Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Robert Liparulo's Whirlwind~ Reviewed
Whirlwind (Dreamhouse Kings)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 22, 2009)
Which door do you go through to save the world?
David, Xander, and Toria King never know where the mysterious portals in their house will take them: past, present, or future. They have battled gladiators and the German army, dodged soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, and jumped from the sinking Titanic. They've also seen the stark future that awaits if they can't do something to change it--a destroyed city filled with mutant creatures.
And they've still got to find a way to bring Mom back and keep Taksidian from getting them out of the house. The dangers are hitting them like a whirlwind . . . but the answers are becoming apparent as well.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Whirlwind, go HERE
Whirlwind was a phenomenal addition to a phenomenal series, Dreamhouse Kings. I put it down only when absolutely necessary and loved every second of it. I never knew what to expect at all. The surprises never stopped. Liparulo threw in plenty of fantasy to go along with tons of action and suspense. The King family is relentless in there determination to get there mother back and save the planet from the evil work of Taksidian. I personally love cliff hangers. They give me something to look forward to. This cliff hanger ending left me utterly burning inside, and I instantly picked up the next one. I loved it. This book completely deserves five stars!
By Teen Reviewer Reid A.
Liparulo's Dreamhouse Kings series continues to grab and clutch at the reader and move at breakneck pace. David and Xander find more portals, more danger, more adventure than they even thought possible. Within one day they tumble into the Civil War, a torture chamber and into an epic battle. And that's just while they are tumbling from portal to portal. Then there's home. The house. Taksidian. Jesse's injuries.
The historical information if fascinating. One caution. There are some grisly scenes and the adventure borders on horrifying in several scenes. Sensitive readers may not be ready for the intensity.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer