Genre: Teens & YA, Horror
Recommendation: Yes! This book kept me completely immersed. This would be perfect for mid to late teens. Heck, it kept me on my toes as a twenty something!
Type: Stand alone ( although I would totally be down to read more about Rose.)
Summary: +descriptive +intriguing plot +suspenseful +well written +well developed -a little vague in certain parts +awesome ending +great female lead -a little confusing on certain parts
“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.
Asleep by Krystal Wade is a page turner. Seriously, it is a sweaty palms, skipping your hard earned mom nap, all encompassing read that sucks you in and leaves you at its mercy until the last page. I don’t think I have ever been more thankful that a book was not part of a series than I was with this one. I just do not think I could have handled a cliffhanger, my poor heart just wouldn’t have been able to take it.
This story, told from a single POV, follows a teenage girl, who after a considerable amount of fighting with her mom and some perhaps not so great decision making, is thrown into an involuntary stay at a mental health hospital by her parents.
Completely in denial about why she is there, Rose begins her stay expecting to just get in, get out and get on with her life, except things in there aren’t as they seem and she begins to dance between insanity and paranoia. As a reader, this story immediately catches your attention because you, along with Rose, are trying to figure out what is going on. Is she insane? What did she even do to get in there? Did she deserve it? Are things she is seeing really happening? Can she trust the people that are supposed to be helping her? I found myself questioning every aspect of every interaction the entire time I was immersed in her life, and it was fantastic.
I was coaxed into so many emotions when reading this book, I was pissed for her that her friends are terrible and her mom and dad threw her in there. I felt excited when she met Paul and things started to develop between them. I was confused and slightly afraid for her when things started happening that had her questioning her sanity. A great writer has the ability to make you feel what he or she wants, and I am guessing Wade wanted me to feel like a pre-menstrual teenager who was on the verge of throwing a fit because that is how I felt reading parts of this. I really felt like going to bat for Rose, and I am pretty sure anyone who reads this will as well.
The writing is descriptive and rich details are provided which make certain things in this book particularly anxiety inducing. Rose is multi-dimensional and complex and Paul is a mystery and by the end of the book makes you want to hug him. Like a lot. The situation she is in is equally disturbing and terrifying.
One thing I really appreciate about this book is the ending. Ohhh, the ending. I refuse to give spoilers away about this book because it is a superb read and it would do you such an injustice to muddle your starting point but let me tell you this.. Wade does NOT disappoint with the ending.
This book is a great choice for anyone wanting something suspenseful and thrilling. Not weighed down with a ton of bad language or sex, Asleep is appropriate for mature teens and adults alike. Keep in mind this book discusses mental health issues and has mention of suicide. The only thing I wish I had more of in this book is I wanted more detail about the why’s and how’s when it came to what was actually going on. I felt like just a smidgen more detail would have made this book just completely wreck, but I am not going to fuss over something small when it is so good.
Best part? It is available on Kindle Unlimited!
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much Krystal Wade, Blaze Publishing and Xpresso Book Tours for this opportunity!