Our kick-a** readers,
I was up till about 3 in the morning, reading. First, it was the end of Pawn, which I'll be reviewing on Saturday. Then, it was the entirety this book: The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray. After that ended, I moved on to Hidden Wives. Today's choice, of course, is The Dollhouse Asylum.
Summary: "A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when 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 Cheyenne's 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. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they'll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they'll die." (Thank you, Goodreads!!!)
This book. Oh, this book. I so am not a fan in any way.
Yes, I gave this novel a chance. 227 pages, all of them just pure disappointment.
See, the idea sounds awesome, doesn't it? People having to live out characters from classic literature in this apocalyptic time. Sadly, this book just kept missing the mark. From listing literary couples that aren't as recognizable to teens, or anybody, really. Not everybody knows them, and if you know the names, you probably don't know the stories. I figured I'd know them, but I totally was lost on two or three of these couples. Just so, so bad.
The beginning of the novel, you want to slap the main character. She stays that annoying for pretty much all of this book. I kept reading, thinking the story and the characters would get better. That's why I ended up reading it all; I was hoping that it'd get better, that the characters, plot, etc. were going to be much better in the end. Boy, was I terribly wrong. I knew the plot twist from the beginning, and this novel just seriously disappointed me in every way.
In Conclusion: Skip it. Seriously. Don't waste any of your time on this book. Don't even glance at the cover for long.