Amber House

Amber House

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ISBN-13: 9780545434171
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 675,823
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kelly Moore wrote the beginnings of the AMBER HOUSE series years ago, but it wasn't until her daughters Tucker and Larkin Reed found the manuscript and convinced her to work on it with them that it became a full-fledged trilogy. All three ladies reside in southern Oregon.



Kelly Moore wrote the beginnings of the AMBER HOUSE series years ago, but it wasn't until her daughters Tucker and Larkin Reed found the manuscript and convinced her to work on it with them that it became a full-fledged trilogy. All three ladies reside in southern Oregon.







Kelly Moore wrote the beginnings of the AMBER HOUSE series years ago, but it wasn't until her daughters Tucker and Larkin Reed found the manuscript and convinced her to work on it with them that it became a full-fledged trilogy. All three ladies reside in southern Oregon.

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Amber House 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
Shrouded in mystery and full of eerie adventures, Amber House captivated me from start to finish. I loved following Sarah and Richard through the house, exploring the many passageways in search of treasure. Learning about the deep, sorrowful past of the house through Sarah’s visions and her ancestor’s journal was just as riveting as the search for treasure and, truth be told, I adored everything about this novel. Sarah’s autistic brother, Sam, is my absolute favorite. His sheer energy and penchant for exploration, as well as his love for his sister, quickly endeared him to my heart. Though he’s just a small child, he added a lot of depth and character to the novel, and I am so glad the authors decided to create him the way they did. It’s hard to explain, but I think you’ll understand when you read the novel; he’s absolutely amazing. Richard was a dreamy addition to the novel, and I love that, like Sarah, he has special connections to the house, and more importantly, to Sarah. While I picked up that he is tied to the house very early on in the novel, I couldn’t put my finger on his ability until he blatantly stated what it was, and at that point, I nearly died, especially with the revelation it brought. This story is spun very well, and I honestly cannot wait for the sequel (but readers, rest assured, there is no cliffhanger in this novel and it could very well stand alone, but thank God it’s not going to!). Sarah’s mother, ever the rich snob, drove me absolutely batty, but without her antics and the crossing between rich and poor, I think the story would have fallen flat. The addition of high society characters and a love triangle or sorts made the story all that more interesting and, of course, the fact that the novel takes place in Maryland is another plus. Having visited many of the places described in the novel, I felt an even deeper connection with the characters and plot—I just love when that happens! I did not like the “Good Mother” spider, though. Not one bit… but I am also under the impression that this spider is a figment of the authors’ imaginations. At least, I hope she is, because if not, I’m in a world of trouble. I did Google the spider to see if she existed after I was creeped out of my mind while reading, but to no avail. I tweeted one of the authors about the spider as well and am wating to hear back... and I'm just dying to know! Especially when Richard says that these spiders are native to the area (meaning MD) and aren’t on the West coast, where Sarah is from… I mean, what a way to give a girl a heart attack as she’s reading the novel in the dead of night… suddenly I felt like a billion little spiders were in my bed with me… (Update--I heard back from the authors and the Good Mother does NOT exist... thank God). But moving on from all that creepy spider talk, I want to live in Amber House. I don’t necessarily want the abilities that Sarah has, though it is pretty cool, but I’d love to even just visit the place… it sounds so magnificent, with its sheer size, not to mention the maze it totes, or the stables and dock… I really want to live here. Too bad it doesn’t exist (right?).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was amazing i absoloutly could not put the book down..... completely recomeded
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
Amber House is a unique and captivating debut from the mother/daughter trio, Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed. According to their website, Moore was inspired by her own family history and began to write. Once her daughters joined in the venture, Amber House became an actual novel. Considering the story of the house and the women in it, I think it is perfect that this book was written by two generations of women. This is a beautiful story, and I cannot wait for the sequel (I was so happy when I learned this is part of a trilogy). Every character in Amber House is complex and fully developed. I enjoyed learning about all of them, even if I didn't particularly like everyone *coughRichardcough*. I simply adored Sammy, and I love how the authors created an intelligent autistic character who is easy to relate to. With the history of the family's insanity and how people judge Sammy, these writers are opening up a dialogue about autism, and that is very important. I applaud them for taking a stand for autistic people.  Sarah is also a fantastic character. She's not perfect. She's bratty and silly at times, just like any teenage girl, but overall, she is mature, strong, and likable. I enjoyed reading things from her point of view, and even though I wanted to smack her once or twice, she isn't an annoying character.  Her mother, on the other hand, is a piece of work. However, the more I got to know about Anne, the more I understood why she acts the way she does. It doesn't excuse her behaviors, but it does explain them. I would have liked to have seen more of Sarah's dad.  The two love interests are very different, but neither is broody or obnoxious. I didn't like Richard because he just seemed a bit slimy to me. Being a politician's son, he can't be the most honest kid around. Jackson is a dreamboat, though. I really love his character. He's extremely strong and caring, but not whiny and fluffy. I hate fluffy guys. You guys know what I mean by fluffy, right? Edward Cullen like? Crying at the drop of a hat? Yea, I don't like that.  The plot itself is insane! I don't know how the authors kept track of what was going on. This book is fast paced and complicated. However, I was able to follow the events just fine. There is just a lot going on. The writers do an excellent job of explaining the time travely type stuff, though, and I actually understood it. Normally with time travel books, I just ignore the explanations and go with it because physics is not my forte. This story line doesn't have much action, but it has tons of suspense. I couldn't put this book down!I had to figure out the mysteries of Amber House and its inhabitants (both past and present). I was hooked from the beginning, and the ending simply left me wanting more. I cannot wait for the sequel. Yes, I know I already said that, but it needed to be said again.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a different type of paranormal story. Amber House focuses on a lot of different ideas, but they all come together nicely. I enjoyed the contemporary problems being brought into a paranormal book. The synopsis doesn't do this book justice. You have to give it a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Its honestly one of the best books i have ever read! Tons of suspence and a beautiful plot i cant wait for the second book coming out january 7th I loved the charactors i cant even pick a favorite maybe sarah or richard or jackson or sammy, so hard to decide! The book was paced perfectly and beautiful i was on the edge of my seat the entire time SHEER PERFECTION A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!
book_lady1 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing, chilling, unforgettable read. I absolutely LOVED it! From start to finish, it was impossible to put down. I even had a hard time reading this at night during some parts of the book. I usually don't get creeped out that easy when reading, but I will admit, this had me peering around my room at night catching glimpses of things that weren't there! To me, this book was a little bit of The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (we read this in 6th or 7th grade) and The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley. Sarah Parsons grandmother passes away so her and her family travel from Seattle to Maryland to settle her estate. Sarah soon finds out that she has a gift, a gift that she's not sure that she really wants at first. When she touched family heirlooms, she can see glimpses of the past. With the help of new friend Jackson, she learns the gift isn't all that bad. She finds out things about her family that her mother and grandmother never told her about. Some things she wished she never knew. Soon Sarah finds herself in a race against time to save her little brother, Sammy, who is alive, but has lost his soul inside the house, Amber House. Does she save him? Or is she too late? **Spoiler** There are some shady characters in this story. I never quite trusted Richard, the handsome son of the senator. His family is a mystery and Richard has quite a temper. There wasn't much light shed on his family, just that his mom left and she never quite liked Sarah's mom, but she has always been intrigued with the Amber House. Later she wants to buy the house with all the furnishing and heirlooms. You also see in one os Sarah's echos her great grandmother, Fiona, might have had an affair with a gentleman that looks a lot like Richard. So I think something is going on there. Sarah's mom, Annie, has a secret sister that she never talked about. So naturally, when Sarah finds out about her through yet another echo, she's curious and quite upset she never knew about her. Hopefully in the second book we will find out more about the past and what happened with these other characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasnt to sure about this book at first.But then it got so good I could't stop reading it.The characters are very unique and original in my opinion.The plot was easy to follow and original.I strongly recommend this wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i read it 2 years ago and couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absoulute must have! Can't wait fir the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly amazing and when Richard and Sarah kissed,omg. And when Sarah learned that the treasure didn't exist. Then she fell for Richard.......I love this book soooooooo much read it please it's so good that my grandma is even reading it thanks for reading my rate and review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great an kept me reading till the end! Although, the end was a bit confusing...did everything just suddenly not happen? It was as if they went back in time... oh well. This just makes me want to read the next book in the trilogy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning of the story was like snoozefest so i skipped to the middle/almosr end. Love,love, LOVE Richard and Jackson- totes dreamy. Sarah's mom made me go " are u kidding me like wtp( what the popsicles?)" Spoiler:Richard and Sarah fall for each other but Richard thought that Sarah liked Jackson and when Sarah got Sammy back, she also got her aunt Maggie back and somehow messed up the space/time continueum or something( did i spell that right?) Anyways they all go back to the day that Sarah's gram dies but oddly enough dont remember a thing. Weird. Btw what did Richard so bluntly state about his ties to the house? This should be a movie. Get really hot blokes to play Richard and Jackson and maybe Bridget Mendler to play Sarah. And note to everyone who hates Richard: you are a bunch of tossers. :D
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Upon starting this book I was chilled by some of the paranormal actvities. I decided to stick with it and was thrilled to discover a world unlocked. This book made me laugh, gave me shivers and goose bumps, and at the end brought many tears to my eyes. I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel! I finished this book in the matter of a few hours and simple could not put it down but not a good book to read for those prone to nigjtmares for this is a haunting story!!
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KaribbeanIsland1 More than 1 year ago
**4.5 Stars** MY OVERVIEW: I always get nervous when I see books written by multiple people. Generally the book doesn’t have a continuous flow to it. However, Amber House did! I really liked the story and can’t wait for more. PROS: Hmm… favorite character… can I pick three? : ) Sarah, Jackson, and Sam were all awesome. Sam is soooo cute! I love how the authors gave him that sweet innocence. Sarah was written beautifully. I loved how the authors made her struggle with her powers. Does she accept them? Does she try to ignore them? CONS: I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. I almost wish it hadn’t gone the way it did, but I understand why and how it is part of Amber House’s “magic”. Ugh. Sarah’s mom is awful, but I guess that should kind of go under a pro, since she was written to where you aren’t supposed to like her. MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I have to wait until December for the next book?!?!?!? Darn. This is what I get for reading a great book right away. Now I have to wait, patiently I guess, for Neverwas to come out. Please hurry!