Friday, December 25, 2015

Review: The Asylum Series by Madeleine Roux

Peoples!  I introduce to you, the second horror series I've read!

Asylum (Asylum, #1)
Read: Dec. 7-22, 2015
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pages: 310

Guess what?! This was the book I read for book club! My very first book club book! YAY!

Anyways...this book was creepy. Not scary...but freakishly creepy. I chose this book because I was promised chills and thrills and all sorts of horrifying things...but I also chose this book, expecting not to be affected. I've only ever read one horror story before, and it was not horrifying. At all. This one on the other hand...creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy.

Well, there are several factors that contributed to the feeling, I suppose.
1) I'm very easily scared (yes, I jumped when someone sneezed abnormally loud once)
2) I was reading this at night (pretty much the only time I ever get to read in peace)
3) I was reading this in a silent room (it was really, really quiet, okay?)
4) I was the only one in the room (imagine all the weird looks I would have gotten if I had screamed...)

So there I was reading this book when suddenly...*bzz bzz*
I very nearly screamed and hurled the book across the room.

What I DID do, however, was jump and scold myself for being afraid of a book. I mean...what's the worst that could happen, right? It's just paper...

Now, the blurb on the back did warn me of haunting images from actual asylums, but I didn't think much of them. Until this long period of reading when I was beyond freaked and I turned the page , only to be greeted by this girl with this hair with these clothes...gaaaah! From then on, I would always scout ahead a few chapters to warn myself if there was something alarming coming...

There was this point in the book, where I was so deeply entrenched in the book that I was actually afraid to turn the page or even treat the book with anything but utmost respect and care...I thought...I thought...a hand or SOMETHING would reach out of the book. I actually did. I kid you not.

Thankfully, I did the sane thing and took a break (at some point in the book when I couldn't take any more creepy) before I finished the rest of the book. And by break, I mean, I walked around the house and shouted some gibberish, then decided to go back into the book. Of another point...I told myself to go to bed and finish the rest of the book in the morning where it would be bright, and loud, and not a perfect environment to read a horror novel...

The ending...although the main problems that were introduced in this book were addressed, and all those little nuances finally made sense...there were still a few things that I still don't get...still some things that have left me without a reasonable explanation...hmm...

This book really had the creepiness down pat. It wasn't the sudden surprise thing I was always afraid of in the movies...this book had this great build up of suspense, and I was taken from mild amusement in the beginning, to reading behind a pillow...

As for the next book, well...I'm pretty sure I will read it...I mean, it's unlike me to NOT finish a series I've started...but I think I've had enough creepiness to last the year...or what's left of it anyway...I think there's...a week left...a week and a day...?

Aaanyways....I'm definitely taking a break from the creepy. I'm going to read something much less horrific and goose bumps-causing. Something that requires little to no brain power to comprehend...a fluffy, girly, read, if you will...

Sanctum (Asylum, #2)Read: June 14-28 ,2016
Rating: 3out of 5 stars
Pages: 343

This started out a bit tame, well, actually, the entire first half of the book was kinda tame, but no matter...I get scared way too easily anyway.

I...was a bit disappointed with this book though, I expected this book to be every bit as horrifying as the first. Now, since I scare so easily, you would think that this would be a good thing, no? Unfortunately, I don't think so! I was bored.

The events that unfolded were somewhat amusing, and the ending almost made up for the lack of scariness, but otherwise, this book was....meh.

I also thought that the trio of friends kinda lost their...connection. They just didn't feel as trusting and friendly towards each other as they used to. What a shame, I quite liked this group. Oh well.

    What is the scariest or creepiest book/movie you've ever read/watched? 

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