Book Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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Dear Bookworms,

I was promised something along the lines of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with this one. While they did indeed share many similarities, this one, unfortunately, seemed to fall short of the promised hype.

What is this book about?

Sixteen year old Dan Crawford is excited to begin his summer studies at the New Hampshire College Prep program (he isn’t your normal teenager clearly). Summer housing units are closed and students are being housed in the old Brookline Dorm, formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan settles into the routine of summer classes, he and his new found friends, Abby and Jordan, begin exploring the old, shut off rooms of Brookline Dorm.

But, what starts out as silly fun by the three teenagers quickly turns into an obsession with all things Brookline.

These three friends uncover long buried secrets about what really went on in that psychiatric hospital all those years ago, and discover some uncanny connections to their lives. Strange coincidences plague the three friends lives. When students begin turning up injured (and even dead) they know they have stumbled into something far more than they realized.

My thoughts on this book

Ok, let’s start off with what I enjoyed.


The plot as a whole was pretty well developed. It is an interesting concept as well. A summer camp at an old run down psychiatric hospital is the perfect recipe for some good thrills and chills.

I enjoyed the antique photos from real life asylums dispersed and used throughout the book (much like the Miss Peregrine series). They lent a more creepy vibe and really gave a good visual on what the characters may have been privy to.

What I didn’t like

My problem was more with the writing style which seemed kind of immature and juvenile? Younger readers my not take issue with it, but it was a tad…overly dramatic?…Again this may just be a personal preference.

I probably won’t continue with the series, and honestly it didn’t end on any cliffhangers so I am unsure what direction the remaining two books even take so I don’t feel like I am missing out on too much.

Overall I would most likely recommend to my younger readers (middle grades-high school) with the caveat that it may not be for the more sophisticated reader.

Until next week friends!



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