I recommend it to fans of YA thrillers. Xander and his brother have reservations about it from the beginning. I was immediately drawn in, and I even made my boyfriend read it just to see what he Alright, wow. Get our latest reviews delivered directly to your inbox! I love the brothership between Xander and David. This was one of the creepiest books I have read.

Dec 04, Becky rated it really liked it. I kept fearing that the suspenseful elements were going to turn towards horror, but Liparulo keeps things on a fine wire between dark and fantastical. A brute appears and takes Mom. And the rest, as they say, is history. Thanks for the review smart and analytical review. He grew up in Arkansas, loves fantasy football and is an Apple fan boy. That being said, the horror bits are pretty spooky, the action bits are very exciting, and the gothic mansion in the woods is very spooky as well.

House of Dark Shadows By Robert Liparulo

I gave this rating a three star review, rather than a two star- based on the fact that this is a book for very young teens. The characters were so awesome and life-like.

And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker at his new school. Oh well, maybe someday. I was wondering if you think this book might be a good read for elementary school age children. Pinedale could be any small town in the US, and as far as the three King children are concerned it might as well be in Siberia!

Email me at timetravelmagic at yahoo dot com. Chapter One starts off “Nothing but trees” and Chapter …more There are forty chapters, but they go in order so after the prologue should be Chapter One. I hope you find the content you were searching for, and that it is still useful to you. Seriously, all you guys have to do is go to your nearest library or bookstore, and read the prologue. Age Any 8 to 11 10 to 14 14 and up.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Again, a young teenager would probably think those parts were amazing.

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But Victoria 9 thinks the move is a grand adventure. The house has history, to say the least. I thought I knew exactly who the perpetrator was who left the big, bare footprints in the dust. I probably will not look into continuing the series. I feel the need to say this because sometimes Christian fiction has the reputation sometimes unfairly so of being Released as a small hardcover, this book is sure to become a favorite for young readers. It was a lot of fun. I could spot true love in my sock drawer if I had to.

They fix up the home while staying in the motel until the house is ready to be lived in. 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.

I started reading it and I felt like I’d missed some bouse. For more time travel book series see my post here. I wasn’t even really interested in them. Dad patches up Xander and they go back to the present. Another Review at MyShelf. Or is chapter one called “fourty”?

House of Dark Shadows, (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 1), by Robert Liparulo |

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a mystery, horror or likes books that jump into the action immediately. Just unbearable rubbish – a good idea absolutely squandered by a terrible writer. This is book 1 in the Dreamhouse Kings series. I enjoyed this intriguing and creepy book. He is mocking the imaginative ability of his readers. I have a hard time with young adult books because I have a hard time letting logic rest while I read.

View all 3 comments. Not a thing about this that made you think or emotionally connect with the characters. Xander is simultaneously scared and excited by the charged atmosphere in the house, and he quickly confides in his 12 year old brother, David. The first thing that bothered me was how unrealistic the reactions of pretty much everybody were.


They stay in a motel until the parents decide to buy a really old, Victorian home that needs a lot of work. This entry was posted in Book reviews and tagged Book reviewsDreamhouse KingsHouse of Dark Shadowskids’ time travel storiesRobert Liparulutime travel books for childrentime travel stories.

Intense, and a little disturbing, the first chapter grabs your attention right away and lets you know that this book, and the author, mean business. There are actually several tense moments in this story,with an atmosphere of creepiness,interspersed with laugh-out-loud funny incidents such as the one mentioned above,that do not detract from the suspense at Genius blend of genuine creepiness with hilarity!

They arrive in Pinedale and go to the house.

The Kings consist of: I did get some really good chills while reading it, and the weirdness quotient was high. There are parts of the setting that are great, nice and spooky. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

House of Dark Shadows is the first in the projected six-book Dreamhouse Kings series, which explains why it feels like such a brief read. At others, the dialogue was a little too trite.

I thought it was a just horror story. By continuing to use robegt website, you agree to their use. Oct 25, Victoria Howell rated it liked it.

I was pretty excited when approved by Thomas Nelson Publishers to be one of their book reviewers. Thanks so much for stopping by!