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This book may be unsuitable for people under 14 years of age due to its use of language, mental illness, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
{The Agony House: Cherie Priest}The Agony House by Cherie Priest
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on September 25, 2018
Genres: Graphic Novels, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: Scholastic Press
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5 Stars



{Synopsis} – Denise Farber has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and step-dad. They left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and have finally returned, wagering the last of their family’s money on fixing up an old, rundown house and converting it to a bed and breakfast. Nothing seems to work around the place, which doesn’t seem too weird to Denise. The unexplained noises are a little more out of the ordinary, but again, nothing too unusual. But when floors collapse, deadly objects rain down, and she hears creepy voices, it’s clear to Denise that something more sinister lurks hidden here. Answers may lie in an old comic book Denise finds concealed in the attic: the lost, final project of a famous artist who disappeared in the 1950s. Denise isn’t budging from her new home, so she must unravel the mystery-on the pages and off-if she and her family are to survive…

{My thoughts} – The cover of this book truly intrigued me. There’s a nice little surprise under the dust jacket, that you don’t usually find on hard covered books as well. When I first looked at the cover I was thinking that I was gonna be reading a horror book. I mean, at first glance it certainly seems like one. However, that isn’t all that this little gem is made up of, which makes it all the more brilliant in my opinion.

When you first open the book you will notice that the page numbers are written in blue, so are the e-mails, text messages, written letters and all the illustrations have a fair amount of blue in them as well. They blue helps to pull you into the story of the book even more so then you’d think it would be able to at first.

This book is one of those types that actually has a story written inside of a story, with a story that is being explained from the past. I really enjoy books like this because they help to keep the reader engaged as well as invested in the book.

It’s content rating comes from it having some minor curse words within the pages, in the illustrations also show a gun and a knife. I feel it is important for parents to know these things if they are considering letting their younger child read the book.

I really think that anyone that enjoys a little bit of horror with a bit of mystery involved will totally love this book. Let us not forget the added little comic spaced out between the pages! It helped to pull the entire story together nicely and helped to make it a brilliantly written book.