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.
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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+ ...more
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.
Amity is a house, but she is more than that. She lives for twisting minds and carrying out gru ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
I think this is one I'm going to end up buying. ...more
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 ...more