Book Review: Amber House by Kelly Moore, Larkin Reed & Tucker Reed

Amber House (Amber House, #1)

Goodreads synopsis: “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.

Author: Kelly Moore, Larkin Reed & Tucker Reed

Pages: 368 pgs

Format: Hardcover

My Rating:


My Thoughts

Prior to reading Amber House, I had to get a feeling of what sort of book it was, so I went onto Goodreads and checked out the synopsis. The synopsis got me good but then I started to read the reviews and there were some negative thoughts about it. I thought to myself “who cares about the review, I like the cover AND the blurb so I’ll read it”. And I’m glad I did, because this book was unique, It was a simple read but the concepts of the “echoes” and the history of Amber House was quite confusing for. I had to sort of adjust to Sarah’s new world with her mother’s family and how the connection links with her family’s history.

I liked it a lot. The love triangle thing was a bit cliche, but I’m happy that Sarah finally realized who she wanted to be with. The mother was a bitch and I disliked her for treating her own family like shit. But after reading the history behind the house, I finally understood why she was protective over Sam and why she couldn’t search for him but Sarah could. Also understood why she wanted to sell the house and everything in it. There were too many bad memories, not enough good memories. 

I really like how the authors implemented the idea of “echoes” and the gifts Sarah, Jackson and Sam had. I mean the stories do sound familiar to psychic abilities, but for some reason I found that this book was different. I think because its based on one thing (the Amber House and the Parsons family history), it doesn’t sort of continue with different cases. There were parts where I was really scared for Sam.Each chapter got me sitting at the edge of my sit. It was a beautiful read.

“Sometimes people with the worst pasts end up creating the best futures.”


Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout (Lux Series #3)


Opal (Lux, #3)

Goodreads Synopsis: 

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pages: 382 pgs

My Rating: ♦♦♦ stars

My Thoughts

Third book into the Lux Series and I’m actually liking it. But with every book there’s always something negative to say about it unless it’s Harry Potter, hehehe ;). So as you can see, I’m sort of rearranging my layout of my reviews now. I wanted to amp it up a bit more and make it look better than before. 

Reading my previous Review posts, I mainly just talked about my emotions and how I felt while reading the book. I still want to continue doing that, but more organized in a way where I’ll specifically talk about characters, story line, writing style etc. Anyways, back to the review:

Ok. Hmmmm… the storyline reminded me of Twilight (book I hate the most). The whole high school scene where the boyfriend (Daemon) is overprotective over his stubborn and annoying girlfriend (Kat). On top of that Daemon and his family are “surprisingly” the most gorgeous people in the “small” town  with mysterious powers and Kat is “coincidentally” the ONLY child in her family living with her single parent. But lucky in this case I can’t quite picture Kat being an emotionless girlfriend, I actually imagine her being kick-ass :), apart from being slightly annoying.

But regardless of all that, I’m still intrigued. Is it the action behind it all? Is it that fear of what could happen? Is it the unexpectations? Oh yes it is all that. You don’t know how many times I told myself to go sleep before the beginning of a new chapter. Its ridiculous! One night I went to sleep and woke up at 3am to go to the bathroom. Came back to my room, thinking of going back to sleep, but you know what happened? I finished off reading this. It was like I didn’t want to go sleep anymore. So I finished off reading this around 5.30ish went for an hour sleep then back on the normal routine of getting ready for school. So yeah, sorry for going off track. Just wanted to emphasize on the impact this book had on me. 🙂

There were so many unexpected things that happened which really either made me angry or sad. There were times where I really wanted to cry but couldn’t. There was a time where I freaked out just like how Kat freaked out about this certain person/situation. And when I mean freaked out, I mean creeped out like someone stalking you creepy feeling. Eeepppp!!! But then I kinda questioned myself on where was Daemon at this time? I mean I got the feeling that Daemon could feel Kat right. So if what happened to Kat, couldn’t she feel that tingly feeling behind her neck if it was Daemon? Its like there’s no logic there because it had already being stated throughout the book that Daemon and Kat are connected literally.

The character I disliked the most in this book was Bart… oh I mean Barf. Oh wait, what’s his name? … that’s right Billy! I disliked him so so so so so MUCH!!. There are MANY reasons why I hate this guy. And what annoys me the most is that he STILL thinks everything is gonna go back to normal. AND HOW DARE HE thinks that saying sorry will do something. HOW THE FREAK can you have that sort of thinking when you’ve just literally killed someone in that family?!! A loved one? A boy who could’ve had a family with Dee? A young man who still had a future ahead of him? A harmless young man? AARRRGGHHHH!!!

I can keep going but I want to stop before I spoil anything. But before I go I want to let you know that end of the book is a CLIFFHANGER!! A MAJJOORRRRR CLIFFHANGER!!! REALLY hope that makes you pick up this series 🙂

“If wishes were fishes, we’d all throw nets.”