Series: The Amber House Trilogy, #1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Gothic Mystery
Publication Date: October 1st 2012
Goodreads Summary: “I was sixteen the first time my grandmother died . . .”
Sarah Parsons has never seen Amber House, the grand Maryland estate that’s been in her family for three centuries. She’s never walked its hedge maze nor found its secret chambers; she’s never glimpsed the shades that haunt it, nor hunted for lost diamonds in its walls.
But all of that is about to change. After her grandmother passes away, Sarah and her friend Jackson decide to search for the diamonds–and the house comes alive. She discovers that she can see visions of the house’s past, like the eighteenth-century sea captain who hid the jewels, or the glamorous great-grandmother driven mad by grief. She grows closer to both Jackson and a young man named Richard Hathaway, whose family histories are each deeply entwined with her own. But when the visions start to threaten the person she holds most dear, Sarah must do everything she can to get to the bottom of the house’s secrets, and stop the course of history before it is cemented forever.
This book was… incredible.
I cannot believe how much I loved this. I had the pleasure of borrowing this book from my wonderful friend, Angie, and I don’t regret it at all.
I had first started reading Amber House as a “relaxing” book to kill time with. WOW WAS I WRONG! Amber House was much more than that.
The story revolves around Sarah Parsons and what happens after her grandmother died. Her grandmother was the owner of long standing, shrouded & mysterious family estate, called Amber House. The house has a lot of history and secrets that neither Sarah nor her family knows. She can’t explain why she’s seeing flashes from the past everytime she touches an object, except that it’s maybe from her imagination. But what if it isn’t in her imagination? What if the past and the future are catching up to each other, and Sarah is the only one that knows how to fix it? Sarah needs to find out soon, before it’s too late.
This was… AMAZING . I didn’t think this was my kind of read, and it turns out it really was. For me to like a book with this kind of premise, there has to be a set of rules to follow:
1- Likable main characters
Decent storyline. Strike that, captivating storyline.
3- Good transitions between past and present moments
4- Plenty of eerie moments
5- Plot twists and turns
6- Small or lack of cheesyness.
7- A good romance can be (optionally) thrown in as well
Guess what? This book had it all! The main character, Sarah, was easily relatable to, Sam was just to adorable, Jackson was just.. wow. The secondary characters were all easily likable, and the ones that you were supposed to dislike, you did.
The storyline was captivating from the very first page. I knew I’d like the book as soon as I started reading it. I’ve always loved the idea of ancient houses and family history
(since I basically have none) and just because of that I thought that it was pretty good.
I didn’t feel like the book was “all over the place” with all the different elements that were being played out, which is something that not too many authors can achieve.
Those plot twists! I was reading this book in class, when I yelled out a few choice words that I’m not particularly proud of… This book was THAT emotionally thrilling for me.
What reeled me in and kept me there? The eerie-ness. I remember the way my skin crawled every time something “creepy” happened. I LOVED that it wasn’t something that had been played out thousands of times, but original and refreshing “creepy” moments.
The romance in this book was pretty low-key, but good. I knew I’d love the main interest from the very first moment, because he was just what the main character needed. HOW did I know this, you ask? Because you see, dear reader, after reading a book for 100 pages, I can PREDICT if I’m going to like the main interest or not, and guess what? I LOVED Jackson from the very begginning. The romance wasn’t shakily built and there was virtually no amount of “cheeze” which is what I usually hate.
Now, that ending was just too mindblowing. I had to put down the book and actually take deep breaths before I actually read that last paragraph. I feel like THAT’S the ending I was waiting for, even if I didn’t know it yet.
I know that there’s a sequel to this book ( which I cannot wait to read! ), but I’m pretty happy with how this actually ended. I can’t wait to see what other “mysteries” await for me in that book, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for the release.
Amazing read, something I’d definitely recommend.
Rating: 5 stars
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