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Tunnel of Bones: A Review

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: A Review

City of Ghosts
by Victoria Schwab

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my third book written by Victoria Schwab that I’ve read (which I’m trying to slowly remedy) and I absolutely loved it. It made me want to visit Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s the first middle-grade novel that I have read in a long time, but since I have enjoyed everything she has written so far, I was happy to add this to my read list.
The story is about a girl, Cass, who had a near-death experience and now sees ghosts, namely her best friend Jacob who is a ghost. And her parents also happen to be writers of the paranormal (though they do not see ghosts). So, when they get an opportunity to travel to Scotland for a documentary, they do. And her adventure begins.
The plot moves along quite fast, and it is a very easy read (I read it in less than 24 hours which is big since I have a baby). And there are questions that aren’t answered in this book that I hope will be answered in later books. I’m looking forward to the next one.
There is no profanity in the book. And there are no sexually explicit scenes, in fact, there really isn’t any romance at all which I found refreshing and appropriate for the target audience. There is violence, namely ways that people die. Cass is able to enter the veil and see ghosts playing out their deaths over and over again on a loop. It’s not explicit, but it definitely was sad.
If you want a good mystery wrapped up in a beautifully descriptive city, with a little spooky thrown in, then I would highly recommend this book.