Amity by Micol OstowAmity by Micol Ostow


byMicol Ostow

Hardcover | August 26, 2014

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Here is a house of ruin and rage, of death and deliverance.
Here is where I live, not living.
Here is always mine.

When Connor's family moves to Amity, a secluded house on the peaceful banks of New England's Concord River, his nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons, destruction, and revenge. Dreams he kind of likes. Dreams he could make real, with Amity's help.

Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start. Instead, she's haunted by lurid visions, disturbing voices, and questions about her own sanity. But who would ever believe her? And what could be done if they did?

Because Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a violent end as she's done before.

Inspired by a true-crime story, Amity spans generations to weave an overlapping, interconnected tale of terror, insanity, danger, and death.

Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 40 published works for young readers. She started her reign of terror with Egmont with her novel family, which Elizabeth Burns named a favorite of 2012 on her School Library Journal-syndicated blog, A Chair, a Fireplace, a Tea ...
Title:AmityFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:362 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.13 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.75 × 1.13 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:Lerner Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1606841564

ISBN - 13:9781606841563

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 1 out of 5 by from More Questions Than Answers This book is 358 pages of "What the heck is going on inside this house?" Nothing about the plot is clear. There's a house that seemingly possesses a spirit and will of its own, which apparently has an unquenchable bloodlust, and a penchant for twisting the mind of one vulnerable person and turning them against their own family. But the question of how this house acquired such a malevolent spirit is never answered. Instead, there's a whole lot of mumble-jumble about buzzing and demons and some kind of "red room"; bones and blood and white scrapbook binders, oh my. Honestly, I'm about 99% convinced that every character in this book has some kind of mental issue. Except for maybe Gwen's dad; we met him once when they moved in and afterward he was just kind of gone, until the end. (I almost believed Amity ate him, or something.) I'm a casual believer in the thought that the scariest crimes have no motive, but in a case like this, you can't just hand me a book about a killer house and proceed to tell me nothing about its history. What's more, you can't introduce me to a family of psychopaths - rather, two psychopathic families - and tell me nothing about them other than the simple and obvious fact that they're a few fries short of a Happy Meal. I'd say I'm disappointed, but since my expectations going into this book were low anyway, I'll leave it at this: I'm not surprised, merely disgusted that I wasted my time.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from lame boring, not scary, tame and unoriginal. neither protagonists were interesting. there were maybe 1 or 2 pages that were interesting about the actually site. everything else was a slow dragging story with not much point. i sped through to start another book i was more interested in. the writing wasn't horrible, but it lacked originality and interest.
Date published: 2014-10-15

Editorial Reviews

"Amity is a fast-paced read filled with horror and suspense. Connor's family, looking for a fresh start from the troubles in their lives, move into a house named Amity. They were terrorized for 28 days before they left. Ten years later, Gwen's family also moves to Amity with similar results. Both teens have pasts that make them ripe for Amity's sadistic tendencies and she manipulates their minds to bend them to her will. From doors locking on their own to weapons appearing out of nowhere, the book has enough mystery and suspense to keep readers enticed. Adding further action would have kept the story flowing even more quickly, but readers looking for horror reminiscent of Stephen King or Jay Anson (Amityville Horror), will be intrigued by this entry. Recommended." -Library Media Connection