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.
Thanks to Scholastic for sending me an early copy of Tunnel of Bones to review!
Now, I don’t usually read Middle Grade, but being a big Schwab fan I just had to pick up City of Ghosts when it was released last year, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! Tunnel of Bones follows Cassidy and Jacob on the second part of their adventure, this time in Paris. As with City of Ghosts, Tunnel of Bones definitely felt like a book that could have a much wider audience than its intended, as although it’s aimed at a younger audience, it was still spooky, gripping and funny enough to draw in older readers. The writing style is also still recognisably V. E. Schwab, so is perfect for readers who are already fans of her!
Tunnel of Bones follows a similar plot pattern to City of Ghosts – Cass and Jacob arrive in a new city to film the next instalment of her parents ghost hunting TV show, they end up tangling with a troublesome spirit, and have to try and sort it all whilst still learning about Cass’s ability to see the dead. It does seem as though the rest of the books in the series will probably follow this pattern too, and whilst it may get a bit repetitive if they do, I do think that Tunnel of Bones was different enough to City of Ghosts for it to still be enjoyable on its own. We also get a bit more of an insight into Cassidy’s abilities and Jacob’s past before he died in this book, and I’m intrigued to see how both of these develop in the rest of the series. The strong bond between the two characters was definitely a highlight of this book and it’s refreshing to see a MG book with two main characters who are best friends but are quite different from each other. I will say that, although this is a Middle Grade book, I definitely found it darker than the first and the rogue ghost that Cassidy has to deal with in Paris did unnerve me a bit!
I definitely think this is a great series both for younger readers who prefer to read a scary book, or for older readers who love a good adventure story with some ghosts thrown in. I’m excited to see where this series goes as it carries on and learn more about Cassidy and Jacob as they uncover it themselves.