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, Contemporary, Paranormal
Read in: January 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
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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. - via GoodReads
I have to giggle a little bit when it comes to City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. You see I first took interest in it because the book community was all abuzz pre-release day. Then after it was released all of that intensified. I giggle because I own seven, yes seven, books by Schwab that are currently unread. City of Ghosts comes along and BOOM! I’ve read my first Victoria Schwab book. (It helps that it was a gift. :))
I really, really enjoyed Cassidy Blake, her parents (who yes! are an active part of the book!!), Jacob, and the people they meet while in Edinburgh. Schwab had this way of effortlessly writing characters. I’m almost two weeks removed from finishing the book and there were no awkward character introductions and I remember each one. Her characters were full-bodied and memorable. It made the story flow so well.
And what a story it was! City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab was original without being too far out there. I’ve really been into the ghost type stories lately and this book fit in nicely. Middle grade is not my typical go to but I really enjoyed this one. So much so that I have pre-ordered the second book in the series.
I liked the local lore that Schwab injected into City of Ghosts. Cassidy and Jacob had a great friendship and it was nice to see a book for children showing a male/female friendship without romance or a crush confusing it. I liked how the Blakes were active parts in the book and in their daughter’s life and not relegated to spending the entire book off page.
If you have a tween in your life who needs a good book (heck even if you’re a 34 year old married woman!) City of Ghosts is a fantastic place to start! Now if Schwab’s young adult/adult novels are as good as her middle grade, I have a few treasures in the TBR waiting!
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- 2019 GoodReads