City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake 1) by Victoria Schwab spoiler free review

“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. 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.

Well I really wasn’t surprised that I loved this book when I finished it. So far I have loved everything I’ve read by Victoria Schwab (V.E. Schwab).

Besides it being written by one of my favorite authors, the story being set in Scotland is what captured my attention. Scotland is my absolute favorite country. Victoria did an amazing job capturing the picture of Scotland. She made me feel like I was really there. It helps that while writing this book she was living in Scotland. I loved that she wrote about real places in Edinburgh also. In fact some of the places she had Cassidy visiting is now on my bucket list.

I haven’t read many middle grade books that are on the darker side. The veil is definitely a creepy place. I think the author did a good job with making you be able to visualize being there. While I think it would be cool to experience a ghost sighting, I’m not sure I want to be able to cross into the veil.

The characters were well written. While as an adult I am use to reading books where there is more background on characters but I feel for a middle grade it was just enough. You don’t want to have the young readers loosing interest. More adventure and less background is good. Well in my opinion anyway. Jacob has to be my favorite character of the book. I love his relationship with Cassidy.

I know this isn’t a very long review and it probably isn’t that helpful either but oh well. I’m not sure what all to say. But if you like ghost stories and don’t mind reading middle grade, than I say give this a good. Hell go read all of Victoria (V.E.) Schwab’s books. She is an amazing author.


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