“Understanding the past helps us move through the present and discover the future.”
Rating: 3/5 stars
Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.
She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.
When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.
And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.
This is going to be on the much shorter side compared to my other reviews mainly because this is a quick MG read but partly because it suffered from second book syndrome. The Cassidy Blake series follows a young girl who is traveling the world with her parents to some of the most haunted places on Earth – thanks to their ghost hunting television show. Cassidy, has a gift that allows her to see and communicate with ghosts and is partly responsible in helping them move on from “The Veil” and into whatever the afterlife might be. She’s accompanied by her dead best friend Jacob, who saved Cassidy from a near-drowning experience and together they’re taking on the creepiest cities with some of the worst ghosts the world has to offer.
“The Blake family: two parents, a ghost-seeing girl, her dead best friend, and a rather unhappy cat.”
As a MG novel this is definitely a fun ride that I think most readers within the targeted age group will enjoy. I absolutely cannot knock stars off for this feeling juvenile because…that’s the point. And I have to say out of all the books I’ve read from Victoria Schwab this series is my favorite. However, Tunnel of Bones just didn’t live up to my expectations this time. In the first book Schwab writes a world that is so lush, creepy, and atmospheric that felt as if you were right next to Cassidy and Jacob as they dove into their adventure. But this time around the setting and atmosphere just weren’t the same and the creepiness level was significantly turned down. It was only until the very end that the book dialed up the creepy factor and tugged on my heart because of Cassidy and Jacob’s friendship.
“That’s how friendship works. You learn to share the weight.”
Even though this isn’t my favorite out of the two books it still was an enjoyable read while it lasted. It was super easy to fly through and reading it in October with some candles lit and a pumpkin cold-brew from Starbucks definitely hits right. I’ll definitely be reading the final book in the trilogy to see where the Blake family heads to next!