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Insanity (The Asylum Trilogy Book 1) by [Hammond, Lauren]
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Insanity (The Asylum Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The Asylum Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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  • File Size: 2192 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Publisher: S.B. Addison Books (May 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008173I62
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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!
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First Thoughts

Insanity was unlike anything I've ever read before. I usually shy away from creepy suspense books because I'm honestly not trying have any nightmares when I lay down for bed. That being said-- I picked up Insanity on Amazon for free because of the gorgeous cover and I'm happy I did because I quite liked the book! The story was gripping, the romance filled me with sorrow, and I thought I had the plot twist figured out when another one hit me smack dab in the face! I'm definitely interested in seeing where the rest of this series goes!

What I Enjoyed

The chapters from the past were quite heartbreaking.
It pained me to read of the abuse Addy suffered at the hands of her father. Although I took solace in her budding romance with Damien, there was an ominous feel to the book that made it clear Addy and Damien weren't going to have their happily ever after.

The mystery.
Adelaide constantly questions herself in Insanity-- she isn't really crazy, right? Or is she? I honestly couldn't quite tell. There were times where it seemed she was completely lucid and sharp, but when she saw Damien as an orderly at the insane asylum, I began questioning her.

The real plot twist.
Let's just say, 99% of people reading this story will guess the plot twist. Don't be fooled. There is another one you will never see coming. Or maybe you will, but I certainly didn't.

What Could Have Been Better

The editing.
Quote - "You watch **you're** tone and mind my authority, Adelaide, or--"
Yikes. While the mistakes were few and far between, it still took away from the flow of the writing and story whenever I caught them.

Memorable Quote
I. Am. Not. Crazy. That's just ludicrous. Ridiculous.
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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.
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I honestly wasn't expecting much from Insanity. It sounded interesting, yet predictable, but I gave it a chance anyway. And I loved it! It's set in 1958 which I was not expecting at all! Adelaide has been in an asylum for who knows how long. She sure doesn't. She also has no clue why she's there in the first place. All she know is that she loves Damien and has to get out and find her way back to him. But Damien is a new orderly and tells Adelaide that he'll get her out. If only things were that easy.

Insanity is 100% melodramatic and over-the-top, and yet it worked for me. Adelaide is in love beyond reason. Damien is her everything and her last hope at a normal life. The narrative alternates from the present to before Adelaide was committed. The past chapters show her as 17 and hopelessly in love with the boy she believes is going to take her away from her abusive father. The present shows her as however old (we're not told because of reasons) and trying to prove that she's not crazy even though she can't remember anything from before.

One of Insanity's twists is super obvious from the beginning, but that didn't bother me. The details surrounding why were more important. But then there's another twist and I was like WTF IS GOING ON?! How is that possible?! What happened between then and now?! Why is all of this even still happening? Tell me!

Clearly, Insanity far exceeded my expectations. It was a very quick and engaging story. I had to keep reading to find out what had happened to Adelaide to land her in this horrible asylum. I do wish that the time period had played into things a bit more. It does in the sense that all of the patients are terrified of receiving electroshock therapy or a lobotomy. But other than that, it could have been set at any time. I still had to immediately purchase the sequel though.
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