Series: Cassidy Blake #3
Published by Scholastic on March 2, 2021
Genres: YA, Middle Grade
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Where there are ghosts, Cassidy Blake follows ... unless it's the other way around?
Cass thinks she might have this ghost-hunting thing down. After all, she and her ghost best friend, Jacob, have survived two haunted cities while travelling for her parents' TV show.
But nothing can prepare Cass for New Orleans, which wears all of its hauntings on its sleeve. In a city of ghost tours and tombs, raucous music and all kinds of magic, Cass could get lost in all the colourful, grisly local legends. And the city's biggest surprise is a foe Cass never expected to face: a servant of Death itself.
Cass takes on her most dangerous challenge yet...
The third and latest installment of the Cassidy Blake series has her family filming their show in New Orleans. Her parents are the Inspecters. They go to haunted locations and talk about the history and the ghosts of the past. I like to think it would fit the History Channel, or the Travel Channel nicely.
New Orleans is very different from Paris and Edinburgh. The ghostly pasts layer so thickly in New Orleans that it’s dizzying. She and her best friend, ghost Jacob, have to face things neither ever thought would happen. Which, after dealing with ghosts and poltergeists, you’d think they’d have seen it all!
While Cassidy’s parents take them all over the city, something Cass keeps noticing is that a Grim Reaper looking spirit has been following her since Paris. She nearly faints when she sees it, each time. This is new and not anything she’s really been able to share. Her parents still don’t know about the fact that she basically drowned in the river that day last summer, nor do they know she can see ghosts because of it. She has a friend named Lara, but she’s been avoiding telling her about this spectral Grim Reaper. When she finally does tell Lara, Lara is worried, and not much can worry her. She lets Cassidy know that she’s been marked by Death, and he’s coming for her. As an “in-betweener” or someone who can cross the Veil, it means Death feels cheated and wants to take her, restoring the balance, so to speak.
But as the story progresses, Lara and Cass meet some new friends, and they all have a few more tricks up their sleeves. Distracting Death, or trying to find a way to blind him to Cassidy, and then Lara as well, becomes priority number one. But meanwhile Jacob is becoming more and more corporeal. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, though. And with Death constantly finding them, the trio doesn’t fully know what to do.
The ending was incredibly surprising and suspenseful and I let my 8 year old stay up late so we could finish it. This series is amazing. I truly don’t think I’ve gotten so caught up in a series of books for my kids in…well, ever. The writing is fantastic, the characters are well-rounded and people who I would love to know, and the plot is exciting and interesting. I truly hope there’s another book in this series coming, because I’m not ready to leave Cassidy Blake’s world yet. We’ve bought several other books by this author already. This is one of the few YA series I recommend to pretty much all ages. 8 and up lol
***I bought this book