House of Dark Shadows

House of Dark Shadows

Book - 2008
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When fifteen-year-old Xander and his family move into an old, abandoned house in the middle of a dense forest outside of a small California town, they discover that not only are some of the rooms portals into other places, but that malevolent forces are at work.
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2008.
ISBN: 9781595547279
Characteristics: 289 p. :,map ;,22 cm.


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Jul 12, 2020

I thought this had something to do with the TV series.

Jan 06, 2019

A heart pounding thrill ride that I could barely stand to put down. Great plot, interesting twists, and tangible descriptions. I definitely recommend it not only for teens but adults young and old alike.
Also, for a deeper read: consider how the corridors of our minds resemble the rooms in this house. What draws do the shadows exert on us? What influences do we allow in, and what do they take from us?
Can't wait to read the next one!

DBRL_KrisA Oct 17, 2018

A pretty decent continuation of the series. Not a whole lot of action; as with the first book, it feels like this is mostly setting things up for something further down the road. Which is a shame, considering all the historical time periods and the adventurous locations the King family are visiting.

While much of the first book seemed to focus on the point of view of teen-aged Xander, this book switches back and forth between him and twelve-year-old David.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 06, 2018

Okay, take this with a grain of salt because it's been a month since I read this, but I was not impressed. The opening was pure cheese and then the rest was, well, an opening. Honestly, this book was an introduction. It wasn't a bad introduction per se, but I was irritated that the book did nothing but give us the premise behind the house without anything happening. It was frustrating enough to put me off the rest of the series.

mmg2681 Sep 24, 2013

Farfignewton! A good book, quick read, but as the end of the book states, "This is not the end..." Now, I have to read the next book in the series to find out what happened. :-) Still, a good book.

Jun 22, 2013

Really great book! Definitely some creepy parts so not necessarily for younger kids, but a great (and quick) read! You have to read the whole series though!!

Jul 31, 2012

Really loved this book and I can not wait to pick up the next one.

Demarcation May 09, 2012

House of Dark shadows is easy to read and engrossing off the bat. It starts as your classic family moves into a haunted house story, but becomes very interesting when Xander discovers a door which lands him in the Roman Colosseum

Jul 22, 2011

This is the first book that talks about the King Family and a house that has portals that can take you to other worlds. All these books from the "King family" series have a few things in common. The Kings, the house, the portals, the lost of a love one, the bad guys and we all know there has to be a bad guy but for a change there are a few and of course the two brothers Xander and David and their relationship. For those who like adventure, a bit of mystery and a few laughs on the way this series is for you.

soblessed59 Apr 25, 2011

House of Dark Shadows By Robert Liparulo
Genuis blend of genuine creepiness with hilarity!
I can't believe no one mentioned the hilarious descriptions of the brother's- Xander and David's fear and nervousness,as they set about exploring this huge house,and investigating noises,such as David being stuck to Xander like a "wet leaf"!

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 all. I can't recall ever before reading a book where I laughed out loud at the same time that my hair was standing on end,LOL!

I am so happy that I have the second book in the series "Watcher In the Woods" here,ready to start reading tonight.

I hope this author will treat us to many more such stories. I highly recommend the Dreamhouse Kings series for others like me,who love horror/fantasy/sci-fi without all the offensive elements found in many such offerings for the adult market.

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Aug 06, 2012

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Aug 06, 2012

Xander and his family move into an old, abandoned house in small California town. Xander and his brother Dave discover that some of the rooms in the house are portals that can take them other places, but the night after Dave returns from one of the portals everything goes wrong and the once happy family is torn apart by something in the portals.


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