Insanity (Review)

Insanity (Review)


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Title: Insanity (Insanity #1)

Author: Cameron

Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: 19th December 2013

Rating: 2 stars

*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*

Synopsis:  After accidentally killing everyone in her
class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one
doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that
he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and
find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum
that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in
modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford
university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between
sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college
student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.


Review: I will
admit, I saw this book popping up on a couple of blog feeds, loved the cover
and pounced on the chance to read this. Did I read the synopsis beforehand?
Nope. Did I read reviews for this book? Nope. I kind of dived in head first.
And the result was not too pretty, but not completely bad either.

After reading this book, there is only one word to sum up
how I feel: confused. I felt like all these things were happening at once and
not completely explained enough to make sense, but were explained well enough
for the story to continue progressing. We never really got to dig deep into the
characters so I felt no relation to them, and the plot was jumpy, going from
one place to the next. I felt like everything needed to slow down and have some
thorough explanations for me to understand everything that was going on.

That being said, I did like the idea behind this novel. Set in the modern day where the Wonderland
monsters and creatures are a reality are actually existent. There are some that
are good and bad, and some that will need a bit of determining. I liked that. I
just felt like at times the plot stretched a bit too far on the disbelief level
and didn’t explain how certain things were possible.

At times this book was a bit repetitive. There was an
ongoing theme of insanity and craziness – what it means to be crazy and how can
we know when we are crazy or not? I felt like the theme was repeated a little
bit too much. It started to grate on my nerves.

There were a few too many conveniences in certain
sections of the story that bothered me a bit, because it seemed like the
challenges they faced weren’t difficult enough. And I felt like Pillar (Alice’s
partner in crime) kind of knew everything already and was feeding it to Alice.
Which made me wonder why he even let her come along for the ride when he could
do everything himself already?

There is a bit of romance in here. It’s kind of randomly
thrown in (like the plot points) and makes me confused (like the plot points).
It wasn’t really necessary and was maybe put in just for the sake of having it
there? It didn’t add to the story and was sort of insta-love-ish, which bothered

I don’t really have any intention of reading the sequel
that was released last November.

This review sounds so negative! In all honesty, it wasn’t
that bad! I think I would’ve liked it more if I wasn’t expecting a YA novel but
perhaps one aimed more so for the middle grade section. There were parts I
liked more than others. Just know it wasn’t all bad 😉

Olivia’s Question: What’s one pet peeve of yours that
drives you insane when other people do it?

Olivia-Savannah x

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