Review : Sanctum (Asylum #2) by Madeleine Roux

“Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on, many questions remain, and someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it’s here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.

Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of a surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the truth behind Dan’s connection to the asylum’s evil warden is more terrifying than Dan ever imagined.”

This sequel was a bit of a let down… I read the first book in this series about a year ago. I remember enjoying it without really loving it, but i decided to check out Sanctum anyways, to see how the story will go…. 

The storyline did not catch my attention. I found the story in this one kind of boring. It didn’t have that creepy aspect or the twists of the first book. There is not one moment in this story that scared me. I wasn’t even that impressed by the choice of pictures. I also dislike that fact that nothing really happens until the last couple of chapters. The ending didn’t really made me want to read more. Everything was obvious, i wasn’t surprise by anything. i really do feel like this story would’ve been better in only one book and not an entire trilogy. The characters were an other reason why i did not enjoy this book very much. They all feel very empty to me. Dan annoyed me in so many ways, and so did many of the side characters. i didn’t care much about any of them. The writing style was okay, but there is a couple of lines that were cliché. It felt like i was reading a bad horror movie.

Overall, Sanctum was not a good sequel to me. I didn’t hate it, there is some parts of the story that i enjoyed, but i was mostly bored. I will fast forget about this book and i’m not sure if i’ll be reading the last one in the series. Maybe one day, just to see how it all ends.

Sanctum : 2.5/5


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