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ARC Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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.

via Goodreads

I obtained this ARC when I met Victoria/V.E. Schwab last weekend at BookCon. (Side note: It’s been a whole week since BookCon 2018. So many more weeks to go until the next one. *sigh*)

This one is actually a middle grade book, which I didn’t realize at first, as I read somewhere online that it was a YA novel. Either way, it doesn’t matter to me. A good story is a good story. And Ms. Schwab sure knows how to tell good stories.

This was a fun modern-meets-historical ghost story. I’ll be honest, in the very beginning it felt like it was going to be a little cliche – girl almost dies, doesn’t die, can now see and talk to ghosts. We’ve heard that one before. After a few chapters, however, the story becomes a little more unique.

I really enjoyed the Scottish imagery and the historical background that was incorporated. There’s a lot of creepy elements, which is good for kids who like darker stories. My only complaint is that I would have liked a little more character development, but I suppose there’s more room for that in the sequel.

I’m not sure if fans of the author’s adult books will like this, but if you’re a fan of middle grade literature, I’d recommend this one.