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Gatekeepers (Dreamhouse Kings #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,771 Ratings  ·  142 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 misste

Kindle Edition, 193 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published December 30th 2008)
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Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu seriye bayılıyorum! Bence olaylar hız kesmeden devam ediyor ve yazarın anlatımı bu konuda büyük bir öneme sahip. Konu da çok güzel ama yazar öyle güzel yazmış ki sıkılma ihtiyacı bile duymuyorsunuz. Olayları size direk söylüyor, uzatmıyor. Gereksiz drama yok. Hep bir heyecan söz konusu ve bir sonraki sayfada ne olacağını merak ediyorsunuz. Serinin 3. kitabı olduğu için konudan pek de bahsetmeyeceğim spoiler vermek istemiyorum. Ama özellikle küçük yaştakiler bu seriye muhakkak bir şans vermeli ...more
I'm sorry, but these books have gotten super boring. The first one, HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS, was pretty cool, pretty suspenseful. But these books take a very simple plot and stretch it unnecessarily over way too many books. After I finished this installment, I balked when I saw there were SIX total books in this series. Why?!?!? I think WATCHER IN THE WOODS and most of this book (GATEKEEPERS) could have basically been cut out, except for maybe a couple parts that could have been built into the fir ...more
Apr 08, 2016 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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C Joy
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
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephanie  Weatherly
I didn't enjoy this 3rd book in the series as much as the previous two books. One of the things I enjoyed most about this series was the creepy/haunting factor of the house, and this book lacked all presence of that. Most of the book was set in the portal fighting and looking for mom. (I won't spoil whether or not they found her) While the ending left me curious, I'm not sure if I will continue on with the series.
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!!!!!

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Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was 4.5 because of all the excitement, action, detail, just everything it contained in this book. I salute to you for making this happen thank you so much for this wonderful story I loved every bit of it. I mean it truly.

Xander is so well put together he knows wants he's doing, always has a plan and wants everything to go well. Even when *wink* *wink* something happens. But the whole family brings me joy, the determination in their voice and eyes makes me what to do something dangerous (in
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, young-adult
Out of time Taksidian wants the Kings out of the house. He is trying to turn the community against them and has Dad arrested. The kids are on their own. Unbelievable chaos happens and the kids cannot leave the house in fear of not getting back in. Jesse and his nurse Keal show up when the kids need them most. Jesse built the house that everyone wants and fears.
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Joy Landers
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great 6 book fantasy series, written for teens/young adults. I feel these are great adult books, you have time travel, supernatural events, action/adventure. it's the complete package as far as entertainment reading
Bethany Phillips
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
Lori Twichell
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katie Kenig
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Brennen Turner
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-teen-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
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
RJ McGill
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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“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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