Title: The Dollhouse Asylum
Author: Mary Gray
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Source: ARC Tour
From the Publisher: 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.
Have you ever read a book that you thought sounded so incredibly interesting and then… it was such a chore to finish?
That was this book for me.
I really don’t have any good things to say about it. I was so very disappointed. I mean – look at that blurb? Whoever blurbed it should get cookies. Because they really got a lot of people hyped up for this book. And the blurb is the only good writing in the whole book. But – they shouldn’t be allowed to eat those cookies because this book was not the same book as the book the blurb is about.
It was supposed to be a great story of intrigue, survival, and romance. But is that what we got? No!
Instead, we got a madman in a box (and not the good kind like the Doctor).
It was clear from the beginning what kind of person Teo was – but Cheyenne just didn’t see it. And it was so frustrating to read! And on top of that, Teo was her math teacher! They’d been seeing each other secretly for 18 months! (Well, not really “dating” – they’d only kissed once prior to the events in this book, but the implications are very clear – they were falling in love while he was her teacher.
The “twist” was also predictable from the start (It had to be – there were just way too many holes in the logic. There was no other way it could play out, and for the characters not to see that means that they are insipidly stupid.).
I honestly can’t recommend this one to anyone. It was just too taxing a read.
What Others Are Saying:
- Bibliophilia, Please: I’m not saying that The Dollhouse Asylum is a bad book, but I just couldn’t make it past Cheyenne’s über naivete.
- Diary of a Book Addict: Wow, it’s hard to believe that I was completely fascinated by this book’s blurb, but once I started reading it, that fascination quickly disappeared. I quickly began to wonder just what had gone wrong here. The ideas were really unique and utterly compelling, some of the basic concepts of the world weren’t pulled from the cascade of over-done YA dystopian cliches out there, and to top it all off, it had a gorgeous cover and a great name.
- Inspiring Insomnia: The Dollhouse Asylum features one of the worst love triangles imaginable: a girl who is spineless, insipid, and subservient; a guy who is a murderous, raving lunatic; and another guy who is only notable because he is the lunatic’s brother. If those were my only choices, I might hope for the disease called the Living Rot, to take me instead.