Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Scholastic Press
US Pub Date: Sept 3, 2019
Genre: MG Fantasy
This is the second book in the series. There probably won’t be any spoilers from City of Ghosts but still proceed with caution. There will be no spoilers for Tunnel of Bones
In two sentences:
We return to Cass’s world, and go through the veil time and time again. In this installment she gets the attention of a poltergeist.
I read City of Ghosts last year when it came out and it’s a cute series that would be perfect for older kids. I’m hesitant to give an age because I’m not that versed in middle grade and the different levels of reading. There are plenty of Harry Potter references though if that helps.
Even before the second one came out I knew I wanted to read it and I enjoyed it just as much. This is the type of book that doesn’t take too much concentration and you can just sit and read it in an afternoon. (That’s not what I did, but it could easily be done.) I think it’s just as enjoyable as an adult as it would be for the audience it’s aimed at.
The one major thing I didn’t get to see when I was in Paris was the Catacombs and I would love to have the chance to go back and explore them but the way Schwab talks about the different places it feels as though you’re there with Cass. It’s also obvious she didn’t just make up a description.
I like how the ensemble of other kids keeps growing and her relationship with them deepens. Just because Lara wasn’t in the same city doesn’t mean she wasn’t a huge part of the story. And Schwab takes into account that the kids are just that — kids. They can’t just fly to a different city, they have to check with parents about things etc. They’re kids, not mini-adults.
The stakes get higher in this one and her parent’s grip on her tightens even more since she “wandered off” in the first one. So it’s going to be interesting to see how Schwab heightens this even more for Bridge of Souls in September.