Asylum

Madeleine Roux

Asylum is the first book in a trilogy, following Abby, Dan and, Jordan while they work their way through, and remarkably survive, countless run-ins with dark secrets hidden within the town of Brookline.

Daniel “Dan” Crawford is a normal teenage boy looking for a bit of adventure when he decides to participate in a summer program that’s being held in a historic, restored mental institution that has been repurposed as Brookline University. What he actually discovers is more than he bargained for, to say the least. The moment he steps foot onto the grounds of the school he receives an uneasy feeling, though he’s not sure from what, but he shakes it off and convinces himself that he’s just nervous. While residing at Brookline he meets a mysterious professor who seems oddly obsessed with him and his name, a roommate who is doing creepy things like watching Dan sleep and digging through his bags, and his only allies in his nightmare to come; Abby and Jordan.

Personally, the book was exciting and mysterious, it didn’t give away what the plot twist was too early and by the end, you desperately wanted another adventure with the trio! At times the writing was confusing and it was helpful to go back and read it over again but I think that was all part of the author’s tricks; to confuse you in a subtle way. By far the best book of the series, Asylum is always a great choice; for a quick read, a rainy day, or even to scare yourself a little bit as the authentic-looking images throughout made you feel the fear as the characters did. – Maggie D.

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Words on Bathroom Walls - Julia Walton

Words on Bathroom Walls

Julia Walton

 

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

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