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Frenzy (Dreamhouse Kings) Hardcover – May 18, 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in the Dreamhouse Kings Series

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Editorial Reviews

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"If you like creepy and mysterious, this is the house for you! I loved wandering around in these books. With a house of so many great, haunting stories, why would you ever want to go outside?" --R.L. Stine, bestselling author of Ghostbumps

"A powerhouse storyteller delivers his most fantastic ride yet!" ----Ted Dekker, bestselling author of Chosen and Infidel

"Robert Liparulo has written the perfect ending to one of the best series' ever created. Frenzy is oh-my-goodness-I-can't-put-this-book-down suspenseful and creepy." --Hornspoon Reviews

"Each book ratchets up the tension & accelerates the pace. By Frenzy, things are about to snap. In this stunning conclusion to the epic series, Liparulo has crafted a can't-put-down experience" --Fiction Addict Reviews

From the Author

First, thank you for making the Dreamhouse Kings a best-selling series. That it has resonated with so many readers means the world to me. The story is close to my heart for many reasons: It has bounced around my head for most of my life, having come to me as a dream when I was 11 years old...many memories of my childhood made their way into the story, such as Xander's movie making and David's love of soccer...the lessons the Kings learn about the importance of purpose and the value of family are, to me, essential to living a happy, productive life. Mostly, though, the Dreamhouse books represent the fun adventures I enjoyed in books and movies as a kid.

If you're new to the series, do yourself a favor and start with book one, "House of Dark Shadows," and read the books in order. I consider the Dreamhouse Kings a single story told over six books, not a series of sequels. Jumping in mid-stream would be a bit like waking into a movie halfway through and trying to make sense of it. I structured the story so that each book adds layers of depth to the plot and characters. So give it a try from the beginning; I think you'll enjoy the ride.

So are you ready to take the final plunge into the wildest adventure you'll ever experience? OK, then...hold on!

-Robert Liparulo
May 5, 2010
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Product Details

  • Series: Dreamhouse Kings (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548160
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melissa VINE VOICE on April 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
**First paragraph contains SPOILERS for the previous books**
When Whirlwind ended, the King family had finally learned from where and when in history Taksidian lived. Unfortunately it turned out to be the legendary Atlantis, well known for its brutality and they happened to be visiting that nightmare of a place. Xander was chained to a group of slave children, destined to be used as a decoy in battle and David was trapped between soldiers intent on enslaving him and a group of kids planning to beat him to a pulp. Needless to say, the boys were once again trapped in a cruel world with only their quick minds and determination to find a way back to relative safety. The city of Atlantis, is only the beginning though. In the final book of the Dreamhouse King series, the King family once again faces harrowing adventures in the quest to find their mom and fix the future.

Wow....I only thought Whirlwind was as good as the series could get. Frenzy makes the previous books look like episodes of Barney. Ok, so not really, but it is spectacular, with its heart pounding adventures and non-stop action. Then again, this whole series has excelled at high-octane, intense, action sequences with barely enough time for the reader to catch their breath. Believe it or not though, Frenzy kicked the action up another notch,

Throughout the series, Liparulo has graced us with some imaginative scenes and adventures from the past. Not only has it brought history alive for the readers, it's also given them a chance to contemplate the past relating to the future. In this book, Liparulo finally pulls all those threads together and gives the reader a view of the picture he's been painting.
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This book was disappointing & disturbing in that it was a book that was written for young readers & it portrayed continuous violence toward children by adults from the beginning to the end. The boys were beaten, stabbed,& poisoned & left for dead. The father was portrayed as weak & wimpy & unable to remove the kids from danger. I was under the impression that this was Christian fiction. This book was so violent that it negated any spiritual content that the author wove in at the midpoint to the end. He wanted to share that things happened for a purpose, that God was in control & that God had a plan for the Kings.
I was so tired of a repeat of similar events that occured from book 1-6 that I rejoiced at the ending of this book. I shudder to think that the author plans to write a series of short stories about the Kings fixing time. I just cannot take anymore.
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The first thing I can think of to say is that these books must be read. Having spent much of my childhood reading YA fiction, I can honestly say that this is some of the best on the market. If YA is not your style, it's not a problem; if you're familiar with Liparulo's work at all (and if you're not, you need to fix that), he doesn't dumb it down or edit it. Basically, what makes it young adult is the age of the characters, and some of the more gruesome violence takes place "off-screen." However, there are enough bumps, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, blood, scary situations, and dead bodies to rival his adult fiction, and the writing style is largely equivalent. So don't shy away from the "Young Adult" label.

The premise is that the King family has just moved into a creepy new house. They haven't spent one night in it before the mother gets kidnapped and taken through one of the portals in the secret third floor; portals that take you back in time. The series chronicles the adventures of David and Xander, their sister Toria, and their Dad, as they attempt to find her and bring her back. But there is an evil force at work, and it will do anything to uncover the house's secrets...

Liparulo is at his finest in this series. Even before the action kicked off into high gear (and once it does, don't expect it to let up until the series ends), I was amazed at how quickly I was drawn to the characters. The dynamic between 15- and 12-year-olds Xander and David captures the "brother" quality so well that I couldn't help but be reminded of my own relationship to my brothers. And when they explore the house for the first time, he sets the mood so well, creepy and foreboding, that I was hooked.
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Whew!
This book opens with a Prologue, which figuratively just ripped my heart out. I had started reading this installment to take my mind off my real life, which involved someone I really like, possibly love, moving away from me and I really hurt because of it. I could *definitely* feel the emotions expressed in the prologue and wanted to cry right along! The feeling stayed with me through to the middle of the book.

In fact, I took a tiny break from reading because I was afraid of experiencing the crushing pain I experienced with the prologue! And then I was kind of afraid to start up again because I just couldn't believe it!

This book displays the spiritual aspects of the series much more. In the previous books, the Christian/spiritual aspect was more of an undertone -- it was great to see but you could overlook it. There is no overlooking it in this book ... which isn't necessarily a bad thing but may turn off some readers and they may be really disgusted by it. (I know atheists probably would be ...)

Interestingly, the 1st book reminded me of Narnia and that's how I explained it to people -- "a house with portals ...;" this book reminded me of Quantum Leap :-D XD

Adrianne
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