House of Dark Shadows

Saturday, February 20, 2010
I have hacked into my wife's website and am reviewing a book for her ...
actually she is sitting here forcing me to do this, so here goes...

#1 - House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings) by Robert Liparulo, Thomas Nelson, 2008

House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings) 
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Target Audience: Boys, 13-15
Subject: Family Relationships
Summary: The King family has found a new home to move in to when they discover that the house has some added "character" of its own. Mysterious sounds and footprints start showing up and the family works to figure out what is going on. The children then find that some of the rooms have "doorways" into different places or times. These portals lead them on a handful of risky adventures. Who is it that disappeared in this exact house thirty years ago? What did Mr. King know about this house's secrets? And, how can a wrong be forgiven?
Notes: This book is a classic mystery/thriller along the lines of Stephen King, R.L. Stine, Frank Peretti, or Ted Dekker. In fact, it's somewhat like House for teenagers in that the emphasis is on the events in one house. As it is primarily a thriller, there is not a lot of spiritual emphasis outside of when one of the kids ends up in the Coliseum and the challenge to forgive.
Recommendation Scale: 2.5
Reviewer: Gil (under duress :-)


Jeffery said...

I love this whole series. I don't see it at all like house, but maybe that's because I've read all five books that are out now, and they just keep getting better (and way different from House), with more and more adventure. A lot of my friends are into the series, too. We all seem to have a different favorite scene. Most are scenes in the different worlds the Kings go into, but a few of us like the bad guy Taksidian (what a great villain). And it's nice to read a book for this age that has a family sticking together and working together. Anyway, sounds like I liked it better than you did.

J:-)mi said...

Thanks for sharing your insight Jeffery! Are there any books on this blog that look interesting to you that you have never read before? And how'd you find the blog?

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