Book Review: CITY OF GHOSTS (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab

Scary ghosts, not-so-scary ghosts, and a girl who can see all of them.



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.



Title: City of Ghosts

Series: Cassidy Blake #1

Author: Victoria Schwab

Publication: August 28, 2018 by Scholastic

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Target audience: Middle Grade

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Rating: 🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵

This somehow managed to be cute, funny and scary at the same time.

You know, I read City of Ghosts in one sitting. I was simply hooked. I mean, probably should’ve known that because, well, V.E. Schwab, but still. I’m glad. I got a little concerned when I saw reviews with only 3 stars, saying the plot was too simple or predictable.

I beg to differ.

Yes, this is a Middle Grade novel and yes, the plot is not as complicated as that of an adult novel. But that is because it’s not an adult novel. Does this mean City of Ghosts is a bad book? Hell no.

Cassidy and Jacob are super adorable and funny as fuck. I love their friendship. Man, they even have friendship rules and memorized them. I love it.

A lot of people also didn’t like the Harry Potter references but I enjoyed every single one. And why is it so hard to believe that the target audience would get them? I know so many kids obsessed with Harry Potter or discovering it right now. Harry Potter is fucking immortal.

Also, superheroes. I love that Jacob loves them. Makes me love him more. I lost my shit when he compared Cass to Iron Man because of the blue glowing light in her chest because that’s just what I thought about too. Can I adopt Jacob? Jacob is my child now.

The writing, as always, brilliant. V.E. Schwab manages to combine our normal world with supernatural elements without making it seem weird or forced.

I need the sequel. Or just more book about ghosts. I wanna read about ghosts now, even though ghosts (excluding Jacob) are scary as fuck.


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