Thursday, November 1, 2012

Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed

Amber House (The Amber House Trilogy, #1)"I was sixteen the first time my grandmother died . . ."

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.

This book officially marks my 200 book goal in the Goodreads challenge. And what a great book for that! Dark and lyrical, Amber House is a book I'll remember for a long time.

The main character of this story is Sarah, a girl who is visiting her family's home for the first time, because of her Grandmothers sudden death, along with her is her mother, a cold woman who doesn't seem to ever open up, and her younger brother, Sam, and autistic kid who sees things as they should be, not as they are.

At Amber house she meets Jackson, a boy who seems to know to much about her to be possible, and who tells her of a treasure supposedly buried in the grounds of the house by her Great-something Grandfather, an evil man. As the story progresses it becomes less about the treasure and more about Sarah's mysterious new powers that lead her into unraveling some dark mysteries the house holds.

The characters are amazing, and the writing style pulls you in. The twists and turns of this book will leave you wanting more, and the ending is heart-wrenchingly sad, leaving you feeling good for the characters brighter future, but still longing for their past adventures.

I will certainly be picking up the next book, Neverwas, when it comes out, and would recomend this haunting tale to anyone who loves a good mystery.

Rating: 5/5

Market:  YA
Language:  So little I can't even remember if there was any.
Sensuality:  Kissing, mentions of (past) rape.
Violence:  Mild.

1 comment:

The Book Belles said...

Amber House sounds really good, especially the writing style :) Great review!