Saturday, January 8, 2011

HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS by Robert Liparulo

In the first book of Robert Liparulo's young adult Dreamhouse Kings series, Liparulo takes readers over the threshold of adventure into a room of suspense, mystery, and danger. Actually, it's a whole bunch of rooms, with a touch of magic, horror, and boyhood dreams thrown in.

When the King family moves to a new town and into a new home, it's not long before Xander and his brother David discover that the abandoned Victorian house is hiding secrets. Spooky, goose-bump secrets. And when the boys discover a twisting hallway with room after room of odd antechambers, things begin to spiral out of control. Each room is a passage to a different world and a different time - and none of them are safe. Before the Kings understand the house's secrets, Mom is kidnapped by a monstrous man into one of the rooms and disappears.

Liparulo's House of Dark Shadows is Act 1 of the six-book series. Many mysteries and oddities are introduced, and Liparulo will explore these enigmas in future editions. It appears that Liparulo is going to take readers on a wild ride into a house of every boy's dreams - a place that bring adventure and risk to life.

The dialog feel a little stiff in places, but overall, this is the start of an exciting and imaginative read.

Don't take long to find this book's address. Wipe your feet on the welcome mat and enter Liparulo's fascinating House of Dark Shadows.

4 out of 5

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