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Title: Insanity (Insanity #1)
Author: Cameron Jace
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 me.
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?