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Halloween Mini Review – Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab (Spoiler-Free)

πŸ‚ Happy October, guys! πŸ‚

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 πŸ¦‡

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! πŸ‘» Enjoy πŸ‘»

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Thank you so much to Scholastic for kindly providing me with a review copy of Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab.

This is a spoiler-free review and all opinions are my own.

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab Paranormal VE Schwab City of Ghosts Series Middle Grade Book Blogger Spoiler-Free Review

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.

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πŸ‘» 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!)

πŸ‘» 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!)

πŸ‘» Schwab created a super creepy (and claustrophobic) atmophere down in the Catacombs, whilst still making it sound quite fascinating.

πŸ‘» 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.

πŸ‘» I liked that we got to know more about Jacob, though. That was something I’d been hoping for for a long time!

πŸ‘» 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.

πŸ‘» 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! πŸ’€

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Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab Paranormal VE Schwab City of Ghosts Series Middle Grade Book Blogger Spoiler-Free Review
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25 thoughts on “Halloween Mini Review – Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab (Spoiler-Free)

  1. I’m not really a Schwab fan. πŸ™ˆ I’ve only tried the one book of hers but I just thought it was so shallow. I really wanted to like such a popular author and series too. I tend to avoid popular authors when I don’t like one of their books. I feel so bad that I can’t relate to other bloggers’ fangirling.

    It’s too bad you didn’t enjoy this more Sophie. It sounds like a fun Halloween read though, especially for those who want to read about Paris. ❀️

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    1. Hahaha to be honest, she’s not my absolute favourite either (I never finished her Shades of Magic series and didn’t like The Near Witch, oops) but I do think she’s talented. I have yet to read her other books, which most people vouch for, so we’ll see πŸ™‚
      It’s terrible when we’re the odd one out, for sure! But there’s always someone we can agree with or other books to relate to other bloggers πŸ™‚
      It was fun and a real nice stroll through Paris but yeah, could have been better!

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  2. I SHOULD REALLY START BY SAYIN THAT I MISSED YOUR HALLOWEEN GRAPHICSS! 😍😍❀️❀️❀️❀️😱😱😱😱 I remember them from before I went on a break and THEYY WERE ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Your blog looks sooo fucking festive I AM IN LOOVEE WITH IT! 😍😍

    Now, about VE Schwab? I FEEL SOO FUCKING DEPRIVED whenever I read about one of her books because I haven’t yet read ANY! 😭😭😭 But I am sorry that it didn’t quite match up to your expectations! STILL YOU MANAGED TO GIVE YOUR REVIEW REALLY POSITIVE AND FUN VIBES! 😍😍❀️ I LOOVED THATT!! 😍😍❀️❀️❀️πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰β˜”οΈβ˜”οΈβ˜”οΈ

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    1. Awww Rain, thanks so much!! You’re too sweet 😭😭😭
      I didn’t decorate the blog more this year because I was lazy and it’s too much work LOL but I still got to make the posts all pretty and festive xD
      You should try at least one and see if you like it! She’s definitely a bit hit or miss with me but tons of bloggers love her so who knows? Maybe she’ll become a favourite πŸ™‚
      It was not a bad read at all, so no point in destroying the poor book hahaha I had fun with it, it just wasn’t memorable if you know what I mean? Definitely a great one for Halloween, though ^_^
      Thanks so much, hon, your excitement is so contagious ❀ ❀ ❀ It's lovely to have you back!!

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      1. WELL IT’S STILL LOOKING ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! ❀️❀️😍😍😘😘

        Oh yeah…I will definitely read one of her books soooon!

        AND ITS LOVELY TO HAVE YOU BACK AS WELL, Sophie! β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ˜πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  3. Too bad that Tunnel of Bones didn’t quite hit the mark with you. I have read City of Ghosts recently and I enjoyed it, though I had some problems with it as well. I’m very exited to get around to Tunnel of Bones and hopefully I’ll enjoy it as well. Great review! πŸ˜€

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    1. City of Ghosts wasn’t without its faults, I agree, but definitely better than this one in my opinion. I hope you enjoy Tunnel of Bones just as much as the prequel, or even more! I’ve seen many wonderful and positive reviews so this could be just me πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much, Anna! ❀

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  4. I read City of Ghosts this year and I thought about picking up Tunnel of Bones and hearing that we get to find out more about Jacob definitely makes me want to and to see the Paris setting. I’m sorry this didn’t quite hit the mark for you but at least you still found it a fun read that you could enjoy. I think going in with lowered expectations might be good for me– I hope my library gets the audiobook as that’s how I listened to the first one. Great review!! πŸ™‚

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    1. I hope you love it, Sophie! It wasn’t bad at all, I really enjoyed it, I was just expecting a bit more because it felt a bit too much like the first book and nothing really changed apart from finding out more stuff about Jacob, which was a great and very awaited touch hahaha
      I think that’s the best way of doing it, yes πŸ™‚ And that’s pretty cool! I read both in physical format but am intrigued about how different my experience would be through the audiobooks… Hmm.
      Thanks so much, hon, and happy reading! ❀ Can't wait to hear your thoughts ^^

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      1. Thank you!! Oh right I see, I can understand feeling that with a second book!! I can imagine, I remember wanting to know more about him in the first book.
        I really enjoyed the audio book, I thought the narrator was really good and did some cool accents in the first one 😊
        Thank you πŸ’›

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  5. I was initially really intrigued by these new titles by the author. But then I started seeing the reviews and mentions about all those HP references and as I have never read a single line of HP, I think I would be missing out on some of the excitement. Knowing I’m going into a book completely ‘ignorant’ of references is a bit off-putting for me πŸ™‚
    That said, these titles still sound like perfect October reads πŸ™‚ Enjoy the month, there’s half of it yet to go πŸ™‚

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    1. Hahaha they’re actually not at all important to the plot, just little nods at the HP community (the main character loves HP). So you won’t be missing out, just maybe be mildly confused at what the hell they’re talking about πŸ˜› (even so, I think most things HP non-fans will know about, anyway…)
      It’s a quick little read and full of ghostly goodness so I recommend it for this time of year but I’m not sure you’ll particularly enjoy it, just because it’s very “tweeny”. Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

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