Book Review: The Asylum for Fairytale Creatures by Sebastian Gregory

22583377Title: The Asylum for Fairytale Creatures

Author: Sebastian Gregory

Genre: Fantasy, Fairytales, Horror

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Once upon a nightmare…

Long ago, in a land where imagination meets the darkest nightmares, they built the asylum. Surrounded by a forest of thorns, it holds the most twisted minds in the fairy tale kingdom: a terrible collection of evil creatures and forgotten souls. Imprisoned within its walls, they are doomed to spend forever after telling their tales… and serving as a warning to others.

Now, you are invited to accompany Blood Red Riding Hood into the depths of this strange place – where you will meet its even stranger inhabitants. But be warned: walls this thick were built to withstand the darkest magic… so once you’re inside, you might just find yourself living horribly ever after… and wishing you were indeed in a land far, far away.

The Asylum for Fairytale Creatures had an intriguing premise. Blood Red Riding Hood supposedly murdered her grandmother, and is taken to an asylum for fairytale creatures. She’s not the only one there though; there’s also a possessed teddybear, and Thumbeana. There are other characters as well, which in nothing resemble the Disney versions. These characters are insane or possessed, and they’re much darker than their Disney counterparts, and more reminiscent of the original fairytales.

While the premise was intriguing, and drew me to the story in the first place, I was dissapointed by the execution of the story. The writing was lyrical and descriptive, and it didn’t seem to fit the story at times. The pacing was too slow in some parts, and too fast in other parts. I couldn’t stay focused because the story felt disjointed, and I didn’t feel invested in the characters at all.

Based on the reviews, a lot of people seemed to like this book, and I agree the premise was good, so it probably just didn’t work for me. Overall, the story was dissapointing for me.


  1. It looks good *_*

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