City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Author: Victoria Schwab
Published: August 28, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
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.
I really liked Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology, so when I was looking for a new book, City of Ghosts sounded perfect! But of course, this is me, so naturally, it’s actually not a stand alone, but the beginning of a new series. And do you think the next book is coming soon? Nope! So more waiting . . . Great!
I actually really enjoyed City of Ghosts. The story itself is a little lacking, but not much, and I consider it to be an introduction. I felt like I didn’t get enough information about Cassidy and Jacob. I have an inkling about why Jacob is a ghost and why he is able to “haunt” Cassidy, but it won’t be confirmed until other books come out. Edinburgh was the perfect setting! I know officially want to visit! Thankfully, Ivan also appreciates the macabre so I think it’ll be pretty easy to convince him to go there.
The Raven was absolutely terrifying! She’s the perfect ghostly villain and I can only hope that Schwab gives us more like her in the rest of the series! Overall, this book was really good and I look forward to the rest of the series. Other than creepy content, this book is clean enough for younger teens.