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It's not just the house that's keeping secrets. Pretending everything's all right is harder than it sounds. But the Kings know that even if they told the truth about the bizarre things happening in their house, no one would believe them. They're hyper-focused on rescuing their lost family member before anyone finds out what's going on.But when a stranger shows up to take tIt's not just the house that's keeping secrets. Pretending everything's all right is harder than it sounds. But the Kings know that even if they told the truth about the bizarre things happening in their house, no one would believe them. They're hyper-focused on rescuing their lost family member before anyone finds out what's going on.But when a stranger shows up to take their house, their options start dwindling fast. Why would he be so interested in a run-down old place? And what secret is he hiding -- just as he hides the scars that crisscross his body? The mystery gets stranger with each passing day. Will the Kinds be able to find a way to harness the house's secrets and discover who is watching their every move before another gets snatched into an unknown world?...

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Watcher in the Woods Reviews

  • Brynn
    2019-05-21 20:49

    What if your house had more secrets than you did? That is exactly what our young heroes, Xander, David, and Toria, face in Watcher in the Woods by Robert Liparulo . In this high-action story you will be transported into a whole new world. This is a brilliant sequel to House of Dark Shadows that will leave you wanting more. Just moments after their mother was kidnapped a mysterious man appears in their dining room. He goes by the name of Taksidian. He tells them that he wants to buy the house from the Kings, though they don't want to give up the house because their mother is still trapped inside. They all face many problems throughout this book, one being the fact that Taksidian has set the whole town against the King family. He is telling everyone that Mr. King beats his children and that is the reason for their many injuries. They are also putting together a plan to find their mother in the house, which is a maze to the past. In addition to all of these problems David has met a new boy at school that is designated to bust the Kings and their mysterious secrets.From the author that brought you The House of Dark Shadows comes another chilling novel for those who love suspense and a little bit of mystery. Can the King children find their mother before she is lost in time forever?

  • Mark Kipper
    2019-05-20 00:16

    Watcher in the Woods has everything I like: action, adventure, suspense (lots of all three), characters I totally like, a nasty bad guy, mystery, twists & turns. I only wish it continued!! I thought the writing was great, very visual, like a movie. Honestly, I can't get enough of this guy and this story. I started reading the first book in the series, House of Dark Shadows, again, just so I could continue reading. I'm finding cool little details I missed before. I read one of Mr. Liparulo's earlier books and really liked it, as well. I think it's time to check out what else he has. But right now I'm partial to Dreamhouse Kings. Can't wait for book three, Gatekeepers. Oh, and a note to movie makers: this would make an awesome movie!!

  • Shannon McCarter
    2019-05-31 01:11

    Okay so here’s the thing; this book did do a better job of hooking me in to the story……. So why did my rating go down half a star? Well, the read was still rather dry and, honestly, so little happens that I almost jut think that it didn’t need to be its own book. House of Dark Shadows was intriguing because we didn’t know what was up, but Watcher in the Woods was just tedious and repetitive which is truly unfortunate because I still find myself wanting to know what is going to happen next. The story is still told in third person limited, but this time it’s told from David’s perspective. I wasn’t sure about it at first but as the story unfolded I began to see why the author did this; Xander was left pretty messed up after seeing his mom get kidnapped and didn’t always have the best judgment. David, however, managed to keep a level head and allowed us to see an unbiased view of the events. Watcher in the Woods picks up about an hour after the mother is taken and the whole book only takes place in the span of a few days. Here lies my problem; a lot happens and nothing happens in a short amount of time. It’s played out like all this crazy stuff went down, but once you cut out everything that was repeated and take out all the fluff that doesn’t have anything to do with the overall plot, you’re not left with much. I was also kind of disappointed in the ending but I will talk more about that in my spoiler video (the link is on my blog). Overall, this book was kind of under whelming; it wasn’t bad but it didn’t do all that much for me. I’m still on the fence about whether or not I want to continue with this series………. but if nothing else is available at the library, I probably will.(This review can also be found on my blog! The link is in my profile)

  • April
    2019-06-07 23:05

    very proud of myself finishing this book in way day. I love the idea of this story. It a complete different idea of normal story's that are kinda horror

  • Isabella Mancini
    2019-06-07 02:13

    The book Watcher in the Woods , by Robert Libarulo, is an action packed story, mainly written for teens. It takes place in present-day California in a town called Pinedale. The main characters, David, Xander, and their father live in a house that is different than most. It has portals which lead to different times in history. The story started by explaining that the mother was taken from them and that it was their fathers fault because he knew that the house was dangerous. I really enjoyed this book and I believe that anyone who wants to read a spooky, action novel should choose this book.Since the mom is gone, the author creates a lot of action in the story. Also, this incident started a major conflict between the oldest son, Xander, and his father. Xander refused to trust his dad and always reminded him that he was the reason their mom was missing. This book was very well written. It was because the author added some chapters that talked about another story within the same story, the assassin's, and later in the book the assassin was a new character but wasn't revealed the assassin until the last few chapters creating a hidden background for the new character. Also, the author had another story going on, three in total. This other story inside of the book was only written in some chapters, which made the reader really curious as to why these chapters were so important. In the end of the book, the boys had only just made a discovery about there mother and then the story ended, creating the ultimate cliffhanger. This really made me want to read the next book to find out if they will find their mother or not. The author uses similes and imagery to explain the oddness of the house. For example, in the book it states "The hallway lit up in that strange way that was becoming familiar to David: it was somehow different from other light, seeming to flicker like fire, without actually flickering at all"(Liparulo, 130). This simile describes the house because it makes the reader picture lights flickering like the flames of a fire, creating a spooky surrounding.Therefore, the book Watcher in the Woods , by Robert Libarulo is a perfect book to read around Halloween to put yourself in the eerie mood. The book was written fairly well, and used multiple literary elements, like similes, conflicts, and imagery. Thus, I found this book very enjoyable and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  • Deidre(Dee) ~ Official Bookworm ~
    2019-05-19 23:51

    This was such a great read. I’m definitely going to read the next instalment.

  • Melissa Van
    2019-06-05 20:00

    This book, Dreamhouse Kings Watcher in the Woods, is a book that is filled with mystery, suspense, and horror. It is well written and is a good book to read if you like haunted houses, mysterious people, and unexplainable events. The part of the book that captivated me was the very beginning. In the first lines the middle child, David King, is too young to die, but is in a situation in which dying young is a very big possibility. It tells you about how he is feeling, what is going through his head, and that he is in danger, but it does not tell you where he is or in what time era he is. There seems to be no hope him, no chance for him to escape, then it takes you to the events that lead up to that time and place. While reading this book I felt anxious, scared for the characters, and curious to what was going to happen next. In every chapter there would be something that would happen that would bring up the question “what is going to happen?” In one chapter David is “flying” but he sees someone in the woods outside his house and falls. His dad takes him to the hospital and immediately the doctor becomes suspicious of David’s father. In another chapter they are going through these doors that will lead anywhere and anytime. When they travel like this there is no telling what could happen and how dangerous it could end up being. My favorite line of the book is the very last line. Throughout this whole book the Kings have been looking for their mom, who was kidnapped and taken to another world. They have been searching and searching trying to find her and in the very last chapter the oldest says, “I found mom” (Liparulo 290). I was not able to predict the end of this book it was very surprising. In the last chapter they find their mom, however they could not bring her back with them. The reason this was so surprising is because this is only the second book, and there are many more books in this series, and I did not think they would find her this fast.

  • C.
    2019-05-28 21:56

    I saw a peer give three stars and exclaimed: “The covers are eerie and the description enticing. How can they not receive fives”? I see what was lacking. Those of us attracted to these covers want ghost stories but these aren’t paranormal. The tone resembles science fiction, the settings are often military or warlike plains; not to my taste. I have no interest in that ancient assassin living on Earth. Legal matters threatening the family are irritants to an adventure I was managing to enjoy, outside expectations. It is enough of a compromise to seek magical adventures from juvenile protagonists, because adult literature lacks suspenseful mysticism almost entirely.A Father urges his family to a particular town, where he can be principal. He pretends to be impressed with a property emptied by a family in the 1980s. Volume I takes a long time to trudge past ‘coming of age’ drama among the children, move in, and see ethereal phenomena. Despite my critiques, volume II garners four stars in recognition of it being exceptionally unique. A past caught me by surprise and a layered adventure moves briskly. It is emotionally tied to retrieving their Mother and I hope their Grandmother, too. I liked their plan to reconnoitre before using any portals but predicaments changed.Yearning for the ethereal may be appeased by their forest clearing. The family's buoyancy in that spot is neat and comes closer to mysticism. What I love best, is meeting an elderly man described as builder of their house! He is desperate to bestow unknown, urgent information and it will be exciting when we hear from him. He seems to lend the mysterious and magical angle we have wanted all along. The premise is saturated with threads precarious enough to drive it, without a City Hall imposition.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-23 23:54

    A good follow-up to the first in this promising horror-mystery series, though with not quite as much going on as the first book. Xander and David now know that their house isn’t just weird, it’s dangerous and frightening. Their mother has been kidnapped, and they and their father are absolutely determined to get her back. But that will involve the appearance of dangerous new opponents, risky plans, and more death-defying adventures into the bizarre portals in the upstairs hallway that lead to other times and places.The introduction of some possible villains ramps up the suspense, but without the mysteries of the house itself, it isn’t quite as riveting. David and Xander continue to be impressively real characters, with understandable reactions to their mother’s disappearance and their father’s approaches to rescue. I liked seeing a little more from David in this novel. More excursions into the portals would have made me happier; the book becomes very good whenever the boys enter the other worlds. There are a few issues with pacing; a lot of high points of action followed by downtime that seems slow even if it is important, but wicked ending cliffhangers make me determined to read the next book soon!

  • Shelby Huff
    2019-05-22 21:52

    Watcher In The Woods, is the second book in the series by the best selling author of, House Of Dark Shadows, they are both written by Robert Liparulo. This book is perfect for people who enjoy mystery, creepy, and/or thrill seeking fictional novels. This book is an interesting story of how love, hope, and sacrifice can help the Kings family escape their own house. The story is told with rich detail and awe inspiring ‘cliff hangers’ perfect for readers who like intense novels. It’s not just the house that’s keeping secrets. The Kings family, is strong, brave, intelligent, hopeful, and a family who has to keep many, many secrets, they must go on a quest to find their mother and wife. This journey may tear their lives away from them. In the conclusion of the book their decisions surprise all readers. Just because it’s different doesn’t mean that it’s good. The Dream-house kings series has captured the entertainment of readers across the globe, from young to old, readers have enjoyed the series and can’t wait for the next book, I myself am one of these readers. I can tell why readers love it, it is an intriguing, thrilling, and heartwarming novel that will pull you in.

  • Melissa Araujo
    2019-06-17 23:11

    Melissa AraujoAB-2 Jan-30-17BR #5 Watcher In The WoodsThe story begin with a boy named David and when he was little David lost his mom and someone took her. He doesn’t know who did it so his machine is to save her until it’s too late. Plus he really wants to save his mom really bad so they can get back together as a family. And David will have experience when he is going to save his mom. “When he was going to the next door it opened by itself. An eye inspected him,then it swung wide and he was pulled inside…” Plus it adds suspense in the story. The ache in David’s chest made him feel that his heart had turned into a plastic boy. This is clear that it is been told from David’s perspective.

  • Mithran
    2019-06-04 22:05

    The starting was kind of boring and I thought the conflict between Ed and Xander was over but it continued for a long time. I noticed that in this book it didn't talk about Xander's perspective and it talked about David's perspective more. I think that the part when they start flying was a waste knowing about it cause it didn't match any of the problems going on and it also didn't seem like it helped the story. Near the middle and end was the best, so thrilling and I can't wait to read the next book because Xander found his mom.

  • Bobbie
    2019-06-14 01:47

    I actually have the first two Dreamhouse Kings books in one edition and it was a really quick read for me. I could not put the book down! A great mystery with a twist of fantasy! I loved these stories so much that when I got to the end and realized I had to wait until January of 2009 for the next part of the story, I wanted to cry!

  • Jerry
    2019-05-23 23:49

    A Quickie ReviewAlmost like a video game in book form, this second book in a long series is full of excitement and suspense. I'm interested to see where the story goes from here; hopefully, I can get my hands on the remaining volumes...and soon.Score: 4/5

  • Lou
    2019-06-01 03:04

    Excelente, estupendo, brillante y todo lo que termine en "te"!!Desde luego, mucho mejor que el anterior.Reseña completa

  • Carissa
    2019-06-07 00:01

    Teen fiction has its place in my reading habits occasionally, but I do find that it can be a bit much. Like now. With Watcher in the Woods. I don't know. Maybe I hoped that it wouldn't be a book crammed into such a small amount of time. The entire story takes place over 3 days time. Plus, it's an extension of the 1st book in the series, House of Dark Shadows, which I really liked. It picks right up where the 1st book left off, so really, I've read 2 books and gone only about 5 days in the lives of these people. I don't really know them, don't really care about them, and we've had no real time for character development. I get that it's a side-effect from writing this type of story, but still, I was hoping for more.That said, the concept still remains clever. you have this old house that the local town feels is "haunted," but the truth is that the house has an entire 3rd floor lined with doors that lead to other worlds. David and Xander, the teenage sons of the newest homeowner, describe those doors as being part of a Ferris wheel, where the worlds change randomly but do come around again sometime in the future for you to enter again. It's a fascinating concept. And, of course, anyone who's read the 1st book remembers that the family's mother was kidnapped to one of those worlds. So this book is spent in a frantic panic developing a plan to find her while still maintaining the appearance of a normal life. Like I said, it's a fast-paced plot, boom, boom, boom. Stuff happens rapid fire.It's a fun concept and I'm sure a younger readership loves this series, and well they should. It's some of the best YA Christian fiction that I've ever read with maybe the exception of Frank Peretti. Still, it felt rather monotonous. Xander and David promise to be good and play by their father's rules regarding the portals, but then they break those rules. You know there's going to be repercussions later, but I would have given anything for the oldet boy, Xander, to have said something and meant it. Plus, way too much crying. I know guys cry. That's an important part of having a soft heart in my opinion, especially for believers, but David cries a lot. True, he's only twelve, but it felt a bit much to me. Of course he's also being shot at by soldiers from the Civil War so maybe that's a good enough reason to cry.Oh well, it's not Liparulo's fault that I just wasn't into this 2nd book in the series. It's a quick read, ideal for tween and younger teen readership. But I was happy to finish it so I could move on to something else.

  • Cal
    2019-05-20 03:13

    This book is by Robert Liparulo and Is a non-fiction book. This book is the second book in the series and is a decent book to read it wan't one of my favorite books but it also wasn't that bad. This book is about a family that just moved into the house and then realize that their mom is gone and after that they realize that their mom has disappeared into one of the doors in the house and then they were like well how would that happen and then they opened the door up and they notice that the doors go to all different periods in time. They really want to get their family member back so bad that they just start looking like crazy. But crazy things happen is the house so when they go outside their house there is a man outside and is interested in the house and they made the decision to let him in. But then they were thinking why was he out there and why did he want to come in. When the guy comes in weirder stuff happens and they wonder if the guy is doing anything. Read this book to figure out what happens. If I had to rate this book out of ten I would give it a 7. If you liked the book Long Walk To Water then you would like this story.

  • Tanya
    2019-06-15 01:11

    Ok, so I'm a little frustrated with this series. I'm interested in the story, but I just don't feel like it's very gripping. Like I'm interested enough to buy the next book & read it, but I'm annoyed that I'm still not wrapped up in the story.For one thing, I think that book 1 & 2 should have been edited & compiled into one book. Things moved way too slow in the first book & the second. I think I would have felt that gripping momentum I'm looking for if they would've been combined & all the major action that happened in the second book was in the first. The story & concept is really cool & I'm into it. But something just seems missing. The only reason why I'm reading the next one is because I wanna know what happens. But unless the third book is awesome, I may not continue the series. I think there are something like 6 books in it? Hopefully I won't feel like I could've read the series in a trilogy instead of 6 books.

  • Sarbjot
    2019-05-22 03:52

    So good. Too good to be true! This was an amazing story that I have read so far, the feels, just everything went so smoothly it was like page after page then, whoa your done. Not even realizing how much you have read. This. Was. Too. Much. To. Handle. Truly. I am truly speechless; all my emotions gone it's like they have been sucked out of my body and they haven't returned to me yet. Can't wait for part 3!!! Oh, and the covers leave me breathless. 5 stars!!!

  • Dawn
    2019-05-23 20:56

    I am hooked on this series! The author really does a great job of writing descriptively to keep you on the edge of your seat. The King's moved into a strange old house in the last book and Mom was kidnapped. Now they have an outside evil trying to get them out of the house. They are determined to stay to find their lost loved one.

  • Rick
    2019-06-19 02:00

    A house with doors that could lead you to anywhere at anytime. A yard that defies gravity. An evil that is always in pursuit. Dreamhouse Kings is a series that is creepy and yet wonderful. The book reminds me a little bit of the Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson, but with slightly darker overtones.

  • Nikki Musselman
    2019-06-17 20:07

    I LOVED it! I read it in less than 24 hours. Amazing.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-10 01:48

    Really enjoyed this series!

  • Talie
    2019-05-26 23:51

    Scary - new house haunted woods, not like the movie. Another world, another dimension with youth dryads.

  • Pearl Ann Curran
    2019-05-27 21:17

    An Interesting SeriesI went through the first two books of the six, like water. Kept wanting to see what would happen next.

  • Jodie
    2019-06-15 04:17

    Book reviewTitle: The Watcher in the WoodsAuthor: Robert LiparuloGenre: thriller/family/paranormalRating: ***Review: Watcher in the Woods picks up the eerie, engrossing story begun in House of Dark Shadows, which saw the King family move from Pasadena to the small town of Pinedale when their father Edward accepts the position of principal at the high school, and into a house with a dark history. From the first page of this Christian-published young adult novel we are plunged once again into the high intensity, rapid fire setting of the first. Liparulo cuts to the chase, providing a bare minimum of exposition in the first chapters to remind readers of where the story left us at the end of book one.This series is one that builds upon itself, adding question upon question, layer upon layer of mystery and uncertainly to the storyline, while revealing few answers. These titles do not stand-alone; each is an integral part of the story. Each book needs to be read in sequence in order to follow along.David and Xander, the King brothers, throw themselves fool-hardily into the search for their missing mother. Frustrated by their father’s lack of action they take matters into their own hands despite their father’s cautious prohibitions and warnings. This rebellion against their father marks the initiating of the downward spiral of the King family into the darkness that becomes more palpable throughout this title.The King family struggles to maintain a somewhat normal façade (with little success) when dealing with the townsfolk of Pinedale. Edward King starts his new job and the King siblings enter the school year in unfamiliar surroundings. Together the family embarks on a plan of deception, and outright lies to mask the disappearance of their mother. I was so dismayed to see this plan being carried out with little concern for the word of God. This is only book two of the series, but as the characters involved are professing Christians I hope to see God dealing with this blatant sin in their lives before the series comes to an end.Watcher in the Woods is not as cohesive a tale as the first book. Liparulo includes a lengthy scene which appears unconnected from any other events in the series to date. This odd scene seems only to serve as a respite from the relentless action. I am surmising that he will further explain the meaning of this incident in future books and is only starting to weave this thread through the story.New characters, mysteries and challenges arise but few are solved. The King family learns some rudimentary operations of the portals in their new home, but so much remains to be discovered. I feel that we are barely at the beginning of learning how and why the house and portals work, but this installment hints at a fuller explanation in the near future.While the ending of the first novel left us hanging with the disappearance of the King’s mother, it pales in comparison with the monstrous cliffhanger Liparulo works up to this time. Anyone who has taken a creative writing course can tell you that the climax ought to occur approximately 80 – 90% of the way through a story, leaving the author time to wrap up loose ends and come to a conclusion. You can’t expect that sort of formulaic tale telling with this series.A frenzy of action builds up to the climax, and Liparulo leaves us there with no conclusion. Three dramatic, time-sensitive events occur simultaneously at the end of the novel, bringing stress levels to a crescendo before cuting us off abruptly with the words “NOT THE END”. Whew, what a ride.

  • McKenzie
    2019-06-03 02:49

    i loved it

  • Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
    2019-06-07 23:13

    The King family is new to the small town of Pine Dale, California, and they are definitely not getting off on the right foot. Their new house, an old Victorian style that needs a lot of work, looks perfectly normal from the outside, albeit a little creepy. In reality, the house is anything but normal. Just a few days after moving in, the King children, Xander, David, and Toria, discovered the secret entrance to the third floor, a long hallway with lots of doors along either side. Each door on this landing is a portal to another place, and another time. These portals work both ways however, a fact that becomes painfully clear when a monstrous brute of a man comes in and kidnaps the kids’ mother, carrying her back through a portal with him.That all happened in House of Dark Shadows, book one in the Dreamhouse Kings series. Now, in Watcher in the Woods, the three children, and their father Edward, must search the portals and try to rescue their mother. Of course it won’t be easy, because the portals are always shifting, no door leads to the same place or time twice. Also, the portals always seem to lead to someplace very dangerous: war zones, gladiator battles, etcetera.If all that isn’t bad enough, author Robert Liparulo throws a few more monkey wrenches into the works. First and foremost is the mysterious Mr. Taxidian, who shows up rather suddenly trying to buy the old house. When Ed King refuses to sell, Mr. Taxidian takes stronger measures, trying to scare the Kings out by standing outside watching them at all hours of the day and night.Next problem on the list is the injuries. Members of the King family keep showing up with bruises, cuts, scrapes, and even broken bones, and some people in the town are beginning to think the household is unsafe for the children. This is helped along by the insidious Mr. Taxidian who seems to have an unusual sway over the town council.Finally, there is the even more mysterious figure of Jesse, an elderly man in a nursing home. Jesse wakes from a daydream one day muttering “The house doesn’t want them.” And other crazy things like that. Jesse becomes a bit more interesting when we discover that it was he who built the old house that the Kings now live in. Jesse seems very anxious to get to Pine Dale and warn the Kings about something, if only he can find someone to take him there.Robert Liparulo does a good job of introducing new conflicts to keep the story interesting. I confess that I thought Watcher in the Woods would be about the Kings exploring one portal after another in search of Gertrude, but that really isn’t what happened at all. That’s a good thing; nobody likes a story that is predictable.Joshua Swanson did a good job with the narration, just as he did with the first audiobook. Swanson is a popular voice-over artist, performing television commercials for advertisers such as McDonald’s, Midas, Hallmark, Lincoln-Mercury, Honda, and Baskin-Robbins.The next audiobook in the Dreamhouse Kings series is Gatekeepers and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m especially interested in learning more about Jesse; why he built the house, and how it became the way it is.Steven Brandt @ Audiobook-Heaven

  • Leigha Mclaughlin
    2019-05-30 04:03

    Watcher in the Woods by: Robert LiparuloReviewed by: Leigha McLaughlin The book that I read was a mystery about the Kings family and the strange things that occur in their new home. That’s one of the reasons that I really enjoyed the book was because I like mysteries. In the starting of Watcher in the woods Mrs. King had already been taken away since this is the second book. They had to go through portals in their house that lead back to the past. In the first book a big man came in and took her through one of the portals. Xander and David tried to stop the big man but it was no use. The Kings family had to look in these different rooms and find objects that had to do with the worlds they were going to see. They had to wear the clothes in order to go through the portal. When they were in danger the objects would pull them back to the portal so they could go home. They went in the portals in search of their mother. But it’s not as easy as it looks, while they are trying to look for their mom people are trying to kill them. I can kind of relate to the characters in my book because I know what its like to lose someone you really love and just want them back. The characters seemed very real, the older brother Xander was kind of the boss and told David and Toria what to do when their dad wasn’t around. David on the other hand is very emotional he seems to cry a lot in the book. I would probably do the same though if I was in his situation. Toria is quiet and just likes to have someone around her at all times (she hates being left alone). Their dad is like their ultimate leader, and wants to find his wife while keeping his kids safe at the same time. In the mean time this man that watches them from the woods wants to get them out of their house because he knows there is something special about it. The author’s style of writing is to keep the suspense going. He also is a serious writer I think that is why he is so good at writing mysteries. His voice is amazing in this book. I would probably give him a four. I like his voice because when one of the characters is supposed to be scared he shows it through not only words but the way he wrote it. His books are very interesting they keep me coming back to see what happens next. I always seem to find myself caught up in one of his books when I’m bored. I’m very lucky to have stumbled upon this book when I was at the book fair this year.In the first book I thought I wasn’t going to like the series. Most of the time I think that about all the books I start, but once I get to the good part I’m glad I stuck with the book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries. Can they find their mom before it’s too late or will they have to leave the house before they can get her back??Read the series and find out!

  • Caroline
    2019-06-10 20:13

    The first book was better. I give this three stars because, despite this being a frustrating read in some ways, there were still a couple good twists and I still wanted to know what would happen. So it's got a good plot overall, but I thought some of the characters' actions were frustrating or unconvincing. Why didn't they call the police the first time Taxidien walked into their house, before the town ever wanted them out of the house? You can't just walk unannounced into someone's house and demand they give it to you. That would probably seem shady to the town, too, no matter who you are.But more importantly, I'm so frustrated by the lack of action on their part. They spend a whole chapter making a list of stuff they need for their mission control center like its a game of pretend and not an actual rescue mission. I agree that they should go over to the other worlds thoughtfully and carefully, but still ASAP! It's been a week of dawdling; they've literally NEVER talked about an actual plan, aside from leaving messages, which will help Mom but not help them find her. They seem to work on the assumption that Mom will still be alive and is just being held somewhere, not that she's in immediate danger of possible dying.So in that sense, I can't blame Xander and David for being brash and going to try to find their mom. But how many times are they going to get antsy, decide to find Mom on their own, go over, almost die, immediately try to escape without doing/learning anything, escape, realize why Dad insists they not go in without a plan, vow not to go without Dad, then Dad drags his feet and doesn't do anything, thus making the boys get antsy again and start the cycle over? It was old after the second time. Ugh.I agree with another reviewer that this didn't need to be its own book. As an editor and as a reader, I'd say the editor and author could have cut 50% or more of this book and it would have been much better. Definitely felt like they were just trying to squeeze out an extra unnecessary book.Also, there are some weird gender things (like how they automatically tell Toria to make dinner once Mom is gone, though she's like, what, eight or ten maybe?). Also also, the part with the bully was so cliche and unrealistic that I actually rolled my eyes. That was a painful chapter or two.And yet, I'm still going to listen to the third book, so Liparulo apparently did something right. I just think he and his editor should have evaluated whether half of the book was adding anything (answer: it wasn't).