Monday, October 21, 2013

Book Review: The Dollhouse Asylum by: Mary Gray

Release Date: October 22, 2013
from Spencer Hill Press
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields--a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus--she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.

At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne's heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.

The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now "Persephone," and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.

If they play it right, then they'll be safe.

But if they play it wrong, they'll die."

My Thoughts:

I have had my eye on this book and its pretty cover for quite some time now. I was so excited when it showed up in my mailbox and I finally got to read this one and then it was nothing like I was expecting. It was creepy and sick and twisted and really addictive. 

I’m not going to lie; Cheyenne is not my favorite kind of heroine. For my personal taste, she is a bit na├»ve. With that being said, it is believable as to why she would be that way. She was the new kid, the quiet kid, the kid that wanted friends but couldn’t find any, so it’s not surprise she would fall for the things she did and not see part the glamour and lies. I think she is the kind of person a lot of teens will be able to relate to on some level. Not to the extremes, but to some extent. 

The story offers up a lot of secondary characters and because of that it’s hard to get to know them too well. This is the only complaint I have really. I wish I could have connected more with the secondary characters. I liked them all and did care about them, but I wanted to really know them since they all have a big role to play. The only secondary character I really connected with was Marc, but I wouldn’t really consider him secondary. He is pretty important. 

The character that stole the show however is our villain, Teo. There is so much I want to say about him, but so much I can’t to avoid spoilers. He is the kind of villain you just love to hate. You can never anticipate his actions and he keeps you guessing. He has moments where he shows humanity and then the next second he turns it all off. He is sick and twisted and an awesome villain. 

The ending, while I do admit to correctly guessing a pretty big part of it, was still a bit of a shock. When it all falls into place, it takes a second to wrap your head around it all. I said it before but… sick and twisted. 

All in all, The Dollhouse Asylum is a book that will screw with you head. Excuse my language, but it is a bit of a mind f**k. It’s addictive and just crazy good.


  1. I have seen this book around and I was really curious about it. Now I see that I must read it. I love (pardon my French) mind f**k books. Great review Teresa :)

  2. I've been so curious about this one! That cover is fabulous and I like a good mind f**k every once in a while ;) I want to meet this villain, Teo... and Marc... he sounds interesting!! Awesome review, wifey!! This is going on the TBR!

  3. I really do love this cover! Sucks that Cheyenne isn't very likable and you don't get to know the other characters very much. But, I'm liking the sound of Teo, lol. Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  4. Great review Teresa! The cover is sick! I think it's really cool! I'm glad you enjoyed this one and that you really enjoyed the villain! I love when villains are portrayed SO well!

  5. How cool that you love the villain the most! This does seem like a cool story. And I love the cover, too. It reminds me of All the Broken Pieces.

  6. "creepy and sick and twisted and really addictive" One word, wow!

    Okay, I have got to try this one out! That is awesome the villain is the one that steals the show! That's pretty awesome.

    Great review!!

  7. Wow! I love that you kinda love a book that is 'creepy, sick and twisted', Teresa! LOL It's awesome when a book isn't what you expected but in a good way...and when a book can make you love the villain. I'm gonna have to check it out. :) Great review!


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