“I am going to do a book review on the House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ted Vizzini. It is a full chapter book with very few pictures, it has 490 pages packed with adventure. I would consider this book an action-mystery for readers between 10 and 12 years of age. There are four main...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I am going to do a book review on the House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ted Vizzini. It is a full chapter book with very few pictures, it has 490 pages packed with adventure. I would consider this book an action-mystery for readers between 10 and 12 years of age. There are four main characters, three of them siblings, Cordelia,Eleanor and Brendan Walker. Cordelia is the oldest, Brendan is the middle sibling and Eleanor is the youngest. The other character is the Wind Witch also known as Dahlia Kristoff. There are 4 main settings the first being at 128 Sea Cliff Avenue, the rest are all “in” books written by Denver Kristoff.
When the Walker family moves into Kristoff house Brendan meets the Wind Witch for the first time not knowing who she is. He doesn’t tell his family because of the fear of being teased. Later on the Wind Witch attacks them and takes Mr and Mrs.Walker. The children are then sent into 3 different Denver Kristoff books to find the book of doom and desire and give it to the Wind Witch to get their parents back.
I think this book was a very good book, even though there are 490 pages because there is never anybody “sitting down” there is always action. The author also has a way of constantly creating suspense through violence and what the characters say. The plot is great and the characters are so believable (except for the magic ones). I would definitely recommend this book to a friend because of the creativity involved and how the author uses different writing techniques to make the book so interesting. I give this book an 8/10.”
“It started strong, then got weird, but it's getting straightened out again.”Cathy E wrote this review 7 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“REALLY good page turner!!!”clyde ruth b wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Walker family is in a situation. Dr. Walker, the dad lost his job after cutting an eye shape into a patient’s chest with a knife at his hospital. Now they live in a small apartment, and are looking for a house. They find the huge Kristoff House, over-looking the Golden Gate Bridge, built after the San Francisco earthquake by Denver Kristoff, a well-known author. They move in, and they are in the middle of dinner when a woman knocks on the door that claims she is their neighbor. She then turns into a creature known as the Wind Witch, and tears the home apart. The three kids; Brendan, Eleanor and Cordelia wake up after the hurricane-like disaster with their parents gone; and so is San Francisco. In a fast-paced adventure story, the Walker kids are trapped in three of Denver Kristoff’s books. With pirates, a pilot from World War I and a colossus, the Walkers need to figure out how to defeat the Wind Witch and get back home before it is too late and they are the ones destroyed. Will the Walkers make it home safely, or will that be the end of them?
What I thought about it:
Wow. Two master storytellers coming together really does make an epic adventure. I really enjoyed House of Secrets; it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. You are pretty much drooling for more, thinking, What is going to happen next?!?! I loved the idea of being able to live in a book. I mean, who wouldn’t want to do that? Well, you would be able to be killed by, say, Voldemort, or in this case a very evil gang of pirates; that would not be good. I also love the cover illustration by Greg Call; it totally lives up to the book. The action was spectacular in this book, as was the suspense. I look forward to reading more adventures with the Walkers, and I want to give a shout-out to Ned Vizzini who generously sent me an ARC of this book to me in very cool promotional packaging that looks like The Book of Doom And Desire and is a gem on my bookshelf. Ned and Chris, your writing is fabulous together and I hope you write many more books as a team.”
“Walker children are now in house that was owned by the occult writer, Denver Kristoff, and things are not real or going well at all.”K Gontarz wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book. 3 kids get trapped in some books and have to find a special book to get out
“House of secrets was an interesting book. Though it is not my time of book, it was funny and exciting.”Bookworm wrote this review Thursday, September 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Thus far in house of secrets on page 164 it has just passed some intense parts. The book is very good so far as all the main charactors were sent inside a kristoff book by the wind witch where they meet challenges that they must pass in order to find their parents alive that the wind witch keeps hostage. They have met a charactor from one of the kristoff books named will that crashed landed near the house.”Mason B wrote this review Thursday, September 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Thrilling adventures, dangerous stakes, and family fun, this book has it all. Join 3 siblings on their adventures to save their parents and escape from inside a book! This beautiful children's story has everything you need to keep you hooked, and bonus!, it's cheaper then most drugs! You will easily find yourself lost in their story, which is why I recommend this book to people of all ages! Enjoy!”The Wordsmith :) wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story is set in San Francisco. The Walker family move into a mysterious old manson. Bredan, Cordelia and Eleanor along with the house get pulled into a series of books written by the original owner of the house.
Some of the action is too bloody for younger readers, but it is well written and fast paced.”