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AMBER HOUSE is a paranormal romance written by New York Times best-selling author Kelly Moore and her daughters Tucker Reed and Larkin Reed. The series follows Sarah Parsons as she stays at her family's centuries-old estate near Annapolis, Maryland. There Sarah discovers her psychometric ability to see "echoes" of the past, and the tantalizing possibility that this talent can be used to improve the lives of her loved ones in the past, present and future.
Book I: Amber HouseEdit
"I was almost sixteen the first time my grandmother died." Visiting Amber House for the first time, Sarah and Sammy form an inexplicable connection to the place. Over time, Sarah discovers that she can see echoes of the House's past. These echoes prove the key to unlocking the mystery of her broken family, but when the past seems to threaten Sarah and Sammy in the present, Sarah must use her gift to find the point where "past and future meet" before the ominous happenings at Amber House end in a fresh tragedy.
Book II: NeverwasEdit
"I was sixteen the second time I had my first kiss." Sarah made a choice that transformed everything — and now she must choose it all again. After growing up in the free country of the Pacific Northwest, Sarah Parsons has settled in at Amber House, the stately Maryland home that's been in her family for generations. But the world surrounding the House feels deeply wrong to Sarah. It's a place where the colonists lost the 1776 Insurrection, where the American Confederation of States still struggles with segregation, and where Sarah is haunted by echoes of a better world that she knows never existed. Her friend Jackson shares these visions of a different world — and together, they manage both to remember the way things ought to be, and to plan a daring mission that will reset the universe once again. It will involve objects from the past, knowledge of the future, a leap into the unknown . . . and in the end, a sacrifice Sarah never imagined.
Critical reception for AMBER HOUSE has been positive, with Kirkus Reviews praising Sarah and contrasting her with Twilight's Bella Swan.
In a starred review, Publishers Weekly described AMBER HOUSE as a "complex tale of family secrets and lingering loss," and added:
- Lush descriptions and an intricate plot drive this intense tale, which straddles the lines between magical realism, fantasy, ghost stories, and horror, with a touch of romance and classic glamour. The result is something rich, strange, and utterly fascinating.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana also praised the book's plot in a starred review, saying its unexpected ending elevated it above the young adult genre.
Kirkus was the first to review the second novel in the trilogy, NEVERWAS. Deeming it "a stark departure" from the preceding novel, Kirkus found the "authors' vision of this alternate, broken United States" to be "inconceivably frightening."