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Sanctum (Asylum, Book 2) (Asylum series) [Kindle Edition]

Madeleine Roux
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Book Description

Haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel ASYLUM.

Perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Featuring real found photographs from vintage carnivals, SANCTUM is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity.

Dan, Abby, and Jordan were traumatised by the summer they shared at New Hampshire College, the former site of the Brookline asylum. They want to move on, but someone is determined to keep the terror alive by sending them anonymous photos of an old-time carnival.

Forsaking plans to never to go back, the teens return during a weekend for prospective students, and realise that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it's here on campus…

As Dan and his friends visit abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town, they realise that Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than they ever imagined.

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Praise for ‘ASYLUM’:
“I started reading this one at my desk in broad daylight and still got goose bumps.” GLAMOUR

“Horror readers and fans of the TV show ‘American Horror Story’ will delight in the fast-paced plot.” ALA Booklist

About the Author

Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum, which has sold into nine countries around the world and which Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut." Sanctum is the second installment in the series about Dan, Abby, and Jordan. Madeleine is also the author of Alison Hewitt Is Trapped and Sadie Walker Is Stranded. A graduate of the Beloit College MFA program, Madeleine now lives in Minnesota.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6195 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 000753826X
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (28 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IR2HTQ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 26 Sept. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A good read but just not as good as the first one In the series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Please read Asylum first!!! 11 Nov. 2014
By Joyce - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Sanctum is a sequel to Asylum, which is the first young adult book in this series. These two books are a paranormal series supported by old creepy and unusual vintage photos which give a visual reference to support and enhance the story.

The story begins with Daniel Crawford, Abby, and Jordan, three friends that met the previous summer at the New Hampshire summer school, who were traumatized by their experience there. They suffer from vivid nightmares and visions as a result. In Sanctum, the story continues, and Dan, along with his friends, try to put an end to their paranormal and evil experiences. Unlike many series, you need to read Asylum first or you will be totally confused.

The story begins with each friend receiving a torn piece of a photo from a vintage circus, and Sanctum picks up where Asylum left off.
Felix, Dan's roommate from school, is in a psychiatric ward and Dan visits him with the hope that some of his nightmares and visions will resolve themselves after the visit. However, Dan is drawn further into the mystery when Felix presents him with mathematical coordinates of houses in Cranford, the town surrounding the school, and the old Asylum of Brookline that was their dorm the previous summer.

The plot unfolds with Dan and his friends visiting the school they attended the previous summer and find an eerie vintage circus identical to the photo they received set up in the front of the school building. Immediately, the three students begin to follow the coordinates Dan received from Felix to old and creepy homes and the clues they find hidden inside each one of them. It is almost like a scavenger hunt! With each new piece of information, the students, and Dan in particular, begin to piece together the history of the Warden, who was in charge of experimenting on the patients in the old asylum, and the namesake of Daniel Crawford. The gruesome past that the Warden began is being continued into the present day by Prof. Reyes who is the head of a secret evil society called the "Scarlets". This organization uses drugs, lobotomies, and hypnosis by a red "star jewel" that the original Warden stole from the circus magician to control their members, students as well as powerful adults. As Dan, Abby, and Jordan try to put an end to the evil, they also hope to also end the nightmares and visions, and return to a "normal" existence.

The book ends with just the right amount of mystery, spookiness, and the possibility of a sequel, as Dan sees a ghost as he is heading home, and Abby goes to visit her Aunt Lucy, a past patient of the Asylum.

If you are a young adult, with an interest in paranormal mysteries, you will enjoy this book. The photos will also add a bit of help visualizing parts of the story as you read, which is helpful if you are a visual learner.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing follow up to "Asylum" 27 Sept. 2014
By ca11mecupcake - Published on
Everyone has an opinion and everyone has expectations when they read a book but I feel like people are being a bit too harsh on this book/ series saying it's "rushed" or "didn't give enough detail" and not rating on what it is, which is a young adult novel. This is not to put down the reviewers since they are absolutely entitled to post their opinions or YA novels as there are many wonderful ones out there that adults enjoy as well, but it is meant to keep the reader interested and not to become bored with the story line. If you want detail, read Stephen King or Dean Koontz or don't read young adult fiction. It's about getting teens/YA into reading so that it becomes a favorite pass-time. If there's dull points, they may not be compelled to pick the book back up and finish it or even consider to read another book. With that being said...
I feel the Miss Roux did an excellent job with this follow up and gave just enough information to keep the reader interested in the story line and enough detail to sufficiently paint an image in the reader's head. I was a bit cautious upon first reading it since I did feel that incorporating a circus into the story line was a bit far fetched but she did a great job of weaving it in. I found that it was indeed a page turner and a fairly quick read. I particularly enjoyed the ending as it provided an acceptable ending to the story if that's where she wishes to end it but it also left open a world of opportunity if she wishes to pursue it. I gave it four stars not because I didn't love reading the book, but it's not something I would consider to pick up and reread. If she comes out with a third book, I can tell you though, I will be up all night reading it until it's finished!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sanctum 31 Aug. 2014
By sarah brown - Published on
Sanctum is a spine-tingling, chilling and creepy second book in the Asylum series.

Dan is still haunted by his time at Brookline, seeming to become almost obsessed with the history of the Warden and the asylum, he convinces Abby and Jordan to join him for a weekend after a visit with Felix leaves him with clues, which may hold information into what the Warden really got up to at his time in charge.

The secret society The Scarlets who first made an appearance in the #1.5 novella are very active in this story, the society created by the Warden back in the day, his legacy has carried on and his lobotomies and experiments are still being carried out to this day by a predecessor whom he left everything to including his knowledge and evil way of thinking.

By solving the mystery behind every strange and weird occurrence, can Dan and his friends finally put an end to the Warden's madness and put a lid on and stop the evil and madness he has spread years after his death.

I enjoyed Sanctum more than I did Asylum, I found the story to have a bit more action and the story was more intense as all the loose ends were wrapped up and we were given the ending which we'd hoped for, I can only assume that this is a duology and I was happy with the finale.

I'll be keeping a lookout for future releases from Madeleine as I really enjoy her writing style and storytelling.

This series is a good choice to read at Halloween for those who like books that give you shivers down the spine.
4.0 out of 5 stars In the mood for a teen Horror Story ? Fan of RL Stine's Goosebumps Series ? 15 Jan. 2015
By Paula L. Phillips - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Last Summer , Daniel attended New Hampshire College in the hope of some extra credit college classes as he had been interested in attending the college. Here he met some new friends Felix, Jordan and Abby. While there , they stayed in the new dorms which turned out to be an old Mental Asylum by the name of Brookline. Strange things started occuring which resulted in one of the students Felix trying to kill Dan and his new friends. During this time, they went hunting to discover what was happening and found out that the scary Warden of the Institution when it was still a Mental Asylum happened to be called Daniel Crawford and turned out to possibly be a distant relative of Dans. Abby, Jordan and Dan barely survived but managed to escape and once home - they hoped they could return back to normality and that was the end of it . Now in Book #2 Sanctum, the pair find themselves back where it all started after they recieved each a photograph from Felix of an old carnival setting at Brookline grounds with the words "Your'e Not Finished" . Under the guise of a college visit, the three make their way back to New Hampshire College to hopefully once and for all finish what was forced upon them. In this book, they are given a number of different addresses each with clues to the past including Daniel Crawford and the Brookline Asylum. With more people after them, can Dan and his friends survive the trip here - the second time around or as the deaths in this book start to pile up - are they next and will they find themselves leaving in body bags ?
This was another great teen horror story by Madeline Roux which incorporated the whole freakshow carnival into a scary tale, that keeps readers on their toes. The other thing that I really liked about this book was that throughout the story is a collection of old black and white carnival/ Brookline asylum photos.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanted Book Nook Review 5 Nov. 2014
By Elizabeth Marie - Published on
My Review: In this sequel to Asylum, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are still very much traumatized by the summer the spent at the Brookline asylum. Despite their best efforts to move on, someone wants to keep their terror alive, sending them old and creepy carnival photos. Determined to figure out who is behind this, and how to make it stop. The teens return to New Hampshire College as weekend prospective students only to find the carnival not only real, but on the college campus. Between sample classes, college parties, and their mentors, Dan and his friends embark on a journey and uncover a horrible past that Camford is hiding, and it runs much deeper than the teens could ever imagine.

Dofidfogjordgjrkgjmnkgnfdkgfd. That’s what I feel like this post should look it! Full of gibberish because I just can’t even! Allow me to attempt to gather my thoughts in a review that contains actual words.

It’s not secret that I loved Asylum! I don’t live to far from an old haunted asylum myself, so the book sparked my imagination. Sequels are tricky, sometimes they work, other times they seem to fall short of the first book. But fear not! This book lives up to and is dare I say it, better than the first! This book really does have it all, and the mystery of it all keeps this a fast-paced, entertaining, on the edge of your seat, have to know what’s going to happen next type of book. At one point, I just has to put the book down and walk away, the plot twists, it’s just all so amazing!

This is one of the rare few books that I could read over and over again. If I just need to be spooked a little, or want to get into the Halloween spirit. I cannot recommend this book enough! I currently have the prequel to this book, sitting ready to be read, not only do I love the entire Asylum series and wish it would never end, I’m also very curious on finding out more about the Scarlets and their members!

Madeleine Roux is by far my new favorite author, I have a few books of hers ready to read when I get some extra time.

Positive Elements: Felix begs Dan for forgiveness for what he has done to him. Micah, Dan’s host for the weekend, is against the prospective students going to any frat parties. Micah mentioned to Dan that he had been in some trouble in the past, which he is trying to make up for and turn his life around.

Negative Elements: There are swear words uses throughout the book. Being at a college campus with college parties, there is quite a bit of drinking, and some underage drinking as well. Despite Micah stating he didn’t want any of the prospective students going to frat parties and getting drunk, he gives Dan an alcoholic drink. Micah admits to getting stoned before going to the tour. Warden Crawford conducted experiments on prostitutes. As a child Warden Crawford tortured and killed a bird.

Spiritual Elements: God’s name is misused throughout the book.

Other Thoughts: Of course being a Whovian I have to make a random side note, and just completely freak out that Doctor Who was mentioned again!
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