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, sibli ...more
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
➸ 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
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
Aghhh. This novel had a lot of atmosphere going for it but ultimately left me bored, confused, and feeling shortchanged.
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 ...more
"She couldn't remember the first book she had eaten."
Horrid is a story following Jane whose life gets turned upside down when her father passes away and has to move across the country, from the only life she has ever known in LA, to her grandmother’s mysterious manor in Maine. Jane feels like something is lurking in this town, in this house, a heavy secret, and maybe something more, that weighs her down a little more the longer she spends there.
This is the first Katrina Leno book I’ ...more
(But still, that cover is no joke. I love it.)
Either way, I'm glad I picked this up as my first real fall read. I like me a good standalone and Horrid was a real page turner for me. I read notoriously slow at times, but I finished this in 2 sittings and wasn't bored for a second.
It's the right amount of spooky and ordinary to just ...more
CW: death of loved ones, grief/grieving, anger and loss of control from anger, and deception
I rarely stay up late to read. Even if a book is compelling and I'm liking it, I put my rest first. I like being well-rested. Then this book came around. I picked it up and read about 30% of it. Very compelling, put it down for a little bit to get ready for bed. Decided that, hey, I'd read another part or two -- depending on the length -- be ...more
The praise that I give this book is the tone. The entire tone of how this book proceeded from the first chapter made me quite uneasy. You have an unstable narrator, a mother who may or may not be keeping secrets, a small town that knows something about the house the narrator moved into, and it takes place in the month of October.
The fault lies in the final act. The crux of what is happening and the ending was one that didn't sit comfortably with me. I can't tell ...more
CW: attempted suicide, murder, hospitalization, grief, loss of a parent, loss of a sibling, loss of a child, murder, pica (paper, hair, and flowers) and disordered eating, animal abuse and m ...more
The ending does feel a little bit abrupt and some of it is left open to interpretation. I actually kind of appreciated that because it felt very different from the majority of YA books where everything tends t ...more
|Ladies of Horror ...: * November 2020 Readalong: Horrid by Katrina Leto||9||72||Oct 29, 2020 05:31PM|
|The Procrastinato...: * Horrid (October 2020) Buddy Read Discussion ~ May & Lindsay||5||10||Oct 29, 2020 12:05PM|
|The Lunar Book Club: Young Adult: Horrid||1||3||Sep 30, 2020 11:54PM|