Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Insanity by Lauren Hammond

Insanity(Asylum 1)

Synopsis:
Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't have been more opposite.

Adelaide's mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father.

Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.

Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love. And they had a plan. They were going to run away together. To live and love each other freely without restraints. And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up in The Oakhill Institution for the insane.

Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure... She wants out. And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her missing memory.

And it doesn't take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes...That one true love never dies.


My thoughts:
I'll be doing a full review on this next Tuesday over at YA Bound, but let me say this was crazy good! It's New Adult because Addy is in her early twenties when she's in the mental institution, but there are just as many scenes from when she was seventeen, so the book really appeals to both adults and teens.
The romance is amazing, and the narration is told in such a great format that helps the reader piece together Addy's memories. It switches back and forth between before the mental institution and during the mental institution. And seriously, it's done so well. I couldn't put it down.


Just for fun:
What would you do if you found yourself in a mental institution with very few memories of your past and no understanding of why you're in the asylum?


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34 comments:

  1. Sounds like an intense story. I want to read it! And I love the cover ;)

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    1. It's so good! And I agree; the cover is gorgeous!

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  2. I love that twist--being there and not knowing why. Man my caffeine hasn't kicked in enough to give an articulate response to how I'd react, other than FREAK! And what a great question to explore in fiction!!! Thanks Kel :)

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    1. Lauren really captures the crazy in this one. It's so good!

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  3. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll definitely check it out.

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    1. I hope you like it. It's a crazy good ride.

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  4. Sounds really interesting. Thanks, Kelly!

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  5. Wow, that sounds so awesome! Way to go Lauren! Can't wait to check it out! *Skips off to download*

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  6. What a great cover! I'm looking forward to reading it - this sounds like a great story :-)

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  7. I really like the cover of this one and it sounds fascinating. I am intrigued about the mental hospital for sure! If I found myself in a mental hospital with very few memories I imagine I would be very scared!

    ~Jess

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  8. The story sounds intriguing. I think if I were in an institution with no memory of why I was there, I'd do whatever I could to find out, so I could get away. Maybe sneak into the office at night and Google myself. :)

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  9. Yet another book I need to add to the TBR pile. :)

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    1. LOL. So many good ones out there, right?

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  10. It looks really interesting! I'll definitely give this a try =)
    ...And I can't wait for your new book. The summary is super intriguing!

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  11. I have been twice in a mental institution, but with my memories!!

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  12. Sounds like a great read. Gonna have to add this one to my list.

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  13. The cover looks so pretty ~ As to your question, I'll seek the truth. I'll just have to. I won't be able to stand being holed up.

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  14. Claudine, what if the truth scares you? Would you still want to seek it out? (Just curious.)

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  15. Oh, Lauren has a super great imagination. This book sounds great! And I love the cover. Going to have to read it for sure.
    Ok, if I ended up in an insane asylum without my memories, I think I really would go crazy and have to be kept there for a long, long time. haha No really, it would freak me out beyond freak! Ack. Hopefully that NEVER happens.

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    1. Yeah, I kind of wonder why they put people in asylums that make them freak out. Isn't that counterproductive?

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  16. To answer your question, not fun. However, I have often felt I was kidnapped by aliens (kidding) and woke up in the sixth grade with no knowledge of my previous school years. I have fuzzy memories of the second and third grade, other than that I always wondered if i just appeared (again, kidding). The memory is a precious gift, which we rewrite all the time, but to wake up and be without, shivers.

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    1. I agree. I wouldn't want to lose those memories. Though the brain does have a way of protecting us from harmful memories.

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  17. Sounds like a great read. You sold me on 'the romance is amazing.'

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