‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab/A Review

‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab
2nd Book in the Cassidy Blake series
287 pages
Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Genre: Middle Grade

Synopsis:
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.

My Review:

If there was anywhere in the world I would love to visit, it would be Paris! Going to the Eiffel Tower? Absolutely!
Sitting at a cafe with my favorite reads? I’m so there!

Touring the Catacombs and search for ghosts?

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Well…you only live once!

Cassidy Blake and her family do just that in ‘Tunnel of Bones’, Victoria Schwab’s second book chronicling Cassidy’s summer vacation with her famous ‘paranormal-on-screen’ parents The Inspecters. She’s also learning about her budding abilities as an ‘in-betweener’, venturing into the Veil (the world of the Dead) to send spirits back in peace, with the help of her ghost-best-friend Jacob.

In this installment, Cassidy unknowingly awakens a powerful entity while stumbling into the Veil within the Catacombs ( the perfect location for ghosts!). A series of mishaps and dysfunction ensues, and it’s up to Cassidy to figure out how to stop this mischievous spirit before Paris falls into complete disarray!

Cassidy is someone who’s truly learning her skills as an ‘in-betweener’, and we’re taken along for the ride during every discovery, misstep, and confrontation. Schwab perfectly portrays Cassidy in the throes of innocence, while confronted with forces that she’s not completely ready for. She’s a twelve year old girl struggling to balance the need to be a tourist in a new country, while getting sucked into the paranormal realm to solve the puzzle of the spirit in question.

Thanks to Lara’s periodic guidance and Jacob’s own secrets of his past (which provide its own level of intrigue), Cassidy becomes aware of an entire new layer of the paranormal world…yet all that Cassidy longs for is the simple joys of trying a crepe for the first time, and visiting the Eiffel Tower with its stunning views.

Image from Pixabay

The chemistry between Cassidy and Jacob continues to grow. Jacob’s truth about his previous life is a constant weight hanging over their heads, yet they also enjoy the pleasure of maintaining the rules of their bond. The tension is maintained by Cassidy have more social encounters, which brings the loaded question of how much of her private life should she disclose.

‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab was a very engaging story. If you enjoy stories that involve the paranormal and strong friendships, then this is the story for you!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

April 24, 2018: Tuesday Thoughts

Some thoughts as I get ready this morning:

  • Had my first OT session yesterday. He recommended that I visit twice a week, so I’ve arranged that for the next two weeks. I’m hoping for the very best. Especially since I miss crocheting. I miss creating with yarn.
  • I reached out to my close friend from Puerto Rico the other day. She seemed to be under great stress, yet she doesn’t understand that she alone has the power to change her situation. It’s a dilemma that’s dominated her life for many years.
  • I contacted a member of my poetry therapy community about attending the annual workshops our organization holds. I’m currently unable to facilitate a workshop this year, but I can’t wait to take part with my community. Now to figure out the days I can attend.
  • Later today Andy will have his finger looked at. He injured it after his birthday dinner on Saturday, and it’s been surgically wrapped for 3 days now. Hopefully it’s on the way to getting healed.