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Amber House


Amber House is a YA supernatural novel by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed.

Arriving at the sprawling, centuries old Amber House in Maryland for the first time to attend a funeral for her grandmother, whom she barely knew or met, Sarah Parsons can’t help but be awestruck. It’s magnificent, and it’s a part of her family’s legacy that apparently her mother has no interest in whatsoever.

Yet with help from her sweet baby brother Sam, he and Sarah convince their mom to let them stay at Amber House as she works to sell it for the best price possible.

There are mazes to get lost in, revelations to be found, and so many places to explore. Jackson, an enigmatic boy her age that knew her grandmother far better than she, tells tales of hidden diamonds and leads a hunt for them in their downtime.

Meanwhile, Sarah’s not minding the company as she grows closer to handsome, wealthy Richard who introduces Sarah to a life of society functions and privilege.

However, it doesn’t take long before Sarah begins to have visions at Amber House. Glimpses of the past, some good, some terrible. And she’s starting to wonder if there’s a reason she’s seeing these things, besides possibly being crazy…

Holy Toledo, this was excellent!!! I LOVED Amber House!!!

This was a perfect, spooky, “haunted house” novel with very well-written, likable lead! Sarah is the type of teen girl character I love – she has hobbies, opinions, and self-respect. She’s not whiny, mean, or hateful. Her faults are believable and make her real. The fact that she adores her autistic little brother only helps make her awesome!

Another thing I felt was fantastic about Amber House – the secondary characters! Complex, mysterious, three-dimensional, and giving further depth to the story, I was extremely impressed!

Whether haunted, magical, or what have you – Amber House is infused with so much family history, secrets, and supernatural energy that it vibrates with intrigue! There’s humor, thrills, chills, romance, and a level of family relations that is done so well – it’s kind of the whole package!

An increasingly suspenseful vibe runs through this intelligent, gothic, absorbing thriller, and with shocks, twists and romance, I was a happy camper!

Apparently this is to be a trilogy, and with an end like Amber House gave, I’m glad! The next book is to be called Neverwas, but sadly I don’t know when it’s going to be released.

Once you read Amber House, I think you’ll agree… it needs to be SOON!!!

*Please forgive the exuberance of exclamation points; my enthusiasm got the best of me.

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