Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
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.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: Cassidy Blake #2
Contains spoilers for City of Ghosts
“What you can’t see is always scarier than what you can. Your eyes play tricks on you, filling in the shadows, making shapes.”
First thing is first: Don’t ask me to say anything about this book. I can’t remember anything. All I know this and this and that’s it. And it hasn’t been a long time since I’ve read the book either, unfortunately. Everything was just there and I didn’t really care about really anything.
Schwab has kinda always failed me, because I have yet to rate a book by her 5 stars. I love her adult work, and still trying to make myself pick up Vengeful which is like impossible since there’s like so many things I need to do, but not enough time. The one thing, I have always loved about Schwab work is that it is always creepy and has a spooky atmosphere in it.
This book was no different. Schwab still brought her creepy writing and her spooky atmosphere in this book, making it suffer from the second-book syndrome from my opinion. It really fit this book really good, but I did notice that Schwab had a nice problem with pacing.
The pacing was really fast. I thought it was just me reading my normal speed, but everything seemed to be glossed over which prevented me from giving this a higher rating. Just me, if it wasn’t for the pacing; I would I have gave it 3.5 stars instead.
I’m also a little glad that the Harry Potter references has decreased in this book, but why is Harry Potter is the only thing reference in books? and not other books like Percy Jackson or something like that?
Cassidy Blake returns with another mystery in… Paris! A place where I always wanted to go too. Already dealing with the Lady in Red, she now feels a little more comfortable with her ghosthunter skills in this book and finally be a little more confident in her abilities, Cassidy is now dealing with an angry spirit and his issues.
Unfortunately, because of the fast pacing which glossed over a lot of things. To be honest, I couldn’t get a good feel about the plot. I wanted to know more a lot more, instead of like certain things just sticking to me and that’s it since nothing would stick out. I feel like if I knew more about the angry ghost, I would have liked it, but yeah. The pacing didn’t help.
I really like the characters in this book. Than again, they’re basically the same in City of Ghosts and I liked them than, so it was pretty easy to like them in this book. Jacob and Cassidy are so sweet together, and I love their friendship.
I still feel like the side characters could be worked on a little bit better, especially with Cassidy’s new-found friend, Lara, who’s a fellow ghosthunter. I liked her a little more, but she still needs more work just like any other side-characters instead of just being there.
This book was good, but I was hoping it would be a lot better than the first book, but suffered from the second book syndrome. The pacing ended up being a disaster to the point where everything failed being amazing and I couldn’t get a good feel with the plot. The characters were likable still, but the side-characters really need a little bit more work.
TW: Death, Violence
Rep: Indian Side Character
About the Author:
Bio: Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”
She also tells stories.
She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.
Have you read this book? What did you think of this series? Have you read anything else by Victoria Schwab? Tell me in the comments!
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Hey everyone! I’m Lori and I have been ranting about books for a while, so I decided to make a blog. I’m a teen blogger in high school who has no life so she just reads books, and rants about her problems on her blog and to her cat. I’m a feminist, LGBTQ+ person, and someone who supports anything diverse.