City Of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre/Themes/Demo: Fiction, Middle Grade, Paranormal
Release Date: August 28th 2018
Page Count: 272
Format: ARC via the Publisher
*Disclaimer: An ARC of City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab was provided to me by Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.
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.
Initial Post Reading Thoughts
This is a well written middle grade story that I could definitely see myself reading and enjoying as a kid.
What I Liked
Ghosts & the paranormal! A ghost story…written by Victoria Schwab…for a middle grade audience. Let me tell you, I’ve been excited for this one based on those facts alone. I can only imagine how much I would have loved something like this when I was younger. I’ve always been fascinated by ghosts and the paranormal, but I don’t think there was very much of it in middle grade literature when I was a kid…or at least I certainly don’t remember many other than the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. To this day, I am still very much into all things paranormal and Victoria Schwab does a fantastic job in bringing the genre to a middle grade audience.
The adventure. That’s another thing that I love about middle grade literature, there’s almost always some sort of grand adventure that I don’t think we see enough of in young adult and adult fiction. Cassidy gets to explore the haunted corners of Edinburgh with her ghost friend Jacob and it’s honestly so magical. I miss adventures!
What I Didn’t Like
A little slow paced. I won’t lie, for a middle grade…this one started to lose steam about half way through for me. It was exciting at first, but then it took a while to get where it wanted to go. I was expecting this one to be a fast paced read, but unfortunately that was not the case.
Overall, City Of Ghosts was a fun and adventurous paranormal story that I would have absolutely devoured as a kid.
About The Author
Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”
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