House of Dark Shadows is the first book in the Dreamhouse Kings series. I enjoyed the imagery the author uses and the trueness to the emotions of the characters. However, I do think that as far as a young adult novel goes it may be a bit to much. Some of the themes that are present in this book may be a bit scary for a younger young adult reader to handle, older to late teens it may be fine for but still scary. I thought as an adult that this book was pretty scary and I have read normal adult horror authors.
The characters are young and vibrant. You can feel their energy coming off the pages and their emotions. I think that’s what makes it so real for the reader. The plot moves at a steady pace and there is plenty of jittery excitement to be had.
Dream house . . . or bad dream?
When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.
But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.
They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.
Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.