“What you can’t see is always scarier than what you can. Your eyes play tricks on you, filling in the shadows, making shapes.”
TITLE & AUTHOR: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
SERIES: Cassidy Blake, #2
PUBLISHED : September 3rd 2019, by Scholastic
MY RATING: 5/5
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.
I fell in love with this series right on the first pages of City of Ghosts, and I was anxious to read the sequel because, as we all know, things often go downhill from there. Luckily for me, they didn’t! You can read my review of the first book on the link above, and if you haven’t read City of Ghosts yet, don’t worry, as this review won’t have any spoilers for it.
As I mentioned in the first novel’s review, Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters – basically historians and paranormal aficionados who, after writing several successful novels on ghosts, got their own TV show, and are now traveling the world, visiting the most haunted cities. The first book put us on the cobblestones of Edinburgh, and now we’re visiting Paris. The glamorous, fashionable city of lights can’t be haunted, right? Oh but you’re forgetting the horrible revolution, and the bloody guillotines, and the dark, deep catacombs.
Old cities have rich history, and history never comes without a certain dose of horrible, painful death. And a lot of death in one place becomes a breeding place for ghosts, playfully wicked and frightfully malicious at the same time. So, this time around, Cassidy and her BFF ghost Jacob have a job harder than ever. The more Cass interacts with lost spirits, the more danger she invites into her own life, and the harder it becomes for Jacob, a ghost himself, to remain unharmed and tethered to this world in Cass’s pursuit to rid the world of malicious spirits.
On this spooky adventure, the lovable duo will have a run in with a force far greater than they’re ever witnessed – they’ll have to fight a poltergeist. No worries though, because no matter how huge a danger they face, they always have help from the unlikely but knowledgeable friend Lara, whom they’ve met first in City of Ghosts. And even though Lara isn’t present in Paris to offer a first-hand assistance, Cass and Jacob will meet another ally who will. Of course you can expect a happy ending, that’s not a spoiler with these kind of books, but the adventures and the dangers they bring will often keep you on the edge of your seat.
“First comes mischief, then comes menace, then mayhem.”
I wouldn’t say this book was weaker than the first, the pacing is quite the same. The adventures are interesting and characters are lovable and sweet, and you can always feel the amount of visual research Victoria Schwab has done to put us on the streets of these famous, haunted cities. The spirits are always vicious and dark, and sometimes things get way out of control for Cass and Jacob, but these are still middle-grade books, not scarier than Harry Potter. Speaking of, there are tons of references showing Schwab’s a true Potterhead, and even though Cassidy Blake’s adventures are a far cry from our beloved saga, they’re still fun and enjoyable, and I cannot wait for more!
Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”