Madeleine Roux
Madeleine Roux's New York Times bestselling Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-illustrated novel that Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma on a place." Featuring found photographs from real asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Asylum is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity, perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline's twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum's dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.


Reviewed: 2017-06-26

2.5/5 stars
+I enjoyed the photos throughout the book

-Pushing too hard for romance and teen drama for something that I wanted to be scary and spooky 
-Nothing really happened
-The only action happened during 10 pages at the very end of the story

Overall, I was disappointed with this book. I went in with no expectations and no idea what it was about and once I finished it I was like what the heck. It was not spooky, scary, bloody or gory, which is why I’m disappointed. I also felt that the romance was just annoying and unnecessary. I would have loved if the story was darker than it was. And the only action that happened was a complete letdown and maybe had 10 pages max of content like that. 

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