Book Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab


Title: City of Ghosts

By: Victoria Schwab

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 272

Release Date: August 28th, 2018

Publisher: Scholastic

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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.


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Ms. Schwab takes a new approach to paranormal sensitivity, with a character that can see ghosts by walking through the vail of death and her best friend, who also happens to be a ghost. With this ability, danger lurks around the corner, when a vindictive ghost finds a way to come back into the world of the living, causing mayhem where ever she goes.

I loved how this played out. Cassidy is a normal teenage girl, trying to deal with her ability, but also her weird ghost hunting parents. The people... And ghosts... that she runs into are not always helpful or on the good side of things. This causes a wonderful tension that moves the story along at a smooth pace.

The end of the story was full of action and suspense as Cass struggles to right the wrongs done to her. I don't want to give anything away, so you will need to read the book yourself.

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