Master of the House

It wasn't unusual for Sam to wake up and forget where he was; he and his father had moved around so much that the bedrooms started to run together.  It was unusual, however, for Sam to not remember how he got there.

Twelve hours earlier, Sam's friends had dared him to go into The House, an old, supposedly haunted mansion, where, rumor had it, thrill seeking teenagers went in, but never came out.  Once Sam stepped over the threshold, everything went black.
 
Following clues left by his recently deceased grandmother, Sam and a disparate group of teenagers learn that The House sits on a crossroads of dimensions.  They travel to other worlds, face their greatest fears, and battle Halloween monsters to find the master of The House.  Sam realizes that the secrets of The House lie in his own family history, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his mother’s death. 

“Master of the House” is a YA novel that features adventure, romance, and humor. It will appeal to fans of series like “Fablehaven” and “Percy Jackson.”  It was a quarter finalist for the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Some feedback on "Master of the House" from the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest:


ABNA Expert Reviewer

What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?

This book has excellent pacing, and the story will sell itself to those who like suspense books. I thought the high school scenes were well written, and also think the author does a good job of describing without being overwhelming in the description.

What aspect needs the most work?

The book was compelling, but could have used a little more suspense to build up the foreboding that the house should be giving to Sam. 

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?

I thought this was a compelling read. I enjoyed the pacing and the aura of uncertainty that surrounded the events of the visit to the house. I would definitely read more, and would also recommend this to my 13 and 16 year old sons.

ABNA Expert Reviewer

What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?

The writer has created a good character in Sam. He is well rounded and well thought out. His dialogue is appropriate for his age and background. He is someone a person would like to know.

What aspect needs the most work?

There was nothing amiss here. The author had good characterization, plotting and setting. The selection has a good hook to keep the reader's interest.

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?

This was a very good excerpt with all the elements being well done. The work reads well, polished and professional.

ABNA Publishers Weekly Reviewer

Though a few characters (e.g. Sam's father) could be better developed, and a few questions in the book remain unanswered (as with the death of Sam's mother long ago), the story at the center is a solid one.