For at least a week we’ve been promising you all this review and now it’s finally here! We both love the Cassidy Blake series and this conclusion to the trilogy was very high on our anticipated releases list. Luckily we got the opportunity to read an eARC and today we will tell you what we thought of it. Let’s jump in!
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...
Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab
Published by Scholastic on 04/03/2021
Candyce The covers for every single book in this trilogy are stunning and do the books justice. The UK and US covers are different, but both very stunning. I feel like they both fit perfectly. I love that they all have a bit of a spooky vibe, because that’s what the story gives me.
Isabelle As with all the books in this series there are two gorgeous covers. For most series I love the UK cover of the US cover and while that is also the case for this book, I do actually really like the US cover as well. Both covers capture the feel of the book perfectly and I love the colorschemes. I personally own the UK paperbacks but I wouldn’t mind getting the US covers as well.
“There are two ways to find death. Either you go looking for it, or you wait for it to come to you.”
Candyce If you’ve been following this series you know that Cassidy Blake is now in New Orleans with her parents. I love that Cassidy gets to travel and that we get the history of each place they go. It really helped me connect to the story and it did so once again for Bridge of Souls. It’s clear the author really does research for these books. Add the cast of characters I’ve come to love and I just couldn’t put it down.
Let’s just say that this book proves that you can’t always escape death and that could mean a lot not only for Cassidy, but also her best friend Jacob. I loved how everything we’ve learned and read about in the first two books all comes together in Bridge of Souls. It becomes clear not everything can go without consequences and I have to say this one had me scared for the characters near the end of the book. Bridge of Souls kept me on the edge of my seat and I have to say that this is definitely a dark day or Halloween read.
Not only the spooky elements make this book fun, but I love how important friendship is in the story. Even if your best friend is a ghost. I love the banter between Jacob and Cassidy and it’s clear that these two care for each other. Friendship proves to be really important weapon and I loved that! It’s also really nice to see a parent/child relationship that’s pretty healthy in a book, because that’s not something that happens all that often. If I’m honest the cat is my favorite though, haha.
I know at times my review is a bit vague, but this is the third book and I just really think that Bridge of Souls is a book you need to experience yourself. I highly recommend this trilogy!
“So yes, Death will come for us again, one way or another. We can’t live in fear of it. That’s no way to live at all.”
Isabelle I love this series a lot and I was quite sad when I found out this would be the last book in the series (at least for now). This time around Cassidy travels to New Orleans and that city is very high up my travel wish list so that made the book even more exciting. Cassidy’s parents always know a lot about the place they visit and I love reading about that. I just want to fly to all three cities in the series right now and experience these places myself. Victoria did a wonderful job of describing these cities and their vibes.
The ‘ghost story’ in this book felt a bit different than the previous two but it was possibly even more high stakes! This book had some dark themes and like Candyce I was scared that not everyone would make it out in one piece. Thinking back, I guess this made it more like a last book in a trilogy but overall it didn’t really feel like an ending to me. And I was a bit surprised to find out this was a trilogy. I just didn’t think it felt like a finale, but that is the only ‘negative’ thing I have to say.
We have our favorite characters from the previous two books but we also meet some new characters. And I loved them! I don’t want to say to much about the circumstances Cassidy meets them in but I will say I adored that part of the story. If Victoria decides to write more Cassidy Blake series they need to be in there. As is the case with a lot of MG stories (and the reason I loved them so much), friendship is very important in this story. There are a couple of friendships and they are so important. I love to see this and wish friendship was a bigger theme in YA books.
This series, and this book, has such a wonderful spooky vibe to it. I love all the ghost stories and the characters and would highly recommend all three books!
“I’ve never met anyone who outran Death forever. And I’ve never met anyone who truly wanted to.”
We’re sad that this is the last book in the trilogy for now, but we definitely loved every minute of it. Spooky middle grade books are definitely something that interest us. If you’ve read any of this trilogy, we’d love to know what you think! Or if you have any spooky middle grade recommendations, let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.