Saturday, September 28, 2013

[Review] Insanity - Lauren Hammond

Released: May 8th, 2012

Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't be 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 were young, wild, and fiercely in love.

And they had a plan.

They were going to run away.

Be together forever.

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 escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her memory that are missing.

And it doesn't take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes…

That one true love never dies.
"But life is pain. Life is chaos. It's never easy. Always a struggle."
I had mixed feelings about this book. It was really good honestly because the plotline? A++. It was so freaking good and unique, y'know. The story was wonderful and twisted, so fucking confusing. But the characters? Ehh, I didn't like Damien honestly.

You delve into the confusing and frustrating world of Adelaide Carmichael as she tries to figure out and remember who she was before she lost her memory. It was a twisted, emotional and utterly aggravating journey.

God, this book was so fucking confusing most of the time. I was like trying to figure out what was going on. Though, I really liked how the author alternated between the past and the present, which reminds me of Tarryn Fisher's writing style. But, God, I hated how fast-paced the past was, even though I'm guessing that's because she wants to make sure that everything gets settled into the book.

Oakhill is fucking creepy but I loved Addy's description of it.
"It is a fabrication that entices people from the outside with its rose bushes, lush landscaping, massive red-brick building, and fake friendly staff.
This place is not a medical institution.
This place is a slaughterhouse.
And just like pigs, people are brought here to die."

Like, the place was unbelievably creepy, well it is an asylum after all. But still. I mean, the only sane doctor there was probably Dr. Watson. Mmm, Dr. Watson. I'll get into him later. But, like Marjorie and Dr. Morrow. JESUS CHRIST. They were so freaking weird.

I mean seriously, Dr. Morrow had an electrocution method to heal patients. WTF right?

Addy was pretty cool though. She's just mentally deranged? I guess? Or maybe she's not? I'm not even sure myself. But then her roommate is hilarious. I loved her, well, up until the end when she totally ratted her out. 

But then Damien. Fuck. I hated him. I really like alpha males right, so I guess I'm being a bit biased, but then he was being like a whiny teenage girl. And he seems "so in love" with Addy that it's so freaking weird. Even though some of his lines are romantic.
"Addy, you are my sun, my moon, and my stars. You are my heaven, my hell, and my earth. I'd go anywhere with you. I'd follow you anywhere."
Creep, much? I know, I'm a super romantic but super cliché words like these just turn me off.

God, he sounds so desperate sometimes.
"I was just thinking about how lost I was until I found you. And I was also thinking about how much I love you."

I would've given this book lower if it wasn't for the mindfucking ending. The ending? A+++++++++ It was so mind-blowing that I probably stared at the page for 5 minutes.

Minor Faults:
  • FUCKING DAMIEN MAN. I really don't get that dude.



About The Author:

Lauren Hammond knew from a young age that she was born to be a writer. After publishing her first novel in 2007, she then went on to write several screenplays and a few award winning poems. She aspires to be a positive role model for young people who have a pencil, a piece of paper, and a dream. Never give up on your dreams, you might wake up one day and regret not pursuing them. She has two more novels in the works, as well as some film projects.

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