Book Review: Shadow House, No Way Out by Dan Poblocki

Hey Guys!

it’s time for another spooky Saturday book review! This time I am finishing a spooky trilogy that I started last Halloween. Yep, it is time for the third and final Shadow House book. So, here is my review for No Way Out by Dan Poblocki.


For a middle grade, this trilogy is seriously fucked up. The only thing middle grade about it is the writing style. The story lines in this trilogy are really messed up and I would never give it to a middle grader. But, as an older, I enjoyed this trilogy.

I do still feel that if Poblocki had written this as a YA novel, or even teen, it could have been amazing. This story is really dark and twisted and it honestly could have been even darker and more complex if it had been written for an older audience. I feel like because it was written as a middle grade, some of the story suffered. There are still some questions that have been left unanswered. There are still some things that feel unresolved and some storylines that feel undiscovered. But that being said, taking into account that this is a middle grade, I do think that this is a good end to the trilogy. even if it was a bit predictable.

I liked that there was quiet a satisfying ending. Right from book one you always knew what the ultimate outcome would be of this story, but I do the like the fact that Poblocki did twist it a bit and throw in some unexpected turns and events. I also like that you are, at least vaguely, told what is going to happen to the characters after the book. You kind of know where they are going, what they will do. and this was quite nice. You don’t always get this in books.

I also liked how much the characters have grown within themselves throughout this trilogy. considering the whole trilogy is set over the course of about 24 hours, all of the characters have progressed a lot. They have all grown in confidence. Each person has learnt more about themselves and learnt to let go of their pasts. They have also form this very tight friendship and all learnt to let others in and trust them. I just think it is nice that you have watched these kids go through so much and come out the other side stronger and more resilient then you thought possible.

These books aren’t the best, if I had read them as a teenager, say 13-15, they probably would have creeped the hell out of me, but even now, they are still good books. They are very good, quick, Halloween reads. I got through each book in about 2 hours.

star 44 out of 5

And there we have it. another spooky book down. Have you read this trilogy yet? Do you think it would have been better if it was written for an older audience? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.


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