City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #1
Published August 28th, 2018
Genres: Middle Grade, Paranormal, Fantasy
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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.
I was really excited to start this one, and I’m happy it didn’t let me down! It is still middle grade and you can see it plainly, which for me is sometimes a problem, but it still managed to immerse and captivate completely!
This is Cassidy’s story, she can walk the world of the dead as well as the living. Her parents love anything to do with history and ghosts and recently started a TV show. The first filming is made in Scotland, Edinburgh, which is where all of Cassidy’s and her ghostly best friend Jacob’s adventures will start!
One of the best things in this book has to be the setting! I’ve never been to Scotland, unfortunately, but this book made me want to go ASAP. The writing made it so vivid and real and I can’t wait to visit all the places mentioned! It was the easiest thing to visualize Scotland through this book and I loved that it had a bit of history in it, among the fiction. It made it realistic even tho, yeah, it’s a story about ghosts.
Cassidy was a character I really enjoyed and slightly saw myself in. I’m a Gryffindor like her, and although not as much nowadays, I still am slightly reckless. I tend to jump into things head on, and like Cassidy learned, it normally goes wrong. I really loved how sweet, friendly and strong she was, and she just made me want to follow her in her adventures and be her friend. She seems such a good and honest person! I really liked her friendship with Jacob, and how much they protected each other, although I must say that after that end, I’m a bit afraid of what’s to come!
Cassidy’s parents are AMAZING. They work amazing with each other and they are just slightly crazy, in a good way. They are definitely not the type of parents I generally read about, and I really enjoyed them! Actually, all characters in this book were quite captivating to me, and I’m sad to see some of them go, since I doubt they will be in the next book, such as their guide, who was awesome!
The writing was definitely young and easy to read. It’s not what I normally go for, but it was, in fact, gripping and vivid and I couldn’t help but fall for it. It was a book that left me on the edge of my seat, not with fear but with excitement and anxiety. I don’t read as much middle grade as young adult, but some books really surprise me, and this was one of them!
Also, I love Grim!
Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!