Review: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Wow! Who would’ve thought I’d be loving these middle grade books! I totally am! But it was a bit scary, or maybe I am a big baby?!!! I was so invested that I swear I nearly wet myself in fright in a few places!

Title: Tunnel of Bones

Series: Cassidy Blake #2

Author: Victoria Schwab


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.


LOCATION: Paris, France

And here we are again with Cassidy Blake, the girl who can cross into The Veil and help the dead move on.

Cassidy and her parents have travelled from Edinburgh to Paris with her trusty ghost best friend, Jacob and of course Grim the cat!

As in the first book I was hooked on the history and this one has a kid ghost! Does it get scarier than that? It does not. I was terrified…but still hooked!

I discovered my love for Jacob in this book. In book 1 I liked him but he really came into his own here and my heart went out to him. I love his friendship with Cassidy.


Oh my giddy ant, that ending!


Have you read this series so far?

How are you liking it?


Select Me Saturday – pick my next read!

Lately I have found myself in the mother of all slumps so I know I needed to do something about it… I made a list….a list of all the books I have on my tbr!

It’s an old skool written list and I am in love with it and not sure why I haven’t done this sooner…..and this is where I need your help!

Pick for me!!!

Which of the 3 books below should I read next week?

The book with the most mentions in comments is the one I will read….


The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.


Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away.
But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down.

There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom.

There was Camila, the frontman’s wife, too strong-willed to let the band implode – and all too aware of the electric connection between her husband and Daisy.

There was Karen, ice-cool keyboardist, a ferociously independent woman in a world that wasn’t ready for her.

And there were the men surrounding them: the feuding, egotistical Dunne brothers, the angry guitarist chafing on the sidelines, the drummer binge-drinking on his boat, the bassist trying to start a family amid a hedonistic world tour. They were creative minds striking sparks from each other, ready to go up in flames.

It’s never just about the music…


The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.


Let me know in comments which book I should read next!

*** The winner from last week was…….Valiant by Holly Black so it’s at the top of my tbr pile! ***

October releases I absolutely MUST have!!!!

What’s the saying?

Too many books, not enough time?

September has killed off my bank account and October doesn’t look to be any different!!

The worst thing is that I am still in the slumpiest of slumps ever. Like EVER! But I’m still buying books!!!!

Anyway….I could go on and on but here are the books I’ll be getting in October (and probably not read for ages!!!!)


(Click on the cover to be directed to the blurb/pre order)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Heart of the Moors by Holly Black


The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Fast Lane by Kristen Ashley

The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah


What books are you looking forward to in October?

Top 5 Tuesday: Covers of 2019


Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm, see her original post here.

Today’s theme = Covers of 2019

Why oh why, when I sat down to do this that my mind.goes.blank. Why does this happen to me?!!!

I think I’m Miss Scatterbrain at the mo but, without further ado, here are mine!


Wicked King by Holly Black

I loved this read and the cover is an eye catcher and (I think), captures the essence of the story.


Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

This is a total eye catcher and actually made my buy it (but I haven’t read yet!)



Never Contented Things by Sarah Porter

I admit that this book and me didnt get on, like at all. But that cover!


Doyenne by Anne Malcom

Wow.  That was my first thought about this cover. The story is dark, so dark…it was delish!


Broken Knight by LJ Shen

I mean, come on. Look at this! #doesthismakemeacougar


What are your favourite covers of 2019 so far?

Select Me Saturday – pick my next read!


Lately I have found myself in the mother of all slumps so I know I needed to do something about it… I made a list….a list of all the books I have on my tbr!

It’s an old skool written list and I am in love with it and not sure why I haven’t done this sooner…..and this is where I need your help!

Pick for me!!!

Which of the 3 books below should I read next week?

The book with the most mentions in comments is the one I will read….


Valiant by Holly Black

When Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she’s trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Taking on a new identity, she seeks refuge with a gang of squatters who live in the city’s labyrinthine subway system.

But there’s something eerily beguiling about Val’s new friends … Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels and uses a shimmery amber-coloured powder that makes the shadows around her dance. While Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see. And when Luis’s brother, Dave, makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who turns out to have goat hooves instead of feet, Val knows that there’s magic at play in the subway tunnels…

A bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been working, only to find herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honourable, and as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between affection for him and fear of what her new friends are becoming because of him…


Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Enter the Grishaverse with book two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy


Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks . . . until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death—a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone—Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae. . . .

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane—an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book—because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands. . .



Let me know in comments which book I should read first!

Schwabtember! Yes, it’s real!!!!!

Just a quicky today!

I saw this and fell deep in love!

I am so in!


You can see Brittany’s announcement on her IG here.

My plan is to read the following:

  • A Darker Shade of Magic
  • A Gathering of Shadows
  • A Conjuring of Light

(These are on my Beat the Backlist challenge as well. 2 birds, one stone and all that!)

I might also squeeze in Tunnel of Bones too but I did want to save that for my Halloween Spooky Reads so we will see!

Are you joining in?

Dinner Date with an author . . .


I was watching a TV programme with my son and it was celebrity chefs training and putting to the test, kids in a restaurant. They served, waited on and cooked a 3 course meal for a host of celebrities in a real restaurant setting.

And that got me thinking…….

If you could have an author over for dinner…who would the author be and what would you serve?

Doesn’t have to be fancy (I mean I can see Jay Kristoff being ok with pizza!)


Who: Sarah J Maas (I would probably sit and stare at her all fangirly for quite a while!)

Unforts for Sarah this would be a gluten free meal as I have celiac disease and wouldn’t want to be rushing off to the loo as soon as we’d eaten….I mean we need to get that book chat in!


Starters: a good old fashioned prawn cocktail!

Main: peri peri chicken with vegetable rice (and the peri peri needs to be HOT!!!)

Dessert: beignets (I saw her recent IG post and I realised I need one of those beauties!!!)

During coffee, I’d try and pull from her allllll the books she has in her head (and obviously try and score an advanced copy of each 😂).


Who would you have and what would you serve?

Top 5 Series I Need To Finish…..

Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm, see her original post here.

Today’s theme = Series I Need To Finish

My first thought with this was ‘5? I bet I have waaaaay more than that!!’

My second thought was ‘what if I did this post last year and its the same series?!’ 😂

Let’s not think on that!

Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo

Read: Shadow and Bone

Next up: Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising


The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black

Read: Tithe

Next up: Valiant and Ironside


Renegades series by Marissa Meyer

Read: Renegades

Next up: Archenemies and then the wait for Supernova (well it’s really a race to read Archemenies first!!!)


Forever Evermore series by Scarlett Dawn

Read: King Hall

Next up: King Cave then King Tomb


Dare series by Shantal Tessier

Read: I Dare You, I Promise You

Next up: If You Dare



What series are on your list?

20 Books of Summer ends here…..

I have joined in this challenge for 3 years running now and I love it. It gives me a chance to burn through some of my tbr/Beat the Backlist books and holds me accountable and ……


You can see my sign up post here.

Some of my books changed from my original post though! I had a clear out, it was dramatic and traumatic (for me) but it needed to be done!

Here are the 20 books I read over Summer……

  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • Finale by Stephanie Garber
  • Trouble at Brayshaw High by Meagan Brandy
  • The Fallen by Tillie Cole
  • Raphael by Tillie Cole
  • Lies by Kylie Scott
  • One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence
  • Tithe by Holly Black
  • The Winter Court by Amelia Hutchins
  • I Dare You by Shantel Tessier
  • Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff
  • King Hall by Scarlett Dawn
  • The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
  • Darkest before Dawn by Amelia Hutchins
  • Pestilence by Laura Thalassa
  • Quiet Man by Kristen Ashley
  • War by Laura Thalassa
  • Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Catching Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Did you do the 20 Books of Summer Challenge?

How did you get on?