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Posted June 6, 2014
Wow was this ever a strange read. I would have to say that this story is a psychological thriller. Not quite sure what the purpose of the whole story was but it kept me reading. Maybe you could say it was also part love story.........in a twisted sort of way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2014
Posted January 21, 2014
The Dollhouse Asylum is the book that makes you stop for a moment, think, and realize that this, this is the reason why you love reading. This book makes the list of those really awesome reads that capture you in their brilliance.
I’m not gonna lie, at first the book sounded like a deranged spin-off of The Hunger Games (if that’s possible), and honestly, Teo reminded me of Edward Cullen with his captivating and confusing language. As I got further into the story, those thoughts washed away pretty quickly; little did I know what I was getting myself into.
Cheyenne is a pretty average girl – smart, shy, underappreciated – except for the fact that she is in love with the man that is her teacher and kidnapper. Pronounced “tay-o” (like Matteo), Teo has a personality that is insanely whacky, but also charming. He is the polar opposite of Cheyenne; because of that, I think the two fit really well. Even though he is introduced as a kidnapper, Cheyenne is pretty persuasive in getting you to think otherwise. I found myself battling my own thoughts about Teo’s wit and charm, just as Cheyenne does; it was so interesting – and disturbing – to put myself in her shoes as she fell for this maniac.
While this book is filled with an insane amount of action, I really appreciated Cheyenne’s character development throughout the story. In the beginning, you see her as this innocent girl who is completely infatuated with and dependent on Teo. As the story continues and Teo reveals his true self to the citizens of Elysian Fields, Cheyenne matures and realizes that some things are more important than love. I loved seeing Cheyenne not only find her confidence, but also herself, even though she has to go through a whole lot of devastation to do so.
The Dollhouse Asylum is a very gripping novel. Not only that, but I absolutely LOVED all of the literature allusions intricately woven into the plot. When I first heard about this book, the concept of a dollhouse was interesting – I didn’t realize Gray had come up with this magnificent plot for the couples to act out the stories of famous couples! The originality of this book blew my mind and I’m upset that the story is over.
The Dollhouse Asylum is a fantastic debut. I’m looking forward to any other books Mary Gray publishes in the future. If you hadn’t already come to the conclusion of needing to get the book for yourself, well, what are you waiting for?
Posted January 17, 2014
Don't let the word “Dollhouse” fool you into thinking this a fluffy girly book. It is a raw, mysterious, thriller and I loved every minute of it. While the world is attacked by a deadly virus, Cheyenne has been swept away into the safety of Elysian Fields; a place that her love interest, Teo, has built for them. She is there with seven other couples and immediately has to pass a test to prove her worthiness. She quickly realizes that this sanctuary isn’t a sanctuary after all, and it may prove to be more deadly than the virus they have been trying to avoid.
The teens are paired off and given new identities, all of whom are famous literary couples. They are given the task of throwing a party and acting out a famous scene as the couples. If they pass, they stay, if they fail they die. Teo is unpredictable, even a minor slip will end in a failure.
Gray does a fantastic job at world building, it’s clear, concise and very descriptive. Elysian Fields is both idealistic and terrifying at the same time. While there are a lot of sub-characters, she makes them all interesting and you’ll find yourself getting attached to them. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Posted January 4, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was full of twist that are unexpected. The main character begins with a forbidden love with her math teacher who speeds her and fourteen couples away to safety from the "disease" now pledging they're land. She begins to realize that he has alterior motives behind his act of kindness a kind of sick game where if the couples don't meet his standards of how they should show they're stories(they are all renamed to a famous story couple and must show they're stories accurately and the receive the vaccine against the "disease" ex: Romeo and Juliet) they will be punished for there are no second chances. I recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2013
The Dollhouse Asylum has such a great premise, I knew that I had to give it a read. The subject of viruses, quarantines, and such always get my attention for whatever reason.
The Dollhouse Asylum wasn't quite what I expected and I didn't connect right away with Cheyenne, but that came later. It was a very mysterious and chilling atmosphere, and there was such big questions and consequences that it kept me flipping the pages.
I didn't like Teo from the start. I had no basis for her infatuation with him, and while there have been a few teacher/student romances that ended up working for me, this one did not. I know this isn't the case, but I kept picturing him as tall, unsightly thin with this horrible mustache from his actions. I never got what Cheyenne saw in him though, and felt like she was a puppet at times even before her survival depended on it.
I did enjoy Marcus though, I think he is a huge bright spot and helped me to get past the hump that was Teo. He was sweet and kind even when he couldn't be, he still tried to help.
The ending is sad because of all of the obvious loss, but it is still twinged with hope and it wrapped up well enough for me.
Bottom Line: Creepy and mysterious!