The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

“The Elysian fields are nothing but a dark stage, and we are Teo’s marionettes”


A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.

At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.

The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.

If they play it right, then they’ll be safe.

But if they play it wrong, they’ll die


The Dollhouse Asylum is a beautifully written novel which made me laugh, gasp, scream with rage and cry with everything in between thrown in as well. The protagonist Cheyenne “Persephone” Laurent had some of he most beautiful inner monologue I have read in a long time. What really stood out to me with his book was that the plot was so different from anything else I have read before. there was not one point in the book where I could pick out what would happen next and I am struggling to think of anything I could possibly compare it to. But seriously, you need to read it, put it to the top of your list, I wish I had read it sooner!

Favourite Character: Izzie
Favourite Scene: Persephone’s Party
Least Fave Character: 3 way tie between Sal, Teo and Jonas WHAT ASSHATS!
Funniest Quote: “You know, my brother’s smart, but you’re smart too. Mix that with your conscience and there’s no stopping what you can do!…..I sound like a fricken Dr Seuss book!”
Rating: 85%


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I really enjoyed the use of the tragic literary couples and disguising their names was a really great idea because the only one immediately obvious was Romeo and Juliet which didn’t give anything away because there were no other clues. It was like a really complex game of Cluedo with Teo at the centre. Though gruesome in part, I had my eyes glued to the pages in others! Can I please just point out how much I love Marcus!! I thought that using him as a way to tie Cheyenne back into the real world was really cool! It really let the reader explore the differences between the two boys and I was shipping him and Cheyenne so hard form the start!! Though, I must say my favourite character hands down was Izzie! She just brought some light to the book and she made me happy, she was really bubbly and positive which I could relate to and she was trying to make the best out of a horrible situation. Also, the way in which each couple had to host a party relating to their theme was really interesting because it allowed m to learn more about the couples which I didn’t already know about.

Now I’m going to take a whole paragraph to discuss Teo’s asshattery and my annoyance that Cheyenne fell for him. From the off I felt a bit weird about the whole situation, he’s her teacher, it’s against the rules la la la. But then, all of that was excused because Cheyenne is a naive schoolgirl but can we just take a moment to think here. The book opens with him kidnapping her. If that isn’t a hint that he’s bad news, I don’t know what is. I mean even setting aside the fact that he killed a bunch of people he is generally just an asshat! He treats Cheyenne like crap and she deserves better, she deserves Marcus!!

Now as I said earlier, Cheyenne had some mesmerisingly beautiful inner monologue and this is my favourite

“The Elysian fields are nothing but a dark stage, and we are Teo’s marionettes. He tips his hand to the right and we jostle out hands and feet; he flicks his and down and we are forced to bow low. We have no choice but to play along because if we don’t, he’ll cut our strings and watch as we crash on the ground, shattering”

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