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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed & Larkin Reed

Amber House
by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed and Larkin Reed
Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)
ISBN: 978-0-545-43416-4
Suggested Ages: 13+
Buy From Indigo
Release Date: October 1, 2012

Description: Sarah Parsons has never seen Amber House, the grand Maryland estate that's been in her family for three centuries. She's never walked its hedge maze nor found its secret chambers; she's never glimpsed the shades that haunt it, nor hunted for lost diamonds in its walls.

But all of that is about to change. After her grandmother passes away, Sarah and her friend Jackson decide to search for the diamonds--and the house comes alive. She discovers that she can see visions of the house's past, like the eighteenth-century sea captain who hid the jewels, or the glamorous great-grandmother driven mad by grief. She grows closer to both Jackson and a young man named Richard Hathaway, whose family histories are each deeply entwined with her own. But when the visions start to threaten the person she holds most dear, Sarah must do everything she can to get to the bottom of the house's secrets, and stop the course of history before it is cemented forever

The Good Stuff
  • Delightfully dark and gothic ( you know not the book you want to read while you are all alone at home)
  • Intriguing storyline
  • Lots of dark humour
  • Reminded me a wee bit of those wonderful Victoria Holt novels I grew up on
  • Absorbing - I hated putting it down (well, except for when it got dark & I was all alone - than I put this puppy down and turned on all the lights LOL!)
  • Wonderfully sweet relationship between Sarah and Sammy
  • Some good twists and turns that you didn't see coming
  • Sarah is a likeable honest character that you route for
  • If you don't fall in love with Sammy you are one cold hearted person
  • Neat twist on a ghost/gothic story

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Was a wee bit confused at times - but please remember I am old and have children
  • Really disliked the mom

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"The voice belonged to my mom, remembering all of a sudden that she was a mom, and therefore supposed to keep track of her child. If she spotted me, she'd ask me to do the track keeping. And I'd already done enough of that for the moment."

"The play of light on the moving leaves made it look almost as if someone crouched there in the darker shadows. But the limbs of the bushes danced again in the breeze, showing it was just an illusion."

"Way to rep the Hebrew people," I told her. "I'm pretty sure tats aren't kosher.  Does the rabbi know? Never mind that, does your mom know?"

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for those who enjoy a dark creepy tale
  • A wonderful book for a cold winters night

4 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review


  1. I absolutely adore the cover of this one, the colours are so beautiful and it's definitely a book that I would stop for. Love that there are creepy parts to the book and some great twists and turns. Sounds really intriguing!

    1. I think I would keep it on my shelf just for the cover alone!!!1