Amber House #1
Release Date: October 1st, 2012
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Genre: Young Adult > Paranormal > Ghosts
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"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.
Can we just take a moment to admire this deliciously creepy cover? I'm sure lawn mazes were created to creep people out.
I read Amber House for the first time last year in October as part of my Halloween Challenge and it wasn't as creepy as I thought it would be --- okay there was one or two super creepy parts but everything else was okay! I didn't have nightmares or anything! Always a good sign, right? But overall, this read fascinated me.
There's something going on with The Amber House and Sarah's friend Jackson claims there's hidden jewels. But as they go searching for them, the house starts telling its story and things start to unravel. Secrets kept are now secrets told and piecing everything together was the fun part!
The characters were definitely ones to remember. I loved Sarah's relationship with her brother and her dad. And the friendship between her and Jackson. I didn't like Sarah's mom and how fake she was or how she never told Sarah anything about the house.
I also didn't like how unclear the ending was, I suppose it's because it's part of a series. It won't be long before the rest of the tales are uncovered!
Overall I enjoyed this read much more than I thought I would and I'm anxious to pick up the next book in the series!