Monday 24 July 2017

Crazy House by James Patterson

Book Title: Crazy House
Author: James Patterson (Gabrielle Charbonnet)
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads Summary: There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape.
Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth... but Becca's never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin.
Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it's too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed: they took the wrong twin.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What did I think? I requested Crazy House because I've always wanted to read a James Patterson book and I quite enjoy novels with a dystopian setting.

The premise is simple: Becca Greenfield is thrown into prison known as the Crazy House where she's told that she's on death row. In the meantime her twin, Cassie, is trying to find her. A fight for survival begins.

The writing is nothing spectacular, in fact I found it quite juvenile in places, but the world building is intriguing and the story is fast paced and I ended up reading it in one sitting. The novel comes with a few decent twists and turns and kept me guessing until the end. The characters are well developed and believable teenagers.

Recommended for fans of dystopian YA, but do not expect anything groundbreaking or special.


  1. I used to read a bit by Patterson years ago and it was usually enjoyable for some nice escapism (something easy to read) but I've not read anything he's written geared for YA. This sounds entertaining enough but I probably won't be rushing out to get it. :)

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  2. If you enjoyed this one, you might also enjoy his Maximum Ride series!

  3. Oh... This sounds a little underwhelming. I've really wanted to try his Witch and Wizard series... Maybe it will be as Tanya mentioned some escapism and easy to read.... I won't expect it to blow me away though.

    Nice review!

    1. It was a bit underwhelming but with a good idea behind it. And it was a really great read while I was sick and not able to pay so much attention.

  4. Ah this sounds disappointing :( I've just got a copy for review and it looks so good, but after reading your review I'm not sure! Oh dear. Anyway, maybe it'll work for me!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. I can't wait to see what you thought of it!