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Watcher in the Woods

(Dreamhouse Kings #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,627 ratings  ·  273 reviews
It's not just the house that's keeping secrets.

Pretending everything's all right is harder than it sounds. But the Kings know that even if they told the truth about the bizarre things happening in their house, no one would believe them. They're hyper-focused on rescuing their lost family member before anyone finds out what's going on.

But when a stranger shows up to take
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 28th 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published May 6th 2008)
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Jul 22, 2011 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
Dec 23, 2015 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
Long Live Wonderland
Okay... So Watcher in the Woods did better than book one in terms of horror level, but it still was not scary. I did not give Watcher in the Woods five stars because it had something that House of Dark Shadows did not have. Annoying characters. Well, there was really just one. Xander really pissed me off in book 2. He made the dumbest decisions that I just could not forgive. His bitterness towards his father, Mr. King, got really old really fast. And Speaking of Mr. King, Mr. King became my hero ...more
Mark Kipper
May 20, 2008 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
Kisa, the person who likes doughnuts
i really like this series so far, and it includes so many things that i like, for example:
horror, mystery, mysterious old houses, teleportation, portals to other times places, and cool protagonists.

(though sometimes i felt like throwing this book on the ground when something absolutly crazy happens, but thats because i couldnt believe what was happening.)

( i rarely write reviews, so im not very good at it, sorry! ill probably write another one when i finish the series.)
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.

Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very proud of myself finishing this book in way day. I love the idea of this story. It a complete different idea of normal story's that are kinda horror
Isabella Mancini
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Watcher in the Woods , by Robert Libarulo, is an action packed story, mainly written for teens. It takes place in present-day California in a town called Pinedale. The main characters, David, Xander, and their father live in a house that is different than most. It has portals which lead to different times in history. The story started by explaining that the mother was taken from them and that it was their fathers fault because he knew that the house was dangerous. I really enjoyed this ...more
Dayna Smith
The second fantasy installment in the Dreamhouse Kings series. Xander and David desperately want to find their mother, who has been kidnapped by a mysterious man and taken through one of numerous portals in their new home that lead to other times and places. Xander does not feel his dad is doing enough to find his mother, but David feels his father just wants them to search for her safely. While tensions increase within the family, a mysterious man attempts to drive the Kings from their home ...more
Dee ~ Proudest Nanna Of Little  Millie ~
This was such a great read. I’m definitely going to read the next instalment.
Isabella Aranda
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started to read this book I was maybe in Chapter 1 or 2 I thought the beginning of the book was boring. But then I thought to myself and realized that if I continue to read this book I would like the middle( usually where the action begins).I was correct! Hands down the best Young Adult suspense book I’ve ever read. This book is about two brothers,one sister and a dad who have a strange house different than normal ones. They are kind of like the outcast in the book. I recommend this ...more
Melissa Van
May 24, 2011 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
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, middle-grade

I'm calling it quits with this series now that I've finished with book #2 (which was all, thankfully, I had in my possession). I will stress again that, had I read this book at a much younger age, I might have appreciated it more. Since I didn't though, I can only rate it in my current frame of mind.

My overall lack of interest in this series and the irritation I felt while reading almost every single page is the complete lack of maturity I see with both Xander and David (the main characters
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
Shelby Huff
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Watcher In The Woods, is the second book in the series by the best selling author of, House Of Dark Shadows, they are both written by Robert Liparulo. This book is perfect for people who enjoy mystery, creepy, and/or thrill seeking fictional novels. This book is an interesting story of how love, hope, and sacrifice can help the Kings family escape their own house. The story is told with rich detail and awe inspiring ‘cliff hangers’ perfect for readers who like intense novels.

It’s not just the
Ok, so I'm a little frustrated with this series. I'm interested in the story, but I just don't feel like it's very gripping. Like I'm interested enough to buy the next book & read it, but I'm annoyed that I'm still not wrapped up in the story.

For one thing, I think that book 1 & 2 should have been edited & compiled into one book. Things moved way too slow in the first book & the second. I think I would have felt that gripping momentum I'm looking for if they would've been
Melissa Araujo
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Araujo
BR #5

Watcher In The Woods

The story begin with a boy named David and when he was little David lost his mom and someone took her. He doesn’t know who did it so his machine is to save her until it’s too late. Plus he really wants to save his mom really bad so they can get back together as a family.

And David will have experience when he is going to save his mom. “When he was going to the next door it opened by itself. An eye inspected him,then it swung wide and he was
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
May 20, 2008 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!
Teen fiction has its place in my reading habits occasionally, but I do find that it can be a bit much. Like now. With Watcher in the Woods. I don't know. Maybe I hoped that it wouldn't be a book crammed into such a small amount of time. The entire story takes place over 3 days time. Plus, it's an extension of the 1st book in the series, House of Dark Shadows, which I really liked. It picks right up where the 1st book left off, so really, I've read 2 books and gone only about 5 days in the lives ...more
Bookish Warmth
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My heart was beating fast and my eyes were scrambling to read the words faster. I don't recall ever reading a book so thrilling. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes imaginative realism, thrillers, young adult, or books that take place in short time frames. When I think back to all that has happened in this series so far, it amazes me how much can occur in such a short timeline.

The writing is clear; there is plenty of unambiguous dialogue. I enjoyed how the chapters were
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Watcher in the Woods by Robert Lipaulo, is the second book in the Dreamhouse Kings series. In the last book, Xander and David’s mother is kidnapped by a huge creepy man that takes her to another dimension. The family is devastated, but Xander and David have the urge to find her. But there father reveals a secret about his childhood. He tells his kids that when he was a child, his family moved into that exact house. And after a few months of living there, they started realizing the weird things ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is by Robert Liparulo and Is a non-fiction book. This book is the second book in the series and is a decent book to read it wan't one of my favorite books but it also wasn't that bad. This book is about a family that just moved into the house and then realize that their mom is gone and after that they realize that their mom has disappeared into one of the doors in the house and then they were like well how would that happen and then they opened the door up and they notice that the ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion this book was very confusing and I couldn't really understand what the author was talking about. For example, the people would be inside another dimension and all of the sudden they would somehow be somewhere else. My text to self connection to the story is when the two boys lost their mother they felt like they had to find her. Just like when I lost my dog, I felt like I had to find him and there was no time to waste. The weaknesses of the book are that the book is way too long ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
So, I picked this up on the bargain shelf. The cover art is gorgeous, the story is intriguing, but once i got into it-or didn't rather-I was disappointed. After reading the first one in this series, I was hoping this one would be better, and it was, just by a hair. I was still confused because the characters seemed to be like chickens with their heads cut off, still in the land of I-Don't-Know. On the plus side, there was an assassin. He was interesting.
This series just isn't for me. It's just
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 stars.

A pretty decent continuation of the series. Not a whole lot of action; as with the first book, it feels like this is mostly setting things up for something further down the road. Which is a shame, considering all the historical time periods and the adventurous locations the King family are visiting.

While much of the first book seemed to focus on the point of view of teen-aged Xander, this book switches back and forth between him and twelve-year-old David.
David Justiss
Enjoying the series so far. Here's a couple random comments:

He thinks the school is backwards for allowing backpacks in classrooms? Is this a thing in real life? I can't imagine a school where they don't allow backpacks. that's crazy.

I happen to have the same name as the main character and it bugs me every time his family calls him "Dae". What's "Dae"? I mean "Dave" is okay (though I prefer being called David), but if anyone called me "Dae" I'd be like "Huh? Do you mean what day is it? What are
Sheri McEntire
I read it to see if it was something my boys would enjoy reading. I thought it was a great youth book. I didn't realize I was reading book 2 of a series. There was a bit of background that I was in the dark about but it didn't really make the story any less enjoyable. You really must read the 3rd book unless you don't mind being left hanging. I haven't decided if I am invested enough. Great adventure story for teen boys.
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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)
  • House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings, #1)
  • Gatekeepers (Dreamhouse Kings, #3)
  • Timescape (Dreamhouse Kings, #4)
  • Whirlwind (Dreamhouse Kings, #5)
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