author: Madeleine Roux
publisher: Harper Teen
publication date: August 20, 2013
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 coincidene ethat 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.
Firstly I have to admit that the reason why I wanted to read this book in the first place was this awesome cover. I was looking for some scary and spooky books to read around Halloween and it was the cover what actually drew me to the book.
As in many other books lately there are some very creepy photos featured in this book; photos, that kind of freaked me out. Well, at least some of them. Also some of them looked like they were photoshopped. I just love the whole design of the book. I even loved the fonts which are were pretty neat.
Like I said before I was looking for some scary books to read during fall but unfortunately the scariest part of this book was the photos. At the beginning I was totally into the story and the characters. I loved it. I really did. But the more pages I read the more I got annoyed by the characters. I mean they made some ridiculously stupid desicions, sometimes I just felt like slapping them right in their faces.
Sadly, for a horror story, Asylum was kind of disappointing. To be honest, I expected a whole lot more and I hoped for it to be much scarier than in actually was. Some creepy notes (which weren’t that creepy anyway) do not make a spooky horror book. Also there was a lot of teenage drama in it, which wasn’t that bad but which I didn‘t like that much either.
While I was totally into the book at the beginning, the end turned out to be very disappointing. What I also didn’t like was when the main characters started to drift apart. They acted so weird sometimes and I
didn’t even understand why because it came all out of nowhere.
But what I really liked was that the history of the former asylum was mixed up in the whole story and I loved the connection between the asylum and the main characters. I also loved the atmosphere of the book. I really had fun reading it even though I didn’t like it that much.
So overall Asylum was a good book. It definitely had a lot of potential, sadly it wasn’t what I’ve expected in the first place. If you want to read a scary book that doesn’t scare the hell out of you you might want to read this one. It’s not that bad but it’s also not the best book I’ve read. I’m gonna start the second book tonight because even though I didn’t like it quite that much I definitely want to now how the story continues.