I loved this sequel to City of Bones. It’s a middle-grade book written by Victoria Schwab, my favorite author. While I don’t normally read middle-grade, I know I’ve liked everything written by her, so I will probably read anything written by her (I have a huge backlist to get to). Still, I had a fun time reading the second book in this series and will try to review it spoiler-free. The main plot of the series is about a girl named Cassidy who, after a near-death experience, can see ghosts and enter the Veil. Her best friend is a ghost named Jacob. And her parents have a ghost hunting TV show that brings them to the most haunted places in the world, much to Cassidy’s (and Jacob’s) dismay.
My favorite part about this series is the history that is woven into the story. The first took place in Edinburg, Scotland and this one took place in Paris, France. I’ve been to Paris, so reading about places I’ve visited was pretty cool. Although, I probably wouldn’t visit the spooky Tunnel of Bones, personally. They did include some of the highlights of the city, including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre. My favorite ghost story was the one about the man in the black coat at the Jardin de Luxemborg, which is an actual ghost story. The author really immerses you into the culture and views of the city.
I also liked how each story is building off of the other. In the first book, Cassidy has to learn to trust other people, and I felt like Jacob learned this lesson in the second book. There are questions from the first book that are clearly answered in this one, and we have questions at the end of this book as well. The final book is set in New Orleans, which is where I grew up. It is the perfect spooky destination, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the author will do with it!
There is no profanity or sexual content. There is a good bit of mild violent content. Considering this is a book about ghosts and death, that should be assumed. Great series and a big recommendation from me!