Book Review: BRIDGE OF SOULS by Victoria Schwab (Middle Grade Monday)

Title in grey on black
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Age Range: MG
Star rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - book 3


Book cover for BRIDGE OF SOULS: a girl in red among black graves

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…

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


BRIDGE OF SOULS is a brilliant ending to this current arc. The character’s growth is so clear since the first book and it makes the choices about who and what to sacrifice much nastier as there have been three books to get to know the characters.

I’ve never been across the pond, so I’ve never had a chance to set foot in New Orleans. The book’s depiction of the city could be all wrong for all I know, but it felt so vibrant and alive. There are lots of little details about locations and foods that made it feel like the author knew what she was talking about. If it’s false, then it was a cleverly done ploy!

The setting also helped the book feel different to the others, much bolder and popping with life. It was a spooky heightened by the contrasts between the veil and the city. The threat and stakes are a lot more personal this time. Instead of stumbling across something bad happening, bad is seeking out Cass.

The doom hanging over Jacob – the promise that something would have to be done about him at some point – also pressed close. Given it’s the end of this arc, there is a sense of foreboding throughout the book about what will happen with Jacob. I like the ending he gets in this book, the payoff and expectation of what it could mean should there be more books.

BRIDGE OF SOULS is the final planned book in the series. It has been set up to allow the author to write another arc, but she has said she’ll only write them if she feels there is a new growth journey for Cassidy. I really hope she finds more stories for this series as I’d love more books!

Read my reviews of other books by Victoria/V.E. Schwab:

Middle Grade:

Cassidy Blake (this series):

Everyday Angel:

Young Adult:

The Archived:


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