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3.40  ·  Rating details ·  838 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Never, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published February 1st 2014)
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Ally
Insanity is a split POV novel that never quite hit it's full potential. The first 83 pages are pure gold; we're introduced to a spunky girl named Forest working in a creepy old asylum. What more can I ask for? But my intrest in the book took a nose dive when Forest's point of view came to an ubrupt end. After Vaught switched the point of view, the book took a sharp left turn and left me feeling...gypped. I loved Forest's voice, she was relatable and funny, and I was really excited about the next ...more
Jessica
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love a creepy ghost story and this one sounded like it would be a perfect read for me. I really wanted to like this book but it fell very short for me. I really tried to finish it and got to page 296 and then realized I still had almost 100 pages left (the book is 384 pages) and I couldn't finish it.

Insanity starts off promising. You meet Levi, a young boy, walking home alone at night even though his Grandma has told him not to go out at night because "death was walking on two legs". The
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Courtney
4.5 stars

WIP: (view spoiler)
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Melissa Chung
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: asylums, ya-horror
Giving this book 3 stars. It was good. Had a slow start, but once all the characters were introduced it picked up speed and got more and more interesting.

There are a bunch of characters in this book. All of them are important so I'll start off with the main character Forest. Forest is a girl who works at the Lincoln Psychiatric Hospital in Never, Kentucky. One night on her graveyard shift she sees a man being pulled down the hall kicking and screaming. She runs to help him and finds herself in a
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Jen Ryland
May 26, 2013 marked it as setting-aside-for-now
Shelves: feb2014
I'm putting this aside for now.

I enjoyed Freaks Like Us, the author's prior book, and I absolutely loved the spooky sound of this one. There were things that I really liked about Insanity: the literary writing style and the evocation of a small Kentucky town through details like regional slang -- the word "haint" is so much better than ghost!

There's a prologue from one POV, then the narrative switches to Forest's POV. She's a girl who just aged out of foster care and is working in a mental
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Julie
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adults, 2015
I started out really liking this book. But, it seemed like the author attempted to put a trilogy into one book. Too many creatures and events to make it enjoyable.
Jo
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I felt like this was way too long. I thought the premise was interesting and even more so when I discovered that the author actually works at the hospital where it takes place.
Lorin Goins
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
You know that feeling when you finish a really good book and you hesitate to start a new one out of fear it wont be as good? Or it will take a while to get sucked in?

Well, before I read this book I had just finished a really good one, so I was slightly reluctant to start this one. I finally forced myself to sit down and start..... Man let me tell you, it was so worth it!! You hit the ground running from the start and you are running hard! I always look for books that throw you right into the
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Alexandra
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
very creepy descriptions but as a whole, the story was kind of weak. it's clear that the author has great potential because she really knows how to paint some vivid, terrifying scenes that play out like a movie in your head but the descriptions were kind of peppered throughout a boring, hard to finish story, which was a real shame.

"wind howled in our hallway, rattling the padlock on the cage and sending stretchers and wheelchairs spinning inside the metal mesh."
picture a dark hallway in a
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Annette
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't usually read book descriptions. As I was reading Insanity, I kept thinking, "this is almost like three separate stories." Well, here's what the amazon.com description says:

"In three connected stories all set in the same mental institution in rural Kentucky, ghosts of a very spooky sort make appearances in dark tunnels, abandoned bell towers and forgotten corners of the basements. Based on real local lore and the actual institution headed by Vaught herself."

Well, now that I know that's
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Emily
Mar 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: review-books
I try not to read too much about a book before I read it for reviewing purposes, so it took me a while to realize that Vaught was writing connected stories. I like books that use this approach, especially when they are done well. This book wasn't. To me, it felt like Vaught gave herself permission to write really action-packed stories full of vivid descriptions of characters fighting evil, but with very little character development or theme. For me, these were really boring fight scenes that I ...more
Jolene
DNF @ 33%

This isn't a bad book. It is a boring book. I find myself skimming large chunks, so I'm just going to call it quits. It's a shame because I really enjoyed the first 14% or so.
Sarah-Hope
May 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
“I wanted to like this book more than I did” is an overused opener for a book review, but…

I wanted to like this book more than I did.

The premise behind this book as described in its promo blurb could make for a great YA goth/thriller sort of read: “Never, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied
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Ariel
Actual Rating: 2.5 / 5

I feel like I am having the worst luck with YA books lately. I can't seem to find one that keeps my attention all the way through the book.

When I read the synopsis for this book, I knew that something was off. It only talks about Forest and at the end says that four teens stories come together. So lets clear this up right now, Forest is not the MC; she is one of four. One fourth of the book is hers, then switches to someone else and so on. I wish that would have been
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Eliza
Nov 04, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 50%. It just never Drew me in. ...more
Julie
This was nothing like what I was hoping for. I wanted just a creepy insane book and I got a lot of weird paranormal. This reminded me of the Beautiful Creatures books. I did not care for that much either.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: I was often confused or bored with Insanity, but there were certain things that pushed the review up one star.

Opening Sentence: There was something wrong with the dog.

The Review:

This book starts out with Forest in Lincoln, an old asylum from Never, Kentucky. Ghosts and haints and crazy people live in its walls. Readers follow four characters through four main stories, each with a different villain and plotline, each from a different point of
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Angie
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Insanity is one big ol' jumbled mess. The cover and blurb make it sound super creepy and interesting, but it's just not. Well, it started off weird and creepy and I was into it, but then it changed, and I wasn't liking it anymore. I can't even explain what the story was about, other than a group of "special" people fighting ghosts in an old psychiatric hospital. There's a lot more going on than that, but the narrative was so jumpy that I couldn't keep up. The
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Annie
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
When I start reading a synopsis that sounds remotely interesting, I stop reading it because they give too much away. Needless to say, I didn't realize it was multi-POV until I added it to my Goodreads shelf and saw some of the less-than-glowing reviews. But even then, I didn't read those all the way through (avoiding the spoilers!) so I didn't realize that the characters stayed connected; I thought they were individual ghost stories.

Why am I telling you this? I'm doing so simply to illustrate
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Danielle
In the (fictional) town of Never, Kentucky, Lincoln Hospital's bell tower looms. Eighteen-year-old Forest Harper takes a job there to save money for college. Her first night on the graveyard shift finds her face to face with the insanity lurking within Lincoln's walls. She's not the only one to be caught up by what haunts the hospital. Two other teens find themselves quickly pulled into the dark secrets and tunnels of the fortress-like building.

The prologue started off this book with a bang.
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Shin The Bookworm
Dec 23, 2014 rated it did not like it

I thought this would be a good read for me since I'm into creepy/supernatural stories. The cover of this book caught my eye while browsing in an ebook online shop. I read the synopsis and it was really interesting so I bought this one.

The first story about Forest was interesting and I enjoyed it. I love the creepy setting and the paranormal stuffs that's going on....but then this Darius entered and I got confused. It was another story. I couldn't grasp the story so I checked some reviews online
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Rachael Ross
Mar 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was too much. Too technical, too quick, too boring. It was a changing POV story, except that it was a 4 section story- each narrated by a different character that's related in some way to the other narrators. But instead of making one big story that comes together, Vaught created 4 mini-stories, that move at such a rapid pace the audience doesn't have any time to get invested- or even understand whats going on. You're supposed to care about these characters- but barely know anything ...more
Erika Skaggs
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I haven't devoured a book this quickly since The Hunger Games. It's the kind of story that keeps you turning pages so fast you don't even realize that it's 2 in the morning and you have to get up for work in five and a half hours, or that will make you read straight through your dinner break even though you haven't had a bite since noon. As a Kentuckian I appreciated everything about this book, from the subtle hints of hill folk vernacular to the emphasis on blood roots and deep magic, both of ...more
Margaux
Eh. As far as paranormal goes, this one didn't really do it for me. I wish I could say that I'd recommend this book, especially since the cover would do some of the selling for me. However, I'd much rather recommend Anna Dressed in Blood or The Madman's Daughter to anyone interested in a good creepy story.
Nicole Geddie
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I couldn't even finish this book, to be honest. The first 1/3 of it was interesting enough to hold my attention, but I forced myself to read on after that point because I hate not finishing books I've started...but finally I decided that life is too short to read books that bore me. This book looked & sounded like something I would love but I was largely disappointed...enough to return it to the library without finishing it.
Rhianna Turner-distin
Forest an 18 old adopted kid just wants to make some money for university by working at a metal institution. But when one of the patients husbands come back for his wife followed by what seems to be a devil, she looses track and becomes oblivious to time and the real world. So Forest finds out who or what her mother is. Then meets some new people on the way and things get twisted and she finally finds out herself, what she is.

This book is about adventure, love and self-acceptance
Bonnie
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Interesting concept executed poorly. There were way too many elements smashed into one book that felt like four different stories. I really loved the beginning, the section from Forest's perspective, but as soon as the POV switched the tone of the book changed and everything about it, the story line and even the quality of writing went down hill. Would have been much better if the entire plots around Darius and Trina weren't even there.
Lisa Maxwell
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from the very first line. Totally creepy, awesome world building, and kept me turning the pages until the end.

I'm really hoping there's more in this world, because these characters ROCK.
Brittany Allyn
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
3.5 stars. This book wasn't bad, it just wasn't the book for me. Kudos to the author for setting it in Kentucky and not making everyone a hillbilly.
Kat
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok

This book was a rollercoaster of a read.

The story is chopped into four sections each told by different characters. We get to explore a different side of the Lincoln Psychiatric Hospital that slowly turns darker and introduces more magical elements to their world.

My favorite section of the story was Part 2. Going into this book, I was hoping for the scare-factor to rise up, and this section hit that point. Between the creepy soft-playing music out of nowhere and the ghostly creatures that stir in
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