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review 2014-03-30 21:13
Beautiful Nightmares - Lauren Hammond



    Whoa. Lauren Hammond, you have screwed with my mind throughout this entire series, I seriously feel like my own sanity needs to be evaluated after reading this! You write insanity like no author I have read before, you have managed to suck me into your delusional world and made me question everything!



This kind of writing is outstanding. But there are things I am so very confused about. I don't know if that was deliberate play, just to leave so many questions unanswered in the supposed last book in the series. There was an exert at the end of the book though from what appeared to be Aurora's book. And I read in a review of this book that the author said some questions left unanswered in Adelaide's story will be answered in Aurora's. I just had no idea that this series was continuing on, I was under the impression going into reading Beautiful Nightmares that this was the final book in the series, so I was a little disappointed to still be so confused as to what the hell was real or not in the story.

I thought this would finally be the LONG awaited book of answers, and at only a little over 100 pages on my nook, and having had waited over a year for it, I was hoping for a little more than I had got. It was a little hard to get right back in to such a complex story after so much time having passed between books. I wish I would have reread the other 2 books before starting this one so it all would have been fresh in my mind. I suggest to other people to do just that, so you aren't playing catchup throughout most of this book like I was. I still have quite a few burning questions, mainly what the hell is the REAL story with Damien???!! I have a theory about this, but unfortunately that's all I have because Beautiful Nightmares raised more questions about the truth of Damien then it did answer them.

      Poor Adelaide's story just continued to get even more troubled and heart crushing than it was before. You definitely get a better understanding of what brought her to Oak Hill in the first place, and why her mind is as confused as it is. Sometimes the mind does funny things to protect you from a terrible reality. It's a defense mechanism.



Be prepared for some tears to flow. Adelaide's is one of the truly saddest stories I have ever read. The few glimpses of happiness for her were very short lived. This book, along with the others has thrown me for curveballs. I have been blindsided with hard truths throughout it all, and it only made the experience more enjoyable for me. While I am sad to see where Adelaide's story had ended, I am really excited to get more of Aurora's story in the future, and hopefully in turn finally find a few answers about Adelaide along the way.



Everything in this book screams bleak and unfortunate, from the dismal setting at Oak Hill Asylum, to Adelaide and her whole families story, or even her mental state. I honestly felt the dreariness coming off the pages!  I'm going to go find something cheery to do now, this book has left me feeling raw, slightly unhinged and a little forlorn. I need a Disney movie or something to balance myself out lol.


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review 2013-11-21 02:33
Beautiful Nightmare (Asylum #3) - Lauren Hammond
Beautiful Nightmares - Lauren Hammond

Book - Beautiful Nightmare (Asylum #3)

Author - Lauren Hammond

Publication Date - November 19, 2013

Type - Series (Must read in Order)

Genre - Dark, Mind Fuck

Rating - 5 out of 5 Stars



The epic, final installment in the Asylum Trilogy. 

Sanity is a funny word. 
To be sane. 
To have clear thoughts. 
To be able to distinguish the difference from fantasy and reality. 
I used to think that my sanity was still intact. 
That all of my marbles were still in the bag known as my mind. 
That I would never—EVER—let Oakhill get the best of me. 
Now, I’m not so sure. Now I’m not sure if I really am sane… 
Or if I’ve lost my mind once and for all. 


Reading Order

Insanity (Asylum #1)

White Walls (Asylum #2)

Beautiful Nightmares (Asylum #3)



This book BLEW me away!! I can't write a review because it would give the whole series away because this book was ONE BIG SPOILER!!


I thought and thought about how I was going to do this review and I think I finally came up with a solution.....


I'm going to show you how I felt while reading this book.....Ready?


This is how I felt when I remembered the book came out today


Then by the time I got up to about 10% in....



Then I read a bit more.....



Yes....that's how I felt.....but......NO readers...it don't stop there....



Yeah....I was confused all over again.....I kept shaking my head and saying "WTF?"



Then, yes, I started banging it...thinking something soon should make sense...

and by this time we are still only about 25% into the book. 



....ummmm.....but is he - or isn't he?  That my friend, is the question!



Yeah...this book is making just as much sense as granny above!!


I'm about 40% into the book now....and my mind is going a different way now.



You can take this one of two ways....Not gonna say anymore!!



I'm getting excited now...cause maybe just maybe I'm getting to the explanations that I have been wondering about for the past 3 books.....



Nope...I was wrong....now I need to drink my brain to oblivion!



Yup...I need more.....I gotta get some answers soon!!



Yes...that's me now - just thrown another loop.....WTF!



Have I gotten any answers yet by 70% in???



Wait.....wait......wait......are we gonna find out if Damien is real?


Was Elijah real?  Was she really married?  Did she have a baby?


Is she really insane?  Why is she in the asylum?  Is this just a dream?



Yes....YES.....we are getting answers but - wait.....but.....




Wrap Up

This is the end, my friend.....


Such a mind fuck!!  I feel the urge to stand up and give Ms. Hammond a round of applause for messing with my mind!

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review 2012-12-15 00:00
Beautiful Nightmares (Asylum, #3) - Lauren Hammond looks like this one will be out Dec 26th 2012 http://laurenhammondnovelist.blogspot.com/
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review 2012-07-24 00:00
Beautiful Nightmares (Asylum, #3) - Lauren Hammond :( That IS it! I've had enough. When the heck is this book going to be released?
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review 2012-05-10 00:00
Beautiful Beasts (Nightmares and Fairy Tales, Vol. 2) (v. 2)
Beautiful Beasts - Serena Valentino,FSc Black and white artwork makes me want to pull out my crayons box and some of art is messy, hard to determine what it is. And I still have the other 3 volumes coming from library.

The story line is rather fast pace. Paige and Gwen's story being the best out of the four. Although I did enjoy the endings to all four stories.

Told by a little rag doll to a little girl. The four stories of what she has seen during her 100+ years alive. All ending in death. 3 stars. need some color with this cutesy animation.
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