I have a different type of Blogoween post for today… a review of a spooky book! I know, I forgot to post yesterday… But I will make it up, I promise. I am going to post one tonight and two tomorrow. Hopefully, I can catch up!
The host for today (yesterday) is Camilla from Reader in the Attic and she has an amazing post up (from yesterday). Click her link if you want to see some spooky magical treats that she dreamed up!
Anyway, let’s get into the review!
Title: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Middle grade, fantasy, thriller, paranormal
Release date: August 28. 2018
Cassidy Blake is your average middle school student. Except for one thing… her best friend is a ghost. Ever since she had a brush with death, she has been able to step behind the veil that separates living from ghosts. Cassidy’s parents are also ghost-hunters, so when they get the opportunity to film a TV show in Edinburgh, Scotland, Cassidy goes along. Here she discovers a lot about her ability and comes face-to-face with the Red Raven.
Well, this was just what I needed. I have been trying to find small bits of fall joy in my life and this was one of them. It was a perfect book to read at this time of year. I am always down for a classic ghost story and I have not read one in forever! This was my first Schwab book and I can see what all the rave is about. The descriptions were incredible and I could clearly picture what the veil looked like and how Edinburgh felt.
All of the characters were so relatable and well developed. I loved the relationship between Cassidy and her best friend/ghost, Jacob. The villain, the Red Raven, actually gave me the chills. As a said in my “Creepy Crawlies” post, I would not want to come in contact with her. No Thanks.
The ending of this book sets up so nicely for a sequel and I can’t wait to see where these characters go next. I really hope Cassidy and Lara, a girl from Edinburgh who can also see the veil, stay friends. I loved Lara so much and would love to hear more from her. I also can’t wait to hear more about Jacob’s past.
Overall, I loved this book. The writing was clear and easy to follow and the story was creepy and cozy. It is perfect for a middle-grade reader who loves ghost stories.