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THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM by Mary Gray — A Review

October 16, 2013

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Book Description

When the world is breaking all someone wants is safety.

A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when eighteen-year-old 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.

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The Dollhouse Asylum Book Review
Holy guacamole! Would you like to read a book that makes your blood boil? Yes? Well, look no further! The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray accomplishes this task right from the beginning, but I promise you won’t be able to put it down.
Honestly, I wanted to shake some sense into the main character/narrator, Cheyenne, for the first portion of the book. Her stupid decisions and lack of common sense really got on my nerves. It’s obvious that Mary wrote her that way on purpose, and she definitely accomplished her goal of creating a character with faults! However, if you stick with Cheyenne, you’ll swell with pride as she grows, hurt with her when she makes mistakes, and no longer want to punch her.
I’m not one to swoon over male characters in books. They are, after all, characters in a fictional story. However, Marcus (or Marc as he is often called) stole my heart. His sweetness and humor at the hardest of times made me smile and endeared him to me even more. His broken boy persona and complete dedication to Cheyenne has made him one of my favorite heroes ever. I especially loved his patience and quiet determination when faced with certain challenges throughout the story. Yet, even with all of these perfections, Marcus was real. He had flaws…flaws I would be more than willing to overlook 😉
The story in itself was mesmerizing. I’ll admit I was slightly confused at first, but I think that was Mary’s plan. She wants readers to feel bewildered when she drops them into this strange world with Cheyenne. I kept reading, though, and Mary didn’t disappoint me. In an instant, I was sucked into the story and devastated along with the characters at the turn of events.
Perhaps the most difficult person to understand is the villain of this tale. I would love to say more, but, alas, I cannot. You’ll have to read the book!
*I am an intern with Spencer Hill Press/Contemporary and was provided with an ARC of The Dollhouse Asylum in order to provide an honest review of the book.
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About Mary:)

Mary Gary has a fascination with all things creepy. That’s why all her favorite stories usually involve panic attacks and hyperventilating. In real life, she prefers to type away on her computer, ogle over her favorite TV shows, and savor fiction. When she’s not immersed in other worlds, she and her husband get their exercise by chasing after their three children. The Dollhouse Asylum is her first novel.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2013 8:31 pm

    Haha, I love how your review began with Holy guacamole, lol. But yes to everything you said!!

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