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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

RELEASE DAY BLITZ & REVIEW - Asleep by Krystal Wade

"To cure fear, you must use fear."

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He's understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they'll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.

4 out of 5 (very good)

If Charming is a twisted version of Cinderella, then Asleep is the same, but with Sleeping Beauty as the inspiration. Rose Briar is admitted into an Institution in the hopes that it will help her to "recover" - you're not sure from what to start with as she appears to be the innocent victim of overly-judgemental parents. 

You stay with Rose as she goes through her therapy and tries to find some way to survive until she can go home, if indeed she ever does. She meets someone to befriend, Phillip, and Nurse Judy is on hand for emotional support too. You learn more about her history and her friends, the choices she has made in the past and the reasons for them. 

This is a decidedly dark read as it deals with mental illness and physical/mental abuse. I wouldn't recommend it if these are triggers for you. However, I would definitely recommend it if you are okay with these, and want to read something that is definitely out of the ordinary.

You are left with some questions at the end, pertaining to the main characters and the situation, but on the whole it all wraps up nicely, leaving a feeling of satisfaction. With a smooth pace that builds up to the climax, this book is a moving read, dealing with the darker side of emotions. Most definitely recommended!

* I received this book from Blaze Publishing in return for a fair and honest review. *

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I’m happily married to the love of my life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. We live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day I wake up to find myself stuck in traffic trying to get there.

The horrid commute gives me plenty of time to zone out and think about my characters in full, brilliant details (I’m a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give me a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to me on the fifty mile trek into town (I pick up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out if you don’t believe me).

I’ve been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of my oh-so-large life. When I’m not working, commuting, or chasing after my three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find me outside talking to my chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training my amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).

I hope you love my stories (or just like them a little; that would be okay, too). And I hope that one day you find your passion, because there’s nothing in life better than doing what you love while surrounded by people you love.

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