Book Review

The Cassidy Blake Series by Victoria Schwab

Rating: 4 / 5

I have really enjoyed V.E. Schwab’s books, so when I saw a readalong happening for her middle grade Cassidy Blake series, I decided to join in. I don’t read many middle grade books, but I wanted to give these books a try.

Beginning with CITY OF GHOSTS, Cassidy Blake’s parents have written a book series, The Inspecters. Cassidy’s mother believes in the things that go bump in the night, while her dad is the historian and all around sceptic They have been asked to adapt the ghost hunting series to make a series of episodes featuring some of the most haunted cities in the world. Cassidy is of course coming along as they head first to Scotland, along with their cat and Cassidy’s best friend Jacob who just happens to be a ghost himself.

Cassidy survived a near death experience and ever since then she has the ability to cross over through the veil into the ghostly realm. In Scotland, Cassidy and Jacob meet Lara, another girl who can cross over like Cassidy. Through Lara she begins to learn more about her abilities as she faces the haunted settings her parents set out to explore.

While I am of course not the target audience for a middle grade series, I really did enjoy these books. I primarily listened to them on audio and they made for fun, quick reads. As the series continues, going to Paris in TUNNEL OF BONES and New Orleans in BRIDGE OF SOULS, the spooks that Cassidy faces grow a little more menacing.

I think that the author does a fantastic job of creating the spooky feeling of these atmospheric cities. The mystery of the veiled world of the dead and Cassidy’s day to day life are balanced well to keep the pace moving. Exploring these cities through Cassidy’s eyes also gives a bit of education and leaves you hungry for some of the local treats and sights!

Overall these were fun quick reads and I am glad that I picked them up!

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