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Gatekeepers (Dreamhouse Kings #3)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,384 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
The house talks. It breathes. And it's hungry.

The Kings have been in the creepy old place, their new home, for only a few days, but they've experienced enough terror to last a lifetime. And the mystery is growing even more baffling. Shadowy and shifting, the big house conceals doors into other worlds that blur the line between memories and dreams--and the slightest misstep
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published December 30th 2008)
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Apr 08, 2016 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like a feedback scale that goes higher, to ten stars. “Gatekeepers”: Robert Liparulo’s cliffhanging third novel, which I staved off for a year, is excellent. His present choices waver from four stars. It is annoying to protractedly deny the King family fortunate breaks, then obliterate the solace that comes. However those instances were jubilant and momentous, meriting more than three stars. I can’t deny I read this non-stop: in one day! I finished a 305-page novel in one straight sittin ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it
Wow! Robert Liparulo is a fantastic storyteller! He most definitely has a very polished, skilled way of telling stories which keeps you captivated the entire book.

The first three books of this series are excellent. I actually thought this was a trilogy, so to find out that there are THREE more books was a huge shocker, although I can't wait until I can read the last three books.

The contents of this story are definitely for teenage+ readers since the King family members travel to violent worlds,
Wow! What a house! The action never stops, it's difficult to grasp that the events are happening within one to two days. I can't stop reading this, I'm already 30% through with the 4th book (Timescape) and I need a breather.

I liked how the characters matured, they philosophize, think of the bright side of things after near-death experiences from one portal to another. Jesse, their grand uncle, was the one who built the house and he is really wise. The concept of hostility towards time-travelers
April Erwin
Nov 07, 2012 April Erwin rated it it was amazing
Wow! That's my take on this book - WOW!

I almost feel silly for being this excited about a kids/teens book series, but honestly after reading it I think just about ANYBODY would be psyched. I was lucky enough to read books 1 and 2 (House of Dark Shadows and Watcher in the Woods) back to back. Waiting for Gatekeepers to release was like sitting on pins and needles... for MONTHS. Then, once it's in my hands I've got it read in one afternoon and the wait starts all over. Somehow though, the waiting
Parece como si esta historia, en vez de avanzar para esclarecer las cosas, se tornara más y más complicada, sin embargo, el misterio es excelente!!!!!

Reseña completa
Nov 18, 2014 Niomi rated it it was amazing
Crave excitement? Adventure? Mystical enemys, and time travel? If so, this is right up your alley ! Gatekeepers has all of them combine.

The main characters are Xander, David, and Toria. While they go on an adventure to save there mother, they make friends and find beasts. Also while on the adventure, at the same time, Taksidian is trying to get them out of the house.
Will he get them? Read to find out!

My favorite things about the book is that on the back, it says, "One mistep could change histor
Aug 19, 2015 J.S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-ya, vine
This is one exciting book! Robert Liparulo keeps the action almost non-stop, and life is not easy for the King family. (Unfortunately for me, I started this series with this one - better to start with book 1.)

This one starts with brothers Xander (short for Alexander) and David exploring portals in the creepy old house that is their new home. Each door leads to a different time in the past, and they're searching for their mother who was taken into one of them. To make matters worse, their dad is
Bethany Phillips
Jun 19, 2015 Bethany Phillips rated it it was amazing
This third book was awesome and my first time reading it. I don't know why it took me so long to read this it was so awesome. It was better than the first two.

There was more shocking moments and this one was definitely harder to put down because I just wanted to know what was going to happen and what else could go wrong for this family. What other things do the Kings have to do just to stay alive and do what they need to while worrying about a guy that wants the house for some reason.

I liked h
Dec 25, 2012 Kelli rated it really liked it
Final rating: 3.7 stars.

You know, to be honest, whenever I finish a book in this series and I sit down an hour later and think about it, I groan and just want to get this series over with. I know it sounds terrible, but whenever I start the series I don't think so low about it.

This book was a lot better than the last 2. I'm still hoping that the series will get better, but this book wasn't bad at all, especially compared to the first one.

So, this specific book is about the Kings advancing t
Katie Kenig
Dec 27, 2011 Katie Kenig rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I found it interesting that this, the third book in the Dreamhouse Kings saga, had a warning at the front of the book to read the first two and then return to this one. It's a good warning, because if you haven't read the others, this will not work as a stand-alone book as might with some series novels. Your understanding of the plot, situation, and characters heavily depends on having read the previous two novels.

In many serial novels, one of my biggest pet peeves is having to read pages and pa
Aug 09, 2012 Luseride rated it really liked it
Gatekeepers by Robert Liparulo
Book 3 in the Dreamhouse Kings series

Life is a bit fast paced and dramatic for the King family. In the space of a week they have moved from Los Angeles to northern California, found a house that is a bit creepy and strange, discovered things about the house, and had their mother stolen by a giant of a man. That would be Book 1.

Book 2 brings a bully, a strange guy causing problems, visits to other times through rooms of the house, searching for their mother, family
Dec 30, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
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Lori Twichell
Oct 08, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it it was amazing
Liparulo is obviously on a roll. Written as one story that’s been broken up into several different books, Dreamhouse Kings is an amazing adventure that seems to climax again and again but the ride hasn’t even come close to an ending yet. At this point in the story, I wish that there was a little more emphasis on trust in God. I know it’s a fantasy but the King family has been raised as strong believers. There’s more room for insertion of a little faith in some of these situations without being o ...more
Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
We last left Xander and David King in the Civil War world where they stumbled onto a clue to their mother’s whereabouts. They rush back to tell their father, only to discover Taksidian and some cops at the front door. Taksidian has reported the Kings’ house as unfit to live in. Then another strange old man arrives on their doorstep, claiming to be a long lost relative. Does this Jesse really know stuff about the house? And could he be right? Had the house called the King family back because they ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Mithran rated it really liked it
the beginning was epic when David read the message that his mom wrote, I couldn't believe that they were so close to finding their mom. The middle was boring cause it was all about the emotions and Xander talking with his father and the conversation between the 2 police guards guarding the house and the part when Taksidian learns about the portal in school. near the end the epicness was resumed and they actually sent Toria in the portals(which is a dumb idea because of her playfulness and age). ...more
Jun 14, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
I liked this third book much better than the first two books. We got to see more of Jesse and Keal, which I liked, and there was a lot more happening in this book than there was in the last one. The cliffhanger isn't as bad as the one in the second book, though, which is good. I was on the edge of my seat for most of this book, and the few times I set it down, I wanted to pick it right back up again. I liked this book a lot and will be continuing with the series.
Nov 09, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it

Gatekeepers is the 3rd book in the Dreamhouse Kings series.

There is one person who is trying to get the King family out of the house. He has the power to convince the mayor and police to help him evict them.

After taking the father into custody, they leave the 3 children alone in the house....with the crazy rooms that suck them into another time and place.

Then there this old man and his assistant working their way toward the house. There's some connection between the house and the old man.

And we
Jan 31, 2015 Em rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. It's a great book and this series just keeps getting better, but I'm so ready for answers! There are some answers in this book, but more questions to go along with them. I loved seeing Toria and Jesse's perspectives and hope that continues into the rest of the series. All together, it's an awesome series that I can't wait to finish! Intriguing mystery, action, and creepiness with just the right amount of humor and everything else needed to make a good book. Also! The author apparently ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Reeva rated it liked it
Contains Spoilers!!!!-----

well this book was much more interesting then the first two. They found Edwards mother! How exciting is that? I totally thought she was dead! Gives me hope for David’s mother. Of course Victoria and the grandmother got sucked back into the worlds so... who knows what will happen there. Wow the future doesn't look very bright for these guys. I know they will eventually stop the evil bad guy and save the future in some book or another though. I would really like to pick J
Dec 15, 2014 Kasey rated it liked it
Wow, a lot is happening in these books in a little time. I don't know how they are doing it! The ending of this one really got me. The author gives us something and then takes it away. I think the reason this one wasn't rated a 4 is because literally nothing positive happens (besides what's taken away very quickly) and honestly I'm feeling a little down because of it. This is a high action book SERIES and I think a break is in order.
Apr 11, 2013 Krystal rated it it was amazing
If you like adventure and thriller this is the series for you. Action, success, failure, family, risk taking and adventure take a major role in this story/series. The characters-the king family- take on a big responsibility moving into this house, but little do the kids know life will be an off and on roller coaster of success and failure. As the father in the book said “With every success comes a failure or two.” You see the value of family differently in this series I think. In life we seem to ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Veronica rated it it was amazing
What an amazing series. If I thought it could not get better than the first two books, I was wrong. As always, the Dreamhouse King books left me wanting more. The suspense, the intrigue were amazing. The plot kept me biting my nails and the courageous King kids impressed and inspired me the whole time with they gut-wrenching bravery. I love the King family relationships and the support therein, despite their mistakes and the spine-chilling danger that is always stalking them. I like the author`s ...more
This was my first Robert Liparulo novel and my first Dreamhouse Kings novel, and I thought it was great! It IS recommended that you read the first two books in the series, and I'm sure that would have answered a lot of questions for me, but even coming into the series late I was immediately drawn into the story. You're immediately thrown into a world of intensity and excitement without being given a moment to draw breath. I had no chance to get bored with this book, there wasn't a moment that so ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Jackie rated it really liked it
It is amazing that the third book of the series is as good as the first two. Usually books in a series decline as the plot continues because it either drags or irrelevant, but that is not the case here. The story is phenomenal. It's very suspenseful and full of action. I fell in love with Keal and Jesse just as quickly as I did with the Kings. Love. Love. Love.
RJ McGill
Jan 17, 2010 RJ McGill rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The characters, although experiencing extraordinary events, are quite ordinary and easy to relate too. You can’t help but be emotionally invested in this family, saddened by their struggles, cheering for their success, concerned for their safety and angered by evil Taksidian. All of which are the result of an exceptionally well written story by a talented writer that understands his target audience and believes in his characters. Interesting historical scenes and heart pounding action combine to ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

More twists and turns are in this third volume, which makes it just as insane as the previous ones. If you've read the series up to this point, you should definitely keep going.

Score: 4/5
May 08, 2016 Tamia rated it really liked it
I think this book was really good and had a couple of couple of unexpected turn of events. In this book the king family meet new people that try to help them and help them get out of sticky situations.
Jun 17, 2016 Angelique rated it it was ok
I found this book very well done!I love the way the family supports each other, (despite Xander being angry at his dad for a time). The old creepy house is a very original part of the plot.
I like how realistic the characters are, in they're emotions, as well as they're actions. None of the characters are 2d. Robert Liparulo, obviously put thought into his books.
I did however, notice some miner grammar/spelling errors. Although it was very miner and hardly noticeable.
I am on the lookout for mo
Sandra Stiles
Jun 18, 2009 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
“Gatekeepers” – In this story, the action is coming quicker. The kids are still trying to find their mother. They have been chased from their house by big, evil men who have entered their house from portals to other worlds and the old man and his nurse have arrived in the nick of time. Old man Jesse convinces the children he is on their side and manages to get their father released from jail. However, the house has several more surprises in store for the inhabitants and the readers.

I can’t wait
May 14, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Yet another fantastic book in the series! Having started out reading his novels for adults, I'm quite pleased to see that the author's writing style transitions well from adult to young adult. Onwards to the next book!
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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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Other Books in the Series

Dreamhouse Kings (6 books)
  • House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings, #1)
  • Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings, #2)
  • Timescape (Dreamhouse Kings, #4)
  • Whirlwind (Dreamhouse Kings, #5)
  • Frenzy (Dreamhouse Kings #6)

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“To you, death does not simply end life. It steals away the sunsets you'll never see, the children you'll never hold, the wife you'll never love. It's frightening to almost lose your future, and it's heartbreaking to witness death snuff out other people's tomorrows.” 24 likes
“The old man said, " The house is talking to us." "What's it saying?" David said. Jesse said, "It's hungry.” 1 likes
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