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The Agony House

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  73 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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I knew I would like this, but ended up really loving it! It reminded me of Cherie's FANTASTIC and TERRIFYING The Family Plot, but for teens. I loved the comic pages woven into the story, and really love the look at the rebuilding of the NOLA community after Katrina.
Pablo G.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The instant I heard the words "Agony House" I knew I was going to like the book. And as I read it more I realized that I absolutely loved it. It had both thriller and comedy all in one book. Anyone that reads the book would definitely agree that this is an amazing book.
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
Nov 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was a mess, and I'm so sad my love of spooky got me here. I was ready for all the spooks and the ghosties, but instead I got a super boring book that had parts that made me uncomfortable.

The premise of the novel is Denise, a girl from Texas, moves back to New Orleans after years of being away. She first left after Hurricane Katrina, which took away her dad and grandmother, and now she is back with her mother and stepfather to start over new. They move into a dilapidated house that is
Lisa Wolf
Similarly to her work in the terrific I Am Princess X , in The Agony House author Cherie Priest tells a gripping story with comic book illustrations mixed in to tell a piece of the tale. When Denise discovers the hidden comic book in the creepy attic of her new house (which she bluntly refers to as a "craphole" at all times), the book seems to be a clue to the unexplainable events happening to the family as they try to make the old place livable once again.

Denise is a great main character -- cl
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
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, lib18
a fun, feminist ghost story set in post Katrina New Orleans; an old house nightmare, with a mystery solved by an engaging, plucky young heroine who's not afraid to get help from the dead (with gentrification issues touched on)
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
Lyndsea Kidd
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Denise Farber is about to start her senior year of high school and has just moved with her mom, Sally, and stepdad, Mike, from Houston back to New Orleans, where she was born. Denise and her mom left New Orleans when Denise was just a baby, after the destruction caused by “The Storm” (Hurricane Katrina) and the resulting deaths of Denise’s father and grandmother. Her mom and stepdad have bought an old rundown Victorian house that they intend to fix up and convert into a bed and breakfast, as had ...more
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
Marc the Darc
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This is Cherie Priest's best book of her last several, in my opinion, in both adult and young adult catergories. It skews older than her last YA novel, I am Princess X, and meets the technical definition of a YA novel, but I think it works quite well as an adult novel as well, taking into account the teen character POV. It is also a better haunted house story than her last, The Family Plot. I firmly enjoyed this. In other reviews of Cherie Priest's novels I have described my frequent aversion to ...more
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
{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 w
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, age-ya, paranormal
Denise and her parents just moved back to New Orleans after spending years displaced after Hurricane Katrina. The plan is to renovate an old house, called Argonne House by some and "the nail house" by others, but Denise calls it "Agony House." She feels a presence in the house almost immediately, and with the help of annoying neighborhood kid Terry, she discovers spirit voices and an old comic book manuscript hidden in the attic. The comic book offers many clues as to what happened in that house ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
While I did not regret reading this book, overall, I don't think it will be memorable for me. This book had a bunch of great ideas behind it--but I am not sure if it successfully achieves any of them. I loved the concept of switching back and forth between written novel and graphic novel, but as you read the story, the graphic novel parts are too short to leave much an impact (let alone feel like the protagonists would actually spend 30 minutes to read 2 pages of a comic--as suggested in the sto ...more
Just as I loved Cherie Priest's book, I Am Princess X, The Agony House was such a great read-part horror, part mystery, containing graphic novel portions and blue font for texting each other and hearing what the ghosts have to say. Denise, her mom and stepdad, have returned to New Orleans after fleeing during Katrina (losing her father and grandmother) and move into a haunted house Denise renames as Agony House. I just loved the fear Priest writes into this story and the characters. Denise makes ...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,
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's funny the little things you latch onto in a one point, one character notes that another doesn't have a lick of sense. It's a minor turn of phrase, but one that's been bandied about in my family for years, and for good reason.

I can't say for certain that I've never seen it before in something I've been reading, but this was the first time I noted it.

I dig anybody who can write the South without wandering into parody. I've not read nearly as much young adult fiction as I have southe
Missy Ghoul
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! The combination of the creepy haunted house story of Denise and her parents moving in to the old house in NOLA mixed with the Lucinda Might comic she finds in the attic is so well put together. I love how the comic is so important to the plot, the characters and the mystery. The artwork is also very well done. By the last half of the book, I couldn't put it down. The action and danger ramps up to a satisfying conclusion. I actually couldn't wait to go back to finish i ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this YA book. Though main character is age 17, summer between junior/senior year, this is aimed as a scary ghost haunted house story for grades 7-9.
Girl, her mother and step father move back to Louisiana long after Katrina. Plan is to fix up an ugly “craphole” of a house and turn it into a B&B. But everything keeps going wrong and Denise finds an old comic manuscript that seems tied to the potentially paranormal happenings at the house.
Excellent inclusion of the Storm af
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
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that I have read the author's first book, I somehow was expecting this to be a graphic novel - not a chapter book with interspersed graphic novel pages. When I opened it and saw text, I figured I would end up giving the book 3 stars. I ended up liking the story. I thought it brought in different elements of history well, ex. comic book codes, Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. I liked the building friendships in the story, and although I enjoy teen romances, I appreciated that ...more
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!
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This wasn't a typical book for me (I'm not a fan of my books scaring me) nor the graphic novel I'm use to with pictures on every page, but boy was it so awesome! I enjoyed trying to figure out this mystery as much as the characters did within. I absolutely loved the last sentence of the book,even admitting to a few tears cried, and because of that this book will stick around in my mind for years to come.
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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