Title: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publication Date: 2018
Publishing House: Scholastic
Fun fact the third book in this series was just released this year, perfect timing on my part to start this series. If you haven’t read much or any of Victoria/V.E. Schwab’s work she writes both young adult and adult novels. YA are published under Victoria and adult under V.E. I enjoy all of her writing and read both.
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.
This book was a relief to read after some of the heavier reading I have been doing lately. This is a quick read – I finished in over a weekend. It gives you a bit of travel, local legends and of course – ghosts! There is not a ton of character development but there is some and as it is the first book in at least a three part series I expect Cassidy to grow up and develop more as the series progresses.
This book does leave you with questions that will hopefully be answered in the next two books. Victoria does this without leaving this chapter of the story uncompleted. City of Ghosts opens the door into a wider, creepier world of spirits.
I do suggest this book for fans of Victoria Schwab and for people looking for a fun YA novel for younger audience that want a book with no romance. Again, it is an easy read but an enjoying journey non the less. Happy reading!
Don’t miss my other V.E. Schwab book reviews!
- A Darker Shade of Magic
- A Gathering if Shadows
- A Conjuring of Light
- This Savage Song
- Our Dark Duet
- The Near Witch
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue