by Micol Ostow


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606841563
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 538,482
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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 Cozy. Micol's graphic novel, So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), was named a 2009 Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth Selection, a Booklist Top Ten Religion Books for Youth Selection, and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and currently teaches a popular young-adult writing workshop through

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Amity 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jackidayy More than 1 year ago
DO NOT BUY! The book is a complete rip off of The Shining just a poor version! The plot down to the very end of the book. How is this not illegal?!
byLuluwithLove More than 1 year ago
I should begin by saying that the low, two star rating has more to do with my expectations going into the book, rather than the book itself. Unfair? Possibly, but when you work at creating a tie between your story and an actual, well known story/urban myth, then you open yourself up to be judged by these expectations. Amity features alternating point-of-view chapters, the first focused on child sociopath Connor, who moves into Amity with his family ten years before our second narrator, Gwen. Through their shared experiences, we uncover the secrets of the Amity house, yet its nothing new or exciting or horrifying. Most of the alternating chapters are simply regurgitating what the previous one touched upon. If we had seen it through a different angle, it would have made more sense. But we don’t. We see Connor having nightmares that wake him at 3:14am, we then see Gwen having nightmares at 3:14am. Connor sees a strange creature going into the boat house in the middle of the night. Following chapter, Gwen sees a strange creature going into the boat house in the middle of the night. There are differences between the narratives at times, but they are few and far between. Then, there’s the horror, or lack of, in Amity. We hear about all of these things that have poisoned the earth at Amity, have created such a toxic and evil environment that it infects all of its inhabitants forever. But we never see it. The only “scary” things we see are the swarm of flies/wasps that attack on one occasion, the possible cryptid sighting, animal corpses, one attempted drowning, and one allusion to familicide. Yes, it’s meant to be a young adult book, but there is so much more that could be done within the confines of that age group that weren’t. The setting, which at first seemed ominous, just grew boring by the end of the first third of the book. Maybe young tweens might like the book and find it scary, but above twelve, I find it hard to believe readers haven’t been exposed to better horror in either literature or cinema. /I received this title for free in exchange for an honest review/
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
If you’ve seen any of the Amityville Horror movies, then get any expectations you have of this book out of your head right now. This is not a retelling. It’s an entirely different story about two very damaged teens.  I mentioned in one of my recent reviews that I’m a horror fanatic, and Amity is simply another YA attempt at horror that didn’t do anything for me. But, where some other YA horror books make use of cheap, slasher-movie techniques to entertain the reader, Amity offers a few imaginative disturbing events. The really terrific thing about Amity is that it is well-written, eerie, and an unbelievably quick read. I finished it in half a day.  Forget about character development or a plot with a twist. This book is void of that and I felt the story could’ve been fluffed out a lot more. What Amity lacks in the aforementioned, it makes up for with suspense and creepiness. I liked how the two main characters – even though they’re both damaged beyond repair and ended up with the same fate – each had their own distinct voice. The one is outright psychopathic, and the other fragile and possibly delusional. Surprisingly, the one character I liked the most at the start happens to be the one that got the least amount of attention – Gwen’s brother, Luke. I would’ve liked to see more about how the house affected him. One minute he’s a sweet, loving brother, and the next minute – boom! – he forms a love affair with an axe and starts sleeping in the smelly basement. The rest of the characters were all just used as props. I wanted to know how the house affected Gwen’s parents - her father is barely mentioned – and how it affected Connor’s parents. It seems as though only the kids, and Gwen’s *psychically sensitive* aunt was traumatized by the Amity house.  I know that this is a YA novel, but can the adults be discarded so completely? The only adult theme herein is Connor’s mother and six-year-old brother being abused by his father. Are you seriously saying the house didn’t creep either set of parents out? Another question I was left with at the end is what happened to the house in the ten years between these two families? If each family only lived in Amity for twenty-eight days, what happened in the ten years between? Did the house remain empty, or did other families live there? I guess I’ll never know.  All in all, Amity is not a terrible read. If you’re a horror fan, this book will not keep you awake at night, but it has a few chilling scenes that might give you the shivers.  *I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. Thank you, Egmont USA!    
COBauer More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Amity was crazy good--and unexpectedly so. Once I found some time to dig in, I couldn't put it down. Ended up staying up all night finishing the book. Think Amityville Horror meets American Horror Story. I loved the way the parallel stories gave you two very different views of the home and its effects on its inhabitants. Was glad this wasn't a direct re-telling of the original story. I felt this author brought something fresh and new to the tale, while still hitting the plot points that make fans of the original story go: "Yes! I remember that!" The pacing was great. Not a dull moment or a bit of time wasted. Only criticism I had was the formatting, which I think had to do with the fact that this was a super early draft (ARC). Had some trouble following which character was speaking near the end and some of the thoughts the house was planting in the character's minds. Will prob grab a peek at the final copy once it's published to see how it turns out.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Amity tells the story of two separate families, 10 years apart. They buy a cheap home, not knowing the history it has. Both families completely different but both sharing a similar fate.   I think nearly everyone knows the Amityville story. I remember watching the movie from behind my hands!! Lol. Its one scary movie. Well Amity has some of the scare factor. The first family we meet is Connors. They move into the house because it was cheap and their father is laying low after some shady dealings. His father is a tyrant who beats his mother and I really really disliked him!!!! (That's being polite) Anyway, Connor only really gets on with his twin Jules. He is a trouble maker and quite frankly very scary. He has always been OK with creepy things and is one of those people who you want to keep your pets away from!!  When he moves in he starts getting more and more withdrawn and spends a lot of the time in the basement and out in the boathouse.  Then 10 years later Gwens family moves in. The minute she sees the house she knows something is up. The house is giving off menacing vibes but that cant be she ignores it because its just a house, right? Things start happening and Gwen starts seeing things and feeling things but no one believes her. Will she survive the house or will it get to her like it got to Connor?  When I saw Amity I knew I had to read it. The blurb was intriguing enough and it has been years since I saw Amityville so I thought that this would be scary without being too scary! Well I was right. It was creepy and at times spine tingling but not overly so. I loved how the story was told from two different families because we see very different reactions to the same kind of things. Connor feels connected to the house whilst Gwen feels the opposite. Amity affects both families in different ways. I also loved how the author made the house feel like a physical sentient.  He made it so the house was a living thing. It was very very creepy!!!!  Overall Amity is a creepy book. Its not very scary but it does have a little scare factor. It was fast paced enough to keep me turning the pages. I loved the Amity back story but do wish it was explored a bit more though. It was fascinating and very eerie. I flew through the book and did enjoy it and Ill definitely check out more by this author. 
eternalised More than 1 year ago
When I started reading Amity, I thought at first it would be a retelling of the original events that happened in Amity. I mean – who hasn’t heard of the Amityville Horror? Instead it’s a story inspired by the events, but not exactly retelling them. I’m cool with that, because I already knew how the Amityville events end, and at least in this story, I had no clue how it would end. The story involves two seperate timelines. Connor and his family move to Amity, and soon enough, Connor starts having nightmares about demons, destruction, and darkness. However, Connor has always been an oddball, and he’s not as scared of the nightmares as a regular person would be. He has trouble feeling emotions, feeling love, and he kind of likes those dreams. Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity, into the same house, after Gwen is recovering from a psychotic break. While she thought she had it under control, as soon as she steps into the house they bought at Amity, she has visions of corpses and other horrbile things. With two timelines interlapsing, and two emotionally-damaged characters playing the main parts, it’s no wonder that Amity is an intriguing book. Not only are the characters highly complex, they also have intriguing background history. The house itself is so horrific and twisted it almost feels like a character all on its own. One of the best haunted house books I’ve read in a while. The book focuses not only on the potential haunting of the Amity house, but on the descent into madness from both characters as well – each of them in their own way, leaving it in the middle whether the Amity house is truly haunted, or the characters are. The Connor timeline was my favorite. If you’re a fan of YA horror, Amity is the one book you shouldn’t excluse from your list. Go read it, like right now. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.