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The Dollhouse Asylum

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  790 ratings  ·  185 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
Paperback, 297 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

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
Sep 25, 2013 added it
Shelves: arc, own
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.
Oct 17, 2012 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:

Gray Cox
"A novel about escaping psychological abuse", my foot.

Our main character is how do you say... not the brightest crayon in the box. She's stupid.

As are all of the other stereotypical characters.

-Cheyenne, our main character who is yet another cliche of a white girl in YA with an odd name to try and make up for her bland personality. She's eighteen-years-old although a five-year-old would probably be more intelligent. Cheyenne also loves classics and Greek myths, although throughout the book you
Drew Graham
Nov 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: me
EDIT 23 January 2020:

I didn't much care for this book.

I feel like it just wasn't finished.

I know the author really believed in this project, and it does have some comparatively bright moments, so I feel bad reviewing it so harshly, but I have to be honest about it.
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
Alice Qu
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 8th-grade
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
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 10, 2013 marked it as to-read

This sounds epic. I really hope it turns out as creepy as it sounds.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Read: January 2014
Bookmarks: -5

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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 get past chapter three…THREE! I k
Keren Hughes
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
*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
May 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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...



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.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was very different than anything I've read before. Cheyenne wakes up in a very small town. Its more like a cul-de-sac because there aren't any other buildings than 14 homes. Cheyenne finds out that her love Teo has built this place, called Elysium Fields, just for her. Teo informs her and the other new "guests" that The Rot, which is basically a zombie like disease, has reached America. Teo has a vaccine...if they're good. But to stay she and 7 other couples must pa ...more
Kayla Beck Kalnasy
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.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Stephanie Chavarie
Aug 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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)!!! ...more
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
Oct 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: intriguing
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. ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
I have seriously no idea what to make of The Dollhouse Asylum. The description made it sound super interesting, unique, and dangerous! Well, it was interesting in the beginning because I had no clue what was going on, and I was compelled to keep reading. But by the end, nothing makes a lick of sense, and I'm more confused than when I started.

The Dollhouse Asylum started off pretty good. Cheyenne wakes up and has no clue where she is. She remembers someone putting a chloroform soaked cloth over h
Meghan Bauer
Feb 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Oct 14, 2012 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.
Nov 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
The Dollhouse Asylum Review on K-Books

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
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Okokokokok wait, hold up..


I would like to point out that I was looking forward to this book for months. Months. The plot sound so unique and thrilling! The cover was pretty. It sounded like something I would love. Oh, how wrong i was.
The protagonist, Cheyenne, wakes up after being drugged. Thats right, drugged and kidnapped. With chloroform.
Now, I don't know about anyone else, but I'd be pretty freaked out at this point. But, oh no, Cheyen
Nov 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
the story took place in a world where a flesh-eating virus wiped out part of the human populations. Cheyenne found herself in Elysian Fields, a place cut off from the world that they were safe from the terrifying virus. together with 7 other couples, she had a chance of survival. the person that brought them together was Teo, an older man that Cheyenne fell for. however, he felt distant now that he called himself their Director. everyone was given a new identity, names that reflect the most trag ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book from a Twitter giveaway.
I hated this book. I hated it so much, but I felt I should give it a chance all the way to the end to redeem itself.

Characters were poorly developed.
Cheyenne was a poorly written character that lacked personality and growth. Initially I didn't care for her and I did not grow to like her and her choices.

The world made little sense. The author chose to have the readers jump right into Cheyenne waking up and reacting to a kidnapping on the
L.A. Goodman
Oct 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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
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Mary Gray balances dark and twisty plots with faith-based messages. Some of her best ideas come when she’s lurking in the woods, experimenting with frightening foods, or pushing her kids on the tire swing. She is a contributor to THE FAITHFUL CREATIVE magazine, and is the author of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM, OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE, and HUSH, NOW FORGET.

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