Sanctum by Madeleine RouxSanctum by Madeleine Roux


byMadeleine Roux

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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In the chilling second book in the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, three teens must return to the asylum that still haunts their dreams to end the nightmare once and for all. With the page-turning suspense and horror that made Asylum such a standout, and featuring found photographs from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that's perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

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.

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Madeleine Roux is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofAsylum, which has sold into nine countries around the world, and its sequel,Sanctum, whichSLJcalled "seriously spooky."Catacombis the third installment in the series about Dan, Abby, and Jordan. Madeleine is also the author ofAllison Hewitt Is TrappedandSadie Walker Is Stranded. A...
Title:SanctumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062221000

ISBN - 13:9780062221001


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good story I love teen books and if you like creepy weird things this series is for you! The writing is easy and interesting. The characters stories just keep going!
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but slow moving. Not as good as the first but still a good hook to get you wanting to know what happens. It still made me want the third.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first one. I found the beginning a bit slow but still a good read.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I really enjoyed asylum and was hoping this would draw me in as well and it did. I was unable to put this down or stop thinking about where this story was going. I need to find out what is going on and can't wait to read the next book and novellas
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! Madeleine Roux's books are addicting and spine tingling, I can never put them down!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprise Love! This was a great book. Loving how even thou it's the second it wasn't campy or boring. Characters are great...Jordan is the best! It was fast paced and suspenseful. Not scary but a good read. And the pictures were fun. Great for anyone 13 and up.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy This book was creepy and alot better than the first. Can't wait to read the third book.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark and Suspenseful This story has it all, revenge, betrayal, and intrigue. This book was hauntingly suspenseful, and on the seat of your chair thrilling. You WILL lose sleep reading this book.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Much Better Than Asylum While this book was slightly better than the first of the series, it definitely wasn't worth even a star more. The author really has a stereotypical way of describing people and it's so ridiculous that the characters are pretty one-sided in a 'I'm such a smart nerd no one understands me way'. The dialogue also hasn't improved much. I can't recall if I mentioned this in the review for the first book, but it reads like a fanfiction and published works should not even come close to that; that's why I rated this book so low. The first thing I noticed about this book was that nothing was mentioned about Jordan's stay with Dan. Did it not happen as Dan promised at the end of Asylum (which in itself was uncharacteristic of a teenager as they normally ask their parents' permission before promising something with circumstances like that - at least, it felt like Dan would)? Then I was assaulted with how annoying Dan is as a high school kid. No one gets your sense of humour because you're a nerd no one understands, eh? I really can't help but feel like this is a self-insert by the author as so much of the last book was. It's terribly annoying to constantly have to deal with the special snowflake descriptions but at least this sequel didn't have as much of it (though there are still plenty to roll your eyes at). Thankfully we don't have to deal with that much, but it felt very badly done to be introduced to some characters and almost never have them referenced again throughout the entire story (worse than how some characters in Asylum were only seen once, fulfilled their duty to the story, and were never heard from again). Also (this is something I didn't get to point out in my review of Asylum), I could swear that Dan refered to his adoptive parents by both 'Mom' and 'Dad' as well as their names and I feel like someone wouldn't use both - and for Dan, I definitely felt like 'Mom and Dad' would've been more appropriate. At the very least, he should've stuck with one (and as much as he like them, he certainly didn't show them as much respect as they deserved). The author also dates her book by making far too many references. As classic as you think they may be, it's terrible to be bombarded by 'nerd references that only nerds will get' but really everyone will understand them so stop making them so stereotypical. It pulls me out of the story to have pop references thrown at me - especially in ways that no one (not even teenagers) would make. It's terribly awkward to have to wade through things like this that make you wonder whether the author even knows what teenagers sound like. Something else that bothered my was Aunt Lucy's normalcy despite her lobotomy. It's seems pretty fantastic (not in a good way, in a far-fetched way) that she'd be so normal, but more so if it was deemed a successful operation her outburst in the last book feels like it wouldn't have made sense. At the very least, from what we were informed about in Asylum it didn't feel like it made sense - especially with the sacrifice that happens later in Sanctum. Also, Dan gets startled by his phone a lot - and this happened tons in Asylum, too. Even if he's a jumpy kid there's no reason for such a cheap reaction, and definitely not good enough to overuse it. The romance between him and Abby is another thing that's so pointless there's no reason to even have it in the story. They don't come across as a couple at all and the closest thing that comes to it is when Dan thinks about responses he could give to her but it stupidly sounds like the kind of answers a girl would like to hear but a guy would never think (furthering my belief that the author doesn't have a good sense of teenagers, especially teenage boys). Their relationship is so boring and empty it really serves to purpose even to the characters themselves. I kept wishing for Jordan to at least 'get lucky' with someone to make up for the complete lack of romance between the other two main characters but all we got were gay jokes. Again. One thing that bothered me was the group's lack of concern for Micah (the only slightly good character) after he helped them escape. At least they thought about him soon after the event, but frankly not soon enough considering he was with them and then gone. Besides Dan, it didn't even seem like the other two even cared what happened to him which in itself was upsetting because it felt like his character was only there to be sacrificed (which you get the feel for very early on) and his friend Cal didn't even properly redeem himself because of it<spoiler> (especially since he lives)</spoiler>. I also found it terribly unbelievable that someone like Micah (who randomly was a stoner - yes, randomly; it felt poorly done) would alcohol to underage kids, too; even if that's how they were poisoned, they made him seem like the kind of person who'd strictly adhere to the rules - especially considering his past - like we saw when he was ordering around the redheaded kid to take care of unsightly things during the tour for the prospects. The plot is only slightly more cohesive than the previous book (and even then it felt like it was a novel made into a series as there wasn't anything in Asylum referencing anything in this book except Professor Reyes involvement - and even that was done poorly) and the ending was so poorly done. It was abrupt (didn't leave the reader done slowly - no denouement), didn't give a proper hint as to what to expect in the next book, and didn't wrap everything up satisfactorily (I still don't understand what the point of the missing women was, what the mailman was about, and why Professor Reyes was so involved). The town-wide conspiracy was also laughable. Firstly it should've kept to a much smaller scale (I'm not even referring to the town part here), secondly I thought in the last book the entire town hated the warden for what he did so the brainwashing didn't make that much sense - especially how wide it spread. While the author may have gotten slightly better at story telling in this book, it's still a terrible book to have made its way into the traditional publishing world. There's far too much to roll your eyes at. I'm glad I'm almost done with this series because I can't stand this writing.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read I was unsure when I picked this up if I was going to enjoy it. The first novel was great, but how was the author going to bring these characters back together in a "natural" way. Though the beginning is a bit rocky, the overall story is fantastic. A page turner than is impossible to put down!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanted Book Book My Review: In this sequel to Asylum, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are still very much traumatized by the summer the spent at the Brookline asylum. Despite their best efforts to move on, someone wants to keep their terror alive, sending them old and creepy carnival photos. Determined to figure out who is behind this, and how to make it stop. The teens return to New Hampshire College as weekend prospective students only to find the carnival not only real, but on the college campus. Between sample classes, college parties, and their mentors, Dan and his friends embark on a journey and uncover a horrible past that Camford is hiding, and it runs much deeper than the teens could ever imagine. Dofidfogjordgjrkgjmnkgnfdkgfd. That’s what I feel like this post should look it! Full of gibberish because I just can’t even! Allow me to attempt to gather my thoughts in a review that contains actual words. It’s not secret that I loved Asylum! I don’t live to far from an old haunted asylum myself, so the book sparked my imagination. Sequels are tricky, sometimes they work, other times they seem to fall short of the first book. But fear not! This book lives up to and is dare I say it, better than the first! This book really does have it all, and the mystery of it all keeps this a fast-paced, entertaining, on the edge of your seat, have to know what’s going to happen next type of book. At one point, I just has to put the book down and walk away, the plot twists, it’s just all so amazing! This is one of the rare few books that I could read over and over again. If I just need to be spooked a little, or want to get into the Halloween spirit. I cannot recommend this book enough! I currently have the prequel to this book, sitting ready to be read, not only do I love the entire Asylum series and wish it would never end, I’m also very curious on finding out more about the Scarlets and their members! Madeleine Roux is by far my new favorite author, I have a few books of hers ready to read when I get some extra time. Positive Elements: Felix begs Dan for forgiveness for what he has done to him. Micah, Dan’s host for the weekend, is against the prospective students going to any frat parties. Micah mentioned to Dan that he had been in some trouble in the past, which he is trying to make up for and turn his life around. Negative Elements: There are swear words uses throughout the book. Being at a college campus with college parties, there is quite a bit of drinking, and some underage drinking as well. Despite Micah stating he didn’t want any of the prospective students going to frat parties and getting drunk, he gives Dan an alcoholic drink. Micah admits to getting stoned before going to the tour. Warden Crawford conducted experiments on prostitutes. As a child Warden Crawford tortured and killed a bird. Spiritual Elements: God’s name is misused throughout the book. Other Thoughts: Of course being a Whovian I have to make a random side note, and just completely freak out that Doctor Who was mentioned again!
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This is a very good sequal to the first book asylum. This book moved along faster and kept you wanting to read more, it was very hard to put down.
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Couldnt stop reading it. I feel like the ending should have been different, but it was good.
Date published: 2014-10-09

Editorial Reviews

“Seriously spooky.”