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 ...more
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"Three little girls all eating things they weren’t supposed to eat. Three little girls all eating things in order to fill their bodies with something other than the anger, the rage, that would otherwise consume them."
I have loved Katrina’s books for so long and each of them are equal parts whimsically beautiful and intensely raw. From Summer of Salt and You Must Not Miss are still my fav ...more
It’s been a while since I have read a good y/a horror mystery and the I would be lying if I didn’t say that the main two reasons that I was drawn to this book was because ,
1. That deliciously creepy cover, this cover has definitely made it into my best covers list for 2020.
2. For my everlasting love for Agatha Christie references, and ohh boy this book was full of them!
And I got added bonus of Small town mysteries, mother-daughter relationship, sibling ...more
*Buddy Read With Ladies Horror Fiction
There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
And when she was good,
She was very, very good,
But when she was bad, she was horrid.
-A nursery rhyme adapted from
the poem, "There Was a Little Girl"
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
That was. I mean. I don’t even know what
Here's the thing, folks: if you're looking for a super scary tale for fall, this probably ain't it. Personally, I like to read atmospheric, spooky novels at night during the fall, but if it's too scary I can't read it before bed. I am who I am. However, if you like a mild to moderate creep level in your fall reads, with a heavy focus on grief, trauma, and mental health, you've come to the right place.
At first glance, Horrid has the typical traits of your average horror novel-a creepy ...more
"There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. And when she was good, she was very very good, but when she was bad, she was horrid."
The story follows Jane North Robinson and her mother Ruth as they settle to their new house in Bells Hollow, Maine. Called as the North Manor but dubbed by the townspeople as 'creep house.' Ruth's old family home and this is the first time Jane knew such house existed. For 17 years, Jane didn't know that her mother ha ...more
Jane, the main character, has a lot going on in her life. Her father just died, she found out her and her mom are broke, and they have to move back to where her mother used to live in Maine. The house her mother grew up in ...more
➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[ableism, child abuse recounted, self-harm mentioned, suicidal ideation mentioned, suicide attempt & suicide (sister of a sc, off-page), hospitalisation, panic attacks, flashbacks & blackouts, pica (central theme), nightmares, blood depiction, grief & loss depiction, death of a father & husband from a heart attack recounted, death of a sister recounted, death of a child recounted, murder & atte ...more
“She imagined the words dissolving off the paper and sinking into her bloodstream. She imagined her body filled with words. Made up of them. Words instead of blood, words instead of organs.”
I read this entire book in a day and stayed up until 4am to finish it which I haven't done in so, so long. This was so compelling and truly one of the most exciting and enjoyable reading experiences I've had in a while. But something about the actual plot and especially the ending did give me a fe ...more
Pacing: ★★ 1/2
Atmosphere: ★★★ 1/2
Jane is not happy. There's a lot of reasons to be unhappy, honestly. Her father died unexpectedly from a heart attack, leaving her mother to find out that he'd wasted all their money on a bad startup. Then Jane's mother says they're leaving their lifelong home of California and moving to rural Maine. Then they arrive, and Jane discovers ...more
Katrina Leno writing a YA horror novel? Is it my birthday or something?!? This might have been my most anticipated this year, it was certainly in the my top five. Katrina is an author that I've come to completely adore and this is no exception to the rule. The book was creepy, atmospheric and f*cked up as hell. My brand completely.
Can we start off by just loving on the cover that is this book? It's perfection, it's so creepy and weird and br ...more
Jane and her mom are relocating from CA to rural Maine when things begin because they have no other options. Jane’s dad passed away unexpectedly and left them broke. Now they’ve moved into an old abandoned estate left to them by Jane’s grandma. So they’re grieving and Jane has left everything familiar and she copes and she tries to resume ...more
There is a lot of slow burn lead up to the action in the story. Jane is slowly tormented by the scent of roses and odd happenings around her. Her obsession with Agatha Christie plays a role in setting the suspense and giving you a bread crumb about the reveal. So ...more
This was an atmospheric piece of young adult fiction with some pretty spooky imagery. While it followed many of the tropes of horror (specifically YA horror), I did not mind them. In fact, this book did an excellent job of helping me to appreciate a subgenre of horror that I usually don't enjoy. Considering all the buildup and suspense, I thought the ending was a bit of a letdown. It just felt muddled, trying to tie together too many threads of the story. Regardless, I did enjoy the ove ...more
This was so eerie and I loved the atmosphere. The small town vibes were *Chefs Kiss*.
The characters were also really intriguing for me, they were not phenomenal or anything but were differentiable enough for me to appreciate each one and I also liked the mother and daughter relationship a lot.
That being said, just as everything started rolling and getting interesting it ended... what? I was just getting into it after the slowish start and then BAM over.
|ARTBA 2021: Horrid||2||6||Feb 25, 2021 10:24AM|
|Ladies of Horror ...: November 2020 Readalong: Horrid by Katrina Leto||48||129||Jan 02, 2021 06:50PM|
|The Procrastinato...: Horrid (October 2020) Buddy Read Discussion ~ May & Lindsay||5||16||Oct 29, 2020 12:05PM|
|The Lunar Book Club: Young Adult: Horrid||1||4||Sep 30, 2020 11:54PM|