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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  53,317 ratings  ·  6,497 reviews
Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

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
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by HarperTeen
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Amanda Baker 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 b…moreIt'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 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. (less)
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. I…moreThere'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.(less)

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Sep 01, 2013 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. ...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
The characters in this book are supposed to be 16. This is supposed to be a suspenseful thriller, a horror, for young adults. It is not. 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: roughly 15
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Deliciously creepy and a great start to my Halloween creepfest 2020!

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!
maria ✦‧₊☽
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
My mind is empty... I don't know what should I say about this book. Actually I was so scared but not scared!! I'M IN SHOCK RIGHT NOW!! ...more
That was so so good, whaaaaaa? Exceeded my expectations with flying colours, yes it did. Perfect halloween read! Had me doing this every couple pages:

May 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, eek-the-creepies
A copy of Asylum was provided to me by Harper Children's/Edelweiss for review purposes.

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
Ashley Daviau
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! Add in the slightly disturbing photographs and creepy handwritten notes and I'm 100% sold! ...more
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Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

Mini 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
destiny ♡ howling libraries
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
Mar 30, 2015 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 ...more
It's rare to see YA novels with a Gothic tone, but Miss Roux's Asylum leaves too many things to be desired:

(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
Inês Ferreira
Oct 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF at 50%.

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
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay so I have decided to do something outside the box and norm for bloggers. I am going to start a new book shelf on here named "no rating" which means I will not rate it. I firmly believe that sometimes we read a book and it is not OUR cup of tea and we rate it badly by giving it a one or a two or a three stars. I hate doing that just because I read the book and did not like it does not mean you may not like it. As a blogger we influence a lot of readers with our reviews and I just don't want ...more
Actually kind of impressed with this Young Adult horror story.

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 ...
May 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller, horror
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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
Sep 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
I cannot stress this enough - this is a horrible and poorly executed book, particularly in that there is no way to get a refund for the time I spent reading it. Time that would have been better spent on, oh, maybe reading nutritional facts on a cereal box or perusing depressing obituaries in the newspaper. While the cover sports an eerie image and promises disturbing found photographs to enhance the story - reminiscent of Ransom Riggs' technique in Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - t ...more
Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice)
I wanted to read a scary book, something that would chill me to the bone, a dark, deep, twisted read. For me, Asylum ticked all of the boxes.

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
Gemma ♕ Bookish Gems
I'm really disappointed in this book. I don't know if it was the narrator of the audiobook or if I just didn't like the writing but it wasn't for me.

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.
Lauren Alvarez
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you attended a college that used to be an asylum for the criminally insane?

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
Drcong O '
This book is nowhere near creepy and horrific. I was expecting to read some spine-tingling, creepy haunting but this book is nothing like that.

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
The Sassy Bookworm
Jul 21, 2014 marked it as dnf
Waving the white flag on this one. It's way too juvenile, and the excessive use of the name DAN is making me want to stick a red hot poker into my eye over and over again...

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Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Amber J

“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

Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very generous 4 stars, more like a 3.75 stars. It gets a bonus 0.25 stars because of the mini little twist at the end that I wasn't expecting.
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
Colleen Houck
The cover is super creepy and the story echoes that. YA creepy is about all the horror I can handle and this was just perfect. I think the first spine tingling thing was the main character having the same name as the warden. If you're into things that go bump in the night then this one's for you. ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
This one was pretty much a bust across the board. Despite a wonderfully creepy cover and an attempt to ape the success of Peregrine’s vintage photography gimmick, Asylum failed to live up to the expectations set by the former, or the promise inherent in the latter. It’s hard not to compare Asylum to Peregrine, given the obvious influence (aaaaaand the fact that I read them back-to-back), but they actually provide an interesting set of contrasting misses. On the one hand, Peregrine, while ultimat ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
In many ways, this was a very typical piece of young adult fiction with a lot of the tropes that are so common. The inclusion of pictures in the novel certainly enhanced the creepiness of the story.
Tom Lewis
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
It wasn’t scary, but it was definitely fun.
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I love creepy, young adult books and this one was no exception. I read this in a couple days, I was completely drawn into the story and the characters. It's a very easy read and the pacing is great. I didn't personally find it scary but it might be a little creepy for some people. The photos are great and gave my mind even more to play with. The book uses photographs in a very similar way to Ranson Riggs. It's very effective and gives the book a really dark atmosphere. I finished the book today ...more
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