Hello everyone... I mean my fellow lunatics! Ahah, just kidding. Welcome to my first 2014 A-Z Challenge post! Today, this post is featuring an unstoppable powerful book which is really about what the title describes.. asylums.
This is Madeleine Reux’s debut novel, and she definitely wrote it horrifyingly and amazingly, both at the same time. Take a note to self- don’t read this at midnight, because you will NOT be able to sleep the rest of the night. This book is absolutely creepy and sent shivers down my spine, and yes, I was brave enough to begin, and finish this all in a few hours- but that was because once you begin this, you won’t be able to put it down.
I really didn’t know what to expect when starting this book. It could end up really cliche and horrible, or it could go in the whole other direction and end up being amazing, and that’s what it did. I may say that the beginning was tempting me to read more, even though it wasn’t that powerful. Thank goodness I kept on reading or else I wouldn’t been able to experience reading a spectacular novel like this. The beginning was everything you could imagine- a boy curious about a weird place.
The plot began to express itself after 100 pages or so, and I was glad that I didn't give up on it. The romance quickly submerged into something gorgeous, and I was biting my nails the whole time, not knowing what would happen next. There were so many moments where I thought I knew what would occur next, but I would end up totally wrong.
Dan, the main character, is absolutely likeable, and you will feel like he’s telling his story to you, and only you.
This concept inspired me so much that I decided to write a speech for school on asylums. A little more research into the topic, and I felt like I knew the topic inside and out. Ask me questions below, and I will gladly answer them! :)
This book reminded me so much of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. The photographs here were so creepy, but also gave me a better understanding of what was going on and what the evidence looked like. Pick this up as soon as you can, because I’m 100% sure that you’ll be pleased, young or old.
Favourite quote: “It was a house for those who could not take care of themselves, for those who heard voices, who had strange thoughts and did strange things. The house was meant to keep them in. Once they came, they never left.”
Question of the Day: Would you, personally, go and visit an old lunatic asylum? I definitely WOULDN’T.