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The Asylum Interviews: Bronx: An Asylum Tales Short Story

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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Prequel short story

I received a free copy if this ebook from the author from a giveaway on a blog/book review site, Literal Addiction. I haven't read any of Jocelynn's other work...but that will change :-)
The Asylum Inerviews:Bronx is a short story that is 64 pages long and tells the ta...
I received a free copy if this ebook from the author from a giveaway on a blog/book review site, Literal Addiction. I haven't read any of Jocelynn's other work...but that will change :-)
The Asylum Inerviews:Bronx is a short story that is 64 pages long and tells the tale of how Gage, the owner of Asylum Tattoo and Bronx, a troll met and came to work together. You also meet Parker, an incubus and a couple of other magical beings. There is a bit of action but it is mostly about world and character development.
I am glad that I won the drawing and had a chance to read a story and discover an author I may not have otherwise. I will definitely be adding Jocelynn Drake to my authors to read list and will be checking out the next short story, The Asylum Interviews:Trixie when it is released in September and then Angel's Ink in October!

P.S. you get a sneak peek at Angel's Ink (first two chapters) at the end of the story.

Tami P

posted by navywife001 on July 20, 2012

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The story read like a bunch of women trying to be men

Let me start this review by saying that since it was a short work, the review will be shorter than usual. That being said, I did not enjoy this novella as much as I wanted to. Drake wrote from the first person perspective of Gage, a male tattoo artist. However, Gage, no...
Let me start this review by saying that since it was a short work, the review will be shorter than usual. That being said, I did not enjoy this novella as much as I wanted to. Drake wrote from the first person perspective of Gage, a male tattoo artist. However, Gage, nor any of the other men in the novel, came across as men. They came across as a bunch of gossiping women. It was very clear that a female was writing this instead of a man, and I couldn't buy the male perspective for a minute. Men just don't sit around drinking and talking about feelings. They sit around drinking and talking about obscene things, video games, and sports. Not how much they love someone. That just really bugged me. Because of that, I couldn't get into the story.


The world Drake created was intriguing, at least. I really love it when all of the supernatural creatures are out in the open like they are in this book. The way the world operates reminded me of Kim Harrison's The Hollows series. The writing itself was good, too, and the pacing was pretty spot on. I was never bored throughout this novel. As I said, my main (and really only) problem with this book is that I just didn't buy that the story was being told by a man about himself and his male friends. It just wasn't believable. However, the rest of the book was excellent, and I will be giving the full length novel a try as well before making a final judgment on the series.


Overall, I'd say give this a try since it's just a novella. It gives you a chance to get to know the characters, for one thing, even if they do act like a bunch of gossipy old women. Also, it introduces you to the captivating world that Drake has created. Fans of Kim Harrison and Laurell K Hamilton will love this series.

posted by Falln2books on July 25, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Hdiod

    Hey yo wanna do it i just started my pieriod

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Alayna

    Love it so much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    O.o

    What if the dead lady was just REALLY REALLY old? And maybe Ricky is using his imagination. Keep writin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Gargamel

    This is the perfect Halloween week story to read. I am impressed by your skill level whn it comes to "keepin' the creepins". Though the chapter mainly focused on the two new roomates, you still found a way to slip some violently frightening scenes. A++!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Cool

    XY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    CHAPTER FOUR - INSIDE THE ASYLUM

    I woke on a stretcher with my arms and legs tied down with thick leather cuffs that restricted much movement. I realized that I had been stripped of my old clothes and was now wearing only a pair of white hospital trousers. The cut on my arm had been stitched up with what appeared to be fishing wire. What I saw as they wheeled me through the halls to my room was something from a nightmare. <br>
    In one room, a man in his forties repeatedly hit his forehead against the glass part of the door, blood dripping from a hole in his gorehead and a circle of blood on the window. A couple of young girls were fingerpainting their room with a bucket of blood. A man stood in the middle of his room, dancing with the corpse of a long dead woman, well, I think she must have been long dead the way her features were restricted. <br>
    I was taken into my room and untied from the stretcher by a man dressed similar to the ones in the woods. He carried me and layed me on my bed after removing a needle from my vein, which must have been used to render me helpless, as I could barely move myself for the next ten minutes. <br>
    I sat up and looked at the boy, appearing to be about fifteen, setting in the corner with his knees tucked to his chest and his arms around his legs. I watched him for a few minutes. He did nothing. <br>
    "Hello?" I said. At first I thought he was dead. Then I saw his eyes shoot up at me and then back to the floor where he'd been staring this whole time. I approached him with caution, not knowing how mentally stable this kid was. <br>
    "Hi, um, I'm your new room mate. My name is- " <br>
    He launched himself at me, pinning me down and shoving a rusted piece of metal against my throat. <br>
    "Leave me alone." He said in a raspy, dried up voice. He backed away to his corner and sat there as before. <br>
    Hours passed and the boy still sat there, stone still in the corner, his bloodshot eyes still observing some invisible point of interest on the floor. To be honest, he scared me. I sat on my bed, which was nothing more than a matress with a pillow. I looked to my left at what I guessed was the strange boy's bunk. And to my right was a third bunk. <br>
    Wait. A third bunk? That means that there's a third person using this room. That's when I heard it. A sound so faint that I barely percepted it until now. It sounded muffled and coming from beneath the bed. I peered inder to se a boy, also about fifteen years old, sleeping on the cold, hard stone under his bunk. He must have known somehow that I was watching him and looked at me. <br>
    "Hey, who are you?" He said. Finally, another sane human being. <br>
    "Um, hey. I'm your new room mate. What are you doing under there?" I inquired. <br>
    "Sleeping," He said, "why should you care?" <br>
    "Because I would rather know who is in my room and not be afraid of them than to not know them and be afraid of them." I replied. <br>
    He nodded. "You know, you're smarter than you look. I'm Sebastian. You can call me Seb." He grabbed the frame of the bed and pulled himself out and up from his hiding place. "And that is Ricky," He said, looking at the boy in the corner. <br>
    Ricky looked up at the sound of his name and grunted. <br>
    Suddenly, the lights everywhere went out and I tensed. <br>
    "That signifies bedtime. Goodnight." Seb said as he crawled into bed. I layed on my cot for thirty minutes, scared out of my mind. I had no idea what morning would bring, but there was one way to find out. <br>
    With that, I fell asleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Great book!

    This is a great short story! A must read!

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    Posted February 27, 2013

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    Posted February 28, 2013

    Lacey to Jack

    Okay baby

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    Posted March 18, 2013

    Shanda

    Hey boo

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