‘Rewritten’ by Tara Gilboy/A Review

‘Rewritten’ by Tara Gilboy
Book 2 in Unwritten series
Publisher: North Star Editions/Jolly Fish Press
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: April 7, 2020

My Thoughts:

I received a complimentary copy of ‘Rewritten’ through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

My love of reading began at a very young age, and I would constantly imagine taking part of the wild adventures I would read about. Recess time would consist of me traveling to different lands and solving conflicts. So when I came across ‘Rewritten’ by Tara Gilboy, I was thrilled! While the circumstances of the story are slightly different (Gracie is a storybook character attempting to understand her creator’s intentions), I loved that I was essentially reading about a character creating her own new adventure.

The pacing of ‘Rewritten’ was very good, and the story went pretty quickly. I haven’t read the first part of this series (Unwritten), but Gilboy made it easy for me to follow along with Gracie’s struggle to define herself on her own terms. Gracie is a character trying to rectify the mistakes of her past, and it’s quite an uphill climb. I appreciated that she is shown as a person who constantly thinks of the life she once lived, while wanting to move forward from the new circumstances in her life.

‘Rewritten’ is a Middle Grade novel. I found it to be a pretty accurate description, as this story is perfect for children aged 10-14. It has just the right elements of conflict and horror, without it being too intense for young readers. ‘Rewritten’ also carries a strong message of a girl trying to make things right for herself and for those she’s close with. I wish I had a story like ‘Rewritten’ when I was younger!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Spooky Middle Grade books/Blogtober Day 6

When it comes to reading Spooky Middle Grade stories, Victoria Schwab’s Cassidy Blake series fit the bill. Cassidy is twelve years old who nearly drowned, but is saved by Jacob, who is a ghost. Since that moment, Cassidy has the ability to see spirits, crossing into the Veil (the world of spirits) in order to guide them.

There are two books in the Cassidy Blake series: ‘City of Ghosts’ and ‘Tunnel of Bones’, following Cassidy and her celebrity parents as they tour europe to film a paranormal series during Cassidy’s summer vacation. I’ve read both books, and quite enjoyed them!

What are your favorite Spooky Middle Grade books? Feel free to share in the comments!

Note: I’m participating in The Library Looter and Anniek’s Blogtober challenge.

September Reading Blog: Week 3

It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching Fall! While I prepare myself for warm gatherings and spooky celebrations, I have some progress with my reading.

I finished ‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab, and it was such an enjoyable read! It has the feel of a spooky, Halloween style tale, with a feel-good connection of close friendships.

Today I began reading ‘Kingdom Cold’ by Brittni Chenelle. From what I can tell so far, it’s following the ‘hate-to-love’ trope, that can be very entertaining to read! I’m reading it for a Creative Blog Tour, and some ideas are flowing already!

‘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