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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,636 ratings  ·  826 reviews
From the author of You Must Not Miss comes a haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie.

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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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OwlCrate's September 2020 Box : My Rep Code: MEL10 ❤️

ARC provided by The Novl

"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
Miranda Reads
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover, owlcrate

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Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, horror
this was so creepy and very fucked up, exactly what i want when i read a horror book
if you are a fan of rory power i think you will really like this
daph pink

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
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
4-4.5 stars

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Omg!! I love this Owlcrate Box!! And the under dust jacket picture!! Click on link to see the goodies!

♡ oscar ♡
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2020-releases
"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
One look at this cover and it's clear, we could be in for Leno's darkest story YET!

Darker, darker, darkest.

I love that for her. And for us.

C.G. Drews
This was compelling and a lot creepier than I anticipated! It's fairly different from the other Leno books I've read (which it's nice to see authors explore other genres!) with definitely a focus on the creep factor, not really on mental health. The ending sort of took me by the throat and threw me off the cliff. I am still asking why. A subtle and slowly crawling, chilling horror that takes place in October and Halloween! (And always refreshing to read a YA with no romance.)
i added this book 7 months ago. i have not stopped thinking about this cover since then
rachel ☾
if you love Wilder Girls or Kate Alice Marshall, preorder this now

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Though very baseline with not a lot of texture to it, it was enjoyable and a quick read. Also boyfriend and I guessed the main plot twist before I even started the book so there’s the predictability for you. (Maybe don’t read the synopsis)
Lea (drumsofautumn)

“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
Angela Staudt
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am quite disappointed in Horrid. I mean with a stunning cover like this, I was so excited to read a horror book. Honestly, this book felt 85% contemporary and 15% horror. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters and I felt that every character was very underdeveloped.

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

What's this?

I'm more scared of an episode for Scooby-Doo! (my favorite animated series that I still watch to this day, haha 🤣) than this book.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do not begin reading this book unless you have time to read it in one sitting, unless you want to spend all of the intervening time thinking about the story and feeling desperate to get back into it. You've been forewarned! I've read every single book Katrina Leno has written, so I'm not at all surprised (but still very pleased) to say that I LOVED HORRID so so much! It was creepy (suuuuuch a well written haunted house) and riveting and incredibly suspenseful. It has Katrina Leno's usual brand o ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
WOW, That was extra f*ucked up and I totally dug it. RTC
Amy Imogene Reads
3 stars

Aghhh. This novel had a lot of atmosphere going for it but ultimately left me bored, confused, and feeling shortchanged.

Concept: ★★★★
Plot: ★★
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
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases, arc
☆ 4 / 5 ☆

"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’
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can’t even put my thoughts into words right now because Im still sitting here like 😱😳😱😳! I binged this book today! Perfect read for October 👻🎃😈
Dark River
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would say this was a cover buy, but it was really more of a title buy? I'm obsessed with certain words in the English language and "horrid" is one of them #funfact
(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
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Decided that I didn't want to put off reading this one any longer and gave it a start over the weekend. Only to get so into it that I flew through it in two days time! This was my first book by Katrina Leno that I've read and I really enjoyed her writing. There were parts that I kind of had it figured out, but then other parts completely had me by surprise. It was perfectly spooky and intriguing, and kept you guessing throughout. There were parts where I honestly felt like I might have been goin ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC from an ARC fairy and this is my honest review!

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
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Creepy! This is a perfect book to read in October but I couldn’t wait to read it.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle, arc
A good, creepy read for Halloween.

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
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jane and her mother, Ruth, are forced to move across the country to Ruth’s childhood home. They’re broke and desperate. Jane’s father has just passed away, leaving his wife and daughter destitute. Jane, a Californian, is not very pleased about a new life in Maine and even more discouraged when she sees the state of their new, creepy residence. When strange things begin to happen in the house, it’s easy to chalk what Jane sees up to the heaviness of grief and stress. But is that really all that i ...more
I was looking for a creepy and twisted book for Halloween and this fit the bill. While haunting and suspensful, it was also very heartbreaking. It was a little predictible, but I enjoyed discovering how the MC put everything together. I couldn't put it down.
Lucy Langford
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was deliciously creepy and had me turning the pages to answer my burning questions.

Julie Zantopoulos
As much as I WANT to love Katrina’s books-they always fall flat. This one is great for spooky fall haunted house vibes but only if you’re okay with some heavy content. Discussed heavily are grief, anger, and genetic mental illness. The book had its moments, as all Leno books do, but it just wasn’t it for me.

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
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I want to marry Katrina Leno’s writing. The atmosphere of the story was so vivid. A decrepit, old house where something might be lurking in the shadows made this book such a perfect read for the fall. I also loved how a lot of this story dealt with different expressions of grief and anger.

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
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