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Insanity (The Asylum Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't have been 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 and love each other freely 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 missing memory.

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

That one true love never dies.

This is a mature New Adult Romance novel, intended for ages 17 and up.


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.”

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2192 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Publisher: S.B. Addison Books (6 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008173I62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,303 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely amazing! 8 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
<b> <U>This book</u> </b> left me in a <u> <b>blubbering mess</u> </b> by the end. Felt like <u> <b>I belonged in that mental institution</u> </b> with the way I was rocking back and forth sobbing like a baby.

It took me through such an emotional turmoil I don't know whether my heart was breaking or if it had just stopped.
I held the book for about an hour reading the last few pages over and over again. I just couldn't wrap my head around what I just read and my mind wasn't in the right state to comprehend that ending.
I went through being <b>hopeful</b>, to <b>angry</b>, to <b>sad</b>, to <b>depressed</b> until finally I was grieving. Grieving for the boy we only knew in a past tense.
This book was beautifully written and you can tell it was written with such raw emotion that I have never in all the hundreds of books I have read have ever witnessed in one book.
I have never been so emotional in my life. I felt like I was there in the book.
From the first page it had me enthralled and I believed from the beginning that Adelaide was just a normal person stuck in a place where she doesn't belong.
I admired her strength and courage she showed, her determination to get back to her soulmate. To her life.
To wake up in a place with no memory and where horrific things happen everyday I would eventually go insane. But she remains strong.
And then Damien.. How my heart flutters at how sweet and loveable he truly is. To follow a girl into a mental institution believing that that is where his heart is even though he should forget about her and adhere to his parents wishes. He has everything-money, parents, a place at Yale.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weird and mysterious! 22 Jun. 2012
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Well. This book was weird. And strange and crazy and full of WTF. I still don't know what to think about this book, but if you're looking for a really short, unique and prepared-to-have your-mind-messed-with, I think you should give Insanity a try.

This book was really short, and it alternates between the past and the present.Where half of the book focuses on their relationship (past), and half of it tells Adelaide's story from when she's now in the Asylum and kinda going mental. I AM NOT KIDDING. Another thing that I had a major issue with. The language. God knows why, but I didn't know that the past was supposed to be set in the 1950's or so. YOU CAN NOT TELL THAT FROM THE WRITING. It read like a modern contemporary and maybe that's why some readers didn't enjoy this as much as they would have liked, me included.

Let's move on the part that just let me down so much. You see, Adelaide and Damien fell in love. No problem with that, but they fell in love in less than a frikkin' page. Literally. Their relationship just moved so fast and so unrealistic. And the next day they started declaring their 'love' for each other. Argh. Makes me sick.

I have to say this is not for younger YA. There's some really graphic love scenes (I only just found out this is classed as New Adult - that's why!) and some disturbing scenes at that.

I will still read the sequel, BUT only just to find out what happened because even though this book had some major negative stuff, the part that really intrigue me was the plot and all that craziness. I will admit, the author is clever, and the twists and turns literally had my mouth hanging open and me thinking THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN.

I gotta say the ending blowed my mind.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit confused 29 May 2014
By Holly
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What did I think, I'm not sure.

There were parts in this book where I really sat up and took note, where I began to really feel it. But then others where I sort of skimmed.

This book has a lot of fabulous reviews and I suspect that this sort of book is not for me and it's entirely my fault as opposed to the author - I read another book regarding mental illness and not having any clue as to what's going on. I struggled with it just as much as I struggled with this, if not more so.

The part of me that enjoyed this book would like to read the others in the hope that I might have a clue by the end of it what really was happening (I read a spoiler regarding Damien and Elijah already and was glad I did before reading this). Aurora's book would be very good to read in hopefully clearing up what was going on in this book, but I'm not sure I can handle more of not having a clue what's going on... and she is also a mental patient so I'm not sure there are any guarantees of clarity from it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but in a good way! 21 Oct. 2012
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I really enjoyed this book, it was odd but in a good way. Very different and i will be reading the next one.It kept me guessing and I was rather surprised by the ending, I didnt expect that at all! I really liked Addy,i really felt for her and I hated DR Morrows.

I would of given it 5 stars but the spelling errors were a little too many.I would still suggest it to anyone who likes to read somthing a little different from other books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I went crazy for Insanity. Reviting from beginning to end! 8 May 2012
By B. Drake - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Addy doesn't believe she belongs in an insane asylum. Her memories of her true love who's followed her there sustain her, but she can't remember what happened to put her in the asylum. She insists she shouldn't be there, but does she?. As she pieces together her forgotten memories with the help of a handsome doctor, we begin to think maybe she truly is insane. Soon, Addy and her true love are sneaking hot trysts in closets, and before long, they come up with a plan to break Addy out of the asylum. Ms. Hammond weaves the past and the present together so seamlessly, bringing the reader to a conclusion that is unexpected and is insanely good!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an unexpected mystery! 23 Jun. 2012
By TotalBookaholic - Published on
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Sometimes I like going into a book really not knowing what to expect. When I first started this book I had no idea where it would take me but wow, it was a total adventure!

Insanity is about Adelaide. She had a terrible home life with a father who was abusive. She seemed to live on pins and needles waiting for him to snap. She came off as being so frail and broken. It was so sad to see a young girl that broken.

Then Adelaide meets Damien. He is far from the type of boy Adelaide thinks would even pay attention to her. He's beautiful, rich, popular...but for some reason he refuses to let Adelaide go. She isn't sure what to do but, over time, they build a connection she begins to depend on. Damien keeps her afloat and gives her something to look forward to. They sneak out together and even though she knows it's dangerous, Adelaide can't seem to stop.

They make a plan to run away together but when the times comes something terrible happens and Adelaide wakes up in a mental hospital. I had at least 100 theories on what happened. Was Damien a bad guy? Did she kill her father? Did she just snap and run away? What the heck happened?! I ended up being soooo wrong. I would have never guessed what really happened in a million years and that's one of the reasons why I LOVED the book so much. It's rare to find a mystery that really keeps the reader guessing.

Once Adelaide is in the asylum she realizes she truly has no idea what brought her there or if they ever plan to let her go. She can't remember the night with Damien or what could have happened to him afterwards. I won't go into more details than that because I don't want to spoil it but wow, this book really takes a lot of turns!

I truly felt my heart break for Adelaide throughout this story. Normally I don't like when books switch from the present to the past but this was the perfect way to tell this story. We get to see what Adelaide was going through at the asylum, while getting a glimpse into her past with her father and Damien. I could feel the love and affection she had for Damien and how much hope she put on their relationship. Damien was like the light at the end of the tunnel for her and their romance felt so real and intense.

I don't think it's possible to not be shocked by the ending in this book. Lauren Hammond created an exceptional story that leaves the reader with as many new questions as there are answers. I can't wait to find out what happens next!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this book! 16 Jun. 2012
By AshleyDawn - Published on
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I loved the twists and turns this book took me through, and cannot wait for the next one to come out so i find out what happens next.
I've read so many books and after awhile they sort of blend together but this one definitely stands out.
Highly recommend!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely Good! 8 May 2012
By Kelly Hashway - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY MOLY..... 22 July 2012
By ceecee - Published on
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It is midnight and I just finished this book. I could not put this book down!! I have been on the edge of of sanity just trying to get to the end of this book and yeah maybe I should wait till I have more time to reallly digest all these thoughts running a marathon through my head, but still I don't think I could come up with a way to express the way this book has affected me.
So I will leave you with this....
There are a lot of 5 star reviews that go into more of the story, the characters, what its about, and so on. Read those and instead of me saying the same thing....I will say it takes a lot for me to read a book and start off liking it and by the end still like it as much. I can always find something to nitpick about. This book though, I love it more as I got to the end and am a complete mess. There were so many twists that my head is still spinning and at the wee hours I am wide awake.
Read this book. Read this book. Read this book!!!....
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