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Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings #2)

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In this stunning adventure series from acclaimed author Robert Liparulo, a house that is more than meets the eye will change the lives of the King family forever. In Watcher in the Woods, the King Family begins their search, quickly realizing that they must learn more about the worlds in order to find their mother. But they also must pretend that all is well at home. When ...more
Paperback, School Market Edition, 292 pages
Published 2010 by Scholastic Inc. (first published May 6th 2008)
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Brynn
Jan 27, 2016 Brynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if your house had more secrets than you did? That is exactly what our young heroes, Xander, David, and Toria, face in Watcher in the Woods by Robert Liparulo . In this high-action story you will be transported into a whole new world. This is a brilliant sequel to House of Dark Shadows that will leave you wanting more.
Just moments after their mother was kidnapped a mysterious man appears in their dining room. He goes by the name of Taksidian. He tells them that he wants to buy the house fr
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Mark Kipper
May 20, 2008 Mark Kipper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys, teens, action readers, time-travel junkies
Recommended to Mark by: Friend
Shelves: great-books
Watcher in the Woods has everything I like: action, adventure, suspense (lots of all three), characters I totally like, a nasty bad guy, mystery, twists & turns. I only wish it continued!! I thought the writing was great, very visual, like a movie. Honestly, I can't get enough of this guy and this story. I started reading the first book in the series, House of Dark Shadows, again, just so I could continue reading. I'm finding cool little details I missed before. I read one of Mr. Liparulo's ...more
Shannon McCarter
Okay so here’s the thing; this book did do a better job of hooking me in to the story……. So why did my rating go down half a star? Well, the read was still rather dry and, honestly, so little happens that I almost jut think that it didn’t need to be its own book. House of Dark Shadows was intriguing because we didn’t know what was up, but Watcher in the Woods was just tedious and repetitive which is truly unfortunate because I still find myself wanting to know what is going to happen next.

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C.
Oct 19, 2015 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw a peer give three stars and exclaimed: “The covers are eerie and the description enticing. How can they not receive fives”? I see what was lacking. Those of us attracted to these covers want ghost stories but these aren’t paranormal. The tone resembles science fiction, the settings are often military or warlike plains; not to my taste. I have no interest in that ancient assassin living on Earth. Legal matters threatening the family are irritants to an adventure I was managing to enjoy, out ...more
a little faith
Mar 04, 2014 a little faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book covers will be the death of me. I just can't pass on a beautiful cover. On the blurb for this book alone I wouldn't have picked it up but that cover...then I find that it's number two in a series so of course I have to buy the first (not as lovely a cover but still part of the substance of the series i.e. the story/words) and since I don't just buy books to look pretty on my shelf (well not all the time) I bought them both. I'm not going to review the first, not because it was bad because h ...more
Victoria
A good follow-up to the first in this promising horror-mystery series, though with not quite as much going on as the first book.

Xander and David now know that their house isn’t just weird, it’s dangerous and frightening. Their mother has been kidnapped, and they and their father are absolutely determined to get her back. But that will involve the appearance of dangerous new opponents, risky plans, and more death-defying adventures into the bizarre portals in the upstairs hallway that lead to ot
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Melissa Van
May 24, 2011 Melissa Van rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, Dreamhouse Kings Watcher in the Woods, is a book that is filled with mystery, suspense, and horror. It is well written and is a good book to read if you like haunted houses, mysterious people, and unexplainable events.
The part of the book that captivated me was the very beginning. In the first lines the middle child, David King, is too young to die, but is in a situation in which dying young is a very big possibility. It tells you about how he is feeling, what is going through his he
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Lou
Excelente, estupendo, brillante y todo lo que termine en "te"!!
Desde luego, mucho mejor que el anterior.

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Mithran
The starting was kind of boring and I thought the conflict between Ed and Xander was over but it continued for a long time. I noticed that in this book it didn't talk about Xander's perspective and it talked about David's perspective more. I think that the part when they start flying was a waste knowing about it cause it didn't match any of the problems going on and it also didn't seem like it helped the story. Near the middle and end was the best, so thrilling and I can't wait to read the next ...more
Bobbie
May 20, 2008 Bobbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually have the first two Dreamhouse Kings books in one edition and it was a really quick read for me. I could not put the book down! A great mystery with a twist of fantasy! I loved these stories so much that when I got to the end and realized I had to wait until January of 2009 for the next part of the story, I wanted to cry!
Jerry
Oct 24, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Quickie Review

Almost like a video game in book form, this second book in a long series is full of excitement and suspense. I'm interested to see where the story goes from here; hopefully, I can get my hands on the remaining volumes...and soon.

Score: 4/5
Bailey
Mar 20, 2015 Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would it be like to live in a house where you could travel to different places by only opening a door. In The Watcher In The Woods, by Robert Liparulo, a family of five moves to a new house and the kids soon find out this isn't an ordinary house. This book is full of surprises, twists and horrific settings. Sunrises happen in the forest when the kids Learn how they can levitate. Twists happen quite frequently, such as when me kids learn who previously lived in the house. Horrific setting ar ...more
Sidney
Watcher is filled with time travel and mystery, which many middle school students enjoy. The book follows House of Dark Shadows, and I wish I had read it first because the character development of Xander, David, and Tory is almost non-existent in Book 2, and their father's laid back attitude bothered me. However, the book gives the reader World War II, Civil War, and paranormal experiences, so for adventure loving students, it may be the book to start with. Thank you, Zay, for really enjoying th ...more
Bethany Phillips
This book was harder to put down than the first book. I forgot how much I liked this one from the first book.

This one picked up where the first one left off and takes off on an amazing adventure.

There were more twists and turns for this family and they meet a not so nice person that seems to want to take the house from them at first nicely then when they wont leave he becomes more sneaky.

I really had a lot of fun during this because you get to meet some really cool characters in this book and y
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Loretta Thomas
May 08, 2015 Loretta Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Dreamhouse Kings book number 2 by Robert Liparulo. It takes up where "House of Dark Shadows" ended.

The King's moved into a huge house with portals to the past; real events such as the Civil War. There is Taksidian, a weathly man who wants the King's house, the linen closet that transports to a locker at the school, an area where you can fly and horrors waiting. David, Xander, Toria, and their dad try to find where their mother was taken when she was kidnapped by something huge and creep
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Angel
Jan 23, 2015 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second, action packed book in the Dreamhouse Kings series.
With even more of a trill then the first book. With Xander and David venturing into the other worlds (against they're father's wishes), in hopes to find they're mother, who has been taken from her home unwillingly, into the worlds that lie beyond the doors of they're secretive house.

There in the other worlds, do Xander and David go up against they're biggest obstacles yet, and come face to face with they're new biggest fear.
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Isaac Thornsen
Watcher in the Woods is the sequel to the fictional novel House of Dark Shadows which is only a running start for the springboard into the Dream House Kings series. Mr. King, David, Xander, and Toria King are on the search for their mother, who oddly was lost in their big, new house in Pinedale, California. This house is like no other house you've seen before, though. There are portals to past, fantastically devastating, real-life events such as the Civil War, the Roman Colosseum, and WWII. In t ...more
Joy
I immediately started reading this right after "House of Dark Shadows" and I recommend reading this series in order. The events took place in the same time frame and I have a feeling the books are under one epic novel divided into five.

Robert Liparulo now gives voice to David, the middle child and focuses on his thoughts and feelings. The story introduces a new character who wants them out of the house - and does everything he could to scare them away. They still lie to the outside people, expla
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Mitchel Broussard
A great and fulfilling followup to House of Dark Shadows . It expands on the mystery and reveals some information about the house and Taksidian, the man bent on getting the Kings out of their house. I guess the only thing i can say i did not like about it is because of what it is, a sequel. It literally begins right where the first book ended, and ends in the middle of a crazy and hectic scene where so much was going on i had to read the last 5 pages twice. I checked the third book and it begin ...more
Gabriella
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Tessa D
Nov 15, 2010 Tessa D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David was about to step into the portal that he knew his mother was kidnapped into. Oh, the suspense of the book is so good. Also, all the things that are going on makes it exciting- the King’s moving to a new town, new school, new people, and a new house. The book Watcher In The Woods will make you want to read the whole book in just one day.

In the present day, the King family was moving. The Kings all were moving into the house everyone thought was haunted. How would they known? It’s not like
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Jill Williamson
Jun 12, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review by Jill Williamson

The Kings lead a double life. At school, they try to pretend like nothing has changed, but at home, they’re completely focused on finding their mother before anyone finds out that she’s missing.

A stranger is seen lurking around the house several times before he announces himself. He is Mr. Taksidian, a powerful businessman in town who is set on buying the house from the Kings. When they refuse, Mr. Taksidian looks for other ways to get the Kings to leave. The truth is, t
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Kelli
Dec 22, 2012 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Final Rating: 3.4 stars.


I'm sorry, I just couldn't bring myself to give this book that .1 to round it up to a 4 star rating. It wasn't bad at all, but I'm just not a huge fan of the series in general.


This specific book in the series, #2, is about the Kings adjusting to their life without their mother. It's a little strange, seeing as this almost-300-page book takes place over a course of...I believe 2 or 3 days? Crazy stuff, it is. They are also overcome with a new problem-a man is trying to
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Sarah Whisted
Sep 30, 2012 Sarah Whisted rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I am so happy I took a chance with this series. It is perfectly suspenseful, full of frightening adventure, so many questions still unanswered, and a focus on family like I rarely see in books these days.

The King kids are braver than I could have ever imagined being at their age, but they still shed tears in the face of terror which I find to be so much more believable than unusually courageous kids who just thrust themselves into danger without even questioning the consequences. The trouble th
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Jessica Saylor
Oct 24, 2010 Jessica Saylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Quick Overview: Watcher in the Woods by Robert Liparulo picks up right where House of Dark Shadows left off with its mysterious plot, confusing characters and good writing. The Dreamhouse Kings series is one of those series you'll regret leaving for a rainy day.

This book was a really great sequel. Normally, when you have a sequel, you find it is very repetitive and kind of lost as one of the middle stories. The author can't give too much away about the ending, but they also usually run out of in
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Hayley705
Nov 29, 2010 Hayley705 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watcher in the woods.
Watcher in the woods by Robert Liparulo, is science fiction stroy about a normal family in a strange home. When they move to this house it looks rundown but seems normal. Well, thats until they found out about these weird portals which takes you to time periods of our world. David and his family want to move back out, however they come acrross a great problem, mom is taken kidnapped. They then refuse to leave and want to find mom. It seems simple act as if all is well outs
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Katie Kenig
Dec 15, 2011 Katie Kenig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, ya
While I definitely enjoyed the further adventures of Xander and his family, this, the second book in the Dreamhouse Kings series, suffered the fate that many a mid-trilogy-volume does; it seemed not to have a complete story arc of it's own. While the first book could stand alone as an interesting story with some untied ends to follow to the next volume, this particular story felt like an intermission of sorts.

It reminded me, plot-wise, of the second movie in the Back to the Future trilogy. It at
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Sandra Stiles
“Watcher in the Woods” – In the beginning of the book we are introduced to an Assyrian assassin and the old man who must get to the house to help the King family. The King children are terrified by the strange man who wants to force them out of their house. He knows too much about their mother and the house. He tries several methods of getting what he wants. The King children and their father must start school and behave as if nothing is wrong. This is made more difficult by an accident David ha ...more
Leigha Mclaughlin
Mar 09, 2011 Leigha Mclaughlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watcher in the Woods by: Robert Liparulo
Reviewed by: Leigha McLaughlin



The book that I read was a mystery about the Kings family and the strange things that occur in their new home. That’s one of the reasons that I really enjoyed the book was because I like mysteries. In the starting of Watcher in the woods Mrs. King had already been taken away since this is the second book. They had to go through portals in their house that lead back to the past. In the first book a big man came in and took her
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Denia
Apr 11, 2013 Denia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“Watcher in the Woods” by Robert Liparulo
The main topic of this book is that the family has been moved around and running away from there problems. They moved to a house where the mother was later kidnapped. There on a journey to see if their mother is still alive. The summary of this book is that the mother has been kidnapped and they are in a house with over 28 floors and many different chambers. They have no clue where the mother can be. David, Xander, Dad, And Victoria and entering every cha
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Robert Liparulo's novels, Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall Deadlock, The 13th Tribe, and The Judgment Stone,have received rave reviews. His short story "Kill Zone" is included in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson. He is also the author of the best-selling young adult series DREAMHOUSE KINGS: House of Dark Shadows, Watcher in the Woods, Gatekeepers, Timescape, Whirlwind, and Frenzy. ...more
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Dreamhouse Kings (6 books)
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