Book Reviews – House of Dark Shadows / Watcher in the Woods – Rating: 9 out of 10

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House of Dark Shadows



Watcher in the Woods

by Robert Liparulo

How I came to read these books:

As part of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. I will be reviewing these books together as they are the first two books of the Dreamhouse Kings series, and they are sharing the blog tour.

Score Summary

  • Content: 10
  • Writing Style: 9
  • Re-readability: 9
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 8


Ok, I loved these books. Loved ’em. The story was so fun! This series is target toward “youth” and I’m afraid, sometimes, that can be me. I just loved books like this when I was growing up. I’m a sci-fi fan, and these enter that realm. I won’t give any spoilers – but to say that this storyline could lend itself to many sequels if done well.

Writing Style

This series is geared more toward a slightly younger reader, so you don’t get much of the adult reactions to things – the sons in the story are the main characters. I still enjoyed it a great deal and plan to share them with my nephew.


I’ll be keeping these to re-read eventually. They were just plain fun.

Busy Mommy Scale

The chapters were not too long and involved. There were a couple of chapters that I hated to break up ’cause I couldn’t commit time, so it gets only an 8, but overall the had the storyline to entice me to carry them all over the house!


Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly.

Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.

Robert’s first novel painted a scenario so frighteningly real that six Hollywood producers were bidding on movie rights before the novel was completed. His acclaimed debut novel, Comes A Horseman, is being made into a major motion picture by producer Mace Neufeld and his short story “Kill Zone” was featured in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson.

Bob has sold the film rights to his second book, GERM. And he is writing the screenplay for a yet-to-be-written political thriller, which sold to Phoenix Pictures, for Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) to direct!

And his third book Deadfall. debuted to rave reviews!


House of Dark Shadows
(Dreamhouse Kings Book 1)

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.

Watcher In The Woods
(Dreamhouse Kings Book 2)

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 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 Kings 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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