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In this haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, three teens must unlock some long-buried secrets from the past before the past comes back to get them first. Featuring found photographs, many from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity, 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, 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 the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined.

347 pages, Paperback

First published August 26, 2014

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Madeleine Roux

42 books4,388 followers
New York Times Bestselling Author of the ASYLUM series, Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, Sadie Walker Is Stranded and the upcoming House of Furies series.

MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, bringing a unique serial fiction experience to readers.

Born in Minnesota, she now lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

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Profile Image for Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile.
2,043 reviews628 followers
September 24, 2020
This one had the creep factor cranked just about all the way up! I was paranoid even taking my dog out tonight for her pre-bedtime potty. I didn’t feel like I would get answers until the last few pages, and even then, it seemed much simpler than I was expecting.

Also, I read that the 1.5 novella actually shouldn’t be read until after this book, and I CAN see why, but it didn’t ruin anything for me. The ending to 1.5 was vague enough that you didn’t know what happened.

All in all, a great creepy series so far!
December 4, 2017
Después de haber adorado Asylum y haber sido incapaz de leerlo por la noche porque me daba muy mal rollo, esperaba que Sanctum fuera un libro igual de espeluznante y que me mantuviera enganchada a la historia de Dan... pero no fue así. Sanctum me decepcionó un montón.

Sanctum empieza con Dan, Abby y Jordan volviendo al lugar que los traumatizó el verano pasado. Quieren encontrar respuestas y cerrar el ciclo que les ha causado pesadillas, paranoias y alucinaciones. Sin embargo, cuando llegan allí, todo se vuelve peor. No están encontrando respuestas, sino que se están planteando aún más preguntas que antes... preguntas a las que, por supuesto, no obtendrán respuestas. Dan entra en una espiral obsesiva por descubrir todo sobre el pasado y su homónimo loco, pero se encontrará con que las cosas iban mucho más allá de un sanatorio mental y experimentos malintencionados.

En este segundo libro, siento que Madeleine Roux nos empieza a abrir un arco completamente nuevo y que poco se relaciona con los inicios de Asylum. Entran en juego fuerzas políticas, engaños a pueblos enteros y grandes sectas constituidas siglos atrás.

Quizá Sanctum me decepcionó un poco porque no me esperaba el rumbo que iba a tomar la historia, con sectas muy al estilo de The Following y demás. Llegó un punto en el que el ritmo iba tan lento y los personajes no descubrían absolutamente nada, que me desinteresaba por completo en lo que estaba pasando.

¿Quiere esto decir que no leeré los siguientes libros y los companions? No, claro que los leeré, pues si hay algo que tiene Madeleine Roux es que sabe hacer unos finales espectaculares. Es por esas últimas páginas que redimo un poco a Sanctum, así que vamos a ver qué deparan los siguientes libros.
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9,564 reviews47 followers
June 5, 2019
Sanctum (Asylum #2), (2014), Madeleine Roux
Dan and his friends have decided to return to the prep school in order to investigate the past summer's mysteries further, especially as someone is sending them creepy old pictures and GPS coordinates to abandoned houses near the Brookline Dorm. Dan is determined to explore these coordinates in order to end the torment once and for all. They discover that the carnival from the photos is hosted on campus and that's just where the horror begins.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز پنجم ماه ژوئن سال 2018 میلادی
عنوان: معبد: کتاب دوم از سری تیمارستان؛ نویسنده: مادلین (مدلین) روو (روکس)؛ برگردان: امیرمهدی عاطفی نیا؛ ویراستار: نیما کهندانی؛ تهران، نشر باژ، 1396؛ در 415 ص؛ فروست: سری تیمارستان، کتاب دوم؛ شابک: 9786009840939؛ موضوع: داستانهای پارانرمال برای نوجوانان از نویسندگان
دن، اَبی، و جردن، هنوز از ضربه‌ ی روحی تابستانی که در تیمارستان «بروکلین» بگذرانده‌ اند،‌ رنج می‌برند. هرچند می‌خواهند آن ماجرا را فراموش کنند اما شخصی مصمم است ترس و وحشت را زنده نگه دارد، و عکس‌هایی بدون هیچ یادداشت، یا اسمی، از کارناوالی در گذشته‌ های دور، برای آن‌ها می‌فرستد. برنامه‌ هایشان برای هرگز برنگشتن به آنجا را، کنار می‌گذارند، و تحت پوشش «برنامه‌ ی آخر هفته‌ ی کالج نیوهمپشایر برای دانشجویان جدید» به آنجا برمی‌گردند، و متوجه می‌شوند که کارناوالِ درون عکس‌ها نه تنها واقعیت دارد، بلکه ظاهراً برای نخستین بار پس از سال‌ها، قرار است در دانشکده برگزار شود. «دن» و دوستانش ماجراجویی خودشان را، با گریز زدن از کلاس‌های ساده، و جشن‌های کالج، پیش می‌برند: «گشت و گذاری در میان خانه‌ های متروکه و مکان‌هایی مخفی در سرتاسر شهر». کمفورد گذشته‌ ای وحشتناک را پنهان می‌کند، و تیمارستان تأثیر ژرفی بر آنجا گذاشته است، خیلی بیشتر از آنچه «دن» در ذهن داشته است . ا. شربیانی
Profile Image for Caitlin.
304 reviews21 followers
November 19, 2014
Sanctum, a holy or sacred place- what could be more sacred than possessing the power of your own true thoughts? Sanctum. It is both lock and key.

Actual rating: 1.5 stars. I absolutely despise giving such a low rating and a harsh review for a book I received as an ARC. However, it is in exchange for my honest opinion. Right? So here it goes:

Oh, the potential that this series had- and the complete disappointment that it was...

Sanctum continues Daniel Crawford and his two friend's journey to discover why they have had bad dreams and hallucinations since leaving the college over the summer. Dan's old roommate is now in a mental hospital, and upon asking to see him, gives Dan a code to follow that sends him on a wild goose chase to find his answers.

I have a lot of questions for the author on why she did what she did in this book. My biggest one is "WHY was so much wasted on rushing??" We had creepy houses being found, broken into, and searched...and we get two pages for each house?! What a totally missed opportunity. There was little-to-no description of these creepy places. They went in, smelled mold, found what they were looking for. That was it. I want some detail! I want to be scared of these houses. I want descriptions, creepy old findings, memories left behind from the owners from long ago. Why? Why? Why?

That brings me to the biggest "miss" in this book. It was rushed. Just like the first book, it went from one finding to another with no information, characterization, history, etc. to the story. We knew nothing about VERY key players in this story. It was just like they met Daniel and we were expected to know who they were, or why they were the way they were. Another hugely missed opportunity.

There was information that wasn't kept straight in the book. For example: Dan lied to his parents about where he was going for the weekend. He said he was going to Jordan's house. He instead went back to the college for prospect weekend. He feels bad about lying. Guilty. Then, just as a random blurb- he gets a text from his mom saying "Hi honey, how is campus? Behaving yourself?" Not like he got caught in his lie, but as if that was the story all along. I am hoping these many mistakes are only because I have an ARC, and these conflicting parts of the story will be fixed before print.

Also, just as with Asylum, these characters could not pass for 18. 14 at most. They were not believable characters. Also along to those lines: why were they never scared? You are telling me these "kids" just witness a live lobotomy, walk away, go hide in a basement, one decides to take a nap, and the other actually responds to someone saying "okeydokey"? No one was ever terrified. No one ever cried.

What the heck happened with Dan and Abby's relationship?? It is mentioned often in the beginning- then forgotten about. Mentioned one paragraph later on...then just *poof* - never mentioned again. When they parted at the end "I'll be in touch." Really? So does that mean the relationship is over?

It was entirely aggravating that everything they were looking for, and all the answers sought, just would "coincidently" fall into their hands. For instance: they start receiving pictures of a creepy carnival. They have no idea why. Then wait!!! The very same creepy carnival that they are looking for falls right into their lap! It just so happens to be at the school the same weekend they are there. Perfect. Amazing. Or when they go from house to house according to the code, and they just so happen to find what they are looking for in the first 30 seconds, even when they had no clue what they were looking for! Astonishing! They find a house full of old mail bags. I mean FULL. As they are being chased away, Abby happens to grab just three letters from a stack to take with her. What a coincidence! One of the three letters (out of 800,238) just so happens to have the answers they are looking for! A little more creativity and waiting in this department would have been great. Like I said before, this book was very rushed. It totally ruined the whole feel of the book.

Then why the 1.5 stars? I gave the book an extra 1/2 star simply because I actually continued reading to find out what happened. I actually was curious. I didn't want to stop because I wanted answers. Yet, I couldn't wait for the book to end.

Great (no, AMAZING!) idea for these books. Great covers. The books just were not that great. Hoping to see something new and improved in the future from this author. The creativity is present, but the aspects of a great book are just not there.

*I received this advanced reader copy from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
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514 reviews431 followers
April 21, 2015
Was this supposed to be a horror novel? Honestly, I didn't feel that way, it never gave me the creeps. I was so disappointed and I hoped that this series would get better. When I first saw this series, I thought that it would give me more scares. I thought it would be creepier than the Mara Dyer trilogy. But unfortunately, I was never scared. There were so many negative reviews but I wanted to read it anyway.

One of the reasons I didn't enjoy this novel was the writing style. For some reason, I wasn't really comfortable with it. All the dialogues and connections between the characters were so fake. The parts that were supposed to be funny, didn't make me laugh. The parts that were supposed to be scary, didn't scare me. I feel that the writing style didn't fit for this book.

Another reason is the plot, it was very week. I wasn't interested in the story because of how boring the plot became. The book was slow paced, and I just didn't enjoy it. I even tried reading at night, with my night lamp, but this novel wasn't scary. One of my favorite Booktubers explained how they didn't enjoy the book. I don't know why I read it, even after all the negative reviews.

The first book was also disappointing, but I was hoping that this book series would get better. But it never did, it just got worse. I didn't hate the characters, but I didn't love them either. I like it when I can relate to the characters, but I didn't. I felt that the main character, Dan, was selfish. He always got what he wanted and he gets jealous easily. The romance wasn't needed in this novel either.

I really wish I liked this book, but I didn't. Although the summary sounds epic, it isn't that interesting. But I guess this book isn't meant for me. Others may enjoy this book, but I definitely did not. This book just wasn't my cup of tea. I just kept reading because I hoped that it would get better, but it never did. I am lucky that I didn't get into another reading slump...
Profile Image for Ashley Daviau.
1,807 reviews795 followers
July 19, 2016
The first book in this series is good but this one is heaps better! Twice as scary (although still not really scary at all) and just fast-paced enough to keep you constantly turning the pages to find out what happens next. Normally I enjoy my horror books with a little more horror but this was beautifully creepy and kept me intrigued the whole way through. And I had forgotten how much of a cliffhanger it ends on! Well not really a cliffhanger but it leaves room for more and has me itching to pick up the third book!
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Author 4 books272 followers
March 26, 2017
Después de leer la primer historia corta que nos prepara el terreno para este libro, no sabía que esperar de él, el misterio más relevante era nuevo y la historia del primero pasó a un segundo plano, cuando yo esperaba que desentrañaran más sobre el enigmático asilo psiquiátrico y todo eso, los nuevos personajes me agradaron pero el giro que tomó casi al final no del todo, de todas formas puede más la curiosidad y la esperanza de que al fin nos develen las anheladas respuestas para terminar la saga.
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1,155 reviews296 followers
December 4, 2014

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻


So, I think the flipped table pretty much sums up my feelings, but I figure I out to give an explanation.

First off let me say that I wasn't in love with the first book, but I was interested enough, and curious enough, to continue. The first book did have some tense bits, and quite a few unanswered questions which I was hoping would be addressed in the follow-up.

Well, some of them were answered, but I found myself wishing I could go back and leave them open instead, 'cause I sort of hated the answers - as you might be able to tell from the whole table flipping thing.

In brief, this book was a hot mess. I felt like it was trying to put in as many "scary" things as possible, whether or not it made any sense to do so.

The creepy carnival aspect, for instance, was not nearly as part of the story as the blurb might lead you to believe, and I'm not convinced it was necessary at all. The only reason it's there is to serve as an introduction of , but there were other ways that could've happened.

And yet, despite it playing so minor a role, we encounter several carnival photos throughout the book, from various sources, and it seemed mostly an excuse for Roux to include the photos.

(Which, speaking of, the photos in general felt more out of place in this book. In the first book the photos served the story pretty well, but in this one I got the distinct feeling Roux had found photos first, and then tried to write them into the story in often convoluted and nonsensical ways.)

In addition to the carnival, there's a secret society with creepy masks and rituals, and we're meant to be left unsure of who to trust, but it's pretty freaking obvious from page 1 who's who.

(Ok, that might not be entirely fair. Maybe page 10.)

And, lastly, there's the whole mind-control/brainwashing/CIA thing going on (which, in fairness, is connected to the secret society thing, but, again, seemed an entirely irrelevant side point).

The characters were meh in this installment, losing what little life and personality they had from the first book, and, as I said, the new characters were painfully predictable. The "romance" between Dan and Abby seemed even more forced and pointless. (Of course, part of this is that they don't seem to really have anything in common, and I'm not sure, aside from Dan's sorta insta-love in the first book 'cause Abby's hot, what is drawing them together at all. I mean, yeah, there's the surviving crazy shit together thing, but this does not seem for real relationship make.)

The pacing was off, and while there were a few tense moments (thus the half star), most of it was pretty boring and plodding. I know several reviews who agree with some of my points still loved the ending, but I wasn't impressed with that, either.

But, of course, by then I was more focused on how stupid everything was, and how disappointed I was that a seeming ghost story had become something more psychologically oriented - and in such a stupid way, to boot.

And, unfortunately, I can't really get into it without getting into spoilers, so...

*** SPOILERS ***

So, we find out that the Warden wasn't obsessed with curing his patients, even via unconventional means, but that the "real story" is that he wanted to control them via a combination of drug therapy, hypnosis(!), and, if that fails, surgery (i.e. lobotomies).


So, yeah, what started off as a potentially decent ghost story, though without the greatest of writing, turned into complete and utter drivel.

Because .


This is easily the most angry I've been at a book this year, which I believe wins this book the dubious honor of being my Worst Book of the Year.


(And don't ask me why I wrote out, and bolded, the word "spoilers" only to then haphazardly use the spoiler tag. I don't know. It makes no sense. Nothing makes sense any more... this book has broken my brain.)
Profile Image for Melissa Chung.
904 reviews326 followers
July 16, 2017
Ohhh I'm so happy to say that this sequel didn't have the "sequel curse" on it. It was just as good as the first.

Let's go back to the first book really quick....Asylum is where we first meet Dan Crawford, Abby and Jordan. 3 unlikely teens to meet and become fast friends. Dan a History buff, particularly interested in psychiatry. Abby the artist and Jordan the math genius. They all meet in New Hampshire over the summer for a college prep summer course. They quickly find out bad things happen at this old asylum. People start getting hurt. They find weird stuff in the old warden's office and basement. They also find out that illegal experimentation has been going on in the bowels of the asylum. Horrible experiments.

Now lets fast-forward months later. Dan and friends are having daily nightmares of there stay at the asylum. They are hearing things, feeling things that aren't real. One day Dan gets a letter from his old roomie's mom. Dan goes to meet Felix at the hospital and Felix gives him information leading to a "treasure hunt". Dan lets his friends know and off they go on a secret mission back to where it all began. They think if they follow the clues Felix have left them then maybe they'll be able to sleep at night. Maybe the nightmares will go away. What they find out is even more mysterious.

I have to say...I was somewhat disappointed in the first 50 or so pages. I thought it was moving too slowly. When does the mystery happen? But once the snowball started it didn't stop. The mystery was super creepy, totally awesome and I can't believe for once I actually kind of figured out the ending. Kind of. Speaking of endings...this is not a duology. There will be more books in this series. A 3rd book should be coming out next year 2015 along with another novella. So excited I bought these books :D

P.S. The ending, not a cliff hanger per say, but it definitely keeps you thinking about the future and the possibilities :D

Happy Reading!!
Profile Image for Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice).
1,157 reviews161 followers
July 19, 2016
Sanctum is the sequel to the book Asylum in the Asylum series, a YA Horror collection.

I really enjoyed reading the book, I thought that the carnival scenario throughout the story held my interest and circuses do interest me when things aren't quite as they seem. Dan, Abby and Jordan all reunite in this book which takes place again at the Brookline Asylum. All of three of them have received in the mail photographs that send shivers up spines. To solve the mystery of what actually these photographs mean, they all travel back to the place that still has its secrets. Plus, it's also Halloween and Halloween is meant for more thrills.

The ending was extremely thrilling, still the haunting pictures across the novel do paint a picture of what an Asylum looks like and also circuses from the past. Again, due to the graphic detail in some places, this is not a novel for young readers or the fainthearted. A great follow-up!

Profile Image for Melanie (TBR and Beyond).
513 reviews368 followers
May 21, 2017
“Silence gave the shadows and the darkness power”

It wasn't nearly as good as the first but it was still a decent little ghost story/mystery.

This book picks up a couple months after Asylum. The main characters from the first novel are back together again, after being distant during their time apart. They come together again because they all receive photos with cryptic messages and they decide they need to go back to the school and try to solve the mystery of what is going on.

I read this book right after I read the first one and enjoyed the read. I've read a lot of adult horror, and regularly watch horror films, so I feel that I'm not really the right person to say if this is scary or not. I do not scare easy and I didn't find this to be even creepy, by my standards. I think it does have some parts in it though that were thrilling. Sanctumwas pretty well-paced, it did drag in a coupe of spots but nothing too bad. I loved seeing the characters all back and some new cool ones added. The ending is definitely the highlight of this one for me. I liked that Roux planted some good red herrings for us, and I didn't completely figure out the ending.

My biggest complaint about this book is actually the photos and carnival story line (probably the first time I've ever said that and I hope it's the last). The carnival was talked about for quite a bit in the beginning and ended up not having much to do with the story at all. Since the carnival story didn't come into play that much, the photos were kind of useless. To be honest, I almost felt like they were thrown in there because carnival themes are fairly popular. The photos were cool, but half the time I didn't really see what they had to do with the story, huge disconnect there for me. I would have given the book a higher rating if not for that.

First installment of this series, I gave four stars. This one I gave three - I hope I don't go any lower by the next installment. I will finish up the trilogy. It's worth it so far for me.
Profile Image for Samantha Pedroza.
118 reviews9 followers
October 24, 2014
Could not put these two books down. This one definitely creeped me out more than the first. It was fast paced and the three main characters are loveable! I did think the circus would play a bigger roll in the book and have more of a mystery to it but I found it to be simple and almost unnecessary. There were still more unanswered questions and holes but other than that I enjoyed myself. The idea of a cult terrified me and although I saw it coming im glad one character pulled thru so to speak. Great book can't wait for the next
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190 reviews29 followers
August 19, 2021
3.9 stars

‎این جلد هم مثل جلد اول ترسناک نبود برای من
‎نکنه کلا ترسناک نیست و من در اشتباه بودم؟😂✋🏼
ولی از جلد قبلی قشنگ‌تر و ماجرای بهتری داشت😁
Profile Image for Irene ➰.
583 reviews79 followers
February 6, 2017

"You see things you shouldn't be able to see.
You know things you shouldn't be able to know."

The first one was slightly better than this one, especially with the photos.
I enjoyed this book a lot either way but that touch of creepiness that the pics should add, was kinda lost in the sequel.
In fact I found the pics a little too disconnected sometimes...

The adventure of our trio Dan, Abby and Jordan continues, with new people and a new mystery!
It's not scary at all if you're wondering BUT if you like the genre I think you'll probably like it!

There's a mix of everything, but is all well detailed and easy to understand, the plot is not complicated and the mystery is easy to follow.

This is another case of book that is pretty hard to put down thanks to the short chapters where you want to read more and more to discover what the heck is happening and how the story evolves.

We have a lot more details about the past and finally it's possible to put more pieces together.

Like the first book, it could end like that, no sequel needed, but we know that there's still one book missing and I'm curious to read one more adventure, hoping the photos will make everything look creepy again like they did in the first one!
Profile Image for Megan Johnson.
47 reviews78 followers
August 15, 2016
So, this is the second book in the series. At times, I think the second book is the best book in most trilogies. Here's why -- They have the most information. They spend the most time with the characters you love from the first book.

In the first book, you get to know the people in the book. In the second, you get to know the people more because the auther is trying to tell who they are. That is what happened this in second book.

Abby, Jordan, and Dan are back at Brookline..... they are scared and they don't know what they are getting themselves into going back there.
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An asylum is always something that people want to stay away from, but what about when you think of the old ones. where people were not taken care of properly??
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Not everyone was crazy. Well, to Daniel Crawford the Doctor, they where. It's pretty crazy to think about and even more crazy to read.

This book has read life pictures in it to give you a visual on what you are reading.

They (main characters) go back to Brookline to see Abby's Aunt. When they meet her, she is not what she was the last time they saw her. This put bad taste in everyone's mouth. This woman was a victum and is now acting differently.

Is the town haunted??
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Or is something or someone putting a spell on the entire town?
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Many people believed they were doing the right thing... Because Daniel Crawford conditioned them to do what he wanted them to do.

I ready to read the last and final installment of this series. Who is with me?

This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
757 reviews2,349 followers
April 22, 2017
2 1/2 stars.

Well I liked this way better than the first book. This book was more gripping and interesting to read than the last one. Though it was not creepy or horrific at all for me. I was hoping there would be more horror and creepiness, but eh whatever.

When Abby, Jordon, and Dan start receiving creepy photos and Dan visiting Felix, they must go back to the campus and get this shit done with once and for all so they can move on with their lives.

I feel like this book would have been better if it was written in first person. I didn't really connect with the story or the characters. Sadly, I couldn't bring myself to feel anything for them. They were dull and boring. Dan was just meh. Abby was meh. Dan and Abby's relationship was meh. Jordon was just such a useless and petty character. I felt like he served no purpose in any of the books.

I did like the mystery of the Warden and how other things were connected.

Overall, this was an okay read, nothing special or scary.

Profile Image for Fatemeh Bahrami.
128 reviews63 followers
January 25, 2022
″ چه چیزی مقدس‌تر از در اختیار داشتن قدرت افکار واقعی خودت است؟ ″

اول از همه، بذارید به طراح جلدش هزاران آفرین بگم بابت این طرح چند پهلو: «نور، کلید و ردا.» مرحبا!

حالا بریم سراغ داستان... نقطه‌ی قوت نویسنده، قلم جذابشه. تو کتاب رو به اختیار خودت باز می‌کنی تا بخونی، ولی بستن و کنار گذاشتنش دیگه به انتخاب خودت نیست. و من ربط این موضوع رو به داستان خیلی می‌پسندم!

این جلد جامع‌تر و قوی‌تر بود. داستان با این ادامه مشخصا راه خودش رو از بقیه‌ی قصه‌های تیمارستانی پر از روح و جن جدا می‌کنه. چون همون‌طور که شرور داستان به علم و منطق اعتقاد راسخ داره، نویسنده هم سعی می‌کنه پاش رو از مرز منطق بیرون نذاره. اینجا ما می‌فهمیم چرا پایان جلد قبل انقدر به‌نظر ″روی هوا″ بود یا چرا فلان شخصیت، یهو توهم زد. نویسنده خرده‌نون واسه شخصیت‌ها می‌ریزه و اونا هم خیلی خوب دنبالشون می‌کنن. فلش‌بک‌ها، بک‌استوری‌ها، اکثراً درست و به‌جا استفاده شده بودن، فقط چندتا باگ داستانی این وسط بود که حسابی اذیت کرد و نذاشت به کتاب امتیاز بالا بدم.

به‌هرحال، اگه دنبال یه داستان معمایی می‌گردین که یقه‌تون رو بگ��ره و نذاره زمینش بذارین، یه سری به تیمارستان و ″رئیس کرافورد″ جذابش بزنین.

پ.ن: بله، این داستان ابدا ترسناک نیست. :)
Profile Image for ~Madison.
456 reviews38 followers
September 28, 2022
very juvenile.. even for a YA book. Tried too hard to be scary.
Also very confusing and questions are never answered.
Profile Image for Taylor.
767 reviews422 followers
May 29, 2015
I read Asylum a couple of year ago and I thought it was okay. I didn't love it but I couldn't put my finger on what I didn't like. I feel the exact same with Sanctum.

I'm really not sure what about this book I didn't like. It wasn't the writing style but kinda was, it wasn't the characters but it kinda was, it wasn't the plot but it kinda was. It was just an overall... good.
I felt like as a critical reader, I had to turn off the critical part of my brain so I could get though this book. A lot of the things that happened just happened to move the plot along. It felt really planned and well thought out. I felt somethings could have been written differently and maybe a little bit better. The whole plot felt a little like a cheap horror movie. That's not a bad thing but it wasn't really for me.

I never really got into the characters. They were very normal and a little plain. Again, not a bad thing. It just wasn't for me.

Overall, Sanctum is a good read. It's not one of my favorites but there's really nothing wrong with it. A lot of people compare this series with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (and rightly so. It's remarkably similar) and I personally like Miss Peregrine's a million times more.
If you're looking a quick read, this series is a good place to start.
Profile Image for Nima Kohandani.
Author 15 books329 followers
November 24, 2016
این کتاب برای من هیجان کتاب 1 رو نداشت اما من به کتاب 1 دادم سه و به این کتاب دادم 4، چرا؟

چون داستان بسیار بهتر، مرموزتر، گره های داستانی قدرتمند تر و در یک کلمه داستان قوی تر بود

هرچند پایان جلد به طرز عجیبی عجولانه کار شده بود و کمی از پایان"درست" به دور بود پس نمره ام رو کاهش میدم به 3.75

باید دید خانم روو در جلد سوم دقیقاً چی داره رو کنه

البته پایان تا حد زیادی درست بود اما کمی، فقط کمی، لنگ می زد و میتونست بسیار بهتر باشه

خوشحالم که جلد یک اینقدر در راستای اهداف جلد دوم و دقیق بود

Profile Image for Kristin Hodge.
130 reviews3 followers
October 10, 2022
I should have given this 4 stars because it scared me enough to make me want to sleep at my parents since my husband and kids were at the deer lease for the weekend lol

Wow, this is the second one in the series. And because I wasn’t expecting it to be all that great I didn’t bother reading the first one since I didn’t have it. But believe me I went bought the first and third one today. I’ll read the whole series. Perfect creepy book for October.

I thought this was going to be like paranormal, and I’m glad it wasn’t, but it ended up being something crazy evil and believable.

If you like lobotomy stuff, this book is for you! Just WOW!! But now I’m going to pray for the lord to give me peace and sweet dreams.

-12:01 am, from mom and dads guest room as a 28 year old adult/woman/wife/mother lol

I was so paranoid all night after I finished it I barely slept. And my mom DID scare me when she snuck in my room asking if I want breakfast lol!

Parameters for reading the next two books: only read during the day, and not before bed if I’m at the scary parts lol
Profile Image for Savannah (Books With Bite).
1,399 reviews186 followers
November 2, 2014
Wanting another scary read for this Halloween, I thought a take a dive back in the asylum.

Plot: This story still follows Dan and his crazy past or rather his relatives. This time it circus time. With more crazy people telling Daniel things and Daniel following his past, things get crazier and crazier.

Circus: This time Daniel is being stalked with old creepy circus photos. There were a few that made the hairs raise on my arm. Seriously creepy. I like how well the plot tied into the circus and the experiment that Daniel was doing in the past. We learn more about why he is doing it and for what purpose.

Ending: The ending ends still creepy and leaving room for more. I would’t mind reading more into what Dan is becoming. It seems that the further I got into the book, the less Dan became Dan and was becoming Daniel. I’m curious to know what is going through his head.

This is a great story for this time of month. A good creepy read and a fun plot to follow, the reader is entertained plenty. Sanctum is awesome.
Profile Image for Jess.
167 reviews14 followers
February 5, 2018
”Since whatever we’re about to do will probably get us killed, I want to go on record now saying I was right about the boat shoes,” Jordan whispered.

Jordan’s my favorite. He had me laughing throughout this book.

Now, I have to admit I read the first book a long time ago and I wish I would have reread it before reading this one. I was confused almost the entire time. I usually don’t like when authors repeat EVERYTHING that happened in the previous story, but I wouldn’t have minded a bit more hints. I couldn’t even remember what Dan looked like and I wasn’t reminded either. At least I knew what Abby and Jordan looked like.

A plus, were the pictures. Quite a few of them gave me the creeps.

Thankfully, toward the end it did get more interesting and intense, but I do wish there would have been more time spent in the creepy houses!!
Profile Image for مسیح بی شفا.
137 reviews6 followers
October 13, 2018
از نظر داستانی در سطح همون جلد قبلیش بود،ولی اصلا هیجان جلد قبلی رو نداشت
گویا نویسنده به شدت موقع نوشتن،بی حوصله بوده
و فقط منم که احساس میکنم برای نوشتن این کتاب از هری پاتر الهام گرفته شده؟
Profile Image for Ayesha (Seokjin's Version) ☾.
464 reviews54 followers
August 21, 2023
So this is not the best horror book out there. But it is so fast paced, easy to read and sometimes creepy as well that I just have a good time reading these books.

This book was not as creepy as the first one but it still had its moments.

Profile Image for Parinaz.
157 reviews11 followers
July 13, 2020

معبد، به جای داشتن رویارویی، مدام در جریانه و برخلاف جلد اول، تمام اتفاقات این کتاب مستقیم به هدف شخصیت‌ها ربط دارن. همین جریان داشتن باعث می‌شه ریتم کتاب کندتر از چیزی که هست به نظر بیاد اما پیوستگی‌ش حس جالبی میده.

فضاسازی‌ها و قلم نویسنده، همچنین پیش بردن داستان توسط دیالوگ‌ها هم پیشرفت داشتن. با همه ی این‌ها نتونسته فضایی مثل جلد اول رو ایجاد کنه ولی خیلی پیشرفته‌تر از جلد قبلی نوشته شده.

توی این کتاب خواننده متوجه می‌شه که اتفاقات کتاب قبلی چقدر در راستای «معبد» بودن و واقعا تحسین‌برانگیزه این کار نویسنده.

برخلاف ریتم نه‌ چندان تند داستان در بیشتر قسمت‌ها و روایت نه چندان درخشان، پایان این کتاب بسیار هیجان‌انگیز‌تر و هولناک‌تر از کتاب قبلیه و کاری می‌کنه به کتاب حس بیشتری داشته باشی. اگر می‌گم حس بیشتر به دلیل اینه که من با کتاب‌های وحشت نمی‌ترسم اما این جلد «درگیرکننده‌تر» از جلد قبلیه.

باز هم در انتهای این ریویو پیشنهاد می‌کنم این کتاب رو بخونید چون شک دارم کسی پشیمون بشه از خوندنش.
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