Book Review: City of Ghosts

Here’s a review I thought I already wrote. OOPS! I guess I know not to try to upkeep my blog during a move.

An unwritten reading goal of mine for 2019 is to finally read all of Victoria/V.E. Schwab’s work, and play catch up — well try to at least.  So far, I’ve read Vicious, am halfway through Vengeful, and now I’ve read City of Ghosts. Which by the way, was one of the cutest reads I’ve read in a while. 

City of Ghosts is Schwab’s Middle Grade series that follows Cassidy and her best friend Jacob, who is a ghost, on their international adventures as Cassidy’s parents film their tv show about ghost activity in historically haunted cities. The book takes place in the tv show’s first location, Edinburgh, Scotland. Cassidy can see ghosts and go into what she calls “the in-between” ever since her near-death accident a year prior. When she arrives in Edinburgh she slips into the in-between and sees a woman with a red cloak called the Red Raven who appears to be dangerous. Soon she hears about the local legend of the Red Raven who calls to young children to bring them “home” aka steals their soul. Cassidy invests help from Jacob and her new friend Lara, a young British girl who lives in the apartment below Cassidy’s family. 

The book was more than ghost hunting and trying to find the bad Red Raven and more about friendship, loyalty, and determining what is right and wrong. Ya know, the typical warmhearted life lessons found in a Middle Grade. Also, I LOVED all of the Harry Potter references, and I definitely laugh snorted a couple of times reading some of Jacob’s dialogue. That kid is funny. 

I was in the middle of reading a lot of non-fiction and City of Ghosts served as the perfect lighthearted book I needed at the time. I wish I would have read this around fall time as it’s a great spooky read. I love stories about local legends and you can tell Schwab did her research with this one. 

It’s hard to rate Middle Grade because the book is not made for an almost 30 year-old, so I definitely took that into mind as I was reading. I wasn’t as critical if something plot-wise wasn’t as smoothed out or dug deep enough to my liking. I ended up giving it 4 stars on Goodreads.

I will definitely be continuing the series — I already pre-ordered the second book, Tunnel of Bones, which takes place in Paris! 


Have you read City of Ghosts? What were your thoughts?

Until next time!

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