Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Review: Amber House by Kelly Moore, Larkin Reed, and Tucker Reed

Amber House (The Amber House Trilogy #1)
Authors:  Kelly Moore, Larkin Reed, and Tucker Reed
Publisher:  Arthur A. Levine Books, 368 pages
Publication Date:  October 1, 2012

From Goodreads:
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.

I loved this captivating and unique paranormal book with a gothic feel.  After her grandmother's funeral, Sarah and her mother and brother stay at the family estate and Sarah begins to see "echoes," visions of the past.  Through these visions, she discovers secrets about the house, her family, and even her ancestors.  

I loved how Sarah's family played such an important part in the book.  She has a difficult relationship with her mother, who is rather cold and uptight.  She loves her autistic five year old brother and they have a fantastic and special relationship, which was great to read about.  She meets Jackson, a guy who lives with his grandmother on the property and who seems to know a lot about her, even though they've never met.  Jackson, who doesn't lie but who keeps secrets.  Jackson, who has such a sad story and who kept me guessing about what his secrets were.

There's just so much mystery in this book that I kept turning the pages in order to find out what was going on.  The mystery of the house is slowly revealed, with clues sprinkled throughout, and I have to say, at the end of the epilogue, I updated my status on Goodreads by stating:  "I. Am. Freaking. Out."  And I bought the sequel immediately (yay Kindle, there's nothing like instant gratification).

I loved how the history of the house and Sarah's ancestors were woven into this modern day story and how the past and individual choices affected the future.  I was immersed in this story about ghosts (sort of ghosts), creepy children, and mirrors.  It's filled with rich descriptions of the house and the people (although not overdone so you get bored).  Thanks to Nicole at The Quiet Concert for recommending this book to me!  

Posted by:  Pam


  1. This sounds so unique! I may have to check it out!

  2. I have checked this out from the library a couple of times, but it always goes back unread. I love the cover, and it sounds so interesting, but I just never seem to get to it. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I'll have to make a point to get to it soon. Great review!

  3. Whoops, I read these reviews out of order but yayayay! I can't decide which book I like better, the first or the second. I'm thinking the first. I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS HOUSE. And the story is so unique. I just love it. I am so glad you read it! :)

  4. I actually haven't heard of this before, but it looks really great. It seems like a really unique read and not like the books I have been reading lately. I am in such a slump and this might be the kind of book to get me out of it. I like that it has family playing an important role, sometimes family seems really absent in a lot of YA! Great review :)

  5. Oooh! A mysterious house, a hot guy with secrets and creepy elements! I need to read this for sure. Is it a trilogy or just a duet?