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City of Ghosts ARC by Victoria Schwab
Published by Scholastic Press
Release date: August 28, 2018
Middle grade Fantasy, 285 pages
This was my first Victoria Schwab novel, and I must say, it intrigued me to read more of her work. I picked this novel up at Yallwest, and at the time didn’t realize it was a middle grade novel. However, it was a very well written and interesting story, and the characters were lovable.
My Summary: The novel follows Cassidy Blake, a girl who (almost) died, and who can see ghosts. After the incident, she befriends Jacob, a boy with a mysterious past. A dead past. And knows more than he’s letting on. Like why he’s attached to Cass and able to interact with her? At first, she spends her time observing and idlily standing behind her camera, trying to capture a glimpse of the spirits in her viewfinder. But soon circumstances change and she gets thrown into the veil.
I really enjoyed this novel, the concept of seeing ghosts was expertly portrayed, as they were caught on “loop”. It was scary enough to be enjoyable, and creepy enough to be realistic. The setting was very intriguing, as it was primarily set in Scotland historic sites.
The storyline was well established, Cass underwent much movement and change throughout the novel, and I was right there with her the whole time. Her character developed beautifully, as she became stronger and braver throughout her adventure. The characters she meets are also well written, and I enjoyed the supporting characters as well. The dialogue in the novel was simple enough and explained what was happening very clearly. Overall, her writing was very interesting, and one of the best parts of the story. I recommend this novel, especially if you are a ghost story fan.
There were some questions left unanswered, like how did Jacob die? Does this happen at the next town they move to? I’ve recently learned that this is the start of a series, so these questions may be answered yet. Overall rating 4/5 stars
Description from Goodreads:
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.
Thank you for reading guys! If you have any comments or questions, don’t hesitate to comment. Overall, this book was fun to read, and I enjoyed reviewing it!