ARC Review

Spine Tingling Yet Adventurous Middle Grade Fiction To Dive Into on Your Next Lazy Weekend | ARC Review: City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab

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.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a physical copy of the book by Scholastic India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

This is my first middle grade book from Victoria Schwab and I just added another reason why I have started to adore this wonderful author and her talent for sucking me right into her books.  

City of Ghosts is the introduction to Cassidy Blake – a young girl, just like countless others with one little exception – after she died and came back to life, she can now see ghosts as well as crossover to the other side of the “Veil” – the one where the ghosts reside. She also became best friends with the ghost, Jacob, who saved her.  

With her parents agreeing to host a TV show about haunted cities in her holidays  and the first stop is Edinburgh – not only is the city host to a brilliant history; it is also the history that makes it the residence to ghosts everywhere.  

It is here, Cass meets Lara, another girl who can see ghosts; when she previously believed that she was the only one who could see and talk to ghosts. It is Lara who makes her understand why she has her powers; and it is in Edinburgh when she realizes that not all ghosts are safe like her best friend; that some can be very dangerous to her health.  

City of Ghosts is fun, fast paced adventure with just the right amount creepy thrown in to keep your heart racing and hooked in right till the end. There are loose threads in the plot; that I really am hoping means that there will be a second book; because I am so frikkin keen to see how Cass and Jacob evolve into the awesome ghost fighters they are starting out to be! 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .25



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