Amber House by Kelly MooreAmber House by Kelly Moore

Amber House

byKelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed

Paperback | August 27, 2013

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"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 or found its secret chambers; she's never seen the shades that haunt it, or hunted for lost diamonds in its walls.

But all of that is about to change. After her grandmother passes away and her family moves in, 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.

KELLY MOORE wrote the beginnings of The Amber House years ago, but it wasn't until her daughters TUCKER REED and LARKIN REED found the manuscript and convinced her to work on it with them that it became a full fledged book. Tucker attends the University of Southern California, while Larkin is a freshman at St. John's College. All three...
Title:Amber HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.02 × 5.28 × 0.72 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545434173

ISBN - 13:9780545434171

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really liked this Sarah is almost 16 years old when her grandmother, who she really didn't know very well, dies. She, her mother and her younger brother, Sammy (who is mildly autistic) all head out to Maryland from Seattle for the funeral and to sell the estate, Amber House. However, while there, both Sammy and Sarah form a strange attachment to the house. Sarah partners up with Jackson, the grandson of Rose, who was a good friend of Sarah's grandmother, to search Amber House for the rumoured treasure hidden somewhere. But weird things are happening, as Sarah seems to have some kind of odd connection with some of her women ancestors who lived in the house... I really liked this, overall, but wasn't crazy about the ending, which left me slightly confused. However, it wasn't enough for me to lower my rating. I really liked Sarah and Sammy's relationship. It is meant to be a trilogy, and I will continue on.
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark gothic good fun 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
Date published: 2012-10-04

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From Amber HouseWild with relief, I turned. The attic door was closed. Jackson left it open; I know Jackson left it open. I could sense, could feel, that whoever had climbed the stairs was now standing just beyond that closed door. Standing; not moving; not speaking. Not helping.Behind me, the sound of chain sliding over wood.I felt so cold, so squeezed, I could hardly draw in breath. A tear oozed like blood from the corner of my eye.I made myself turn. I made myself look.A woman stood in the shaft of moonlight. She was all darkness to me, back-lit by the window. I could see thick curls of black hair, the curves of muscled arms, a shapeless drape of translucent gown. All motionless. A spider ran down a lock of her hair, and air escaped me in the smallest gasp. I wanted to shove my fist in my mouth to stop the scream rising in my throat.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Amber House* "Lush descriptions and an intricate plot drive this intense tale, which straddles the lines between magical realism, fantasy, ghost stories, and horror, with a touch of romance and classic glamour. The result is something rich, strange, and utterly fascinating." -Publishers Weekly, starred review* "Swift plotting combines with vivid, cinematic prose to make this gothic tale compulsively readable, and an unexpected ending elevates the story beyond the genre . . . Complex, elegant, and haunting, this is a book that deserves to be read in one sitting." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review"Move over Bella Swan: Sarah is a strong, admirable character who'd rather speak her mind than sulk and sigh over some hot guy. Richly woven, with depth and swift plotting that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels." -Kirkus Reviews