Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Category: YA Fiction (Horror)

Published: August 2013

Read: May 2017

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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.

Review: This was a surprising book that I actually really enjoyed. Usually the “horror” type books I find to be campy and not very good at all but I was surprised and am already on to book two in the series (look for the review soon).

It’s about Dan Crawford, who by all accounts doesn’t have a lot of friends but is very smart and likes Psychology. He goes to a summer program at a college and is set up in an old insane asylum. Which has to be creepy in and of itself. The way it’s described it’s not even cleaned out fully just mostly the areas where the summer students are living. Dan starts to find creepy pictures all over the place and start to see things. The good news is he finds friends in both Jordan and a possibly girlfriend in Abby. It’s all connected how and are they going to make it through the summer.

The pictures sure add a creep factor to this book. It gives you something to look forward to, I wish there was more tbh. They did tie in with the story which is great and I really enjoyed it, gave you a visual besides what you picture in your head as you read it.

It’s not scary at all, for me anyway. As this is a YA book I dont’ see kids being scared of it as well so I would say it’s good for anyone from 13 and up. There is no sex or anything like that, mentions death and lobotomy’s and some of the things that went on in these types of places but overall not scary at all.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book too. Dan could be a little annoying at times, but isn’t that all teenagers? I loved Jordan the most. I am also happy with the Game of Thrones references. That was a nice touch.

I am looking forward to finishing the series and hope it’s as good as the first one.


Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.


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