Freebie Review: NightmareZ: Asylum by Irma Geddon


NightmarZ: Asylum
by Irma Geddon
Series: Z Series #1
Genre: Adult Horror, Serial Novel
Publication: February 26th 2013

My Rating:

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Gabrielle’s worst nightmares are becoming true and attacking her. Betrayed by her own father and committed to an asylum, she must find a way to escape, find a way to stay alive, and unravel the mysteries surrounding her curse while keeping the ones she loves away from harm.

Quick Critique

Pros: The opening chapter grabbed my attention, which kept me flipping the pages seeking something brilliant. The final chapter was full of suspenseful action, and the ending did make me wonder what happens next.

Cons: There wasn’t really a “wow” factor in this first installment of the series. I waited for the awesomesauce, but it never showed. Heck, I would have settled for mediocrity with a little sauce on the side, but that got lost on the way to the table as well. The writing was just kind of meh.

Overall: The storyline has potential, but the execution was lacking. I’m torn on this one, to be honest. I bounced between wanting to give it three stars, then only one, but settled on two. There were some really good parts to this story, but I think the writing is what got to me.

My Thoughts

The synopsis sounded creepy enough for me, and since it was free I had nothing to lose except a small amount of time. NightmarZ: Asylum wasn’t the worst book I’ve read. I’ve read some real doozies — ones that make my four-year-old appear to be a creative writing prodigy, and she can’t write anything other than her name at this point. That definitely wasn’t the case here, but it wasn’t fabulous either. There was frequent repetition with certain words and some of the descriptions too, and at one point the author quickly flip-flopped between past and present tense, which I think was a simple grammatical error. Since it did pick up at the end, and left me hanging, I might pick up the second installment to see if it goes anywhere, but only if it’s free.

It started out with our MC, Gabrielle, drifting off to sleep in her bedroom, then waking from a disturbing nightmare. Unfortunately for her, the nightmare played itself out after she awoke. It was reminiscent of the movie Final Destination. Her father runs downstairs to call an ambulance after seeing her bloodied state from her shattered bedroom window, but he doesn’t return, and he doesn’t accompany her in the ambulance. When she does finally see him at the hospital the following day, he is very cold and distant, and insists that she needs professional help. OK, I was intrigued at that point. Something is obviously rotten in Denmark, and I wanted to know what it was. There were some really shady things happening at the asylum. Nothing that really shocked me, although I felt as if the author intended it to shock readers. It did keep me reading, though.

In the end, we are left with a feeling that something supernatural is going on with Gabrielle and her nightmares, and a sense of urgency to figure out what is happening with her and how she will get her “normal” life back. That might be enough to get me to read the next installment.

I can’t honestly say that I would go out of my way to recommend NightmarZ to my friends, but it might just be that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping. What the heck, it’s free on Amazon and B&N so pick it up and give it a whirl.

About the Author

Irma GeddonIrma Geddon is a thirty-something, schizophrenic, psychopath, obsessed with zombies, always sharp-witted, fan of scatophile retorts and random violence. Irma lives in a house at the border of a small village in the southwest of France with my husband and two autistic sons. She is what you could call a nerdette — smart, fanatic about my favorite topics, but very socially awkward.

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