Since full book reviews take an extremely long time to write, I am going to be starting to write flash book reviews, which will be much more brief, less detailed, and delve less into the plot. For book reviews that are highly requested, I will do a full review. If I have a lot of time, I will do a full review. But, for the most part, flash reviews are to be expected.
Warning: Reader discretion is advised. This review will contain plot spoilers. If you wish to see if this is a good book to read for you personally, scroll to my closing statement at the end. In addition, this book is somewhat disturbing, and may not be suitable for younger audiences.
And now, on to the review!
“Asylum” by Madeleine Roux is a thrilling horror story set during a summer camp for those who like learning outside of school. The main character, Dan Crawford is at this camp, and his dorm is in, of all places, an Asylum that is no longer in use. This gripping page turner is full of suspense, mystery around the mysterious patient known as The Sculptor, Dan’s strange connection to the man who was once the warden, strange flashbacks, possessed roommates, friends with secrets of their own, horrifying medical experiments, and the terrifying truth hidden beneath the surface.
I have not read many horror books written for kids or teens, so I had no source of comparison. However, I found this to be a delightful read, and something I would certainly consider reading again. This had a very interesting plot, and many interesting twists that I did not expect. I wish the author had gone more in depth into the history of the asylum, but I did like the little history that was given. The enemy was somewhat predictable- a man who used to stay at the asylum but mysteriously disappeared later, but his manifestation in the character was very well done and unexpected. There were a few random and strange occurrences with little explanation, which was somewhat annoying.The character development was interesting.
The biggest fault I saw was the ending cliffhanger and unexplainable occurrences. It was set up so that you have to read the rest of the trilogy to fully “get” the book. But, nevertheless, I enjoyed the book.
I’ll give this three and a half stars and a 12+ age rating for violence and darker themes.
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As I have not yet read the rest of the trilogy, I will not write reviews for the other two books soon. I am planning on beginning my review series of either the Percy Jackson series or the Magnus Chase series (both mythology series).
Bye for now!