Happy Sunday! Since it is the weekend it is time for another spooooooky book review! And today I am continuing with a trilogy that I started last Halloween. That’s right I am talking about the Shadow House trilogy by Dan Poblocki. Here is You Can’t Hide!
Firstly, I want to point out that this is a middle grade trilogy but I would never, ever give it to a middle grader. This story is pretty damn fucked up. Not at all something I would give to a child. Some of the storylines in this trilogy are honestly so messed up and disturbing that they would probably give a child nightmares for a year. I know if I had read these when I was a kid, I would have been traumatised. But, that being said, as an adult I can appreciate the fucked-up-ness of the story.
This is one of those trilogies that I wish had been written for YA, or even teen. It could have made an alright series incredible. The storyline in these is very dark. We are talking experiments on children, manslaughter, manipulation and so much more. because it is middle grade I feel like it falls short of its potential. This could be an amazing YA trilogy. it is already very dark and twisted but the darker side could be so much better explored if it was written for an older audience. I don’t know, I just don’t think that it works very well as a middle grade book.
But, moving past that issue, I think this book actually got even darker and more fucked up then the first book. Although I honestly cannot remember many details from the first book. The storyline throughout this book seemed to twist even more then in the first and the whole book had an even darker feel to it. it was pretty interesting to watch the story twist and turn and to try and figure out what the hell was going to happen next. I do however feel like I know what the ultimate outcome of this trilogy is going to be. I mean, it’s a middle grade, so there is really only one outcome.
Overall, the storyline in this book is good enough. It was spooky and a bit unnerving. It was pretty decent Halloween read. and I honestly got through it in just a couple of hours. I do just wish that it was written for an older audience.
3 out of 5
I am so conflicted over this one. Have you read it yet? Do you see what I mean about wishing it was written as a YA? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.