Title: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Synopsis: 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.
City of Ghosts is a book I was honestly hesitant about. Not because I wasn’t interested in the book at all, but because I haven’t read much from Victoria Schwab before so I don’t have a full opinion of if her writing is one that works for me. I was excited that it was included in an OwlCrate Jr box a couple months ago for exactly this reason. OwlCrate and OwlCrate Jr sometimes force me out of my comfort zone of the books I typically read and I end up finding new favorites.
That’s exactly what happened with City of Ghosts. I received it in a box and it’s now a new favorite!
I ended up purchasing the audiobook for City of Ghosts because I needed something new to listen to while I drove around doing things and I’m so glad I did. Not only is the book amazing, but the narration of the story is as well. It’s very atmospheric and I was drawn in from the very beginning.
City of Ghosts focuses on the main protagonist, Cassidy Blake, who had an accident of the near fatal sort. She was saved from this almost fate, but came back different. She can now sense ghosts.
I really loved all the characters in City of Ghosts. I enjoyed how well all the characters worked with each other. One of my favorite parts was the interactions between Jacob and Cassidy. It’s an interesting dynamic since they only talk to each other and most of the other characters in the story can’t see Jacob.
I was so shocked when I started reading the story and everything started happening with the parents television show and they were still around! Her parents didn’t ship her off somewhere and they didn’t leave her in the care of others while they were off doing things. They have an active role in her life and have her best interests at heart. It was so refreshing to see because it seems that more often than not in stories anymore, the parents just disappear.
The one part of the story that I found rather creepy was the Raven in Red part of the story. Maybe it’s partially because I have young children of my own, but that part of the story had me a little spooked. She was the perfect balance to this story though. She was the creepy this story needed so it wasn’t just a fluffy travel story with a hint of ghosts.
While this is a middle grade book, I really believe that anyone would like it. It was an enjoyable story with enough going on that it keeps your attention the entire way through. I didn’t personally find this story to be scary, but depending on the age, some might find it to be.
Overall, I highly enjoyed City of Ghosts and can’t wait for the sequel. Definite five star read for me!