The Bone Artist by Madeleine Roux | Novella Review

THE BONE ARTIST BY MADELEINE ROUX

Genre: YA, Horror, Mystery

Series:
Asylum
The Scarlets #1.5
Sanctum

Synopsis:
In this bone-chilling digital original story set in the world of Madeleine Roux’s New York Times bestselling novel Asylum, a Louisiana teen tries to make tuition money working for a sinister organization but finds that leaving comes at a terrible cost.

When Dan, Abby, and Jordan meet Oliver in Catacomb―the third book in the Asylum series―he is a mysterious young antiques dealer with a dark past. But before he was stuck in America’s most haunted city, he was a teenager with a bright future ahead of him. In this story, we find Oliver saving up to attend his dream college in the fall and leave behind his family’s New Orleans antique shop for good. And if his job just happens to involve robbing graves for a group calling themselves the Bone Artists, well—money is money, and it’s only for now. But Oliver soon learns that the Bone Artists don’t take kindly to deserters. And there are some debts that can never be repaid.

With a mounting sense of dread that builds to a terrible end, The Bone Artists is a thrilling installment in the Asylum series that can stand on its own for new readers or provide a missing piece of the puzzle for series fans.

Epic Reads Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.

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This definitely left me wanting more. I think that is the worst part about novellas. It was nice to get a backstory on Micah as he was in Sanctum. It is situations like this in the story that freak me out because they involve real people and things that can happen in real life. I for sure have to pick up Catacomb right away because I need more of Oliver’s story.
I thought Roux did a good job developing the characters and their relationships in the short amount of time. I felt like I understood Oliver and had a connection with him regarding wanting to get out and go to college.

There were definitely the creepy vibes that are present in Roux’s stories and that tension/ dread that as you read you know something is going to happen. She did such a great job of giving little details and snapshots of the bone artists that left you with tons of questions, convincing you that you need to pick up the next book!

Overall I found this novella to be a dark and creepy read perfect for reading late at night. It has the chill factor and it’s focused on New Orleans which is known for its creepy atmosphere. Although short it introduced some dynamic characters that you want to know more about!

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Friday Reads | Last October Weekend

downthebookholeWith it being the last official weekend of October, I need to fit in all of the spooky, creepy reads! Earlier this week I read The Bone Artist by Madeleine Roux and it was exactly what I needed to get back in the Asylum series world and to make it really feel like it is Halloween time. I jumped right into the 3rd book in the Asylum series, Catacomb by Madeleine Roux and I am about 100 pages into it! It is the goal to finish it this weekend! I also went to the library this week and picked up I’ll Be Gone In the Dark by Michelle McNamara. I was told by a coworker about this book and I am really looking forward to starting this one. I have a weird obsession with True Crime and don’t read enough in this category. I also haven’t really been listening to audiobooks lately, but started one the other night when I was struggling to fall asleep. I am like 3 chapters into Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. It is interesting so far and I am intrigued to see how it goes. 

 

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Read.Sleep.Repeat. 2014 Series Challenge | Wrap- Up

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To see the rules of the challenge and a link back to the creator of this challenge click here.

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. If you would like to look at my progress you can click here! To also check out my previous posts about the series I have completed for the 2014 Series Challenge you can click here! I am really proud of myself for how many series I was able to complete this year and how many I have caught up to publishing, but I still have so many more that I have started/own. These are all the ones I was able to complete this year!

Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi 

Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce 

Proxy Duology by Alex London

The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Duology by Ransom Riggs (I think its a duology might be more)

The Notebook Duology by Nicolas Sparks

The Unknown Assassin Duology by Allen Zadoff (might not be completed)

Ever After High Trilogy by Shannon Hale 

Breathing Trilogy by Rebecca Donovan 

♠ Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee (caught up to publication)

The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout (caught up to publication)

Asylum Duology by Madeleine Roux (I have heard this might be made into a trilogy)

 

What series/trilogies/duologies have you completed this year?

The Scarlets by Madeleine Roux | Novella Review

21936683THE SCARLETS BY MADELEINE ROUX

Genre: YA, Horror, Thriller

“There are always two deaths, the real one and the one people know about.”
-Madeleine Roux, The Scarlets

Series: Asylum Duology
Asylum (#1 in Asylum Duology)
Sanctum (#2 in Asylum Duology)

Synopsis:
When Dan and his friends meet Cal in Sanctum their impression of the privileged New Hampshire College student is less than stellar. But Cal wasn’t always the cold, sarcastic guy he is now. In this digital original story preceding the events of Sanctum, we meet Cal when he is experiencing college like any other kid with a group of close friends and a dad who piles on the pressure. Only, when the pressure starts getting to him and Cal accepts an invitation to meet a selective group of students and alumni known only as the Scarlets, the course of Cal’s life changes forever. And the price of joining the Scarlets might be higher than he can pay.

With plenty of twists, turns, and thrills, The Scarlets is an exhilarating installment in the Asylum series that can stand on its own for new readers or provide a missing piece of the puzzle for series fans.[Goodreads]

review *Warning this contains spoiler for the second book in the duology, Sanctum*

I should state first that I feel like this is a novella that should be read after you read the two books in the duology. The fact that it came out and is listed as #1.5 is deceiving due to the fact that this contains spoilers for the last book, Sanctum. In my opinion I feel like by reading this novella before Sanctum it will ruin some of the events and actions that take place in Sanctum that can destroy some of the mystery and feel. I do not think I would have liked it as if I read The Scarlets before Sanctum.

With all that being said I did enjoy this novella and thought it was a nice addition. I liked the fact that it focused on a different character, Cal and his backstory. I felt like this allowed to see how Cal got to be how he was and explained a little of his personality before the story that happened in Sanctum. I also felt like this novella helped to make a connection with Cal and understand his actions at the end of Sanctum a lot more. This novella was a little creepy, but did not have the same feel the books did. There was a little weirdness and some strange occurrences, but it felt more mystery and suspense than horror.

Overall I thought this was a real enjoyable short story that added greatly to the overall duology. It was intriguing and gave you insight into how Cal came to be how he was in Sanctum and also gave some more background to the overall situation and the Scarlets. I feel like this is a must read if you have read the other two books first, but DO NOT read unless you have read Asylum and Sanctum first!

RATING-4

 

Sanctum by Madeleine Roux | Book Review

18812716SANCTUM BY MADELEINE ROUX

Genre: YA, Horror, Mystery/Thriller

Series: Asylum Duology
Asylum (#1 in Asylum Duology)
The Scarlets (#1.5 in Asylum Duology)

Synopsis:
In this haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, three teens must unlock some long-buried secrets from the past before the past comes back to get them first. Featuring found photographs, many from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity, perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it’s here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.

Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined.[Goodreads]

review
*Warning this is a sequel and might contain spoilers for the first book*

In the aftermath of the events that took place in Brookline, the old asylum located on New Hampshire College campus, Dan and his friends Abby and Jordan are still dealing with the nightmares and memories of what took place. With some mysterious information that is sent to them and presents itself to Dan, the trio must make the trip back to NHC and try to solve the secrets in order to be able to try and move on from what happened.

This sequel is fast paced, filled with suspense and reads much more like a horror movie than the first book, Asylum. It has the same creepy and eerie feeling that is found in the first book, but has  a feeling of being in the realm of possibility. Whereas Asylum was more about the overactive imagination and unreliability of the mind, in Sanctum there is a more immanent threat that is developed. For me that poses a greater threat and more fear because instead of just thinking something is happening or going on you know it is happening. There are actual people stalking the three and when you put that with the eeriness of the setting and the added element of a creepy carnival there is a trifecta of terror. The dark and ominous elements added with the well thought out story layered with secrets and hints of insanity, perfectly combined to make a suspenseful story that reminded me of horror films and even of the T.V. show American Horror Story.

I was happy to see that there were a lot of questions answered in this book that I felt were unresolved in Asylum. I did still think that there were some questions not completely answered and just insinuated that I wish were actually answered. I know others have said they felt this was too rushed and at time I understand why they say that, but I felt like it worked because it was a horror novel and that adds to the suspense. The other problem I had with the first book was the characters and I thin Roux did a much better job in this book with the characters in my opinion. The relationships and friendships actually felt real and not like it was trying to hard. The addition of the new characters Micah, Lara and Cal really helped to add to the story and overall plot. Roux does a fantastic job creating characters that are questioning their sanity and even the ones that are close to insanity. The carnival really allowed for there to be some creepy characters mentioned that gave me chills.

Overall this was a fantastic follow up and conclusion that was filled with suspense and the creepy possibility of becoming reality. It contained elements that made the book creepy and left me wanting to keep the lights on. It had secrets, secret societies, ghosts, haunted/creepy houses and a carnival. It sets the scene perfectly to drive your imagination crazy and send chills down your spine.

4.5

Asylum by Madeleine Roux |Book Review

13597728ASYLUM BY MADELEINE ROUX

Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal

“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.”
― Madeleine Roux, Asylum

Series: Asylum Duology

Synopsis:
For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux’s teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.[Goodreads]

review

This book was definitely a creepy book. It was one that causes your imagination to work on overload as you slowly start to creepy yourself out about all the possibilities of what could happen. It has a dark ominous feel to it and the creepy pictures sprinkled throughout the book to help create that eerie atmosphere.

This book is about some kids who are attending a summer program at a college in New, Hampshire and the dorms are located in a building that use to be an asylum. You can just guess from that sentence that the book is bound to be filled with creepy and scary content. The main character Dan starts to uncover the history of the building and along with it he gets wrapped up in some of the workings and secrets that are held in the basement of the building. Roux weaves together a mysterious story that slowly comes together with a narrator that becomes unreliable.  The unreliability of the main character, Dan Crawford causes you to question his sanity and the facts of the story.

The characters seemed to not work all that well for me. Although I felt a connection due to the situation they were going through and have been in situations in which I have question my sanity because of things that were happening or what my imagination was doing to me. I also felt like the setting and story was something that was in the realm of reality. When I was in college we had a few buildings that were really old and had many ghost stories associated with them and when you had to go in them you always get this strange feeling and start to creep yourself out. Although I did enjoy that it was a male protagonist, Abby and Jordan were my favorite characters. They had great and quirky personalities that I really enjoyed. There was just something with the relationships , interactions and dialogue that wasn’t working for me and a little strange that I can’t exactly put my finger on.

Overall this was a spooky book that is perfect for the fall and Halloween time.The book was a easy and fast read that was layered with suspense making it captivating and gripping that I had to finish it and know what was happening. It is an eerie mystery horror story that plays with your mind and imagination. It gives you the feelings that many of us know so well of having our minds playing tricks on us and creeping us out imagining that they are things happening or there that are not. I would say that if you get scared easily, have an overactive imagination or live alone, don’t read this at night! I sure creeped myself out and had my mind making me think I was seeing things that were not there. It was a fantastic story that has the possibility of happening to you and your friends that makes it even creepier and a truly gripping book.

RATING-4

Friday Reads [10/17]

Untitled design-11I wasn’t sure if I was going to post this today. I just finished Sharp Objects by Gillian 18812716Flynn last night and I am not sure what I want to pick up next. Tomorrow is the Dewey’s 24 hr Read-a-thon and I really don’t want to lock myself into a set list of books because I am afraid it will cause me into a slump or slow my reading. There are certain books that I have in mind for picking up this weekend. The first one is Sanctum by Madeleine Roux, which is the sequel to Asylum. Sanctum is a recent release and I figured since I enjoyed and just finished Asylum, I would follow up with the sequel and the novella The Scarlets! I also really want to 18241263
get to The Fall by Bethany Griffin. This book is a re-telling of sorts of The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe and if you know anything about me you know I love EAP! This is also another recent release that I preordered and I cant believe I didn’t stop everything to pick this up last week when I received it. Other than those I am hoping to finish The Line by J.D. Hon which is the audiobook I am listening to and hope to start the sequel to that The Source by J.D. Horn right after it!

What are your plans for the weekend?Anything fun or exciting happening ? What are you reading/planning on reading? I would love to hear from you!