Bridge of Souls (City of Ghosts #3)

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Bridge of Souls (City of Ghosts #3)
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8+
Release Date
March 02, 2021
ISBN
978-1338574876
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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 traveling 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 colorful, grisly local legends. And the city's biggest surprise is a foe Cass never expected to face: a servant of Death itself.

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More Murderous Ghosts!
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Just back from her whirlwind tour of Paris (and her creepy encounter with a skeleton specter) in Tunnel of Bones, Cassidy joins her parents in New Orleans. In this hot and humid city, ghosts and spirits seem to be everywhere, and Cassidy can't shake the feeling that something is badly wrong. It doesn't help that her friend Jacob is becoming more and more corporeal, and can even move objects. After several creepy encounters with the skeletal creature she saw in Paris, Cassidy texts her friend Lara Chowdhury for advice. She thinks Cassidy is being chased by an Emissary of Death, who feels that Cassidy cheated death and now owes her life. Soon, Lara has made her way to New Orleans as well. Her parents travel a lot, and she didn't want to be stuck at home in Scotland with her dead uncle, so the group gets to see some of New Orleans' more interesting side. It is home to the Black Cat Society in which Lara is very interested, and after some sleuthing, their headquarters is found. They are also concerned about the Emissary, but don't have a lot of help to offer. They are great at backup, though, and there when the three try to take care of the Emissary, which ends in Lara being taken. She's an in-betweener as well, and had cheated death when she was very ill. It's up to Cassidy, Jacob, and the members of the Black Cat Society to save Lara and deal with the Emissary so he is no longer on Cassidy's trail. Will Cassidy be able to save both of her friends?
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If you want to write a middle grade ghost stories, it is essential that some of the ghosts be murderous! If séances, a ghost friend, another friend willing to travel around the world to help you, and clueless adults are also in the mix, all the better. While this story has lots of adventurous elements (the travels into the spirit world behind the Veil are wonderfully scary), Cassidy is an interesting character whom I found myself really watching in this book. She's scared, she's questioning her role in dispatching ghosts, and she's wondering if she really did cheat death, and what the ramifications of that are. Lara is such a fun character, and it's too bad that there isn't some way to have them hang out more. Perhaps her parents will let her travel with the Blakes indefinitely? I also found myself being a little wistful about Jacob. He has to move on at some point, but he is really the only full time friend that Cassidy has. Bridge of Souls was an excellent addition to this series.

This series has been very popular (I have two copies of the first book, and they're always checked out!), and it's one that I enjoy as well, even though I'm not a huge fan of creepy books. Cassidy's off beat relationship with Jacob, her travels with her parents, and the descriptions of local ghost lore all combine in a delightfully creepy way. There's definitely at least one more book needed to finish off the story, and my feelings would not be at all hurt if there were two!
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Bridge of Souls
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What worked: This is a satisfying conclusion to City of Ghosts series. Engaging characters, fast-paced plot, and spooky magic woven throughout.

Cassidy Blake is an in-betweener( someone who can cross the Veil and help confused ghosts cross over). Jacob is her best friend, who just happens to be dead. And her parents are Paranormal Inspectors with their own TV series that goes to haunted places around the world. I love Cassidy's character. She's curious, not scared to solve a paranormal mystery, and isn't afraid of ghosts she encounters. She takes chances and wants to help those who wander on the other side of the Veil.

There's fast-paced action set in New Orleans, one of the spookiest places in the United States. I loved all the backstories of the haunts that Cassidy's parents take her to. Plus, her gift of being an in-betweener is fascinating.

In this story Cassidy finds an antagonist that is out to get her. A mystery messenger of Death, who crashes a seance with a chilling messenge. A messenge that drives Cassidy to get help from her friend Lara and also to contact the elusive Society-a group of both dead and living people who help with things through the Veil.

The only thing that kind of bugged me is how oblivious her so-called Paranormal Inspecter parents are to her ability, though I kind of think her Mother does have a clue.

I really love this middle-grade paranormal series which started in Scotland, landed in Paris, and now ends in New Orleans. Readers once again follow Cassidy, Jacob, and Lara into trying to not get in the path of the very creepy Messenger of Death.

Chilling, spooky mystery set in the haunted city of New Orleans. Only now Cassidy has to avoid being taken by a messenger of Death itself. Sure to please fans of a good, engaging paranormal series.
Good Points
1. Satisfying conclusion to City of Ghosts series
2. Engaging characters
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