Paperback - 2008
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With their mother still missing after going through a Civil War time portal in their spooky house, and their father in jail under a false accusation, Xander, David, and their younger sister continue to try to bring their mother back, now with the help of an old relative who has turned up unexpectedly.
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2008.
ISBN: 9781595544988
Characteristics: 309 pages ;,22 cm.


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DBRL_KrisA Oct 17, 2018

Again, a decent continuation of the series, but - again - not as much action as I would have liked, considering the subject matter.
Speaking of the subject matter, the marketers of this series are trying so hard to sell it as teen horror, but there's really very little spookiness to the books. Yes, there is Phemus, the Neanderthal-like henchman of the main villain, and there is the main villain himself, but he's mostly just your basic time-traveling assassin with a plan to take over the world. He's not Bram Stoker-spooky, or Clive Barker-creepy.
In this third book, we're introduced to Jesse, who has information about the history of the house, and the reasons it's doing what it's doing. But he can't tell the King family about it yet, because... ? Things keep happening, and boy, Jesse's head is all muddled because he's old, and boy it sure is good to see you boys finally, etc., etc. It's an obvious ploy by the author to stretch things out a bit before revealing the story behind the story, and it's frustrating and annoying.
A couple of final notes:
While my local library shelves this as Young Adult, I feel like it could be enjoyed by juvenile readers, too. There are war scenes, with at least some discussion of death and people being killed (though I don't *think* anyone is actually killed in the scenes), but overall it feels like the books are written for younger readers.
I think I mentioned this in a previous review, but if not: Liparulo writes from a clearly Christian religious background, and the publishing imprint, Thomas Nelson, is a company with a long history of publishing Christian-themed content. There is prayer, and occasional reference to God and God's will, and other religious references. It's not shoved down the reader's throat, and it doesn't get in the way of the story (at least not yet); I only mention it so that, if that sort of thing bothers you, you can avoid the series.

Jan 28, 2014

The books just get better with the series! o my goodness!!

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