I’m participating in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober challenge! In Central NJ, there is a building named The Union Hotel. Located in downtown Flemington, NJ, The Union Hotel … Continue reading Local Ghost Story/Blogtober Day 28
I’m participating in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober challenge. Paranormal romance is such a popular storyline in many books, and I love diving into them! Here are some … Continue reading Paranormal Romance/Blogtober Day 19
Last year I was reading ‘Daughters of the Lake’ by Wendy Webb. I was in the mood to read something paranormal for October, and when I read the sypnosis for … Continue reading What I Was Reading At This Time Last Year: Blogtober Day 16
‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab2nd Book in the Cassidy Blake series287 pagesScholastic PressRelease Date: September 3, 2019Genre: Middle Grade Synopsis: Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even … Continue reading ‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab/A Review
‘City of Ghosts’ by Victoria Schwab is a paranormal tale with adventure, told through the eyes of a girl blessed with the gift of communicating with spirits. This story follows Cassidy Blake, an 12 year old girl with the gift of crossing over to the world of the dead, called the Veil. She is able to travel to this world after a near death experience a year earlier. Cassidy travels to Edinburgh, Scotland with her parents, ‘paranormal experts’ in writing (yet they have little awareness of ghosts) who film a show called ‘The Inspecters’ based on their successful books on ghost phenomenon. As her parents venture into popular, ‘spooky’ tourist sites within Edinburgh, Cassidy embarks on her own adventure through the Veil with Jacob, her close friend (and ghost). It is through these excursions that Cassidy becomes enlightened about her gift, and discovers some shocking surprises along the way.
‘City of Ghosts’ is a Middle Grade novel, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. I do love reading paranormal stories, and this story pushed my interest. I also appreciated the fact that this book felt like an ‘older’ book in many aspects. The scenes where Cassidy gets better attuned with venturing into the Veil pulled at my heartstrings. She holds a strong connection with the spirit world, and it was fulfilling to witness Cassidy’s journey as she discovers their strengths and weaknesses. This leads to a marked piece of advice from Lara, a girl Cassidy meets in Scotland (who holds a special gift of her own): ‘We’re meant to cross (the Veil), because we have a job to do on the other side’. It was also refreshing to see Cassidy have a genuine platonic relationship with Jacob, who serves as her loyal companion along her adventure through Scotland. Their paranormal discoveries in Edinburgh lead to the beginning of a deeper awareness in Cassidy’s gift.
I hope to see more of Cassidy’s growth in her abilities as she travels to other destinations with her family. It will be interesting to see hers (and Jacob’s) character development as the months move forward in her journey.
Halloween is usually the best holiday, since it’s an amazing time to dress up as a different personality, and be at one with the paranormal. It’s said that Halloween is the time where the veil between the living and dead is thinnest. While I don’t run my life by following superstitions and paranormal activity, I feel that there’s a lot of validity to ghost stories and hauntings. It’s helpful to be aware of your surroundings, wherever you go.
I’m hopeful that today will be a quick day at work, and I can leave a little early. I can find the time to watch Halloween specials. And watch ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’! It’s a tradition to view the special on this holiday.
I always enjoy a good suspense story. When there’s elements of paranormal drama, it makes the tale even more appealing. ‘Daughters of the Lake’ contains these ingredients to tell a … Continue reading October 28, 2018: My Thoughts on ‘Daughters of the Lake’