Review: Asylum

Oct •  29 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: AsylumAsylum by Madeleine Roux
Series: Stand Alone
Published by HarperTeen on August 20th 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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 arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

Curious for a mysterious and spooky read, I picked up this book wanting to be entranced. It took me down some strange halls that I would never forget.

Pictures: First, I want to talk about the pictures that came along with the story. I loved them. I felt it gave the story a more 3-d. Like you can read the story but a visual is placed in front of you as well. Some pictures were interesting while others were well creepy. Still, I enjoyed turning the page and looking at long past history.

Plot: One of my fave movies to watch during this season is House On Haunted Hill both the old and new version. I adore the whole premise of vengeful spirits luring back their heirs to a place that has gone mad. This story carries a similar plot. I loved every bit of piecing together the mysterious clues of the staff and the coincidence of clues left for others to follow.

Love/Friendship: Since this is a thriller read, there isn’t much romance but it did carry a good flirtation feel that gives the book that right amount of peace. There are creepy moments then two characters get real and get to know each other, smiling. I loved that. The friendships formed have more than what the reader sees. I love reading the story and watching it unfold secret by secret before my eyes.

This is a great story of mystery and mayhem. Lots of scary tales of the old building, told by the townspeople, give this story dimension. The pictures add a great affect to visualizing the world that is being built for the reader. Ultimately an intriguing read that you can not put down, Asylum is perfect for Halloween!

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. I’ve been so curious to see how this book actually was. I love a creepy and scary story this time of year too but heard some people thought it wasn’t that good. I love that pictures were included with it. I just think that adds so much more to the story! Have you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? That book does the same thing. I will definitely have to go read this book. Great review!

    • Savannah
      Oct 29, 2013

      The pictures are an awesome touch Christine.

  2. Candace
    Oct 29, 2013

    I passed on this one cause it just seems a bit too creepy for me. I think if love the photos though and I’ll have to look at it at the store. Glad you enjoyed!

    • Savannah
      Oct 29, 2013

      What? Noo, go back and read it. It has more mystery going on. But the pictures to add some creepiness in it. But not too much.

  3. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Oct 29, 2013

    Stuff with old photos FREAKS ME OUT. I think that’s why I’ve avoided this book. lol