Review: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Review: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab





Title: Tunnel of Bones

Author: Victoria Schwab

Pages: 272

Publisher: Scholastic

Published: 2019

Source: Early Finished Copy (Thanks to Scholastic!)

Rating: ★★★★

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.

Tunnel of Bones is the sequel to Victoria’s debut children novel, City of Ghosts. Like the first book in this series, which I reviewed here, it follows Cassidy Blake, a girl who almost died once and can now cross the veil between the living and ghosts.

When I finished City of Ghosts last year, I was already excited for the sequel. I rarely read children’s books, so this was a little bit of a surprise to me but if a book or author is good, then who am I to stop myself from reading what I enjoy?

Unlike City of Ghosts, which is set in Edinburgh, Tunnel of Bones follows the Blake family to Paris which is a perfect setting for a ghostly book. Paris is a place full of so much history with plenty of ghosts, I’m sure. Just take the Catacombs for example! I thought that the book being set here was really cool, plus there is a map at the front of the book pointing out important places in the city. What I loved about this book being set in Paris was that it reminded me so much of my own trip to the city two years ago.

The plot of this was really easy to follow and very fast paced. It was full of action and was quite tense at times, but really gripped me the whole way through, so much so that I didn’t want to put it down! In all honesty, you could probably read this book in about 3-4 hours based on how quick it is, plus it has the larger font as most children’s books have!

img_0524In terms of the characters, we are back with the same characters from the first book, with the introduction of some new ones including a few ghosts! Of course, these books are about ghosts but this one was different to the previous books in terms of it’s creepiness. What I found with this book is that we got to know the characters a little better as we’re spending a bit more time with them. I liked following Cassidy on her adventures through Paris and think that she is quite a likeable character.

I would say this book is aimed at older children, I wouldn’t recommend reading this to say, a 5 or 6 year old in case it freaks them out. At the age of 24, even I was a little creeped out at times, but then I am scared of ghosts (I’m on the fence about whether they exist or not). I think if a book has an ability to really make you feel affected by its content, like me being creeped out at times, then it’s definitely a good one.

Final Thoughts

Tunnel of Bones was a really great sequel to City of Ghosts and I’d fully recommend picking it up, especially as the spooky season is approaching us! Both books are incredibly fast reads due to their quick pace so if you haven’t picked up the first one yet, I’d suggest doing that but also reading them back to back!


City of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab


Title: City of Ghosts

Author: V. E. Schwab

Pages: 272

Publisher: Scholastic

Published: 2018

Source: Bought

Rating: ★★★★

When Cass’s family heads off to Edinburgh, Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift” of entering the world of the spirits. Cass still has a lot to learn about the Veil – and herself. And fast… 

I don’t tend to read Children’s books very much, mostly because my personal library of YA books is overflowing and there isn’t much room for anything else. However, when I heard that V. E. Schwab was writing a middle grade book, I was immediately interested. The premise of it sounded wonderfully spooky and the reactions to the story once ARCs were available were really positive.

I read the majority of this book in one sitting. I was instantly hooked upon reading the first chapter and despite my fear of ghosts (even though I don’t really believe they exist), I was eager to read more. Except I wasn’t going to read it at night, of course, so I had to put it down.

I pretty much finished this book in one sitting. It’s incredibly fast paced and with the larger font of children’s books, I just flew through it completely.

The story follows a girl called Cass who can see ghosts and can pass through the veil. Her story really starts though, when she is taken to Scotland with her parents for a work trip. Scotland is rich with history and so Cass finds herself surrounded by plenty of ghosts. On her trip, she finds out what her true calling is but it could lead to some consequences.

I really liked the characters in this one. I thought that Cass was a really likeable character. It did make me sad to think that some of the other kids at her school may have laughed at her for her strange abilities and that she didn’t have many friends because of this but I think that her pass off attitude was really great and I hope that other kids feel more inspired to be like that when people are mean to them. I also really like the character Jacob, who is Cass’ friend. I thought Cass’ parents were both likeable although I didn’t feel like we really got to know them in the story that well, other than the fact that they are both interested in the supernatural and

I loved the setting. I have never been to Edinburgh. In fact, I’ve never been to Scotland before so the map at the front was really helpful for me and I felt that I was really able to imagine the setting so much more.

I thought the style of writing was great. I mean, I may be a little biased because I do enjoy V. E. Schwab’s writing in adult books but I thought that her writing for Children translated really well. In Children’s books, some authors noticeably write for a much younger audience but I felt as though V. E. did a really great job of writing for Children in a way that I would’ve appreciated it when I was younger as it felt as though the writing wasn’t done in a childish way.

I really enjoyed this one and I hope that’s not the last we see of Cass and Jacob! I would definitely recommend this one for October as it fits in well for the Halloween theme of the month and it reads really quickly!