The Dollhouse Asylum

The Dollhouse Asylum

by Mary Gray


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A group of teenagers are granted asylum from the apocalypse only to be forced to re-enact famous, tragic literary romances... or die.

A novel about escaping psychological abuse.

When the world is breaking all someone wants is safety. A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched. But when eighteen-year-old 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 her 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. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along. Play it right, then they'll be safe. But play it wrong, they'll die.

The Dollhouse Asylum is a fast-paced psychological thriller in the vein of Wayward Pines or The Girl with All the Gifts. If you like unpredictable plots, nightmarish settings, and dangerous love interests, then you'll love Gray's novel about escaping unhealthy love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937053642
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mary Gray has a fascination with all things creepy. That's why all her favorite stories usually involve panic attacks and hyperventilating. In real life, she prefers to type away on her computer, ogle over her favorite TV shows, and savor fiction. When she's not immersed in other worlds, she and her husband get their exercise by chasing after their three children.

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The Dollhouse Asylum 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jadijohnson More than 1 year ago
"The Dollhouse Asylum" by Mary Gray There are some novels that make you think the characters can't possibly survive. This is one of those novels. From the very first sentence, I was sucked in. Cheyenne is knocked out and kidnapped from her home, only to wake in the company of the man she loves! Not very romantic, but at least they can be together. That could never happen at the school she attends -- the same school where Teo teaches. It doesn't take Cheyenne long to discover there's trouble in paradise. She and Teo will be living in this tidy new neighborhood with seven other couples who will have to prove their worth ... or die! Did I mention Teo's nasty henchman who wields a stun gun? Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The mental anguish these teenage characters endure is unreal. I just had to know what would happen to them. Of course, I connected with the protagonist, Cheyenne. But I also quickly developed sympathy for the other young characters in their plight. They had no choice but to play along with Teo in his sick game, while at the same time searching desperately for a way out. There were quite a few times when something so terrible happened that I just had to close the book and walk away. But then the book would call to me, and my curiosity would get the best of me. It wouldn't be long before I was reading again. Once you're drawn in, you can't escape any more than the characters can! Mary Gray does an excellent job of holding your interest until the very last page. I highly recommend this book.
DG36 More than 1 year ago
This book is not good. That it was published as-is actually makes me angry. It doesn't work on so many levels, though it certainly tries. I feel like it just wasn't finished, but at the same time, considering the bizarre premise, I'm not sure if it ever could have been. This book may or may not have ruined me for a few hours after finally finishing it. If you're interested you can find my full review by searching on Goodreads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will have to admit, that I am rather cheap when it comes to purchasing eBook's and I prefer to keep the cost per title no more than $4.00 but the cover is what drew me to this book and I just knew that I would want to move forward with this book simply by staring at such a perfect cover, so kudos to the artist! Then once I read the synopsis that sealed the deal and I downloaded the book at once! Now about the book. The whole student teacher relationship kind of threw me. Especially when it's very apparent that Teo (pronounced Tay O as in short for Mateo) kidnapped Cheyenne and brought her to some crazy isolated subdivision with no escape, -oh wait maybe there could be a possible escape but he's already warned her multiple times just within the first ten pages that if she tries to run, he will kill her. Yet instead of being terrified, all she can do is hope that he brought her here to be with her romantically? I know that she's just a love sick giddy teen, but she can't really be that delusional can she? So even though the plot was a bit strange to me in the beginning, there was still something about the book that held me captive. I love the books that take full control of my mind and when I'm doing anything other than reading, all I can do is think about going to back to my book and finishing right where I left off. This was one of those books! Cheyenne is a quiet introvert that clearly thinks before she speaks. I love how her mind is constantly reeling and it even made me giggle when she attempted to identify the types of plans in the house and then added that she could just making the names up. To read her internal struggles and then argue with herself silently was great! Also, through all of Cheyenne's critical thinking, I came to discover a moral to the story. The moral would be for a teenage girl never to day dream about the false hopes of a relationship with a teacher. Cheyenne believed that she knew and was in love with Teo simply because she was his student for the past two years in school, but once the school environment was taken away and replaced by the confines of Elysian Fields, she quickly learns that she knows nothing about Teo and he is nothing more than a deranged stranger! I did notice a small plot mis-hap. When Teo finds Cheyenne in the bathroom, he tosses her the white dress. Next thing you know, she's WEARING the white dress. How did that happen? No mention of her slipping it on and if she did, what? She's not modest to strip down and change in front of her adult teacher/crush? That whole seen was questionable but other than that, this story was great!
224perweek More than 1 year ago
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 a twisted sort of way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for chapter 14! Big cliffie!
LostinBelieving More than 1 year ago
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?
TylerHJolley More than 1 year ago
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.
TheRealReader More than 1 year ago
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.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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!