Book Reviews · Fantasy · Horror · Young Readers/Middle Grade Fiction

City of Ghosts/Tunnel of Bones

Whether it’s because of Halloween, or the somewhat gloomy aesthetic of early fall, the month of October is a perfect time for reading spooky books! So far this month, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy two great spooky reads, City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones, by Victoria Schwab.

“People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin. But the truth is, ghosts are everywhere.”

City of Ghosts, by Victoria Schwab (page 1)

City of Ghosts introduces the reader to Cassidy Blake, a girl who has had the unusual ability to see ghosts ever since she drowned in a river and was saved by the ghost of a boy named Jacob. Ever since, she’s been able to cross the Veil between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Cass is looking forward to a (mostly) ghost-free summer when her parents, who have written a series of books about ghosts called The Inspecters, announce some surprising news. They’ve been offered the chance to film a television documentary series focusing on some of the most haunted cities in the world, and they’re taking Cass with them.

Their first stop is Edinburgh, Scotland, where the Veil is so close that Cass is having trouble ignoring the presence of nearby ghosts. As her parents begin to film the first episode of their new series, Cass and Jacob meet another girl with the same abilities as Cass…and Cass manages to catch the attention of a very dangerous ghost known as the Raven in Red.

Cassidy’s adventures continue in Tunnel of Bones, which takes place shortly after the events of the first book. In this novel, Cass and her family (along with her ghostly best friend) travel to Paris, France. While exploring the Catacombs beneath the city’s streets, Cass accidentally wakes a poltergeist, who begins to wreck havoc all over the city. It’s up to Cass and Jacob to solve the mystery of who the ghost used to be, so they can attempt to stop it before things get even worse.

I really enjoyed reading City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones. Both books had fast-paced, exciting stories that kept me interested in reading. I had a very hard time putting these stories down, and actually ended up reading most of the first book, and all of the second, in a single afternoon. The books are written for a younger, middle-grade audience, but I think that readers of any age will enjoy the books and find Cass and Jacob relatable.

There are currently only two books in this series. However, a third novel, which is entitled Bridge of Souls, is due to be released in March of 2021. According to the description I read on Amazon, the third book is going to be set in the city of New Orleans. I’m really looking forward to it.

If you’re interested in stories about ghosts, or just looking for something fun and spooky to read this month, I definitely recommend giving City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones a try.

Happy spooky reading!

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