Friday, March 11, 2016

Book Review: Asleep by Krystal Wade

To celebrate the release of the spine-chilling YA psychological thriller ASLEEP by Krystal Wade, we have a full blog tour and exciting giveaways ahead! ASLEEP is the debut novel from Blaze Publishing, and answers the question of what happens when Sleeping Beauty meets Freddy Krueger. If you want to see more of ASLEEP, you can still find the Ten Weeks of Teasers and other great content on the Blaze Publishing blog. Order your copy now!

"To cure fear, you must use fear."

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He's understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they'll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.



I enjoyed this book but for some reason I didn't feel as "creeped" out as I thought I would be for this horror story. I don't usually read a lot of horror, I enjoy watching it on TV or a movie instead. I did cringe at certain parts of the story because of what the character went through but I feel that this book is more of a psychological mystery with elements of horror. I wanted more suspense and thrills but mostly got mystery which is fine but the pace felt slow so I do feel that the pacing could be better. I think a lot had to do with the lack of stakes for the main character to make it thriller for me. There were moments where I skimmed through to get to the good parts but that wasn't too much, mostly in the middle of the story.

The characters were interesting and somewhat complex, enough that I could relate to Rose and Phillip. I do feel that sending her to the institution had been a little extreme based on her parent's reasoning. I wish there had been more clues or breadcrumbs left along the way during the story because sometimes I got confused as to what was important in the story or Rose's goal. I did like the part about Rose being unsure of who to trust. I found myself also unsure of who she should trust and that compelled me to keep reading. There were also a few twists and turns which I enjoyed in the story which had me at the edge of my seat wanting to know more.

The climax and end were my favorite part so there is kind of a payoff at the end but it still left some unanswered threads and questions for me. I liked where it ended but I'm not sure if I would consider this story particularly memorable for me because of the lack of stakes or excitement in the story. Overall, an interesting story if you like Sleeping Beauty mashed with Freddy Kreuger. I also feel like there are some parallels to American Horror Story: Asylum (season 2), so if you enjoyed that you might like this too but this is a YA version so not as gorey as the TV show.

3.1 out of 5 for me!

(A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)


Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers-who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas-sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?

Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.

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