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House of Dark Shadows

A book by Robert Liparulo

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Not just for young adults

  • 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 purchasing an extremely unique house, things appear to be looking up. However, thing's aren't always as they seem.

I've been looking forward to this series. I had some concerns going in, mainly in relation to the amount of blood shed and high body count in Liparulo's adult novels. However, this really isn't like his other books. While Comes a Horseman had some mystery, it was still predominately a thriller. House of Dark Shadows is more of a suspense/mystery/thriller. There's always more questions than answers, and not a lot is revealed at a time. There's still a descent amount of blood and gore, but not to the extent of his other books. I feel quite comfortable letting my 9 year old read this one and anticipate that he will love it.

The first half is very slow. It has a lot of character development, but very little story progression. Some uneasy things are discovered about their new home, but really nothing of surprise. However, once the action does start, the rest of the book flows very nicely, grabbing the reader's attention and keeping it.

I'm very impressed with the way Liparulo wrote this book. While it's marketed to young adults, it's equally enjoyable to older adults. The story is written at an adult level and once the action starts, it's quite gripping. While the end is a bit of a cliff hanger, it's not unsatisfying. Overall, a very good book and a great addition to the young adult market.

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September 14, 2010
Sounds like an interesting book, although I can get a little bored with slow beginnings. Great review!
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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 . December 08, 2008
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 …
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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A little bit about me. I read primarily Christian fiction. My favorites are suspense, with supernatural elements always being a plus. I most enjoy books that will keep me thinking well after I'm done … more
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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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