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 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.
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?
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.
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!
Summer is winding down, which usually means that spooky content is all around us! I saw these Peanuts Halloween cards displayed in Walmart yesterday, and got sooo excited!
I’m also looking forward to reading some books with dark content, as two pre-ordered reads are coming my way next month!
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
‘Tunnel of Bones’ is the second installment of the Cassidy Blake series. After almost drowning when she was eleven, Cassidy has the ability to see ghosts, crossing into the ‘Veil’ at any given moment. Her best friend Jacob, a ghost himself, is also back to accompany Cassidy on a new adventure!
‘A Dream So Dark’ by L.L. Mikinney
When I finished reading ‘A Blade So Black last year, I pre-ordered the sequel immediately. I had to. After reading such an action-packed Alice in Wonderland retelling, with THAT cliffhanger, there was no question about it!
Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan
‘Sweet Melody’ is a lighter read, as it tells the tale of Lindsay, a young entrepreneur and Rhett, a struggling artist as they work together to revitalize Lindsay’s food truck business. I will post my review as part of a blog tour in mid-September!