City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
- Blurb: 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.
- Review: As a 30something year old from the UK, I thoroughly loved this spooky middle grade book. Cassidy and Jacob’s friendship is so wonderful and precious and as innocent as it can be when ghosts are involved. Their bond is what I enjoyed most about this story, accompanied with all of the paranormal elements made this a read I think anyone of any age would enjoy. I myself at Cassidy’s age was a bit of a weirdo and a loner and had a boy friend (not boyfriend) that I was quite close to, in a weird way this book was quiet nostalgic for me and I’m sure 12 year old me would have enjoyed it just as much as 30something year old me did. Some parts of this book were genuinely terrifying and gave me spooky goosebumps, not something that happens very often for me, an achievement in itself. As a Harry Potter fan, I loved all of the references. As a Brit, I enjoyed Cassidy discovering all of our language differences and the glory that is fish and chips. I can’t wait to follow Cassidy and Jacob on all of their future adventures.
Hardcover: 285 Pages
My Rating: 5/5 Stars