Review: Sanctum by Madeleine Roux (Asylum Book #2)

Category: YA Fiction

Published: August 2014

Read: June 2016

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it’s here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined.

Review: This was a really good book for a sequel and I actually really enjoyed it. It didn’t take long to read and I am already on to the third in the series.

Once again we are back with the trio Dan, Jordan and Abby as they start to receive messages and they have an old carnival theme. Why are they receiving them and who is sending them? As they try to get over what happened at Brookline over the summer they are drawn back for a weekend as “prospective students”. What happens there is messed up, can Dan figure out why he is seeing things? Or who is after them and following them? Will it be too late?

It’s as fast paced as the last one, and once again not scary but still a good overall read. There is always a part of you that knows the subsequent books are never as good but I can say this one didn’t disappoint.

Jordan is still my favourite character with his wit, and quickness and probably the most brains in the whole operation. Dan I find annoying as a main character. Everyone keeps tell him to let it go, and yes he has visions, but he should just let it go as they say. He also says he doesn’t have any friends but these non existent friends still keep trying to hang out with him. That is what lost the score for this book was Dan. He’s annoying but totally tolerable.

I also really enjoyed the carnival theme although it didn’t overpower the book. It felt like a side note, but the pictures surrounding it were a lot of fun.

You also get a little closure with this book as well. If you don’t want to read on that would be okay, this could totally be a stand alone, but if you wanted to continue the journey by all means enjoy!

It’s the same writing, overall really good and not to much. It still would be good for any teen to read and any adult who likes these types of books. The pictures are fun and add a little something to it. I also like how the chapters are broken up.

I look forward to the next book, as you will look forward to the review 😀


Asylum (the first book)


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