March 14, 2017

You Can't Hide Blog Tour: Review, Dream Cast + Giveaway

You Can't Hide (Shadow House #2)
Author: Dan Poblocki

Genre: Children's/MG Horror
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic  


Shadow House will find you...

Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal.

They're going to have to come face to face with their fears if they stand any hope of escaping the house alive. Is there anyone or anything in the house they can trust? Or is all hope disappearing, too...

Enter Shadow House... if you dare.

BONUS: Step inside Shadow House with the free app for your tablet or phone! Each image in the book reveals a haunting in the app, where the choices you make determine your fate.

Praise for YOU CAN'T HIDE:

"Shadow House has everything I love—strange characters, magic and the supernatural, endless danger and adventure—and a mystery I dare any reader to try to solve". -- R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps

Praise for The Book of Bad Things:

"Ghostly... grotesque... eerie..." -- Booklist

"Poblocki's return, full of mystery, monsters and ghosts, is sure to satisfy his fans. Old-school, John Saul-style horror." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Fun and creepy in all the good ways." -- VOYA

Praise for The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe:

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

A Junior Library Guild selection

"The social dramas mesh well with the supernatural elements... Poblocki creates a real sense of suspense." -- Booklist

"Poblocki creates danger by not pulling punches. An atmospheric, creepy ghost story best read at night." -- Kirkus Reviews

You can purchase You Can't Hide at the following Retailers:
Mrs. Fox – Alexis Bledel

Mr. Fox – Vincent Kartheiser 

Cyrus Caldwell – Ed Harris 

Consolida Caldwell – Veronika Bonell 

Marcus Geller – Pierce Gagnon

Poppy Caldwell – Kylie Rogers

Azumi Endo – Aubrey Anderson-Emmonds

Dylan and Dash Wright – Miles Brown

You Can't Hide is the second book in the Shadow House series, and fans of the first book as well as the genre are sure to love it. Even though it's the second installment, readers don't have to necessarily read the first book before this one. I haven't read the first book and I had no problems following the plot. There were some definite pros and cons for me as a reader, which I've listed below. Although I wasn't able to fully connect with the story, I would recommend this book to fans of children's fiction, MG fiction, paranormal, horror, and mystery. 

- Intriguing plot
- Rounded characters
- Fantastic attention to detail and vivid descriptions
- Complex mystery with lots of twists and turns

- Written in the third person - I'm personally not a fan of this style
- Couldn't really identify with or connect to the characters - most likely because of the writing style
- Parts of the story felt campy and cheesy - probably due to the fact that I'm way outside the target audience
- Some parts were also pretty predictable - in my opinion
Dan Poblocki is an American author of mystery and horror novels for young people. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. During his pre-teen years, his family moved to Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Dan currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with two scaredy cats.

Dan graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in theater. Subsequently, he toured the United States playing ultra-challenging roles such as Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Shoemaker in The Shoemaker and the Elves to packed houses filled with literally thousands of screaming children. (He hopes they weren’t screaming in fear.)

Dan ended his promising acting career to focus on other endeavors. While exploring various artistic options, he held a number of jobs in New York City including: a floral groomer, an audience-wrangler for a popular game show, a computer analyst, a chemotherapy-unit assistant, and a traveling bathing suit sales-dude.

That’s right. A traveling bathing suit sales-dude.

Dan now writes full time. He's probably working on something new this very minute!

(7) Winners will receive a Copy of You Can't Hide (Shadow House #2) by Dan Poblocki
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter


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