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House of Furies

(House of Furies #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  5,197 ratings  ·  930 reviews
After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, th ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Marina It wasn't gory or graphic. There are a few spots that deal with what would be gruesome deaths. However, I would say the book was overall very tame, no…moreIt wasn't gory or graphic. There are a few spots that deal with what would be gruesome deaths. However, I would say the book was overall very tame, not much description in regards to the death scenes. It was enough to give a picture of what happened without going overboard. (less)

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Kira Simion
Dec 18, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2017-to-read
I am guilty of reading the title as "House of Furries." Whoops ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
May 17, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
Recommended to Elle by: Celia
Shelves: x-coverporn
I have a story about this book. I wasn't really interested in reading this. One of my friends, however, loves the author's debut, Asylum. So when I was offered an out-of-date arc of this, I happily passed it on to her.

Half the pages were bent over at the back and glued into the spine.

I am not exaggerating when I say they were glued into the very fabric of the spine. When we tried to tear them out, they wouldn't come. We got scissors and tried to hack away at the spine of the book, causing a flu
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“They come here because they are evil. Irredeemable. They come here to die.”

This was a YA horror story about a house where evil people were drawn to die.

Louisa was quite a strong character and she stuck things out at Coldthistle House to try and help Lee, and even though she was afraid.

The storyline in this was about Louisa being tricked into going to Coldthistle House to become a maid, and fin
Iryna *Book and Sword*
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: let-down
2.5/5 stars (round down)

I picked up this book at a library on a whim - only because the page design and illustrations inside of it caught my eye. I am saddened to tell you that the illustrations remained to be the best thing about this book. Because the book itself was very meh.

​It is not a bad book per say, it's just - useless? 400 pages of no apparent plot and no satisfactory ending. Apparently it will be a series (which I didn't know) so the book never actually ended, but rather created an o
I love this book so much!!

Excellently written gothic horror story!
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by Madeleine Roux was such a delight!

I love horror books and I really enjoy young adult literature, therefore, when these two come together I'm always eager to see the result. In this one, we follow a girl named Louisa who is living by herself on the streets. However, one day, a strange woman approaches her and asks her if she's interested in taking a job at a guest house known as Coldthistle House.

This house has a great secret though: whoever becomes a guest of this place, will b
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2018 reread: I don’t have much to add to my original review. Still not a lot to say. Still just as enjoyable. I think I liked the main character just as much but she’s just as unlikeable. I'm also shocked at just how much I actually forgot of this book in only one year. I remembered some of the big details but that's really it.
All in all a solid book and I’m eager to jump straight into the sequel.


Do you ever look at the empty review box and just realize you have nothing to say? Like the book
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
This was a slower-paced book but I really enjoyed it all the same. It's not very scary but does have some gore in it. This is basically a paranormal/gothic horror YA novel. I thought it had a really interesting premise and a strong start. I didn't realize this was going to be a series but I'm glad it is, lots of potential here.

Full review to come soon.
MaryannC. Book Freak
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars.

I liked this very much. Down on her luck Louisa finds herself at Coldthistle House after an old crone approaches her one night to offer her a job as a servant. Once there she finds things aren't all they seem especially where her creepy and mysterious employer, Mr. Morningside is concerned because Coldthistle's guests don't usually get to leave if Mr. Morningside has his way. This was creepy, gothic and eerie at times, well written for a YA read that would easily appeal to adults as
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don’t know what to tell ya ...

it was dark, it was gruesome, it was gloomy. the pictures are kind of freaky if you stare too long. and it’s perfect to read around summer because that way you forget that it’s actually summer.

because summer sucks!

also, am I the only one that found Mr. Morningside ... kind of ... attractive???? I mean he’s all mysterious and shit. that makes a girl curious. just saying.
Ashley Daviau
I absolutely adored the Asylum series by Roux so I had high expectations for this book. Sadly they weren’t met and I was left quite disappointed. The idea is brilliant and sounded like a sure win but the execution was lacking and at some parts it’s like Roux wasn’t sure where to go with the story so she picked a random path. It is a beautiful book though, the illustrations and chapter pages are gorgeous! And it does get points for the idea, I mean the devil owning a B&B and murdering the guests ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

House of Furies opens with an introduction Louisa Ditton, a seventeen-year-old girl who accepts a maid position at a boarding house in order to escape a harsh life on the streets. Shortly after her arrival at her new job though, Louisa begins to realize with growing dread that there’s something seriously wrong with Coldthistle House. As it turns out, guests who come to stay within its walls are judged for their past crimes
Kassandra Patti
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. It had me hook from start to finish. I have read the Asylum novels and I saw this book and just had to buy it. No looking at reviews, no reading of the description and it went really well. Very little times I've done that and it works out but Roux is an amazing author with a vision for the crazy (in a good way of course). The book was amazing I loved the whole theme of it and I can't wait for more of her novels. ...more
Sara Saif
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, its-a-tie, eh

Made me quake into my boots, so horrific was this book.


I wholeheartedly admit that I was a little bit hypnotized, I wanted to go on and get to the bottom of the mystery and the fact that it's beautifully narrated didn't hurt either.

a) the book gave a lot without really telling anything important or not as much as I would have liked.
b) it was neither Horror nor Thriller and that was disappointing.
c) It's underwhelming for the most part.

a) liked the tone of the book
b) Loui

Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loooooved the spooky atmosphere and the gothic vibes! And it takes play in England in the 18th century so of course I had to check it out. 💁🏻‍♀️
I can imagine reading this on Halloween or during a stormy night, unfortunately it‘s summer now but anyway haha.
Though it is categorized as horror, I didn‘t find it very scary. There were a few bloody scenes, but they really weren’t that gross and didn‘t bother me.
The characters were great, especially Mr. Morningside. He‘s such an intriguing, charming
Trish Isiderio
Where do I start?

The book started out great; it was alluring, and mysterious, and I thoroughly enjoyed the diverse characters that were gradually introduced. And I especially loved that Medeleine Roux incorporated parts of Mr. Morningside's journal into the chapters. It was creative and made the story feel more alive. But for me, that's all that was good about it.

The story progressed in inconsistent bouts of sluggishness and lightning fast. One moment, nothing of any particular interest is happ
Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)
BUY THE BOOK or check it out from the library like I did.

LOVED IT! Loved everything about it. Dark, gothic, fantasy perfection. Fantastic and unique story and I cant wait to read the rest of the series.


I wouldn't really consider this horror. Maybe for some of the younger kids this might freak them out a bit. There was a few gory parts that some might consider horror. For me it was flawless.


Depending on how the rest of the series goes for me, I would love to have all these books for my she
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Are you a miracle, little Louisa, or are you a curse?"

I was surprised by how much I liked this one. Honestly, I've had bad luck with books lately so I was ready to hate this one. Imagine my surprise when the cover, dark and lonely feeling, matched the insides of the story. It IS dark. It's dark and ugly and definitely shows the evil side of people.

It starts off with a bang - she is living with the devil and she can't leave. And the story goes off from there.

The addition of the lore and creepy
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Never read Roux's first series but I ended up really enjoying this! Love paranormal Gothic stuff and this hit the spot.

Kim Friant
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as scary as I'd like, but still an interesting story. ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dtb-book
Weird but good.

I had zero expectations when diving into House of Furies but when I saw it in hoopla, I just had to have it. This book was creepy, weird, and highly entertaining. I loved it. However, I will admit that I did kind of zone in and out during some parts of this book. I totally blame work because I was kind of in the zone while working on stuff and then I realized I was listening to a book.

Now after I finished this audio book I watched a creepy movie, I think it was called down a dar
Diego Sanchez
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book belongs to one of the contemporary authors I like the most, which is Madeleine Roux, the creator of Asylum. I totally felt in love with those books, but I was really skeptical about this one, because I didn’t feel this book to cause fear when I read the synopsis, but here are my complete thoughts:

-Plot/Development: The story tells about Louisa Ditton, who suddenly get into the “House of Furies”, a place where a lot of people with secret backgrounds, share relations and house services a
Imogene Dacanay
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was fortunate enough that I got approved on being provided an ARC of one of my most anticipated reads this year. Thank you so much HarperCollins International!

Madeleine Roux has always been my favorite author when it comes to Horror novels, so I was beyond ecstatic when I heard about House of Furies. Good thing my expectations were met! As always, Roux is full of surprises.

I started reading this book in the midst of the night, and it was seriously spooky. Even reading this in broad daylight st
Gray Cox
It was well-written, but it had several English swear words, it took the Lord's name in vain way too many times, definitely not appropriate. It had a lot of disturbing elements such as cannibalism, a cult like situation, the devil is shown in a good light, and graphic violence.

This was suppose to be a horror book, but it didn't scare me, it just made me uncomfortable. Which, that is what horror books are suppose to do, but there was no scare, and the discomfort wasn't a good, thrilling discomfo
MK ( Makayla)
Hey guys !
I finished this book very quickly in four hours about 100 pages an hour 😂
I'll get to the good stuff but leave the spoiler at the end .
What is with the female characters in books !! ??
It might be just me but I dont think it is . Mostly all the MCs are boring and flat.
Louisa was no exception . She was very predictable . She was just...trying to hard to be "that girl"
Trying to be so cool and callous and worldly and kick butt it just irritated me . She just wasnt likable 😑😞

" Misfortun
♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
I will forever love this book, I think . . .


It's the kind of love that is very hard to explain because I still don't understand it myself, only know that it exists. I love these kind of stories where they are a good bit weird, the writing is pretty and instantly pulls you into the atmosphere, and all the characters are quirky and seem just as caught up in the story as I am.

Plus, there's well-written fae in here so that's a huge reason for my love, too. Morningside has my heart and I really hope
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
The very only reason I'm giving this book 2 stars is the main idea and nothing more
hallow characters
causeless storyline
obvious mysteries
what else do you need to love this?
I really like the main girl's, I didn't cause I can't even remember her freaking NAME
the ending was processing a little bit and I was starting to think about it as a good book but the few last paged blew my thought up
Ashley Gallegos
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ask anyone what I do and they will tell you that I read. It’s been my passion my entire life. I’ve read thousands of books so understand that I do not say this lightly. This is quite possibly my favorite book of all time. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted to read and then some. I just might be in love with Madeleine Roux after this! I can not recommend this series enough!
Ann (Inky Labyrinth)
Might bump this up to 4 stars...will let it soak in before I write my review. The ending was rather disappointing and anti-climatic.
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MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly af

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