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Here is a house of ruin and rage, of death and deliverance.
Here is where I live, not living.
Here is always mine.

When Connor's family moves to Amity, a secluded house on the peaceful banks of New England's Concord River, his nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons. destruction, and revenge. Dreams he kind of likes. Dreams he could make real, with Amity's help.

Hardcover, 361 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by EgmontUSA (first published January 1st 2014)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This is not a re-telling of that famous Amityville house. Dang it.

This is a tale of a lower cost house. Hey, it's cheap-let's buy it.

There are 2 different families involved in this book. Set 10 years apart, first we have Connor's family. Connor is a weird little shit. His twin sister Jules is about the only person that he connects with. He starts having bad dreams and visions..he kinda likes it.

Then we have Gwen's family. She has had some kind of mental breakdown and her family thinks she ne
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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ARC received from NetGalley. Thank you, NetGalley!!!!!

2.5 Stars

Is there anyone left on the planet who hasn’t heard of the Amityville Horror????? I didn’t think so.

This book was inspired by the events at Amity, but is not a retelling of the original story. The classic tale of horror and gore is toned down significantly – leaving only references to the original (i.e, 3:15 a.m., the “Red Room”, the boathouse, etc.). This new take on
My thoughts are very mixed on this story. I enjoyed the original Amityville Horror movies so I was very curious about this book.

The book follows to perspective of two different families live in the Amityville house. Or Amity as it is named by the first family. The house is fully given it's own personality. And is apparently feminine. The first family has the teenagers Conner and Jules who are twins. Ten years late the teens are Luke and Gwen (only 11 months apart). The book follows a one month
❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Growing up on Long Island, it always tickled my horror loving brain pink that The Amityville Horror story basically took place almost in my backyard. For those who don't know the background, a quick recap. In the 70s, a seriously fucked in the head asswipe murdered his entire family, siblings included. He later claimed that the voices from the house told him to do it. A new family eventually moved in, lasted about a week and ran away claiming some evil presence. Thus, The Amityville Horror money ...more
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I watched the Amityville movie some 20 years ago, and never read the book, so I won't comment much on how faithful to the original story this novel is... or how it diverged from it. I remember some elements (the red room, characters always waking up at the same time, the door banging, the "healer" character being thwarted...), and I think they were used in ways both similar and different. Is it a good or a bad thing? I don't
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
Amity by Micol Ostow - 2/5 stars

I'll come clean and say that I was in a reading slump while reading this book. So perhaps my rating and feelings towards this book may be overwhelmed with my negligence of constant reading.

Amity is a horror, paranormal fiction novel following two separate events that occurred 10 years apart. The people who move into Amity are confronted with its dark history and secrets. Connor and Gwen both move into this house, but are separated by 10 years and they tell their
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I grew up watching horror movies and loving the spooky, gory elements. When I saw this book's cover I fell in love with it. I was expecting a really lurid piece of art that would prevent me form going to sleep at night but I was sadly disappointed.

Amity is a chilling tale of an evil house that possesses it's inhabitants and ultimately destroys their lives. I've seen the Amityville horror movies so I knew what I was getting myself into.

The book is narrated through Connor and Gwen's point of views
Dotti Enderle
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print
Received the ARC through NetGalley.

As a member of the YA jury for the Bram Stoker Awards, I can assure you that excellent horror for teens is hard to come by. Amity fulfilled all my expectations for what compelling horror should be. This new twist on the Amityville Horror is chilling, engaging, and beautifully written. For teens who love horror and dark fiction, this one will not disappoint.

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I really enjoyed this book. It is such a good book for horror and thriller. Written as a multi-perspective, taking past and present accounts into consideration, this book is a masterpiece. The story is so well written, with its twists and turns that you don't see coming. A new twist on a haunted house because it's not the house that is haunted, it is the house that is haunting. The character's emotions and mental degradation seem so real, as they slowly realize the truths of Amity and what is ha ...more
Sarah Marie
Amity by Micol Ostow

1.25 stars

In Amity we follow two alternating timelines with a ten-year time difference. In the first timeline, we are introduced to Connor and his very abusive father and erratic family. They have recently moved into Amity and the house is appealing to Connor’s darker and more sadistic nature. (Pro-tip: If you suspect your child to be a sociopath and have the documentation to back these claims up by psychologists, don’t move into an ancient house.) In the second timeline, we

Rashika (is tired)
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Actual Rating 3.5

I am not sure I can say with any authority whether this book was a good horror novel, but it damn well scared the hell out of me.

Now I don’t really read horror; in fact, I usually avoid it and I don’t watch a whole lot of horror movies either, because I am kind of a scaredy-cat but reading this book was definitely a scary/thrilling experience for me.

My heart was consistently pounding and I would have literally been on
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Though there's no internal admission that this book is based on the 1974 Amityville murders, obviously there's a connection. The Amityville true crime story has spawned many movies and books, and Micol Ostow's Amity is a YA version of the dark legend. Two families, ten years apart, move into the old Amity mansion in the small town of Concord. Both families last only twenty-eight days before suffering a bloody tragedy. Connor Webb adores his twin sister Jules, but hasn't much use for the rest of ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Amity delves into two different families arriving at and living at Amity. One occurs ten years ago and another in the present. There is Gwen’s family who has just moved into the present day Amity, then Conner, and his twin sister Jules, who lived there in the past. All of the characters are creepy, no downright weird would be more appropriate. Even their parents will make you shiver. Gwen suffered a mental breakdown prior to the move, and the author explains what occurred later in the novel, lea ...more
The noun "amity" connotes peace, understanding, mutual goodwill. Such an oxymoron for the title character, the house that bears this name! Capably interweaving two familial dysfunctions a decade apart, backdropping with centuries of history, this book is implacably horrifying, and will make you look at your house askance. ...more
Horror movies and novels differ vastly in the way they are meant to deliver their scares and thrills. Horror movies are a thoroughly sensory experience and their success relies on the ability of the viewer to feel like one of the characters in the story through the bombardment of sensory overload. Books, on the other hand, have a tougher job at it because their tools are limited, but that doesn't meant they have to be as unsubtle as most movies are to achieve the same effect. Quite the contrary, ...more
Kirsty-Marie Jones

So, I'm keeping this short because 1) there's not much to say about it and 2) it's hard to even know what to say because not much actually went on.

If anyone asked describe Amity in one word it would be disturbing. Because if I said this was disappointing, my house might kill me. Firstly, let's talk about the false marketing shall we? It sounds like an Amityville Horror retelling, looks like an Amityville Horror retelling, the house is described like Amityville and It's even called Amity, so gue
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
This book had such promise when I picked it up. Look at that cover! The awesome title! It's everything that I look for in a horror book, and

Unfortunately I just found it so hard to get through this book. The formatting and the way that it jumped around made it very difficult to build any flow - some chapters were extremely short, and no sooner would I get involved in what was happening than we would have another jump. There was also the issue of style - some of the phrasing, etc was just very s
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I couldn’t get past the same plot of this book as yet another “house is evil and made me do it” Amityville story. It just struck me as if the author need to write a book she had no ideas for and stole the basic ideal from the original book. I couldn’t even finish it.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, horror
This book was recommended as a "must read" by Book Riot and I was so excited to read this classic horror as a YA retelling, that I downloaded it right away, TBR be damned!

I was sooooooo disappointed! All the elements are there and it was mildly entertaining but there really wasn't anything original about it. Instead of the father or husband being possessed, it's the children. That was the only unique thing about it. 

I wouldn't say don't read it but be prepared for a meh kind of read.

Rating... C+
Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Amity was a disturbing novel that I couldn’t get through, though I think fans of horror will have more success.

Opening Sentence: Here is a house; bones of beam and joints of hardware, stone foundation smooth, solid as the core of the earth, nestled, pressed, cold and flat and dank against the hard-packed soil and all of its squirming secrets.

The Review:

Amity is a house, but she is more than that. She lives for twisting minds and carrying out gru
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it

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I really like horror which is weird because I scare easily and I let myself get so freaked out I sometimes can’t sleep at night after reading or watching a horror. Every noise I hear has my imagination running wild. The stories about Amityville and the infamous house there do scare me, I guess this is because they are supposedly true (did you know the owners who suffered through the most famous haunting there both took
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
If you’ve seen any of the Amityville Horror movies, then get any expectations you have of this book out of your head right now. This is not a retelling. It’s an entirely different story about two very damaged teens.

I mentioned in one of my recent reviews that I’m a horror fanatic, and Amity is simply another YA attempt at horror that didn’t do anything for me. But, where some other YA horror books make use of cheap, slasher-movie techniques to entertain the reader, Amity offers a few imaginativ
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
That was such a cool, freaky book! I'll have my review up soon.

Updated June 7, 2014

Amity follows two families: Connor's and Gwen's.

Connor's family moved to Amity because of a business deal that his father had. As soon as they move to the new house, Connor's mother hangs up a sign that says "Amity" on it, thus how the house got it's name. As soon as Connor got to the house, he knew it was different. He didn't know what it was, exactly, but he felt like Amity was a part of him.. or he was a part
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

I've always been fascinated with what happened in the Amityville Horror. I enjoyed both movies, but haven't had a chance to get my hands on a copy of the book. When I saw a YA retelling, I was so excited. Too bad I ended up being so disappointed.

I did like the dual POV. The past and present setting was really interesting and Connor and Gwen had fantastically different voices. Unfortunately that's about all I enjoyed.

I struggled with the families of both MCs. Connor's dad beats his
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Connor and Gwen find themselves at Amity 10 years apart. From the start they know something is not right about the house. Plagued with dreams and visions they both realize Amity isn't just a house she is a living force

This book! This book! What a page turner I couldn't wait to see what happened next! I loved seeing the past and the present and how it linked together and the plot moved along nicely and kept me hooked. I felt like I was watchi
Angela Street
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this book with fear and trembling and could not put it down. It enthralled me from beginning till end. The book dealt with two families ten years apart whom lived in an evil house for 28 days and the experiences that occurred there. There was one character that absolutely pulled me in and it was the male twin featured in the book. At first he seemed sarcastic and snarky in an interesting way but as the book developed the reader realized there was more to him than seemed on the surface. I ke ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The word eerie doesn't even cover this book, it's more like morbid. Micol Ostow writes a horror novel that is so visually descriptive that it chills you to the bone. The characters are surprisingly three dimensional, which you don't really expect in this kind of book. The flash backs between the two time periods confused me at times, but for the most part I think it worked really well. I have always liked the Amityville Horror movies and this book filled me with the same fear. Amity is the creep ...more
Melissa H
The minute I saw this book I knew I had to read it, I've been interested in the Amityville Horror story ever since I heard about it as a child. I know a lot of people that were less than thrilled with the book but I loved it. I liked how the book shifted from one point of view to another, from the past to the present. I also felt like the short..chapters I guess, just one or two pages, added to the frantic feel that the story was portraying.

I think this is one I'm going to end up buying.
Wesley Thomas
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story and an interesting take on the legend, I just felt it could be have cut down a little bit. Other than that, an excellent first horror novel for the author.
This book is based on the Amityville House in New York.

This book was alright. I was creeped out at times but it wasn't overall terrifying. There was some gore and blood but not as much as I would expect in a horror novel even though it is YA. There have been more gore filled books that are not considered horror that I have read. There was a bit suspense but I often found myself waiting for the characters to figure out what I already knew. Also as I was reading the book I was noticing the simila
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Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 40 published works for young readers. She started her reign of terror with Egmont with her novel FAMILY, which Elizabeth Burns named a favorite of 2012 on her School Library Journal-syndicated blog, A Chair, a Fireplace, a Tea Cozy. Micol's graphic novel, SO PUNK ROCK (and Other Ways to Di ...more

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“Amity was the cold, steady gaze of a double-barreled shotgun, bearing down. She was the glint of pinprick pupils gleaming through a night-lit window, the rythmic blast of a door left banging in a gale wind. The slither of a flesh-flayed limb beneath a bed skirt, a welcome note etched in blood. Amity's forever was reflected in the glimmering edge of an ax, in the rushing footprints, the twitching tail, the brushing fingertips of a zephyr, a cipher, a wordless, formless shape.” 1 likes
“But every once in a while, I could be normal. I could be the way other people are all the time. I could be nice. Once in a while.” 0 likes
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