Horrid by Katrina Leno


Horrid by katrina leno

Genre: Young Adult, horror, paranormal
Pages: 336
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.76 stars

Summary: Following her father’s death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor’s doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone…and more tormented.

As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident “bad seed,” struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response. Jane’s mom also seems to be spiraling with the return of her childhood home, but she won’t reveal why. Then Jane discovers that the “storage room” her mom has kept locked isn’t for storage at all–it’s a little girl’s bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears….

Is it grief? Mental illness? Or something more…horrid?

My review:

A girl and her mom move across the country to live in her grandparents’s house after her dad dies. The house is creepy and she feels like something is happening, but her mother keeps telling her everything is okay. But as time passes she realizes something is happening either to her or the house, is she going crazy or there’s something living with them?

This is the first book i read by the author and i gotta say i totally loved the way she writes. There are so many descriptions and interesting moments, like many of them never happened to me but the way she describes them feels totally real and it was like i could touch and feel whatever she said.

Finally, a different author is referenced in this book, a classic for sure, Agatha Christie, but not Shakespeare or any of the Bronte sisters. If you know what i mean. It’s refreshing to see not all readers in books read the exact same two books in the world like they are the only book in existence.

I liked the main character and her friends, the mom, the guy (yes, i’ll call him the guy because he was the only one)…

The mystery around the book is an interesting one, though i managed to discover it half way through the book, it still was well developed.

I liked the vibe though all the book, it was chilly and a little disturbing, especially when something was about to happen. I just couldn’t put it down because i got so nervous about what was going to happen next.

Overall, it was a great reading and i’ll be checking out other books by the author since i liked her way of writing so much.

Finally, a creepy book for halloween!

Have you read the book? If so, what did you think about it? If you didn’t, are you interested in it?! Let me know in the comments below!

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