Sunday, September 09, 2012
Amber House, by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed
A strikingly original work that covers horror and fantasy (with a healthy inspiration from the Grimms Brothers), but branches into YA romance and more than a little fancy ball fantasies. I didn't hold out a lot of hope for the book (it came as an ARC and I wasn't very keen on the premise), but it grew on me as I started reading it. I enjoyed it. The plot can meander a bit and some of the twists and turns in the plot seem driven by literary ADHD, but the story is complicated and rich. By the end, there's plenty of food for thought and I liked that complexity. So, if you like a storyline that doesn't condescend and can put up with a few mildly scary scenes (mostly involving spiders!), you should give this unassuming novel a try.
[Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher without solicitation, and without any promise of special consideration in my review.]