Today I am going to do a mini book review of City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. I don’t feel like I can do a full review, as I haven’t read much middle grade. I feel like I need to read more so I can see how they are structured, and then I can give a more critical 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. (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed this book. Its fast paced, engaging and just a really fun read.
The main character Cassidy was such a good character, I loved the fact that she was such a fangirl for Harry Potter, all the Potter references were so good. I really liked the fact that her best friend was a ghost, and how much they both relied on each other. Her mother was also interesting, she just seemed like such a happy and interesting person, who was obsessed with the idea of ghosts.
I can honestly say, that if I read this book at a much younger age, it would have probably scared me, but it would have been a good scare. It starts to get really interesting when they go to Scotland, the evil ghost was so creepy.
The way that Victoria wrote this was amazing, she made it very atmospheric, it seemed almost gothic. It was fun, but had a dark undertone which really made the story creepy. I loved the sections of the book, when Cass went behind the vail and she saw all the Ghosts and how some of them died.
I really recommend this book, for children and adults, this appeals to all ages. I wouldn’t read it to really small children, it might scare them.