BOOK SERIES REVIEW | Cassidy Blake by Victoria Schwab

TITLE: City of Ghosts
SERIES: Cassidy Blake #1
AUTHOR: Victoria Schwab
PAGE COUNT: 272 pages
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PUBLICATION DATE: 28 August 2018
GENRE: Fantasy, Middle Grade and Paranormal

SYNOPSIS: Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.


TITLE: Tunnel of Bones
SERIES: Cassidy Blake #2
AUTHOR: Victoria Schwab
PAGE COUNT: 304 pages
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PUBLICATION DATE: 3 September 2019
GENRE: Fantasy, Middle Grade and Paranormal

SYNOPSIS: 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.


TITLE: Bridge of Souls
SERIES: Cassidy Blake #3
AUTHOR: Victoria Schwab
PAGE COUNT: 304 pages
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PUBLICATION DATE: 21 March 2021
GENRE: Fantasy, Middle Grade and Paranormal

SYNOPSIS: 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…


CITY OF GHOSTS

Rating: 4 out of 5.

TUNNEL OF BONES

Rating: 5 out of 5.

BRIDGE OF SOULS

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I have been wanting to read this series for such a long time, and I am so happy I binged read them a while back. They were the perfect books to get me out of my reading slump.

City of Ghosts starts off with a young girl named Cassidy Blake who, after almost dying, sees ghosts. With her ghost friend, Jacob, Cassidy often crosses over to the other side, namely the Veil. There she can interact with ghosts from hundreds of years ago.

Her mother and father are authors of ghost stories and when their most popular book series gets turned into a television series, their journey to the world’s most haunted places begin. Arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland, Cassidy meets another girl who can cross over to the Veil, and there she learns that she is one of those responsible for sending off the ghosts so that they can find the peace they have been searching for. Not all ghosts are friendly and harmless though, and soon Cassidy finds herself in trouble. This book is just the start of her journey as it all continues in Tunnel of Bones and Bridge of Souls.

Out of the three books, Tunnel of Bones is my favourite, and to me, it is also the creepiest. Also, you can never go wrong with Paris as the setting. I do not have much to say except that these books were so easy and exciting to read. I wanted to know more and more of Cassidy’s story so, I am really sad that the trilogy is over. It was the perfect books to read as Halloween crept nearer and it got me out of my reading slump, which I am so grateful for.

If you’re looking for quick, easy reads, especially if you’re tired from exams, etc. but still want to read something, these spooky books are for you!



“People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin. But the truth is, ghosts are everywhere. In the bread aisle at your grocery store, in the middle of your grandmother’s garden, in the front seat on your bus. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there.”

—City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve taken pictures.
Dad says that the world is always changing, every second of every day, and so is everything in it, which means that the you you are right now is different from the you you were when you started reading this sentence. Crazy, right? And our memories change, too. (For instance, I swear the teddy bear I had growing up was green, but according to my parents it was orange.) But when you take a photograph, things stay still. The way that they were, is the way that they are, is the way that they will always be.
Which is why I love pictures.”

—City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“This is just a change of setting, a new storyline, a fresh chapter. We have a whole book to write,” she says, squeezing me around the shoulders, “and how do we write it?”
“One page at a time,” I say automatically.”

—City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“Nothing happens until it happens, and then it’s already happening.”

—City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“Stories have power,” she says. “So long as you believe them.”

—City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“Embrace your strange, dear daughter. Where’s the fun in being normal?”

—City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“Sometimes help is a place and sometimes it’s a person, and sometimes it’s a bit of both.”

—City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“I need a diversion,” I whisper. “Do you have my back?”
After a long moment, Jacob answers, “Always.” He frowns, adding, “But if you die, I’ll never forgive you.”

—City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“Other people go on trips and take pictures of buildings.
I go on trips and take pictures of ghosts.”

—City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“It’s why people are afraid of the dark. What you can’t see is always scarier than what you can. Your eyes play tricks on you, filling in the shadows, making shapes.”

—Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

“Most tales are inspired by something,”

—Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

“My parents say language is the most valuable currency. ”

—Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

“Maybe is a match in the dark…”

—Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

“C’est la vie,” he says. “Things happen.”
“Unless you’re Cassidy Blake,” says Jacob as the car pulls away. “And then you make them happen.”

—Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

“It’s important to take care of the past,” muses Dad as we walk between exhibits. “To revisit it, to study and learn. Understanding the past helps us move through the present and discover the future.”
And remembering the past helps us move on, I think. Helps us let go.”

—Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

“…it’s not about doing what’s easy.
It’s about doing what’s right.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“Time always matters,” says the older man with the book.
“Until it doesn’t,” says the ancient woman.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“Stories have a way of making the world feel bigger, too.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“Life is a party, dear daughter,” says Mom, draping a chain of gold beads around my neck. “Celebrate it every day.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“I can’t help but wonder if Lara has a little bit of Slytherin mixed in with all that Ravenclaw.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“My name is Cassidy Blake,” I say softly. “I’m twelve years old. Last year, I stole from Death. I lived when I should have died. I stayed when I should have gone. I survived once, and I’ll survive again. My name is Cassidy Blake,” I say again. “And I will not be dragged into the dark.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“There are two ways to find Death.
Either you go looking for it, or you wait for it to come to you.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“We have a date with Death,” says Jacob”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“If history teaches us anything,” he says, “it’s how to live in the present.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“That’s what it means to be alive. Every day, whether you’re a regular person or an in-betweener. You run as long as you can, but Death always catches up.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“I’ve never met anyone who outran Death forever. And I’ve never met anyone who truly wanted to.” She takes me by the shoulders. “So yes, Death will come for us again, one way or another. We can’t live in fear of it. That’s no way to live at all.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

“But there’s no way to know what the future holds, and even if there were, I wouldn’t want to know.”

—Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab


Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.



Keep reading and never stop telling stories.

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