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Sixteen-year-old Brenna doesn’t believe her vivid imagination can hurt her, until she wakes up in a church, covered in blood. Blood that isn’t hers.

She thinks her life can't get much worse, but when she finally finds a way to escape her abusive home, her imagination turns to nightmarish hallucinations.

Niven likes staying inside the abandoned church, hiding from his violen
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Paperback, 271 pages
Published August 27th 2014 by Ivory Deer Books
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Amanda I've been letting it bounce around in my head for about two years and it was much different when it first came to me. I've spent a lot of time in Cath…moreI've been letting it bounce around in my head for about two years and it was much different when it first came to me. I've spent a lot of time in Catholic church balconies, alone... so I think it was inevitable. Sometimes I'd be sitting during a wedding ceremony for nearly an hour and that's a lot of time to spend thinking. I'm just glad I made use of it! ;) Well, aside from the time spent getting those lovely photos of couples sitting while listening to mass. :-p (less)
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Warning-this is not a romance with hearts, flowers, and swooning but a story that will captivate you at the very beginning & creep you out till the very end!

This author reached out to me by email and I finally had a chance to read the ARC that was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. I will start out that I normally don't read anything but books with some type of romance so this is my first Horror book. Harrow not only surprised me but spooked me in all different types
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Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copies
I have to be honest, the first chapter of Harrow had me worried. The main character, Brenna, seemed SUPER awkward, inelegant and with that the writing seemed awkward as well but that quickly changed as I started reading more. I began to finally understand Brenna's awkwardness. I started to see why she acted the way she did.

Brenna lives a hard life. Living in a small home with an abusive father and a sister that is always getting into trouble which leads to Brennas blame. None of this helps her c
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Liezl Ruiz
I love this book. I pick it up as a free eBook from Amazon without thinking about its content simply because I love horror stories. The cover is very simple, looking much like a book full of horror tropes, making me think of it less. But upon reading Harrow, I found that it covers elements of horror but it's not clichéd. Harrow has a unique story with enough background for the characters to justify their actions and to develop the right atmosphere and nuances for the plot. It was a worthwhile re ...more
Arya
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
~I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review~
My actual rating was 2.5 stars but I rate up on Goodreads!
My Thoughts

The original reason I picked up this book is because of this gorgeous cover. It looked really promising so I picked it up.

This book’s pacing is super slow. The real action didn’t happen until about 60% in. With that being said I felt some of the events were needed before we got to the action but some wasn’t, A lot of plots were introduced and they
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Denis Barbov
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book starts off introducing Breena, the girl with the vivid imagination and her troublemaking sister Mabel. Brenna wants to live on her own because of her family. She doesn't like it. You get sucked in by her and start sympathizing her. Just you are put through whatever she is. Later on she meets this boy at the abandoned church she ends up in - Niven, who plays a big role in the plot later on. All of the characters were developed.

I wish I could say something about the plot but I would give
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Ramona Plant
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that slowly draws you in and then holds a tight grip on you. She makes you feel with the main character Breena almost instantly and when you do, you can't put it down, I at least could not. I flew through this book in no time even though it was not a short read at all.
The main characters are vividly described allowing easy visualization of the book. After a while you get this suspicion on what is wrong, but can't exactly put your finger on what it is. She weaves a web
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Sharlene
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just... Scary!!

Brenna has a story to tell. She suffers from hallucinations and they are becoming more frequent & violent. Brenna's father is an alcoholic & sometimes abusive, her mother bailed on their family years ago and her older sister, Mabel, who hangs with the wrong crowd & gets into more trouble than she can handle. Not the most stable family. Brenna has one friend from school, Wyatt, who helps get her a job at the library and we meet Niven, who hides out in an abandoned church to escape
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Sherri Jones
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW. This book was exciting, entertaining, and I didn't want to put it down. I will not ruin anyones experience but I was completely surprised. I had a totally different idea of who people were and weren't and how I imagined the book ending. Terrific job Amanda and thank you for the first read experience. Keep on writing, you have a tremendous talent. ...more
Laurie
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone over 13
Shelves: ya-horror
Great read! I was sucked in by the characters and had to keep turning the page, even when I didn't want to! I was pretty freaked out a couple of times; like go check the locks before I can continue, freaked out. The story was full of twists and the images created by the author were quite vivid and gruesome. I definitely plan to read the book again. ...more
Terri
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I hoped this book would get better so I read it to the end but... yeah... no it didn't. ...more
Ashley
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Creepy. Lots of twists and turns. A good book to read, but not when home alone!
Maria
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Abridged from my blog, the Paisley Reader.

In Harrow, we meet Brenna, a sixteen-year-old girl unlike many main characters that I read about in fiction (most of the characters are unlike those I’ve read before in good way). Although she has a missing parent, which is what I have come to expect in so much YA and NA literature, that’s about all that is one can call expected about Brenna or about this book. Brenna is desperate to get out of her small town to escape her troublemaker sister (to put it
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Ashley
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Holy freaking creepy!! My full review will be up shortly!

UPDATE (From the blog)

Holy. Freaking. Creepy. It's no secret that I enjoy the dark and twisty. And let me tell you, Amanda Troyer does not disappoint! She keeps the reader (and her main character!) constantly guessing what's going to happen next...and whether everything that's happening is based in reality, or if Brenna is becoming unhinged.

Brenna's childhood/teenage years have not exactly been all butterflies and rainbows. People have die
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Elyse Schramm
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author.

When I first read the blurb for this book - coupled with the hauntingly beautiful cover, I knew this was the book for me.

Immediately we are introduced to Brenna and the cruddy life she lives, not to mention all the problems that her sister Mabel causes for her.When her new friend from school starts investigating the disappearance of his brother the apparently haunting of the abandoned town church comes up. But she
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Denise
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Harrow puts the spook in spook-a-licious. We follow 16-year-old Brenna who has been abused and neglected by her family for years and finds solace and a new friend in an old abandoned church. The story is well crafted with colorful characters, heartbreaking events, chases, and mysteries that all come to a head with a very satisfying resolution. There is plenty of action and adrenalin pumping situations that kept me turning the pages to find out what was going on, as well as how these events are c ...more
Andretta Schellinger
I received this book as a winner from the First Reads.

I will be honest, I could not get into this book, the premise is good, and I was really excited by it, but I could just not get into it. I finished it, and it got a little better at the end, but it was tough.

I don't know if it was the writing, the characters, the plot, or the execution that got me, but it was hard.

The story follows a girl who has an older sister who is a little out there. The girl then meets a boy in a church and then anot
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Angela
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I just finished harrow, a goodreads first reads find. oh the fears of the mind. it was weird, just weird. let me start by saying I enjoyed it, there were times I couldn't put it down. It was difficult to tell where the book was going with the twisty bendy parts leading every which way. I think this would be a great horror movie, one that would lead the audience along confused most of the way till bam , they're hit with the ending. it's gory and sure to smudge your psyche. think I will run and ta ...more
Annie B
I'm really upset about disliking this book. I read months ago, but I can't stop thinking about it, oh, it could have been so good. Maybe I will wait a little longer and try again.

I think if... I don't know. I really want to like it.
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Lindsay
Sep 02, 2014 added it
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I have to temporarily DNF this book. Hope to come back to it soon.

A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Cara Harrison
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, horror
This was a kinda creepy, fun read . Author has great descriptions and characters. I received an eARC from the author.
Rebecca Cavey
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great new book - the story really sucks you in. I love reading books with unpredictable plot lines. Harrow is a refreshing break from the unfortunately common YA fiction drama.
Bre
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read!!! Kind of boring in the beginning but keep reading!! It gets sooo good!
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