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The house talks. It breathes. And it's hungry. The Kings have been in the creepy old place, their new home, for only a few days, but they've experienced enough terror to last a lifetime. And the mystery is growing even more baffling. Shadowy and shifting, the big house conceals doors into other worlds that blur the line between memories and dreams?and the slightest misstep can change history forever. At least, that's if they believe the trembling old man who shows up claiming to know them. "There's a reason you're in the house," he tells them. "As gatekeepers, we must make sure only those events that are supposed to happen get through to the future." The problem is that horrors beyond description wait on the other side of those gates. As if that weren't enough, the Kings are also menaced by sinister forces on this side?like the dark, ancient stranger Taksidian, who wants them out now. Xander, David, and Toria must venture beyond the gates to save their missing mother?and discover how truly high the stakes have become.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Thomas Nelson, 2009.
ISBN: 9781418572099
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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DBRL_KrisA Oct 17, 2018

Again, a decent continuation of the series, but - again - not as much action as I would have liked, considering the subject matter.
Speaking of the subject matter, the marketers of this series are trying so hard to sell it as teen horror, but there's really very little spookiness to the books. Yes, there is Phemus, the Neanderthal-like henchman of the main villain, and there is the main villain himself, but he's mostly just your basic time-traveling assassin with a plan to take over the world. He's not Bram Stoker-spooky, or Clive Barker-creepy.
In this third book, we're introduced to Jesse, who has information about the history of the house, and the reasons it's doing what it's doing. But he can't tell the King family about it yet, because... ? Things keep happening, and boy, Jesse's head is all muddled because he's old, and boy it sure is good to see you boys finally, etc., etc. It's an obvious ploy by the author to stretch things out a bit before revealing the story behind the story, and it's frustrating and annoying.
A couple of final notes:
While my local library shelves this as Young Adult, I feel like it could be enjoyed by juvenile readers, too. There are war scenes, with at least some discussion of death and people being killed (though I don't *think* anyone is actually killed in the scenes), but overall it feels like the books are written for younger readers.
I think I mentioned this in a previous review, but if not: Liparulo writes from a clearly Christian religious background, and the publishing imprint, Thomas Nelson, is a company with a long history of publishing Christian-themed content. There is prayer, and occasional reference to God and God's will, and other religious references. It's not shoved down the reader's throat, and it doesn't get in the way of the story (at least not yet); I only mention it so that, if that sort of thing bothers you, you can avoid the series.

Jan 28, 2014

The books just get better with the series! o my goodness!!


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