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House of Dark Shadows

A book by Robert Liparulo

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Engrossing Read

  • Dec 8, 2008
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Dream house . . . or bad dream?

When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.

This was a great start to what seems like a great series. The book was suspenseful, a bit creepy, and just wonderful.

Everything was so vividly described; it was as if you were watching a movie or in the character's head. It transported you into the book and made it seem as if you were in the story.

Sometimes it was hard to differentiate the characters from each other since they weren't that well-developed, but hopefully that it'll change in future books. I did like that Xander was a horror movie fan because whenever something creepy happened he used examples from movies to describe what was happening.

This book is so engrossing that it makes it hard for you to put it down. Since it's fast-paced as well, it's a fast read. The rooms that transport you to different places, or to different times, were original (at least for me).

The creepy or suspenseful things that happened in the book were well-written and interesting. You get so caught up in what's happening that you don't really complain about how the characters aren't developed enough.

The ending was surprising but if you pay close attention to small details it could be predictable. It ended in a cliffhanger and I just want to rush and buy the sequel (out now), to find out what happens next with the King family. I was mad at the father for reasons I cannot say (it's a spoiler) but I kind of understand his reason for doing what he did.

Overall, this a great new series that I recommend to reluctant readers, guys, and fans of suspenseful novels. Plus, it would make a great Christmas gift to an older/younger brother or a male cousin!

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review by . February 12, 2009
Xander King is seriously bummed when his family moves from Pasadena, CA to a little hick town called Pinedale. He loved his life back home and can't imagine what this new town and new school could possibly have to offer. When the King's arrive they begin searching for a house to buy and finally stumble across an old, abandoned Victorian home deep in the woods.      Xander's parents instantly fall in love with the old house and set to work trying to make it livable. Xander and …
review by . May 21, 2008
An abandoned house, with mysterious rooms, and unnerving sounds. Huge foot prints, odd entrances, and bizarre clearings. Overall, not a place an ideal home for most people, but it is for the King family. When his dad accepts a new job in Pinedale, Xander is just a little miffed. Leaving behind his friends and all he knows for a spot in the middle of nowhere. Why he's leaving, he doesn't quite understand, but when asked to trust his father's judgment, that's exactly what he does. When they end up …
review by . June 06, 2008
If you are thinking about buying House of Dark Shadows, you may want to go ahead and grab Watcher in the Woods because once you reach... "Not the end" you are going to want book two within reach. These books are quick reads, too. Don't say you haven't been warned if you have to wait for the next book, and don't expect a resolution of the King family problems in book two either. I may have to have a word with Bob or the publisher about possibly speeding up this series.    Robert …
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ISBN-10: 1595544941
ISBN-13: 978-1595544940
Author: Robert Liparulo
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 6, 2008)
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