Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

GoodReads Summary:
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.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)
Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake, #2)Review:
Another buddy read on the books! I love buddy reading with Alana, Rae, & Books in the Skye. We always have such fun conversations about the books we read, even when we all have very different opinions.
While I had fun with the story, much like the first book, I just didn’t love it. Cassidy is brave and I really admired that. She even makes a Spiderman reference when her best friend Jacob tries to convince her that this particular ghost really isn’t their problem. “With great power comes great responsibility.” There was actually quite a bit of pop culture references, mostly Harry Potter, which made me smile.
Jacob honestly just annoyed me for most of the book. He didn’t want Cassidy to help the ghost she found, but he came around eventually. We got to learn a bit of his back story toward the end of the book and I liked that.
I wanted more of Lara, the friend she made in the previous book. She was the wise mentor that Cassidy called when she needed help. But it was only over the phone, and I want them to team up again.
I adored the Paris setting. Seeing all the haunted areas of Paris was really interesting. I think it was a great choice for this second book.
Overall, this was an average read for me. I liked it but I didn’t love it. I’m still undecided whether I’ll continue the series because both books have been pretty average. But they are great reads for the spooky season.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-One: Ghost Stories I’d Read

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Hello, lovelies! Today I’m here with another post inspired by the wonderful Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall. She came up with a great list of ideas for some bookish blogtober posts. This is where I got the idea to talk about ghost stories or legends that I would love to see adapted into a novel (or that I might just write myself!)

First up is Lizzie Borden, I’m actually related to Lizzie Borden, which I think is where my fascination with her story comes from. Earlier this year I read an ARC for a new non-fiction book that followed the whole mystery surrounding this legend, check out my review here. Sadly, I didn’t really enjoy this book and that’s prevented me from trying out any others. But I’ve always been so intrigued by this story. Growing up I wanted to go and stay in her old house in the hopes of having a ghostly experience. Then, when I was in high school my aunt did a family tree and I learned I was related to her. That completely solidified my interest in her story. I’d love to see a ghost story set in modern times about her haunting the main character, pushing them to find out the truth of what happened. Maybe I’ll even write one.

In second place, we have the Flying Dutchman. Ghost pirates? Really, need I say more? I think this would be the perfect summer book. I love reading pirate stories in the summertime. But it could also, if written in the right way, be a great book for Spooktober. This legend is creepy enough to catch my interest.

Next up let’s travel to Alcatraz. This island’s history is the perfect location for a book. There’s so much spooky and horrifying history that I think it would be easy to turn into a book. I vaguely remember reading something that takes a pit stop at Alcatraz, but I can’t for the life of me find the title. If someone knows what book I’m thinking of please comment and remind me of its name!

How about a mythical monster of the legends next? I have always been beyond intrigued by the Lochness Monster. I don’t know what it is or why I’m so interested, but as a kid, I loved reading all the legends and stories about people seeing it. I would absolutely adore a book about some kids going there and actually finding the monster, whether it’s a friendly Nessie or not will be up to the author but I would read it either way.

Staying on the theme of sea monsters, the Kraken is another I’d love a book about. I know that this creature pops up in fiction all the time. But what if we got a book from the Kraken’s point of view? Or from someone that can somehow communicate with the Kraken? I want more than the equivalent of a shark movie with this creature.

After doing a bit of research I think Lake Lanier would make an incredible book. This lake was created when the Army Corps of Engineers flooded nearly 60 miles of foot lands in Northern Georgia. This flooding took away businesses, homes, farmlands, and who knows what else. Today, the lake is thought to be cursed and those that have survived almost drowning have said they felt hands trying to pull them under. Hell to the yes, please give me this story as a novel.

I will accept any and all haunted hotel stories. I’ve heard of ‘Scary Mary’ from Alaska,  ‘Lucy’ from  Minnesota, a housekeeper and her baby in Oaklahoma, and I’m sure there are many many more out there that I’m unaware of. I’d love all the spooky hotel mystery/thrillers, but not horror because I’m a big baby.

This is what I’ve come up with, mostly off the top of my head, for ghost stories and other legends that I would absolutely read if they were to be turned into novels. I also haven’t read every book in the world, so if you know of any of these legends that have already been adapted into a novel leave me a comment with some recommendations! What ghost stories would you want to see turned into a novel?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Summary:
Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.
So, things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger.
When Cass’s parents land a gig hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets another girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil—and herself.
And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.
City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)Review:
This story was so cute. I’ve recently started reading middle-grade books and this has been on my TBR since it came out and everyone loved it. I also really enjoyed it.
I thought Cassidy was such a fun main character. She’s pretty young and sees ghosts. I loved the setting. I would absolutely love to visit Scotland so I enjoyed seeing this as the setting and getting to explore the city in these pages.
I thought this was such a fun story. I know I’m not the audience that this story is directed at, which is probably why I just thought it was fun. It didn’t blow me out of the way or anything but I thought it was a fun quick read.
This book would have been the perfect book to read during Spooktober. Overall, I thought it was fun and interesting. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the setting. I adored Cassidy’s friendship with her best friend Jacob. I also appreciated that her parents were in the story and mostly involved in her life. I definitely will be recommending this book to my nieces and nephew.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.