Asylum (YA) by Madeleine Roux


No doubt about it, the cover is creepy. This was one of those books with a promising premise. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the wildly successful Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in its use of odd, black and white photos. But where that book was creative and different, this one fails to deliver. Don’t get me wrong- it’s not awful, it’s just not exceptional.

Sixteen year old, Dan spends part of the summer at a college prep program. His dorm is a former psychiatric facility. When things start to happen, the reader wonders if the school is haunted, Dan is going mad, or whether something else is going on. That part of the book works. Several murders and attacks ensue along with Dan becoming a possible suspect, but when a few too many co-incidents occur, the action starts to feel campy. In the end, the storyline is partially resolved but big questions remain (I guess this is so the author gets to produce a sequel. Anyone else tired of that ploy?). The initial idea, Dan’s history, and the location should have produced a better book.



  1. jesusfreakusa · June 21, 2015

    Looks interesting.


  2. D.E. Cantor · June 22, 2015

    Reblogged this on D.E. Cantor.

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  3. Laura Pent · June 24, 2015

    YES! yes, I am so tired of that ploy. People seem to have forgotten the idea of a simple, stand-alone book.

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    • ellisnelson · June 24, 2015

      I think it has become a desired format because the only self-publishing authors to really make money give away the first novel hoping to attract sales on the later ones. And some series have been hugely successful.

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  4. Laura Pent · June 24, 2015

    I see. Yes, it’s true about the successful series, especially trilogies—so much that they’ve become an accepted format of most YA books. In most cases there’s no need for the sequels. And this trend is something I personally don’t like.

    Keep writing by the way! 🙂

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  5. thewhisperingpen · July 14, 2015

    Thanks for this. I love the cover and the title, but I won’t waste my time. I loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.


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