Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

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5stars

Title: Tunnel of Bones
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #2

Number of pages: 304 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: I love Paris and how haunted it seems to be.
Bad things about this book: Cassidy was a bit annoying at times.
Do I recommend it? Yes!

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I was so ready for a Paris ghost hunting but I wasn’t expecting all of this! I want to buy a ticket to Paris right now and go visit the Catacombs! I went to Paris once a lot of years ago and we didn’t went there. We visited the usual, but not the Catacombs! Why? They sound so creepy and amazing!

Cassidy left Edinburgh a bit shaken after all that happened, and she is starting to explore her newly found powers and abilities as a ghost hunter. But maybe this new curiosity is making her take too many risks, and Paris is definitely more haunted that Edinburgh. Jacob is really worried about what Lara told him and Cassidy, about the whole gaining more powers and being possibly a danger to Cassidy, and to everyone. I liked how he trusted Cassidy with his secret. It’s so sad. I wish everything went differently with his life when he wasn’t, you know, dead.

I love how many things I learn with the Inspecters. Everything is so interesting. I really want to visit these cities and explore what they explored. And maybe, just maybe, see a ghost!

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Dangerous Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

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4stars

Title: Dangerous Spirits
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Spirits #2
Number of pages: 184 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Henry and Vincent and really sweet together.
Bad things about this book: I hate miscommunication and this book have it.
Do I recommend it? If you love Hawk’s books then you don’t want to miss this series!
Rate: 4/5

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I love ghost stories and this one was great. Little drama and lot of sweetness. The vengeful spirit was scary as hell and I didn’t want the characters to be hurt by it. But there was so much more to the story than the one on the surface, and I love how many details were put into just a few pages.

New characters were introduced and I knew they were going to bring chaos to the romantic relationship of our main characters. One character in particular I hated from the start. Speaking poisonous words of my Henry, he who is only at fault of having low self-esteem.

I don’t like miscommunication. No, I hate it. There are so many things that could be avoided if people just told the truth instead of concealing it. You don’t things aren’t going to end well if someone is hiding something. It’s a situation doomed from the start.

Besides the dreaded miscommunication, the story was full of the things that made me like this series: ghosts, nice characters, twists, and new questions to be answered in the third and last book. I can’t wait to find out more!

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The Backstagers and the Ghost Light by Andy Mientus & Rian Sygh

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4stars

Title: The Backstagers and the Ghost Light
Author: Andy Mientus (author) & Rian Sygh (illustrator)
Series: Backstagers #1
Number of pages: 208 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Theater, musicals and ghosts!!
Bad things about this book: Nothing but now I want more and I’m impatient.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 4/5

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PLOT —
How great is the backstage world? I didn’t know anything about the story behind the ghost light. Is it true? I didn’t investigate about it, but I want to believe it’s true and there are thousands of ghost lights on right now in theaters all around the world. This supernatural adventure was fun, a tiny bit scary, and sad since it dealt with loss.

CHARACTERS —
The same characters from the comics make an appearance showing more depth since there is more space for inner monologues. I loved being inside their heads and getting to know them better. They’re going through some changes and through hard times, but the good thing is they have each other and that’s beautiful. Also, new characters! Yay! Amazing addition!

THOUGHTS —
After reading the two Backstagers comics, I knew what to expect but this story just gave me more. In the comics there is so much to see, a lot of details, yet there are not enough pages to narrate a big story. They did it and I loved it, but with books, there is so much narration, more space for feelings, also more space for a little bit of heartache. I enjoyed how Andy Mientus portrayed the characters from the comics. It was a great beginning!

CONCLUSION —
From the ending and the spine of the book, this is the first of a lot of Backstagers books and I really can’t wait to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes. These stories are simple, easy to read, and very interesting. Its simplicity doesn’t take anything from the overall experience and it leaves you wanting more. And I definitely want more.

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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5stars

I have one foot in winter and one in spring.
One foot with the living, and one with the dead.

Title: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #1

Number of pages: 285 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: The way the city is beautifully described.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read it!

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Well, now I must go to Edinburgh. I must! Last year I was contemplating going, but the only month I could maybe go was also the most expensive of it all. After reading this book, though, I just know that I need to find a way because that city sounds both magical and spooky. I want to see with my own two eyes these haunted places. The graveyard sounds promising for some ghostwatching.

I always enjoy books meant for younger readers because we don’t get the usual, often forced, love storyline. You get to enjoy the story and its characters and that’s it. It’s refreshing to stop worrying about who loves who, so my focus was all on the ghosts and on the very sweet main character, Cassidy.

Cassidy has a best friend who is a ghost! Can you believe that? Sometimes I think stories in my head that stay there, and one of them was about a medium woman who has a sort of sidekick best friend who was a ghost. Loved the coincidence, loved the story.

Every time I get nervous or scared, I remind myself that every good story needs twists and turns. Every heroine needs an adventure.

Victoria Schwab writes in a way that keeps you glued to the pages. I wanted to read and read and read until I reached the last page, satisfied and extremely curious about what was to come next. That beautiful woman hasn’t disappointed me yet, and I doubt she ever will. A woman like that will have my attention and my love for years to come.

With the details that went into describing Edinburgh, I’ll be surprised if the readers didn’t want to go visit. This book will boost tourism, and it certainly will contribute to the growth of young readers. The description of every single place, and people, had me daydreaming of me one day walking around those same streets with a hot beverage in hand and my eyes sparkling with curiosity and delight.

This book is an easy read, but don’t let that fool you. The story is deep, emotional, magical, a bit scary but not much, and no matter your age, you’ll be glad you gave it a chance.

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Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

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4stars

Title: Restless Spirits
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Spirits #1
Number of pages: 204 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I just love how this author tells stories.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, there are ghosts.
Rate: 4/5

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Stayed up until 2am to know how this was going to end. I was hooked. I love ghost stories and this one was great, worth of losing a few hours of my beauty sleep! I wish I’ve found out sooner about this series by the amazing Jordan L. Hawk; I’m happy I now have started it. The characters are diverse, they come from different backgrounds and they all have their own opinions, being them frustrating or totally reasonable. Being set in the past I knew there were going to be things that’ll anger me, frustrate me to no end, and there were. Oh my, I could have punched more than a couple characters real hard!

Vincent and Lizzie are a very peculiar couple of friends, each one of them with secrets well hidden. Vincent is dealing with an exorcism gone bad and he is struggling to live his medium life, and the consequences of his “medium block” might be the end of his and Lizzie’s job and economic stability. When the opportunity to earn easy money with a haunting present itself, Vincent is forced by Lizzie to help her. They will find that the case is not at all as easy as they thought it was going to be.

Enter Henry and his cousin. Henry was scammed by a fake medium and has devoted his life to use science to get rid of ghosts and spirits. He thinks every medium is fake and will never trust any more of them. But then he meets Vincent and everything he has vowed himself not to do, is hard to follow because the temptation of this man, so beautiful and flirty, is throwing him off his science path.

I had a very hard time trying to like Henry: from the high of his white privilege, he didn’t see how his behavior could damage the people around him. Let’s see how he acts in the remaining books to see if I like him or not. If he deserves to be with handsome Vincent or not. So far, he has only angered me. He may be sweet, and I know he now cares about Vincent, not only because of his appearance but also because of the man he came to know during their days in the haunted mansion.

The second book promises to be just as good. What will happen?? I need to read it as soon as I can!

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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5stars

“Of all organs,” said Nehemiah Trot, “the tongue is the most remarkable. For we use it both to taste our sweet wine and bitter poison, thus also do we utter words both sweet and sour with same tongue.”

Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Number of pages: 327 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It’s magical.
Bad things about this book: The mystery that wasn’t really explained.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

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A couple years ago I bought the audiobook and started listening to it but as it always happens to me with books I haven’t read before listening to them, I got distracted and kept losing parts of the narration. I loved listening to Neil Gaiman tell the story but his voice wasn’t enough to get me focus on the book. I gave up until I decided to buy the physical book and now I could read a story that really deserved all my attention.

Nobody Owens is quite an interesting boy; we read about him growing up in the graveyard after a mysterious man called Jack murders his parents and sister. As a toddler he was inquisitive and curious. As a pre-teen he was obnoxious and unnecessarily rebellious. As a teenager he made questionable decisions but was overall a nice kid. I came to like him and I cheered for him to have a happy life surrounded by people who cared for him. It was going to be hard and I knew that.

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

I forgot about the mystery about Bod and why Jack wanted him dead after that first part and every time someone mentioned it I asked myself why it was so important to kill Bod. Why was Bod’s dead essential? I was curious. A lot, but then, in my opinion, the reason was not explained and the ending left me with too many questions. More than I’m used to have after finishing a book without sequels. That’s the only bad thing (if we can call it bad) about his book. The rest was exquisite and it gave me a newly found trust about Gaiman’s books with younger protagonists. I had a bad experience but I wasn’t going to let that ruin this marvellous author for me!

“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

Now I have a couple Gaiman’s books on my bookshelves that require my attention and I need to finish reading his comic book Sandman that I’m reading so slowly I’ve been in stand-by mode for months. I can do it!

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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3stars

Title: Lincoln in the Bardo
Author: George Saunders
Number of pages: 353 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a very interesting and peculiar written book.
Bad things about this book: The peculiarity of the narration is a bit confusing at times.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 3/5

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Trap. Horrible trap. At one’s birth it is sprung. Some last day must arrive. When you will need to get out of this body.

I chose this book because I liked the title. There was something in it that made me interested in seeing what this book was about. The two different covers I saw were just as interesting and, after some thoughts, I decided to give it a try. This decision was mainly made because it was going to be a book I could get for free so if I didn’t like it I was not going to feel bad about having spent money on it. Luckily it didn’t happen.

It was weird and a little confusing at times but I liked the idea and enjoyed this crazy night with these crazy and conflicted characters. It sure makes you think. And, even if I don’t think I’ll be reading more about Lincoln, maybe I’ll watch the movie to understand him better. I don’t remember studying anything about him because I went to school in Italy and there’s so much history here and in Europe that they mainly teach you what happened here and in neighboring countries. I only knew what I’ve seen in movies or heard in American TV shows; so only the usual, that he was shot and that he was a vampire slayer. That movie was weird.

He was not perfect; he was, remember, a little boy. Could be wild, naughty, overwrought. He was a boy. However – it must be said – he was quite a good boy.

The chapters about Willie’s death were tremendously sad. They were written in this form I have never seen before, yet it didn’t take anything from the deepness of the situation. The emotions it made me feel were real and the sadness and tears were so profound, they brought me back to the many events in my life that, just like Lincoln, have brought me to the verge of losing myself to grief.

How sad it is life that gives you love to give but then can take it away without notice. Sad, yet full of happy little moments.

As much as I enjoyed the whole graveyard events, there were some parts that were more confusing than others. Some chapters I thought were about Lincoln, I found out much later that instead were about someone in the graveyard. At first I didn’t realize and after so many chapters it was a realization I thought had to be clearer from the beginning. Maybe it was just me getting used to this type of narration. Maybe I wasn’t really into it at first and it took me a little to see things as they were.

I don’t regret having read Lincoln in the Bardo, on the contrary I was glad I satisfied my curiosity and gave this book a chance. It was a peculiar read and I will recommend it to someone looking just for that.

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A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove ☆

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5starsplus

Hope was a dangerous thing, and it had no place here.

Title: A Boy Worth Knowing
Author: Jennifer Cosgrove
Number of pages: 172 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Nate is the sweetest and he really is worth knowing.
Bad things about this book: Too short? Maybe not, it ended perfectly.
Do I recommend it? Yes, please love it as much as I did.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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I LOVED IT!!! It was adorable and sweet and gave me so many feelings!! At one point I was fuming, almost crying because I was sad and frustrated. My poor baby Nate; such a short book giving my heart an incredibly hard time. It was hardly fair because I cared for Nate and it was an immediate thing the attachment I felt for him. I didn’t think it was rushed; you just met the guy and start wanting all the best for him. Simple as that.

Since he was twelve, Nate has been able to see and communicate with the dearly departed. It’s a family thing but his ability is somewhat stronger than his relatives’. As a result, his own mother who lacks the medium ability is scared of him and kicks him out of the house and forbids his sister to have contacts with him. It was hard for me not to want to reach inside the pages and slap the woman. That sweet boy was hurt and his mother didn’t want to have anything to do with him. He goes to live with his aunt and talks frequently with his grandma who passed away a couple years before. She is a great confidant; a little nosey, though.

Dear, sweet Aunt Susan, what is it like in your simple life? Where people actually talked to each other? Asked questions and got answers? What was that like? I bit my tongue.

Nate is an outcast, bullied and ignored by his schoolmates who call him crazy. Nate is lonely and resigned to be by himself until the new boy, James, sits next to him and friendship blooms almost immediately. James likes Nate and Nate is confused by this: does he like him as a friend or maybe he can hope for something more? Oh boy, Nate was conflicted and didn’t want to risk the only friend he had to find out if they could be something more.

To make things weirder, if that was even possible, James had a ghost in tow: his brother David who passed away only a few months before James moved. James is clearly mourning his brother but won’t talk about it. He is suffering and David appears very often to tell Nate to help his brother move on so that he can be happy again. David and Nana are somewhat love advisors to Nate with his struggles of the heart. Nate likes James a lot and I suffer with him everyday he can’t tell James how he feels; every time Nate suffered because of James, I suffered and my heart broke in a million pieces.

He chuckled, and I was quietly overwhelmed by the idea that someone wanted to talk to me.

The frustration and sadness I felt reading some chapters were overwhelming; I thought I was going to start ugly sobbing at any moment. I did have tears in my eyes. I was so sad for Nate and for all the unfairness he was experiencing. I thought he was incredible and the thought of him being used to be alone, to be disappointed and left behind, made me hurt so much I still want to cry just thinking about it.

This book was so short but so full of emotions. I loved every page of it and I will put it in my favorites book drawers in my mind. It deserves this and much more. It was an adorable love story with a twist of paranormal so it was just the kind of book that’ll get to me and I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

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Taproot by Keezy Young

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5stars

Title: Taproot
Author: Keezy Young
Number of pages: 127 (paperback)
Good things about this book: The characters, the drawings, everything.
Bad things about this book: I would love to read more about Hamal and Blue.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I loved it.
Rate: 5/5

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A guy I follow on twitter posted about this graphic novel he read and loved on his flight from England to Italy. He wrote it was body positive and lgbt: I couldn’t have been convinced faster. As soon as I saw his tweet I bought the comic. Really, I bought it so fast I almost surprised myself. Almost. I tend to do things impulsively.

This graphic novel is not only body positive since it’s main character is not your usual thin and sculpted guy but it’s also pretty diverse. It made me warm inside seeing so many different kinds of characters of all shapes, heights, ethnicities and religions; it was truly refreshing and I hope many more novels will follow this path.

Hamal is a gardener; he works at a flower shop and he loves and it’s good at what he does. He also sees and talks to ghosts and has many around him; one in particular is stuck with him since the first time he saw him. Blue is dead and pretty much very in love with Hamal. He tries to push Hamal towards a regular shopper of the flower shop not understanding that Hamal is conflicting and hurting inside because his love is impossible. The big guy has fallen for his dead friend. That was so obvious and so sweet!

The story did not go how I thought it would. It was different and surprisingly so. The characters were sweet, sincere, deep and relatable. The paranormal element in contrast with the pastel colours of the comic gave the story an ethereal touch that had my face with a frozen smile from beginning to end.

20171008_120002So true!! So relatable!

I’m thankful I stumbled onto that fateful tweet that allowed me to read this adorable story of love, loss, paranormal talent and how a random encounter can change your life forever.

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GhosTV by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“I’d blow someone for a valium,” I said in Jacob’s ear.
“Maybe he’s got one… but try offering a hand-job first so you retain some leverage.”

Title: GhosTV
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #6
Number of pages: 379 (ebook)
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne and all his new paranormal misadventures.
Bad things about this book: There’s one thing I thought important that wasn’t explained.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the entire series and short stories.
Rate: 5/5

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It all started with a bitchy remark and a very bad haircut. Doesn’t sound very paranormal and it’s true but that’s how this whole adventure with slimy hands and lack of ghosts begins. Victor is everything but an athletic human being: he is just like me, straining a muscle doing the easiest of tasks. His lack of self-esteem is causing him to take physical activities into consideration. Can you believe it? My Victor running? My Victor doing weights? Are you crazy? He’s perfect the way he is. That damn woman putting weird ideas in his already overcrowded head!

“Don’t tell me you tried a tanning bed.”
“No. I went outside.”

(^^^ I laughed so much! Tell me about it, Vic!!)

Victor had the wonderful idea of getting his hair cut by a newbie with a disastrous outcome. Thankfully, Crash saw the horror and fixed it giving my Vic a sexy haircut that he admired every time he found himself in front of a mirror or any reflective surface. Jacob also seemed to appreciate it. Lucky him! Being as insecure as he is, I was so happy seeing Victor giving himself some credit; he is a beautiful almost 40 year-old man with amazing abilities and he deserves all the happiness the world can give him.

But this book wasn’t about Victor’s haircut or his lack of upper or lower body strength: this book was about Lisa missing and Victor teaming with Jacob and an improbable Dreyfuss to find her and the other women missing in PsyTrain in California. We find something more about Jacob’s talent and also something more about what the hell that FPMP does and who is the one spying on Vic.

“I tried not to look too puzzled, since everyone could see everyone else in all those mirrors, and I like to keep my bewilderment to myself when I can help it.”

There aren’t ghosts in this book, barely one and not important to the story. This book is all about the GhosTV Dreyfuss has found and given Victor and astral projections. The GhosTV is capable of amplify or diminish psychic activity in its vicinity so Vic was able to see ghosts more or less solid. That was really useful to avoid using all the million pills he usually takes to calm him, to sleep, and to avoid ghosts. But this time the GhosTV is inside PsyTrain and this place has something going on that is not what usually Vic faces. So the TV might make things accidentally messier! For the best? That depends.

First the lack of ghosts, then the disappearance without trace of Lisa and her roommate, with no connection to nothing they did in the facility whatsoever. But is it really that way? Is this place truly different from Camp Hell? What exactly do they do in this place? There are mysteries and Victor meets again a “friend” from Camp Hell, he discovers new things he can do now, maybe increasing even more the level of his talent. He can astral project himself and, contrary to other people doing it, he can actually remember what did he see and talk about during his travels.

I loved everything paranormal that happened in this book. I loved the new abilities and the prospect of being able to grow more as a medium for Victor. I loved that he showed he really cared about Lisa and he did everything in his power and more to find out what happened. I loved how he showed how much he loves Jacob and how much he means to him; they are in this world together after all.

“You got to ask yourself what’s more important– to try to do everything your own way and lose it all, or to ask for help so you can get what you need, when you need it. Always remember, you not here in this world alone. You got friends.”

Can’t wait for Spook Squad after that ending!! Not really a cliffhanger but now everything can and will change and I want to find out how Victor will face this new life setting. Can I say again how much I love Victor and his scowls, his smiles, his sloppiness, his new hair and his beautiful heart? I love everything about him and I know that, by reading the PsyCop series, you too will find yourself falling hard for him. It’s inevitable! Let yourself love that man; he deserves it! As you do!

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