"A Breakneck, Jam-Packed Roller Coaster of an adventure about the Secret Power of books,
House of Secrets comes complete with three resourceful sibling heroes, a seriously creepy villainess, and barrel loads of fantasy and fear."
That's how J.K.Rowling
describe the book in the back cover...and That's how she ruined for me an opportunity to express my feeling about the book...
I believe anyone read it will think about the same lines to describe the experience of living with the Walkers family in this Creepy House..with creepy secrets..
I love the realistic fantasy type ,or as I've recently learned from a friend the term is "The Urban Fantasy".
And from the moment that I reach Sea Cliff road,and the view of San Fransisco's Bridge and I knew I'm in one Good urban fantasy setting.
Then comes the Gothic 3 storey house,Victorian decor with big halls and an ancient library room..with shelves of books that some of them written by the original owner of the house...Denver Kristoff
Then....I'm no longer in the real San Fransisco....I'm in totally different world...Totally fictional and fantasy...into 3 HORRIBLE novels' worlds mixed together.. 3 Books that written by the House owner..very dark and dangerous even bloody ,like those of H.P. Lovecraft.
I may be not that big fan of extreme fantasy BUT it was really easy to get along this adventure and this horrible world of the 3 books, specially with .....The Characters
It was so funny when in one of the many mentions and spoofs about modern movies and TV shows they mention "Game of Thrones" and how Elanor -the youngest,8 years old- is forbidden to watch it..The funny thing here is that I've imagined the 3 younger of the Stark's Kids as the cast of the book in my Head's movie version :).
Well ,8,12 and 15 years old sibling ,each one with a different personality,a talent and interests. that made me feel trapped with them into this fantasy world and ,with them, trying to escape from.
I loved them so much, that gives the novel a good variety of characters' age that is impossible to not fall in love with.
They're so like everyone of us,or every kid we know in our life...one is a books' nerd, one is a gaming addicted with every teenager way of dealing with his family, and one smart daring dyslexia-fighter who's her love for her family would make her do anything.
Seriously if you sum up all what I've said you'll find it perfectly fit the first praise from J. K. Rowling.. may be it was the main reason I've get the book..also it's written by Chris Columbus, who's direct my beloved fantasy of all time "Harry Potter" in the most loyal for the book.
He made here a thriller/fantasy movie pack full of action that when you read/watch it you can not just "Pause", hard to let down.
And there's also Ned Vizzini who I believe a wonderful teenager and young adult expert ,as I know from his other famous books"
SO they together made a wonderful pack of Great thriller and super adorable characters, and mix it with a pit of the real world events "There's The famous San Fransisco's earthquake, and some other mystery real club 'The Bohemian Club' which I guess we'll learn more about later"
The illustrations in the book is also AMAZING and get you into the story without being silly or childish, was a real Art.
Can't wait for Book Two..which I hope get more revelation for some mysteries that we still dying to know..
I believe it'll be amazing series..I hope Part two would be even bigger and same -or more- strong.
It was really a wonderful week -the plot main runtime- with The Walkers that I'll never forget.
From 10th Nov. 2013
To 19th Nov. 2013
21st April 2013
J.K. Rowling have Written a Praise for the book on the top of the front cover...Is there's any thing more to add on "Why I MUST read that book"?
جي كي رولينج كاتبه جمله عن الكتاب ده في اعلي غلافه..المؤلف كريس كولومبس مخرج اول فيلمين لهاري بوتر واللي التزم بالروايه بامانه شديده لانه بيعشقها
هو اللي "خلق" عالم هاري بوتر من صفحات لشئ ممكن تشوفه بعينيك في الفيلم
ولو انت بقي مش معترف بهاري بوتر اساسا..فالمؤلف بيعترف انه كتبها متأثر بطريقه
عرفتوا بقي ليه "لازم"اقرأ الروايه دي؟؟..مفتكرش في اسباب تانيه اهم من كده
***** To The Memory of Ned Vizzini (1981-2013)*****
I;m really so sad and depressed since I heard that sad news on 20th Dec.2013..It shock me that sweet smile,that calm peaceful man, that's you'd feel through his writing in this book and sure all of his other writings, would end it all with subside
I just know him a month ago at his blog here at Goodreads
I feel so sad,very depressed till now, even regret that I didn't message him with my opinion on his talent and wonderful writing style.. I know he read my small pre-read review since he hit like to it But I wish he know the final one,I wish I said more..while he was still here....
It really hurt me and make me even more sad..
It's all sad..talented young man with so much to give..just gone..another Candle in the wind ..
May God bless his soul and Rest in Peace ... Ned Vizzini: Writers and friends pay tribute
21st December 2013