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Horrid by Katrina Leno
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Karina Leno's Horrid is like the old house it takes place in, a typical haunted mansion that you've seen a hundred times, but you still want to explore the dark insides.

I was excited when I came across the Owl crate addition of HORRID in a used bookstore, especially since the timing aligned with my YA Horror binge. I loved the cover, and the creepy poem in the beginning hooked me immediately. Leno's use of the old rhyme is stellar, and as a writer that loves to add poetry to prose, I'm 100% partial to a creepy nursery rhyme being part of a novel.

That said, I went in with low expectations. I hadn't heard raving reviews for Horrid. After all, I found this in a used book store less than year after it's release. Not a great sign.

Maybe that's why I loved this story so much! I got a better book than I anticipated. I adored the creepy house and garden, the Agatha Christie references, and the simple, classic feel to the tale. Horrid doesn't have a big, flashy plot. It's not groundbreaking. The characters are familiar because I've seen them before. But it's creepy, and sometimes I want less flash, more comfort. Horrid is a thunderstorm read, a book you grab over a quiet fall weekend and read by the window while it rains. Exactly what I needed at the time. I devoured it in two days.

I have a feeling the ending might throw some readers, which I can understand. If you aren't prepared for a horrid ending (Sorry about the pun, I couldn't resist), or you're looking for something truly terrifying or out of the box, I recommend passing on this one. I happen to be in the mood for classically creepy when I read this, so I loved this book. That said, I'm ready to find an out of the box YA horror now.

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Reading Progress

March 16, 2021 – Started Reading
March 16, 2021 – Shelved
August 26, 2021 – Finished Reading

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