September 2019 Reading Wrap Up

I read six books this month. Now, I know that it’s not a huge number, but I’m very proud of my progress!

‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab
Length: 304 pages
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 3, 2019

I rated ‘Tunnel of Bones’ 5 stars. It was very exciting to revisit Cassidy Blake’s world, as she explored Paris in order to vanquish a restless spirit. Having a best friend who’s a ghost is an extra bonus! I’m already anticipating the next book in the series!

Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan
Length: 217 pages
Publisher: Snug Corner Cove Press
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
September 13, 2019

I rated ‘Sweet Melody‘ 5 Stars. This story was read and reviewed for a tour stop on Prism Book Tours. This was an endearing novel that covers the issue of struggle after heartbreak. The message expressed that with a strong support network, and with a little faith, one is never truly alone!

‘Kingdom Cold’ Trilogy by Brittni Chenelle
Length: 622 pages
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Release Date: February 14, 2019

I gave the ‘Kingdom Cold’ series 5 stars. I read and reviewed these stories through Caffiene Book Tours. Truthfully, I went into this series not expecting to be absorbed, but I was pleasantly surprised. Chenelle displays strong female characters and a steady pace throughout the books. I’m thankful that I gave these stories a chance!

‘The Lost Girls of Paris’ by Pam Jenoff
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Park Row Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: March 1, 2019

I gave ‘The Lost Girls of Paris’ 4 Stars. Learning about a female secret agent unit in London during World War II was truly eye-opening. Genoff artfully created fictionalized accounts of the three female leads in the book, while enlightening readers of the reality that women faced while operating behind enemy lines. It reveals that women played a greater role in war than originally thought!

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

Sunday Sentence: September 15, 2019

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

‘I’m starting to realize how little I know about the paranormal world beyond my parents’ show and my own experiences in the Veil’.

Source: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

September Reading & Writing Blog: Week 2

My writing has been kicked into high gear this month! I’ve been so inspired reading the many writer pitches in my Twitter feed that I’ve returned to my writing projects. I’m steadily toiling away with my next book idea, editing scenes and adding to my word count. As far as the genre, I’m still figuring it out! I have the main characters as two sisters, but the direction I want to take them varies day to day.

My reading progress is also coming along. I finished reading ‘Sweet Melody’ by Heidi McCahan, in time for the blog tour. I enjoyed reading a story that’s outside my usual reading preferences! I’m currently tackling ‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab. I’m about halfway through the story, and it’s very good! Cassidy is having such an eye-opening adventure in France! She’s getting more acquainted with her gift in crossing the Veil!

In non-related book news, I crocheted a few rounds of a pumpkin with no pain in my hand. I’m making progress day by day!

January 6, 2019: My New Read

I’m currently reading ‘City of Ghosts’ by Victoria Schwab. It’s a ‘middle grade’ story (a genre for for a younger audience), but I’ve heard lots of great things about the book. It’s heavy on paranormal activity, and I always love a good ghost story. So I’ll see how the book goes as I move further.