I’ve been in a bit of a book slump recently after reading two mediocre books followed by a DNF. So in the need of a good book, I turned towards City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, 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 Inspecters 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. 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.
‘One page at a time’
I really enjoyed city of ghosts and the world Schwab has built. I love the idea of the veil and the threads of life and it really harks back to the Moirai from Geek mythology.
As Scotland is a repeated holiday destination of mine, I loved that I was walking with Cassidy around Edinburgh. Seeing and feeling what she’s experiencing, and knowing where she was in the city. I’ve even been on the Mary King’s Close tour myself and felt the creepy edge that Cassidy experienced, albeit without the ghosts.
Even for middle grade there’s a lot of character building and a fair amount of world building. Creating a solid and well rounded story line. Whilst a lot of description and backstory for characters there’s not a lot of emotional growth, leaving the characters whilst lovable, very simplistic. However I did enjoy Cassidy’s and Jacobs relationship throughout and I love the idea of this growing and evolving further throughout the series to come.
Behold my telekinetic prowess!
Overall the atmosphere of this book is a light hearted dark tale and a fun adventure in to the paranormal. With fantastic easy reading, aimed at middle grade readers, but still highly enjoyable for adult readers.
I’d love to see if Cassidy’s ending changes or alters her life in the future. I’m actually really excited to see where Schwab takes this into the next book of the series: ‘Tunnel of Bones’, which will be released in September this year.
City of Ghosts made for an excellent quick win after my book slump and got me back into reading again. All hope was not lost!
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