Book Review: City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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Title: City Of Ghosts

Author: Victoria Schwab

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal

Release Date: August 28, 2018


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.


This was my first Victoria Schwab read and now I understand all the hype around her.

This is a Middle Grade book (which is a genre that I also love reading) but what I especially loved is how vivid the description was of the ghosts and the setting in this book.

This book is about Cassidy, a girl who cheated death and now can see ghosts. She has Jacob (a ghost) as her best friend and they go on a journey together in Scotland to shoot episodes for her father’s TV show. Her father is a believer of ghosts and is actually a ghost hunter.

Cassidy and Jacob were such lovable characters, plus they’re Potterheads too! I love the dynamics of their friendship and would like to get to know them (and Lara) more. I really enjoyed reading this, and I can’t wait to know Cassidy and Jacob’s next adventure!

Favorite Quotes:

“Nothing happens until it happens, and then it’s already happening.”

“Ghosts don’t stay in the in-between because they want to be there, Cassidy. They stay because they can’t move on. They’re stuck. It’s up to us to set them free.”

“Sometimes help is a place and sometimes it’s a person, and sometimes it’s a bit of both.”

“There’s a difference between wanting to stay and being too afraid to let go.”

Soundtrack: Learn To Fly by Foo Fighters

Rating: Purple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullNo-Star

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3099544About the Author:

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I am the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, I have been known to say “tom-ah-toes”, “like”, and “y’all”. I also suffer from a wicked case of wanderlust, made worse by the fact that wandering is a good way to stir up stories. When I’m not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, I’m usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

These days, when someone asks me what I do when I’m NOT writing, I just kind of laugh nervously. But in truth, on the odd occasion I’m not typing away, I’m probably baking cookies, or watching BBC shows, or wandering. (See how we came full circle, there?)

22 thoughts on “Book Review: City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

  1. I loooove Schwab! I’ve read her Darker Shades of Magic series, and the first in the Vicious series – going to ask for the second one, Vengeful, for Christmas! I have this book but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but I’m glad you enjoyed and are a new Schwab fan! 🙂

    Rhianna x

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  2. I am going to give this a read when I can get my hands on a copy. Thank you so much for sharing. I love books too and write about them on my own blog. I love your layout and how you can review a book without giving everything away.

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