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.
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“What you can’t see is always scarier than what you can. Your eyes play tricks on you, filling in the shadows, making shapes.”
I LOVE following Cassy’s adventures, I would honestly read thousands of books of her traveling the world, discovering spooky places & meeting ghost characters, I really love it. This sequel is great, I enjoyed it as much as the first book and maybe even a little more, I think it has all the components that make it super dynamic to read, it flows very well and very fast, but nevertheless, you manage to enjoy every detail and I loved the growth of characters in this one, as well as Paris.
In this sequel, we follow Cassy and her parents to Paris, the second stop that will be part of Cassy’s parents’ TV show, where we’ll visit all the spooky and iconic places in the city. But this time Cassy must deal with something new for her and much more dangerous. Something has awakened in the Catacombs, something powerful with a hunger for destruction, and Cassy will have to face new and dramatic dangers, while she’ll receive help from new friends to stop it or Paris will be totally destroyed.
I think that reading this type of book is so much fun for me because it combines the fluidity of the MG genre, with those scary details that its focus on horror and ghost stories gives, which is something that I really love, so I really enjoyed the story. I love how it explores some characters a little more in-depth and how it also envelops us in that atmosphere of mystery and tension that makes you can’t stop reading to find out what will happen. I LOVE everything that has to do with stories and urban creepy legends, and there are some here told by Cassy’s mother that I just loved and I think they give a very unique vibe to the story, those legends help in a way to make you feeling discomfort and uncertainty, which makes the book even more interesting to read.
I already know the author’s style quite well and even so it continues to surprise me, I love how she’s so versatile and can write a complex story leaning more towards the fantasy genre, where Schwab is much more descriptive, but she can also give us something more light to read as shown here. I adore reading her books and I don’t plan on stopping, I’m super excited about her new releases and everything to come. Also, a plus that I appreciate very much about the book is that at the beginning it refreshes many events from the previous book, which is great because it makes it easier to get into this sequel.
The characters are wonderful, I adore Cassy, she’s so brave for her age and very intelligent as well, I love when she cares about Jacob, I think their friendship is one of the most beautiful and sincere I’ve read about. Jacob is simply adorable and very funny, he always manages to make me smile even in the tensest moments, I love that; besides, it’s my spirit animal lol, he’s always putting into words what I think myself. Knowing a little more about her past was very interesting and touched my heart. I adore Cassy’s parents, they remind me of the Warrens for some reason, and I adore listening to them, they’re very smart people and, I think it’s funny that they’re so opposed when it comes to talking about paranormal things. I loved the pair of new characters, I think they gave an interesting touch to the plot, especially I liked Adele a lot, I think she’s super sweet. I don’t know why but I’m not the biggest fan of Lara although I try, her personality is annoying lol.
Paris is the perfect setting to tell a paranormal story, but it’s also absolutely beautiful, so visiting all those iconic places was a super pleasant and atmospheric experience that I enjoyed a lot.
I think the resolution and the outcome were a bit hasty, maybe a bit convenient and “easy” but I don’t really care much, none of it prevented me from enjoying this great book, I had a lot of fun with it, it was just what I expected. So, of course, I highly recommend this series if you want to read something scary, but also super easy to read and very atmospheric, the characters are adorable, I love them and their growth is remarkable. But you have to read it, especially if you want to travel with your mind to wonderful places on our planet that are worth knowing. A great book and I’m looking forward to more of Cassy’s adventures in the future.