Tunnel of Bones by Victoria SchwabTunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #2
Published by Scholastic on August 28, 2018
Genres: YA, Middle Grade
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

We dove right into this book after finishing City of Ghosts. This series follows 12 year old Cassidy Blake and her best friend Jacob (he’s a ghost). Her parents are the Inspecters (get it, specter, plus inspector), and they have a T.V. show where they travel to different haunted locations and talk about the history and tell tales of the ghosts while there. Cassidy and Jacob are with her parents in Paris. This book picks up immediately after they left Scotland to start filming in the catacombs of Paris. Going underground with that many dead is not on Cassidy’s To-Do list, however you know what they say about the best laid plans and all…

Cassidy and Jacob are used to dealing with ghosts, crossing the Veil, and even moving ghosts on. But there’s something different about the ghost they encounter in the catacombs. For one, he’s a little boy. And for another…he’s able to cause chaos everywhere. Car accidents, power outages, letting Cassidy’s cat out of their hotel room…he’s not like anything they’ve seen yet. Cassidy calls her newfound friend Lara back in Scotland. Lara is like Cassidy, an In-Betweener. She can cross between the living world and the Veil as well. And she’s got a dead uncle who helps her out. With her friend helping from afar, the trio discovers that they’ve released a poltergeist into the city of Paris. The only way to get him to cross over is to make him remember who he was in life. In order to do that, they need to figure out who he was first.

This series has really captured my attention. I realize that the main character is twelve, however the writing and the story have sucked me in the way no YA book has in years. I’m fully vested and my daughter convinced our school librarian to carry the series. I would base the age range from 9 on up. While the book sounds scary, it’s not, and my baby girl is definitely not okay with scary. This book is mostly a mystery, rather than a scary book. And I recommend it to all ages. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself reading ahead after I’d tucked her in to bed. This author is fantastic. There’s nothing inappropriate nor scary. The content somehow straddles the line of great for upper level readers still in elementary school, yet also intriguing and exciting enough to keep older readers hooked. I highly recommend this series, and we’ve bought a few more books by this author because we weren’t ready to leave the Cassidy Blake world behind us.

Thank you to the librarian who hooked us on this series! You are amazing!

***I bought this book

five-stars