Asleep by Krystal Wade

Title: Asleep
Author: Krystal Wade
Date Started: January 9
Date Finished: January 11
Format: Paperback from my shelf

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.

For someone who doesn’t like reading about insane asylums you would think I wouldn’t read this book. And normally you would be right, but this was another book subscription box monthly selection and I figured I would try and read it first before I sold it off to my second hand book dealer. (Doesn’t the second half of that statement sound shady? lol.). Anyway, the insane asylum thing aside this book kind of caught my interest anyway, because it reminded me a lot of Sleeping Beauty. Only instead of a fairy tale world it would take place in a mental hospital.

Yeah. No. Other than the name of our MC and the name of the MC’s friend/love interest during the novel there are no other comparisons to Sleeping Beauty in this book. In fact, this book was a 318 paged trip to crazy town where you didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. And I’m sorry to say that not even the motive of the villain was properly explained. Why did *spoiler alert* Dr. Underwood treat Rose and Phillip so badly? What was the point of Project HS? What was really wrong with Rose? Or was it all some trumped up thing to get her into Dr. Underwood’s clutches? I’m just so confused, it’s not even funny.

Final Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. I’m not going to label this a fairy tale retelling, because it isn’t. The plot wasn’t really that well developed and the villain’s motivations were supremely lacking. Was he trying to make it so that Rose didn’t turn out like his mother? And if so, why was he treating so horribly? What exactly was the problem with Rose? I still don’t completely understand what even got her into the hospital to begin with.

Bookshelf worthy? Pick something else, dears.

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