Dreamhouse Kings

8 years ago
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I must confess that I've slacked off on everything I'm supposed to be blogging about. I haven't been cooking much (although I did make my own spaghetti sauce for the first time the other day), and I haven't been reading at all.

That changed yesterday when I finally picked up my mom's copy of House of Dark Shadows - the first installment of Robert Luparulo's Dreamhouse Kings series.

As of around 1pm this afternoon, I've read all 5 of the books that have been released (the sixth and final installment of the series, Frenzy, will be released next month).

Talk about not being able to put a book down! I read the first three last night and the last two this morning (yes, I really did read them that fast).

The King family (Mom, Dad, Xander, David, and Toria) move into an old Victorian house that has a secret: it houses portals to different time periods and places. The action begins when Mom is kidnapped and taken through a portal, but they have no idea which one she ends up in or how to get her back.

From BN.com:

Dream house . . . or bad dream?

When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.

Luparulo's writing effortlessly draws you into the story until you can't distinguish where you end and the story begins. The cliffhanger endings leave you dangling on tenterhooks. And through all of it, what really stands out in the series is the sense of family - that in order to survive, everyone must work together and stay together.

I wholeheartedly recommend these books for people of all ages.