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Insanity

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Overview

Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't be more opposite.

Adelaide's mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father.

Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.

Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love.

And they had a plan.

They were going to run away together.

To live free and love without restraints.

And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up in The Oakhill Institution for the insane.

Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure...

She wants out.

And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her memory that are missing.

And it doesn't take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes...

That one true love never dies.




EXCERPT~

There's a ringing in my ears that I can't shut out. There's a hand on my wrist that doesn't let go. Before exhaustion takes over I look up. Blue eyes is at the end of the bed. He releases my wrist and laces his fingers through mine. I squint as the sedative blurs my vision, begins to decapitate my mind, and then notice the painful look in those blue blue eyes.
On top of the pain in the two blue gems there's familiarity.
Oh God. Oh God. Oh God.
How could I forget him? Him, of all people. The one person in the entire world who holds the key to my heart. The one and only person who has ever really loved me. Then I remind myself that they feed and inject me with so many drugs, that its a miracle I don't forget who I am.
I struggle to sound coherent, “Damien?”
He mouths something.
Six words.
Six words that seem too impossible to be true.
Six words that bleed hope into my soul.
Six words.
“You're not crazy. I love you.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014360340
  • Publisher: S.B. Addison Books
  • Publication date: 5/7/2012
  • Series: The Asylum Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 128,763
  • File size: 799 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Good Book

    The book was good however i was not a fan of the constant jumping back and forth in time. I found it very annoying and confussing. Also the book was good however it didnt start to actually become a good book until the last 10 chapters dor so. But i am still really excited for the sequel!!! When will it be released...?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    I have been waiting on the edge of my seat for this book and





    I have been waiting on the edge of my seat for this book and it did not disappoint! Lauren Hammond has blown me away yet again with her writing that will rip you to pieces.

    Addy's mom left when she was ten. Leaving her alone with her drunk and abusive father. She's never really known a life where she was allowed to do anything other than wait on him hand and foot and hope that he doesn't beat the crap out of her for messing up. She's never known love. In fact she isn't even sure that she deserves to be loved my anyone. That is until she meets Damien. He is everything she's not. He is the boy from the right side of the tracks, with the wealthy family and all the opportunities in the world. So why does he want her? I lowly nobody that is never going anywhere? Still it isn't long before she falls for Damien, but how long can she keep him away from the life she lives with her father? In the end love proves to conquer all, including her sanity...

    This was amazing! Then again why would you expect anything less from Lauren Hammond? She proves to us time and time again that her writing will take you places, albeit darker places, that you never thought you'd go, and you'll love every minute of it.

    I love how the chapters switch back and forth from the past to the present, allowing us to see just exactly how Abby and Damien's love grew and the tragedy that led to Abby being in a mental institution. There is never a dull moment as we watch both story lines unfold side by side, and in the end you are left with an ending that will make you want more. This book almost reminded me of a Girl Interrupted meets Gothica meets a heart wrenching love story.

    Overall I say this is a book that should not be passed up and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

    3.5 Stars My thoughts on this book are still a little jumbled. I

    3.5 Stars
    My thoughts on this book are still a little jumbled. Insanity is a fast read with a storyline that makes it easy to keep readers guessing and turning the pages. During the entire book I was dying to know what the truth was, we are given small clues to point us towards the truth but yet there were things that had me second guessing what I thought was reality. It is really easy to connect with the main character and I instantly feel defensive of her when she has flashbacks involving her abusive dad.

    As for romance, I really didn't get attached to Damien and Adelaide's relationship. We never really get to see them interact or connect. We just know that they love each other because Adelaide tells us so. Also in the middle of the book it seems like the author decided she was going to make this for mature audiences and threw half a dozen sex scenes into the mix. Now don't get me wrong, they weren't done in bad taste, I just felt by that point that it wasn't necessary for the story. The book felt like it wasn't even going in that direction when BAM sex scenes, pretty much one after another.

    There were a few instances where the plot didn't meet up correctly and there were quite a few grammatical issues, BUT my biggest problem with the book is that it is being stretched into a series. I really feel like it would have been better for the author to make it a bigger book and finish the story off at the end, it just doesn't seem like series material. Though I will probably read the next books because I am left curious about what Adelaide's true story is.

    Overall I enjoyed Insanity but I am left with a LOT of questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Loved it!

    So good!

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

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    4.75/5 GLORIOUS EFFEN STARS!! HOLY EFFEN HELL!!! What a freakn r

    4.75/5 GLORIOUS EFFEN STARS!!
    HOLY EFFEN HELL!!! What a freakn roller coaster ride!!! This book has everything, love, tension, angst, heartache, and most importantly twist and turns in every corner.. My heart rate is pounding a mile a minute. I don't even know what to do with myself with all these new revelations. It's like I've been hit with a sledge hammer and all these stifling emotions are going through me.. I absolutely loved this book!! Cannot wait to see what the next book has in store.. I highly recommend this book and series..

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  • Posted October 4, 2012

    Interesting

    I quickly got sucked into this story line even though it was hard to follow at times with the before/after. The ending was very sad, and I hope she finds happiness in the next book.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    MUST READ!

    This book blew my mind! I was totally blindsided by the ending (which doesn't happen often)!

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Lauren posted an excerpt from the first chapter on her blog and

    Lauren posted an excerpt from the first chapter on her blog and my reaction was, "Wow, that's freakin amazing!" I had to read this, like immediately. And I wasn't disappointed. I mean a love story set in an insane asylum? It doesn't get more awesome than that. Addy claims she shouldn't be in the asylum, but the reader can tell that's not exactly true. She's trying to piece together her lost memories with the help of Dr. Watson, who seems to really care for Addy. But Addy's not all the concerned with recovering. All she wants it to run away with Damien, the love of her life. He's all she can think about and their stolen moments in the asylum are what she lives for. But things aren't what they seem. I mean, when your narrator is in an asylum, you have to question everything. I'm not giving spoilers because this book is seriously awesome with the twists and turns Hammond throws at you. And once you have that OMG moment, you can see how Hammond has been leading you to it so subtly that it's genius.

    One thing I really loved was the way the story is told. There are "Before" and "After" chapters. The "Before" chapters take place when Addy is 17 and she falls for Damien. They give great insight into their relationship and also Addy's relationship with her abusive father. The "After" chapters are when Addy is in her early 20s in the asylum (in the 50s). Hammond weaves the two seamlessly as you piece together Addy's story. It's seriously brilliant.

    I could gush forever, but I'll just say, Go read it!

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Chilling and Captivating Read!

    THE GOOD:
    Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. I don't think there was a moment in this book that I could justify putting it down. Ms. Hammond has a way of sucking you in and refusing to let you come up for air. My husband thought I was crazy because I just *had* to read and find out what was going to happen to Adelaide and Damien. Hammond's main character, Adelaide, is instantly understandable and easy to empathize with. You root for her throughout the book, and personally, I was making guesses as to what the next twist was going to be the entire book! I kept guessing, each idea more harebrained than the one before, because I was desperate to unravel Addy's world. It's that chilling, and that emotional of a roller coaster.

    THE BAD:
    Please remember, this was an ARC, and I have the utmost confidence that my one beef - tense in *very* few spots - has been fixed. It wasn't enough to bother me; it was just a minor blip where I took a second look to make sure I was following the right point of view. Other than that, not one darn thing was there for me to complain about. :)

    OVERALL:
    This book really is a chilling read that you will want to devour in one sitting. I will say that it is definitely an adult book - something I don't usually read. However, this isn't a bad thing. It is more me giving a heads up to any parents who might read my reviews and assume all my books are for YA. :) Hammond has a way with building the characters and making it feel like you're standing right next to them, sharing in their sorrows and triumphs alongside them. You'll want to hug Addy and punch a couple other characters that you'll meet along the way. :) This is a quick read that will leave you stunned at the end, but in an awesomely good way. I highly recommend it!

    RATING: 5 of 5 Books

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