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Harmony House

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,356 ratings  ·  270 reviews
Jen Noonan’s father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror.

After Jen’s alcoholic mother’s death, her father cracked. He dragged Jen to this dilapidated old manor on the shore of New Jersey to “start their new lives”—but Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by HarperTeen
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Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-releases
PLEASE NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. Because I need to rant and I can’t rant without spoilers. You’ve been warned.
…You’ve been warned again…
…Seriously.. Stop RIGHT HERE if you don’t want to be spoiled!

Okay.. Harmony House was one of my most anticipated books of the year. Based on the cover, title and synopsis, I was gearing up for something creepy and spooky that would make me want to sleep with the lights on. And… I didn’t get that. At all. This book was basically one gian
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“The demon has taken hold of me.”

This was an okay story about a girl living in a haunted house.

Basically this story was about Jen who was living in the haunted ‘Harmony House’ where her dad was basically working for the winter (bit reminiscent of ‘The Shining’) along with a little bit of mystery over Jen’s mother’s death, and some weird dreams that Jen was having
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I was highly looking forward to a good creepy read when I started Harmony House, in fact after reading the synopsis and seeing the cover, it is what prompted me to pick this up early in fall, the time of year ripe for a good scary read.

And after a fabulous prologue that completely fascinated me, I thought for sure I was in for a treat.

And while this was rather strange at times and even bordered on the bizarre and unusual, it was not very scary nor creepy and very little was said about the events
Jan 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016-read
I picked up HARMONY HOUSE because the synopsis seemed amazing and the cover had a very Madeleine Roux vibe to it. Since I really enjoyed her Asylum series and this promised to be a creepy ride as well, I eagerly downloaded it.

Things start off with hopes of a good read. You get a very Casper (the movie) feel when they get to Harmony House and with the dad being half cracked in the head already there’s also this The Shining feeling that filters in. Sadly though, things very quickly start to fall a
Drcong O '
Jul 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Seriously, you call that horror?
Ashley Daviau
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed the premise of the book very much. I'm a sucker for any kind of haunted house type story. But then on the other hand, it was so juvenile at times that I actually cringed and the story was just so poorly fleshed out. Some details are just so vague and things are brought up, only to be left completely unexplained. This could have been a great book if it had it been properly fleshed out but ended up being just mediocre. ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I would put a trigger warning on this for Child abuse and rape but i honestly don't think anyone should read this it started off strong but stop making sense in the end like this was bad like the writing was bad just don't read this ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
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Stay Fetters
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
Discord House... cough....cough Oh! I mean Harmony house was one I thought that was going to scare the pants off of me. That prologue was menacing and that alone would make you sleep with the light on. And then this happened....
*Clears throat* Chapter one.... Jen is moving to a small town with her dad to get away from the devilish past to a house called... dun dun duuuuun *creepy music starts to play* Harmony House. Of course, Dad is a super psychotic god worshiping freak and her mom was an alco
I'm going to go ahead and post this review. So, here it goes!

Thanks to the publisher, I received an ARC of this book, and in return, I’m providing an honest review. The following quote from the book is subject to change and may not be included in the released edition.

“I don’t want to be extraordinary,” I tell him. “I just want to be ordinary. I just want to be like everybody else.” He wipes my tears away. “You never will be,” he says. “I wouldn’t be here, if you were.”

After a tragedy strikes the
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a pretty good story but it felt very unfinished.
Nerdy Chic
Apr 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was one of those books that I have been looking forward to since I read the synopsis and saw the cover and it just failed, epically. Where should I begin? From the massive plot holes and the confusing mindset of Jen, the main character, I finished the book going "What the eff just happened!? I'm warning you now, if you don't want to know what happens, don't continue reading. There is no way for me to write this review without spoilers. You have been warned. I'm also going to apologize now a ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok

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It’s been awhile since I had not read any novels classified as horror, so it was nice to discover this new book. However, despite the evocative summary, and an unhealthy atmosphere throughout the story, we aren’t in a real horror book.

It’s very hard to give an opinion about this story and I admit that I wondered for a moment how I would write it down. It’s not that it’s not a good novel, I enjoyed the writing of the author and the story is read very quic
Lisa Mandina
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Wasn't great, although there were one or two parts that could have made it better. Full review on my blog, Lisa Loves Literature, later this week. ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
So. Alright. The story here is solid. The premise is cool. All of the pieces sound great. Why doesn't it work? It's getting a bullet list because I'm annoyed.

- The characters are not characters. They have one note of personality each with the exception of Colin, who is not featured often enough for it to matter. The only thing I felt for the MC was pity and consuming frustration. Not frustration because of her situation, frustration because she just didn't fucking do anything.

- The MC is rebel
April Sarah
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
2.5 stars.
Dec 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
The plot and flashbacks kept me intrigued enough to keep going. I banged this book out in like 3 sittings! A lot of it was really predictable, however. Sadly the characters were incredibly generic and didn’t have any distinguishable traits! The seeds for some good tropes were there but not executed well.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Plot: Harmony House begins in the 19th century in a very ominous setting. From there, we are transported to 1997 to a teenaged daughter and her father who have recently just purchased an abandoned home. Of course, there is something suspicious happening in Harmony House and Jen's father seems to be affected the most. There isn't much I can say about this book. The plot moves like my grandmother driving shift-stick for the first time. None of this came together in the end and I'm still not too su ...more
Too many curse words for me. Though, the plot moved at a fast pace and I really did want to get to the bottom of what is going on. It is written where there could be others after it. It seems to take a stand against addiction and religious zealots. Some very weird stuff in here but it did help to up the creepy factor which is why we all read spooky books.
There was a little bit of everything in here. I felt there were lots of loose ends though and would have felt better if I knew there was a seq
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Weird Title
Drinking Buddy: Nope
Testosterone Estrogen Level: Flatline
Talky Talk: USA Up All Night
Bonus Factors: Haunted Mansion, THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!
Bromance Status: Fifth Grade Campmate

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Jess at Such a Novel Idea
This book had lots of messed up things happen, but it wasn't scary. At all. And I am left with far too many questions to be quelled by the book being over.

Sadly it's a no from me.
Michelle F
This had all the potential of a fun-but-not-overly-original YA horror. The bones of a decent story are in there, but were just never fleshed out. It was a remarkably quick read, but I was left with questions and a fair bit of disappointment.
Andrea Trenary
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Quick read. Dollar tree find. It was okay.
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
Sep 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't know, maybe I'm not as easily scared as I thought I was but this book literaly only had ONE scene that scared me and I still was able to sleep at night soo.... :/ ...more
Kaitlyn lovell
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ashley Mustard
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I feel bad for giving this 2 stars but I was sooo LOST! Like the story looked good and spooky but I didnt even know what was going on. It just had me completely lost. 😕
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I loved this book, all I see are low reviews and mostly because they wanted a "scary" book.. it's a book, I'm not entirely sure who realistically gets "scared" of a book but anyways.

Another problem is I really don't think people who gave the low rates know much about Nic Sheff. Nic has always had a type of writing, one I personally like because it makes him, him. I would go on but that's all irrelevant to this particular book.

I love stories (regardless if book, movie, TV show, etc) where every
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, age-ya, 2016
Jen has just moved into a hotel with her father, who is to be the caretaker. She doesn't realize until she meets a few local teens that Harmony House used to be a home for unwed mothers, run by nuns, and that it's haunted. The house is weird, for sure, and almost immediately she's having visions of a young boy who is abused by the nuns. On top of that, her father, who was already a religious nut, starts taking things to the extreme. What exactly is haunting Harmony House, and will anyone be able ...more
Jessica Woodbury
At first I was thinking, hey, maybe this is the YA novel match for Crimson Peak! But sadly it isn't. While there's all kinds of things piled in here to scare, our protagonist doesn't exist much as a person. Prime example with a spoiler that is rather obvious from early on:(view spoiler) ...more
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Nic Sheff is the author of two memoirs about his struggles with addiction: the New York Times bestselling Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines and We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction. Nic lives in Los Angeles, California where he writes for film and television.

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