🍂 Happy October, guys! 🍂
As most of you already know, I loooove making October all about Halloween so expect to see lots of spooky reviews and posts throughout the month 🦇
I’ve been reading so many paranormal books lately and I’m excited to share all of them with you in hopes you will pick them up (or save you the trouble in some cases 🤐 )
So, without further ado, here’s my first Halloween Mini Review of the year! 👻 Enjoy 👻
This is a spoiler-free review and all opinions are my own.
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.
👻 I really enjoyed revisiting Cass and the gang! A new adventure in Paris meant a completely different setting and a few new characters, and I was so excited to explore the city and its rich history (not to mention its decadent cuisine!)
👻 Cassidy’s parents are still their awesome selves and their family dynamic is one of the best I’ve read in a while. Very wholesome ❤ (Also loved the Grim bits!)
👻 Schwab created a super creepy (and claustrophobic) atmophere down in the Catacombs, whilst still making it sound quite fascinating.
👻 The story was engaging and interesting for the most part, yet not enough to pull me in completely or make me desperate to find out what happened next.
👻 I liked that we got to know more about Jacob, though. That was something I’d been hoping for for a long time!
👻 As for Cassidy… She seemed to sway a lot between brashness and plain foolishness and it made me wonder what the author was trying to accomplish with her. In contrast, Jacob was much more mature and sensible, and he had the biggest development of the two by far.
👻 Some things felt a bit forced, like the Harry Potter references (which I loved in book one, but were a bit too many here) and how Cassidy was so culturally unaware that almost every single thing had to be explained to her.
as per tradition, let’s roll in… The Hallowmeter:
Overall, I enjoyed Tunnel of Bones: it was a fun, suspenseful read, with lots of wonderful sightseeing and cultural references. But it didn’t quite hit the mark for me…
I very much enjoyed City of Ghosts and even found it a bit too spooky for kids, so what exactly is the sequel missing? Not sure. It was a quick read and I don’t regret picking it up at all, but was expecting a bit more.
I still recommend you give both a go as they’re quite the Halloween-y treat, especially for younger audiences! 💀