House of Furies by Madeleine Roux is a YA Horror series full of spooky, spine-chilling illustrations that are perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Madeleine’s previous series, Asylum!
“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, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.
Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?“
This was such a sinister, dark story perfect for any late-night reading.
Set in the English, early 1800s, we follow a girl living on the streets concocting magic tricks for pennies. Until she meets a strange older lady who may be more than we think. Quickly, she finds herself on the run and straight back into the clutches of that mind-boggling woman.
We follow the girl on her journey to discovering why this particular house gives her an off-feeling. And maybe towards figuring out who she really is. Thrown into the belly of the beast, she further discovers that the Master may be running more than a simple boarding house.
This is a story with a wide vocabulary and peculiar illustrations. Similar to her previous series, Asylum, we are given pages of photos, but these are ones you may see scattered on an abandoned house’s wall filled with vague depictions of what to expect in the forth-coming pages. I really enjoyed seeing the small images and then compare them to what I would read as I flipped through the story.
The characters are also really peculiar. Paranormal creatures and powers unlike any other YA novel, you will find yourself immersed in this sinister story full of murders, criminals, and the mystery that brings them to this House.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it for those who aren’t necessarily looking for a scary book but one that will allow the reader to feel like that old creak in the house may be a Resident lurking, protecting the occupants from the evil awaiting them. I give this a Scare Factor of 3/5. More creepy than frightening.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I didn’t see any of the curveballs coming, and the mystery seeped into the plot is not predictable in the least. It was also fun to read and interact with the chapter inserts from the mysterious book of creatures that slowly connects some of the characters to this magical world.
The ending put a total spin on what is to come in the sequel, and I’m excited to get to it within the near future!
Published: 30 May 2017
Genre: Young Adult Horror
How I Read It: Paperback
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