City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #1
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, 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 Inspectres 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 couldn’t even tell you the last time I read a middle-grade book, but I love Victoria Schwab and I was looking for something quick to listen to on a road trip, so I figured this would be a good option. Also, fun fact, I’m pretty sure that everybody that attended BookCon got an ARC of this except for me, but then again, I had no idea what I was doing there.
This is going to be a pretty short review because I actually don’t have all that much to say about this book.
I thought that Cassidy was a good protagonist, although I was a little bit put off by how much she focused on being different from the popular girls at the beginning of the book. It was just so “not like other girls” and I didn’t really expect that in a middle-grade book, of all places. After she got over that, though, I really ended up liking her character.
I loved that the book was set in Edinburgh! I visited Edinburgh a couple years ago and I felt like I was right back there. I can definitely see all of these ghosts running around Edinburgh. It really was the perfect setting.
As for the actual plot, I was a little disappointed. I’m not sure if this is common for a middle-grade book since I really haven’t read any since I was in middle school, but it kind of felt like nothing actually happened for most of the book. There’s a premise, of course, and a couple things happen, but overall, I felt like it was mostly Cass just wandering around Edinburgh and talking to ghosts with very little actual plot.
I’m being a little generous with my rating because I know I’m not the target demographic for this book. As an adult book, I’d probably give it two stars, but since it’s intended for younger readers who are probably looking for very different things, I’m giving it three.
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