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The Agony House

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  115 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
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 li ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Scholastic Inc.
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Cherie Priest Hey there! Sorry I didn't see this sooner - The Agony House is slated for this September, 2018. It was delayed due to a shift in personnel at the…moreHey there! Sorry I didn't see this sooner - The Agony House is slated for this September, 2018. It was delayed due to a shift in personnel at the publisher, but I promise it's on the horizon :)(less)
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Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, from-publisher
***Big thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review***

This book is definitely different from what I normally read. I have never been into graphic novels, not that I'm against them, they just haven't been my thing. But this cover is gorgeous and I was intrigued by the synopsis. I had REALLY hoped that it would have been a BIT more scary.

This book focuses on a young girl, Denise, who moves back to New Orleans years after the big hurricane. She lost her father
This hybrid novel/graphic novel explores the story behind a haunted house in a gentrifying area of New Orleans. Since the book's told in third person, we don't get particularly close to Denise, but in the context of the story, this not only makes sense, it works well. When Denise, her mother, and stepfather, return to New Orleans to fix up an old home years after the storm, they're met with suspicion in the neighborhood. They're white, and the neighborhood is primarily black. There's smart discu ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked this for the Halloween display at the book store I work for. It's new, and will be a great addition for those who like YA titles. It's interesting, and the graphic portions of the story definitely enhance the written portions. There were a couple of bits that felt a tad bit...preachy...but they didn't take away from the overall story. My daughter is already asking to read it!

Note: For those who care about such things (like me), if you buy the HB version and don't wait for pb to come out
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
@Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Releases 9/25/18

Denise and her family move back to New Orleans in hopes of changing their fortune by renovating an old house and turning it into a bed and breakfast. Old houses are a tricky business to handle but when it becomes undeniable that the house didn't want Denise and her family around, she decides to push back and keep her family safe by un
Shauna Yusko
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Princess X, but as a ghost story/mystery/haunted house story for middle school and high school it works.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A New Orleans haunted house story with graphic novel elements? Yes, Please!

For someone who devoured a steady diet of Lois Duncan as a tween, this was right up my alley. Bonus points to Ms. Priest for including social, racial, and economic issues in a way that is educational but not preachy. And a healthy step-parent/step-kid relationship? Extra bonus points, plus gold stars and sparkles. (And unicorns and donuts for the shout-out to indie booksellers.)

And now I really want a Lucida Might comic s
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! Everything I wanted it to be and more. I loved I Am Princess X and I was really excited to hear that she had a new book coming out in a similar format. I saw copies available at ALA and I picked it up without even reading the synopsis. Then I read the synopsis and was even more excited.

It was incredibly apropos that I received a copy of this book at ALA in New Orleans because this is a book set in New Orleans, which is just one great thing about it. And the mystery and his
Erin Moulton
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Agony house was an interesting haunted house story that combined a creepy setting with a long lost comic book. I found Agony House entertaining and I really liked the twist at the end, but I had a few things that just weren't for me on a more personal taste level.

What I liked: I really liked the plot. I enjoyed the action and the characters and I think that the twist at the ending was really interesting and unexpected (at least to me).
I loved the comic book character and I loved the illustratio
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr-books
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I picked this one up because not only was it a ghost story, but it's also part graphic novel, which I thought was the coolest thing! I liked it and the ending was cute.
I really liked how the characters weren't in denial about ghosts the whole time because that just takes away from the story so I'm happy that didn't happen. The cast of characters was interesting and I really liked the friendships the main, Denis
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I sometimes long to read a good scary story, one that isn't overly supernatural with just the right amount of creeps. And this book comes extremely close to delivering that feeling. Denise has moved to New Orleans with her mother and her stepfather, Mike. The family hasn't been living there since Katrina in which Denise lost her father and grandmother. Denise's mother, Sally, has decided to buy an old house and dreams of turning it into a bed and breakfast. But the house is in disgusting conditi ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Denise, her mom and stepdad have moved back to New Orleans, bought a dilapidated house and are beginning work on restoring it with an dream of making it a B&B. Senior Denise misses her Houston friends and is more than a bit overwhelmed by the move and the condition of the house.

She starts to hear odd noises, smell the whiff of roses and see some odd things. As she makes some local friends, she learns the house has a sinister history. Denise finds a hidden comic written many years ago. Then,
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This was really tough for me to get into. The first 15% of the book details the house renovations needed and, as I have already helped build a house from the ground up, I was not feeling it. But once it got into the ghostie bits and the mystery of Joe Vaughn, I was sold on it. The blue and black color scheme helped too! Overall, it wasn't a bad book and I loved the integration of the graphic novel with it and the sheer utter experience of seeing that final page of the comic book. There's also an ...more
Jennifer Hill
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hybrid of text and graphic novel. Denise has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and step-dad. They are planning on fixing up an old, dilapidated house into a bed and breakfast, but the neighborhood is not exactly welcoming. Weird things start to happen in the house, unexplained things and Denise begins to research what happened in the house and learns a famous author died there. She begins to realize there are TWO spirits, one that is EVIL and one who is trying to help her.

If you lik
Engel Dreizehn
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whoa! I blown away again just like "Princess X" which I considering this book to be a "spiritual successor" of. It had very fast paced action and intrigue abound all tightly woven...I did not see that ending coming! The supernatural elements was so light and subtle that it makes the reader wonder was that real or not? Plus the amazing comic-text hybrid makes the narrative every immersive and an enjoyable ride!
Leslie Bryan
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars. The ending was worth the first half of the book. The mystery and spookiness ramped up big time. The rest of the time I felt this was more about social justice issues than the mystery storyline. Maybe better writing would have woven all of the aspects together a little more seamlessly?
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Part text, part comic. Great combination! Denise & her family return to NO after Katrina to an old, run down and haunted house. The adventures with the ghosts were interesting & the comics helped blend the story. Thanks, @cmpriest @TaraOComics @AALBooks for sharing w/#BookPosse!
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Decidedly spooky in parts! The poltergeist smackdown was an exciting read!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, horror
I was a little disappointed that this mystery/horror story is not as well written as Priest's earlier work, I Am Princess X. I do appreciate her combination of graphic novel and prose.
Claire Klassen
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in NOLA, this is a great Scooby Doo, haunted house with a mysterious twist read.
Carrie Shaurette
Read for School Library Journal review.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, ya-reads
Fun and spooky with kickass female heroines! Can’t wait to booktalk this.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another super fun read from Cherie Priest.
Whitney Terrell
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a suspenseful, paranormal good read. I loved every minute of it.
Ghosts! Ghosts! GHOSTS.

(Best review ever.)
Carolina Victoria
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 67%

I might finish this someday. But it's so freaking boring, the writing is bad, the dialogue is robotic and just not good, and I fall asleep everytime I pick it up. Bye.
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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of over a dozen novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures The Inexplicables, Ganymede, Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the ...more