I received this book for free from BEA 2016 in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Gathering by Dan Poblocki
Published by Scholastic Press on August 30th 2016
Source: BEA 2016
Some houses are more than just haunted... they're hungry.
Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House.
Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing -- and nobody -- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.
And the way out?
That's disappeared, too...
Enter Shadow House... if you dare.
Don't just read about Shadow House -- explore its haunted depths with the free app!
Got the idea for Tag Team reviews from Laura @fuonlyknew and Sherry @ Fundinmental. Since my blogging buddy Barb and I share the same taste in a lot of books and have a lot of the same ones we decided to join up and tag team some reviews. 🙂
We are tag teaming Shadow House: The Gathering by Dan Poblocki
Whenever Poppy Caldwell glanced in a mirror, she saw another girl standing behind her.
What I thought of this book
The Gathering is book one of the Shadow House series and it’s pretty much just about what it’s title suggest. Five different kids are tricked into going to the Shadow House by a mysterious Del Larkspur. Each kid thinks that they are there for a certain purpose. Poppy thinks she has family here, Dash and Dylan are actors and they are expecting to make a horror film, Marcus is a music prodigy and thinks it’s a school for music, and Azumi thinks it’s going to be a school.
They get something very different. Nobody seems to be in the house and it’s a huge house. They split up to go check out the house and see if they can find someone and soon find a whole lot of weird and creepy. There are children running around in the house with a mask of different animals and they are not nice.
Soon the group is looking for a way out of the house but they can’t seem to get the door open. They have been gathered to this house for some reason but they don’t have a clue about who or why.
The Gathering starts out a little on the slow side and switches back and forth between the different kids as they get their summons to the house. Once they all get there it picks up a little but it wasn’t till about half way through or so that I started to find it interesting.
For the most part, I liked them all but I think Poppy was my favorite and Dash was my least favorite of the group. They are kids and scared and they all handle things in different ways.
It had some great spooky and creepy parts in it which make me think this might be suited more for the older middle grade or the younger end of YA. It’s a great book for this time of the year.
I wasn’t a big fan of it just coming to and end and not really wrapping anything up. I know it’s a series or trilogy but I hate when they just stop and end and you are left with that quizzical look on your face as your thinking, “Um, that can’t be it.”
Overall, I thought it was an interesting read and I am curious what will happen to the group and how they will make it out of the house. It’s a good creepy read for MG/YA book and if you have kids that you think would enjoy it then you should check it out.
The only thing I wished I could have had with this book was the pictures throughout the story. That is one thing I hate about ARC’s is sometimes the pictures are not there and everytime I came to a picture spot I was so curious! I am sure they are really cool! The cover is awesome!
I tried the app that goes along with it and it’s even creepier than the book and made me jump…lol.
Now go head over to Barbs blog at Booker T’s Farm and see what she thought!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Horror Challenge 2016
- New Release Challenge 2016