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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  87 reviews
"To cure fear, you must use fear."

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient war
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Published February 16th 2016 by Blaze Publishing Inc.
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Brex (Bookosaurus_Rex)
I first saw Asleep on bookstagram and was immediately intrigued. I never really saw it around after that, but I’m glad that the cover made a big enough impact on me that I remembered it.

I opened it on Sunday afternoon, and didn’t put it down until 9pm, when I absolutely had to participate in real life. This book sinks its gnarly claws into your brain from page one, prods, stretches, stabs, massages, and semi moulds it back into proper brain shape before finally letting you go on the last page.
Martina McAtee
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was hands down one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. Wade provides the kind of story that sucks you in on page one and doesn't let you go until the last page. I read this whole book in a day and a half. I loved the heroine, she was very relateable. Also, I have to say, as somebody who previously worked in a psych facility, she did her research. Everything was so believable and made it really easy to fall into the story. She has a great writing style and her transitions from w ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm such a mess right now...

This book surprised me! Not because I thought it would be bad or something like that- I just didn’t read a book that took place at an asylum before!
I liked Rose very much and I could understand her situation perfectly because it was portrayed very relatable!
It made me tear up so often!
I was confused many times, but I think that was willed.

So yeah, it’s a great book, something re-freshing and interesting!
Jennifer (INnerSANITY)
ASLEEP by Krystal Wade
​Published by Blaze Publishing on Feb.16, 2016
​GENRES: YA, Thriller, Psychological, Horror

I had the privilege of receiving an ARC (advanced reading copy) of the book ASLEEP by Krystal Wade. After reading the synopsis I was sure I was going to like the book.. It has elements which I love - INSANITY, ASYLUMS, and a possible LOVE connection. Anyone that knows me - knows I'm VERY interested in the psychologically damaged, and the freakish nature of morbid asylums.
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book by Krystal Wade that goes straight to my "favorites" shelf.
It's amazing how this book can bring so many emotions out of me and leaves me being a sobbing mess in the end! Seriously, Asleep comes out tomorrow and if you haven't preordered or at least added it to your TBR list yet then you're definitely missing out on something. READ IT <3

Also, my full review will be up tomorrow on my blog.
Jackie -Sated Faery
So, so, so good! This was impossible to put down! I couldn't figure out who was crazy, who was sane, who was good, who was evil, or whether I would be sane by the time I finished reading it! I loved the constant drama and mystery. And Rose was such a caring girl who just happened to get herself locked in an insane asylum (for reasons I cannot disclose at this time -spoilers!) but she tries her best to hang on to her sanity even when things start to look impossibly bizarre! This facility is defin ...more
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

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"To cure fear, you must use fear."

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her wa
E. C. McRoy
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Also posted on my YA Book Blog.

So, I'm not really sure what to say about this book. I'm giving it 3.75 stars and I think I liked it, but there are so many questions... too many to ignore. So, here we go.

First, I want to say that this gets a higher rating because of the quality of the writing. I think Wade has a firm grasp of storytelling and how to give life to very abstract things, which is so difficult. I'm very impresse
Larkin (Wonderfilled Reads)
How can anyone not love a Sleeping Beauty retelling set in a creepy asylum?! This was Sleeping Beauty meets season 2 of American Horror Story. Perfection, right?

This book had everything - mystery, thrills, a little bit of horror, and even a little romance! I loved the way the story kept you guessing, constantly wondering if it was all real or if Rose was actually just crazy. Seriously, support a fabulous indie author and read this book!
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was alright, but way to wierd. A lot to do with extreme depression and insanity. Not my kind of thing to read. Horror can be fun, but this was more just about a lonely unwanted girl with brains issues, which is a problem bipolar depression and hallucination of some sort. It was too brutal and just to wierd to me.
Heather Lawson
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, earc
Originally posted here:
Every so often I’ll read a book that sucks me in completely and doesn’t let me go. It doesn’t happen as often as I would like, but when it does, I know that I’m about to read something special. Asleep is one of those books. It’s one of those reads that feels slow in the beginning, when you’re just getting to the know the characters and events and then suddenly there’s a shift in your mindset and everything starts to
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asleep is a new take on the fairytale, "Sleeping Beauty", and it has been marketed as a horror/thriller version of the story; however, I didn't really see how this novel related to the horror genre. Instead, I felt that the novel was more of a psychological thriller and meant strictly for young adults. The story line was a bit sugar coated, but it was still an enticing read. If you are a young adult interested in the safer side of the horror genre, then this is the perfect novel for you.

My favor
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
If Charming is a twisted version of Cinderella, then Asleep is the same, but with Sleeping Beauty as the inspiration. Rose Briar is admitted into an Institution in the hopes that it will help her to "recover" - you're not sure from what to start with as she appears to be the innocent victim of overly-judgemental parents.

You stay with Rose as she goes through her therapy and tries to find some way to survive until she can go home, if indeed she ever does. She meets someone to befriend, Phillip,
Katie Hamstead
How can I wrap my head around what I want to say about this book. The twists and turns definitely had me wondering throughout the entire book. I'm afraid if I say too much, I'll give out spoilers unintentionally.
Rose isn't exactly what I'd describe as likable, but considering the situation, I don't think likability is important to the story. She's made some bad choices, and ended up at the wrong end of the stick. Throughout the book she undergoes a great deal of growth, which gave me the desire
Ryan Hill
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With each book, Krystal Wade only gets better and better. Asleep is a fantastic mind-bender that'll keep you guessing until the final page. Seriously. The final page. It's awesome. ...more
Andy Kornylo
See full review for Asleep at: https://toomanybooksnotenoughshelves....

For someone who doesn’t like reading about insane asylums you would think I wouldn’t read this book. And normally you would be right, but this was another book subscription box monthly selection and I figured I would try and read it first before I sold it off to my second hand book dealer. (Doesn’t the second half of that statement sound shady? lol.). Anyway, the insane asylum thing aside this book kind of caught my interest
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asleep by Krystal Wade
I was trying to describe Asleep to a coworker before I finished reading it. I told her it was a great story about a girl who is put into a mental institution by her parents, she either doesn’t know why or refuses to reveal why. I hadn’t decided where the title “Asleep” comes from. Is it because she’s drifting asleep through life? Are her parents asleep and not understanding or caring what she’s been through? Is she asleep due to the medications she’s been forced to take in
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I would love to see you draw something,” he said. “I bet it’s how the sun felt as it watched God create the world.”

I almost passed this book up because the cover looked so middle grade. Nothing against middle grade books, but I was looking for something more complex (which I ended up receiving).

Asleep is really hard to describe. I see a lot of reviews describing it as a Sleeping Beauty retelling, but I do not see that connection at all.

This book is like going for a drive and getting lost along
Kari (BookandCoffeeLover)
I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Despite the fantastic sounding plot (a psychiatric hospital combined with a fairy tale retelling is completely my jam) this book failed to impress. The start was promising but as a whole, it was difficult for Asleep to hold my interest. Uninteresting characters and a slow pace dominated this story. There were some genuinely creepy parts but overall I found the plot rather predictable.
lauren ♡
Read this review @ my blog Wonderless Reviews

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours, Blaze Publishing & Krystal Wade for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Trigger Warnings: This book mentions topics such as: mental health facilities, unethical psychiatric treatment, drugs, mental illness and suicide.

I want to preface this by saying that I'm not even sure how to begin reviewing this book. It is 100% a book that you need to experience completely for yourself
H. Kates
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tried to book this book down. I tried so hard! Alas, my poor sleep schedule suffered because I flew straight through it.

Though the story takes a little time to take off, Wade mounts the tension of this action-packed thriller with impeccable timing. She uses both ominous settings and a garbled stream of consciousness to paint a hybrid thriller/horror from the eyes of a tortured victim, challenging the realms of psychology in storytelling while keeping you on the edge of your seat. Not since Al
Review will be posted soon.
Ted Duke
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very different. She lost me several times, but that was good as Rose was lost. I won't make ANY other comment. Read it. I have to check her other books.
Olga Miret
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I obtained a copy of Asleep in exchange for an honest review as part of a book review tour.
I love fairy tales. I loved them as a child and although I’m a child no longer (well, opinions might differ on that) I still love them. When I heard that this YA book was a reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, and after reading the details, I decided to read it. The fabulous cover also drew me in.
The story of Rose Briar is set in a rather undefined time (perhaps now, but it is not specified and neither location
Jo Michaels
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a twisty book that will keep them guessing.
I picked up Asleep after attending a release party thrown by the author. There it sat, on my Kindle list, waiting to be read. Well, I have a rather impressive TBR, and I wasn't planning to dive in just yet. However, my daughter picked up the book on her device (she has access to my library), and she begged me to read it so we could talk about it. She was loving it. So, I did as I was told (good Mommy), and here we are to give you all the details about our thoughts. To start off, I'm gonna tell y ...more

I was really nervous about reading this, it is labeled to be a horror and I don't like horrors.
Never have.
Its one of those uncool things about me, I haven't seen the Walking Dead because the trailers always look so gory and I am not afraid to admit that season 1 of Supernatural spooked me out. But then again, I was only 13 so....

Anyway my point is, I don't like horrors and so I strictly read this book only during the day because we all know monsters are less scary with before sunset. However,
Cara McGovern
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asleep by Krystal Wade is an absolutely phenomenal novel that keeps you on your toes and questioning everything the whole way through. This novel is stuffed with twists and turns and characters you cannot help but adore (Greg and his "crazy" counting!) and at the same time feel insanely pitiful for due to the fact they are wrongfully (or rightfully?) locked up in an insane asylum! From the get go I was hooked on the storyline and also the main character, Rose. She's extremely hard not to love an ...more
Eliza Tilton
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A twisted Sleeping Beauty tale where the castle is an asylum and dreams can't be discerned from reality.

I've never read a book where the MC is an unreliable narrator, and now that I have, wow, just ... wow.
Rose Briar is one confused chick. Half the time I wasn't sure if she was really crazy or everyone else in that institution was. I COULD NOT put this book down. I had to know whether she was dreaming or not. What was real, and what was not. The suspense killed me!

A must read for anyone who's in
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dark and twisted tale of a girl trying to cope with her mental health. I loved the incredibly creepy asylum with great disturbing images. I was constantly questioning what was real and what wasn't and trying to figure out why the craziness was happening. But not only a dark ride through strange dreams (or not dreams), but an emotional journey about how depression can affect a teen's life as well as the lives of those around her.
A great read.
Jacob Devlin
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a fantastic balance of action and emotion. The pace was spot-on (I can't remember the last time I got through a book of this length in less than 24 hours) and I was actively engaged with the text as the twists unfolded. What's going on in this asylum? What's real? Is everything happening in Rose's head? And in the end I was very satisfied with my answers to all these questions. Great book. ...more
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