Book Review: Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

Published in the UK by Scholastic Children’s Books in 2021. Book 3 (and the final) in the Cassidy Blake series.

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ISBN: 1338574884

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Mystery Fiction.

Page Count: 300

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sypnosis 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…

My Review:

For me, it always feels bittersweet reaching the penultimate book in a beloved series, Bridge of Souls being the final installment in the Cassidy Blake series, which follows a twelve year old girl, ghostly best friend in tow, as she and her parents travel around, filming at famously notorious haunted sights, filling in their television documentary audiences on everything spooky and macabre.

New Orleans was such a perfectly vivid setting to end this series on, a city filled with ghostly legends, colourful and grim alike, filled with eerie places to visit, from tombs to museums and everything in between. As I was reading, I honestly felt like I could hear the thrumming of everything, from the bustling parades, celebrating life, to Cass’s parents recounting the horrors that went on once upon a time at the famous sites that they film at, such as the Delphine LaLaurie mansion. I mean, I was familiar with some of the places and people that Cass’s parents discussed whilst in their eerie abodes, but naturally, just as I did when I was reading about the Catacombs in Tunnel Of Bones, I found myself turning to Google to read more about these horribly monstrous people!

I felt like, all throughout Bridge of Souls, there was a complete uncertainty towards what was going to happen – I absolutely couldn’t predict anything that was to come and found myself especially on the edge of my seat even more so as this is the final installment, I found myself quite fearful for Cassidy and Jacob!

Ah, Jacob, the wonderfully lovely, comic book loving ghost who’s been tethered to Cass, only visible to her (and Lara, another in-betweener who can cross into the veil, sending departed souls onwards. I absolutely loved Cass’s and Jacob’s friendship throughout, I was so, so nervous that something was going to happen to one (or both) of them, especially when Cassidy is chased by a messenger of death, determined to claim what she stole (life) when she nearly drowned once upon a time!

Honestly though, by the time I’d finished Bridge of Souls, I thought to myself that it was such a brilliant and satisfying end to what is easily one of my favourite middle grade series, I could definitely blather on endlessly about this wonderful, delightfully spooky series and it’s definitely one I’ll easily continue to be recommending!

Happy Reading,


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