Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I managed to finish another book, and this time it’s one that actually came out this month! Read on for my thoughts on Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab…
Bridge of Souls
By Victoria SchwabMy Rating: ★★★★☆
Published 2 March 2021 by Scholastic
paranormal | spooky | middle grade
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…
What I Liked
I thought that I had reviewed City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones as well, but apparently I didn’t. But I’ve for sure talked about these books in my wrap ups and other posts. So just so you know, I think this series is perfectly spooky for wimps like me. And I also think it’s perfectly spooky for the actual target audience, ya know, middle graders. Bridge of Souls is the third book in this series, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating it since, well, since I finished Tunnel of Bones in 2019.
One big thing I love about this series is the friendship between all the main characters. It’s so wholesome and pure. That is actually another reason why I loved this series for middle graders. It teaches them the value of friendship, and being selfless.
I said that these books are just the right level of spooky, but to be honest, this one was less spooky and more scary. And what I mean by that is that the focus was less on ghosts, and more on Cassidy’s biggest problem yet: a servant of Death. “Capital D” Death. I think you can see where this is going. In this book Cassidy is also a little more reflective. Mortality is a central theme in this series, so obviously there are a lot of reflections on what death is, and where people go after.
Lastly, I said it before, but I love Schwab’s writing style for all her books. None are the same, and she’s really good at writing for all audiences. The descriptions of New Orleans were really well done, and I loved looking up the places that were mentioned, and the legends surrounding them. See? You can learn from completely fictional books!
What I Liked Less
I can’t really think of anything that I disliked, to be honest, but it also isn’t a five star read for me. Though I would’ve loved it if these books were a little longer. I finished this one in three hours, and I wanted moreeee. Hopefully there will be more books in this series? Nowhere does it say that this is the final installment, but I also can’t find any info on a potential book 4. Please let me know if any of you have info on this.