Title: Bridge of Souls
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publication: September 6, 2022
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Genre: YA Fiction, Fantasy
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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…
I have never been so excited to read a continuation of a story as I am when a new book in this series comes out….ok well maybe when new Outlander books come out but that isn’t even the same genre as this series. I couldn’t wait to read more about Cassidy and her adventures. I will say that while this book came out a bit ago I did hold off till the paperback copy came out because well the whole price difference if I am being totally transparent.
Cassidy is now in New Orleans with her parents filming their history/ghost show that they have on TV. She is very overwhelmed by the feeling of the veil in this city. There is tons of death I guess you would say. Her biggest problem is she is being chased by an Emissary who is trying to drag her back to the other world since she cheated death and needs to be put where she belongs which is not the human realm. She is of course has her ghost best friend in tow and her other good friend Lara manages to pop up to help her. Will Cassidy be able to shake her dark world shadow or is she doomed to be always checking over her shoulder? This book was certainly an on-the-edge-of-your-seat book. I spent the entire time gasping wondering what would happen next. We do get more of how her ghost friend, Jacob died and more of what happens with Cassidy’s accident that she cheated death. The book certainly picks right up where the last one left off on so you really don’t need that much of a recap of what happens if you do or don’t read them back to back.
I do love how Cassidy has grown over the last two books. She is a small adult and acts as such. She takes all of this pretty seriously. I love the Jacob humor that cuts through some of the serious things that are getting talked about. Heck, even the cat Grim is also a bit of humor as well with his crazy antics. My only rub is the parents, they seem very free-range parenting and what I would call “crunchy” Keep in mind that this is a YA book so while some of the ghosts and evil entities may seem scary there is nothing that is over the top. I would allow my 11-year old read it if she wanted to. The writing flows well and continues the story with ease. As much as I want to have another story in this series I read that the author will only write another one if she thinks that there is more room for character growth. I am so glad that a few years ago I told Scholastic that I would read this book as part of their Halloween book releases. It has been a joy to read.