Thank you so much to Scholastic Canada for sending over a copy of City of Ghosts to me to review!
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: 5/5 Stars
spoiler free review
Ever since September I’ve been going on about how badly I want to read some middle-grade books. I thought they’d be the perfect kind of books to read while in school as they are often shorter, quicker reads. But also, I always feel like I’m missing out on some amazing books.
City of Ghosts made me feel like I’m missing out on middle-grade books even more because I LOVED it! I am definitely going to be picking up some more (I actually bought one yesterday) to read alongside some YA books I have on my TBR.
We all know Victoria Schwab is a master storyteller, and this book does nothing else than showcase her talents in even different ways than her other books show. She really can write anything. The story completely sucked me in and I was fascinated by her world building. The concept, plot, and narrative of the whole thing were all incredibly interesting, and her characters were realistic, adorable, and strong.
I think it’s not uncommon for people to generalize middle-grade books as having plots that aren’t as complex as adult or YA books, but time and time again I am reminded that the quality and talent of the storytellers writing middle-grade right now are amazing. No matter your age, this book is wonderful, and I think kids, teens and adults would love this one.
The relationship between Cassidy and Jacob was really heartwarming and so much fun to read. Their dynamic was great and their conversation was always engaging, witty and full of mutual appreciation.
Not matter the time of year, whether it’s Halloween or the middle of summer, definitely check out this book if it seems like something you’d be into!