House of Furies
Author: Madeleine Roux
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: YA horror/fantasy/paranormal
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 judgement, 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?
Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring Coldthistle House to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.
This is weird, dark and slightly gruesome. Its a paranormal fantasy story about all those creatures that go bump in the night (minus the vamps). The story is told from Louisa’s POV as she was pulled out of the slums and given an opportunity at Coldthistle House with a place to live and food to eat. What she didn’t know was that anyone who goes to Coldthistle House doesn’t leave including guests and employees. Louisa quickly finds herself in a world full of impossible things, danger and darkness.
When I first started this book I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, I found myself having to reread sentences and a little confused, I also found it a bit slower paced. However, I’m pretty sure that’s just because of the mood I was in. While it was slightly confusing in the beginning I quickly found myself enthralled with the story. While the story isn’t incredibly fast paced it was fun and interesting enough to keep my attention.
The main character Louisa is a bit of a rebel she doesn’t like being told what to do, shes feisty, strong and a little in denial about whats going on around her. Then there’s Mr. Morningside who is a tall, handsome and mysterious and there’s something not quite right bout him but Louisa cant quite figure it out. There is also a whole set of side character who are great like Mary, Poppy, Lee and Chijoke.
The story is pretty original there are lots of mythical creatures in it that you don’t see in a lot of other stories which was really fascinating and. Not only are there lots of mythical creatures but the Devil is also a part of this story and who wouldn’t want to read about the devil. Can you get any darker than that?
I also really enjoyed the illustrations throughout the book which correspond to the different types of mythical creatures, they also added to the dark and creepy atmosphere of the story.
If you are a fan of dark gruesome tales I highly recommend this however, I feel like it wont be for everyone. It does get pretty graphic at times, there’s one specific scene that might make you cringe.
The second book Court of Shadows came out yesterday June 26th and I can’t wait to read it!
Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you though about it