City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Also by this author: City of Ghosts
Series: Cassidy Blake #1
Also in this series: City of Ghosts
Published by Scholastic Press
Genres: Middle Grade, Paranormal
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Cassidy Blake's parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn't sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn't belong in her world. Cassidy's powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.
I do not often read middle grade but I know so many people love Victoria Schwab or VE Schwab’s books that I wanted to read her newest middle grade about a girl who can see ghosts.
The story starts off simple enough with a young girl named Cassidy who can already talk to ghosts because of an accident. I really liked the ghost that she was able to talk to, Jacob. Jacob right away seemed a little older but also knew a lot about the ghost world that he was hiding away from Cassidy. I don’t know what it was about him but I instantly really enjoyed his character.
The story is great for someone who doesn’t want to dive into the deep end of mystery/horror. It was cute enough of a ghost story with a great plot involving a dark spirit. I loved watching Cassidy have to figure out her world along with the reader. I even felt that this story would have been just as good and maybe even a little better if the characters were 15-18 and the book had been a little longer. This book can be read as a stand-alone but I believe it might be a series if goodreads is to be believed.
Overall, this was a great little middle grade ghost mystery book. I can’t wait to see if there are more books because I would love to watch Cassidy grow and change as the series goes on. Plus I still think there are a few secrets to Jacob that I would love to know more about.