Publication Date: August 28th 2018
Series: Cassidy Blake #1
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.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I suddenly have the urge to pack my bags and leave everything behind to go ghost hunting in Scotland.
I am very happy to report that my second Victoria Schwab book did not disappoint and was infact the perfect Halloween read.
City of Ghosts is a middle grade novel that follows Cassidy Blake whose best friend Jacob just so happens to be a ghost and parents are best selling ghost hunters. Cass’ plans for a ghost free summer are ruined when her parents announce they’re going to Edinburgh to film a new TV show.
I had a really great time reading this book, it was perfect for autumn and for Halloween. I especially loved the ‘my best friends a ghost’ concept and how Jacob isn’t a ghost from 100 years ago. He’s not some little lost Victorian boy but instead a modern boy who loves comic books.
I said in review of A Darker Shade of Magic that for some reason due to that book I imagined Victoria Schwab herself to be dark and mysterious but when I came to following her online she’s completely different (obviously and it just goes to show how talented she is).
With City of Ghosts however I totally saw her in that and the love of Scotland she has and speaks about online is very present in this book, the way she describes the place and it made me want to pack up everything and fly there right now. Screw the three exams I have next week.
All the characters were great. I found Cass to be very likeable although I kept forgetting this girl was meant to be twelve years old. I wish I was that cool at twelve. I also loved her relationship with her parents who seemed like the nicest people and even though they had this show going on they didn’t push her aside or force her into being a part of it and I found that really sweet.
I do wish we’d got more of Jacobs backstory but I imagine that’s coming in the sequel.
I also wish the plot had been developed slightly more. I wish there’d been more stories of the ‘big bad’ I suppose I’ll call it without spoiling it. I totally see why people who were dying for more Schwab content might be disappointed. This book doesn’t have the depth and as much richness to it’s plot and although this is Middle Grade I’d have liked more build up even if it was just another whispered horror story for children.
I’m very excited for both the sequel and to read more of Victoria Schwabs works.