, but it was a huge dissapointment. This whole book was meh.
This book was nothing special. Jordon literally had no purpose in this book. The romance was so unnecessary.
Some of the pictures in this book were pretty creepy and somewhere in the beginning I actually shivered from the creepiness, but after that nothing reall ...more
“Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.”
― Madeleine Roux, Asylum
As always my reviews are based off of my true and honest opinion and I do my best to keep all reviews spoiler free.
Dan Crawford goes to a college prep at Brookline. There he meets and makes two friends. Abby and Jordan. Right away strange and weird things start happening to Dan. They find an entrance to the old Brookline asylum. Which is just scary and creepy and more and more weird ha...more
This book definitely got better as it went along. It started out with a cheesy really underdeveloped storyline and really juvenile characters. The writing was weird and awkward at times. The romance was introduced really rapidly and had no build up so it didn't really make sense. All of this, however, was solved by the end. The writing got less j ...more
MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly af ...more