City of Ghosts – By Victoria Schwab

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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I am slowly making my way through all of Schawb’s books because I love her writing style so much. Also I love a good middle grade books and I’ve been trying to read more of them of late.

From the start Schwab’s writing drew me in, as it always does. She has such a great way of making worlds come alive, I always feel like I’m smack in the middle of a place that I can see and hear as much as the real world. I was also in awe of Schawb’s pacing in this book. As a writer I know how hard it can be to get the pacing just right, and this book is perfect.

Cassidy is a great main character. She’s easy to sympathize with as she moves to a new country and has to learn to adapt to everything that’s different around her. I moved a lot as a kid so I felt a kinship with Cass. I really enjoyed the scene where she tries vinegar on her french fries (chips), it was super cute. I also enjoyed her friendship with Jacob, I liked the way the two of them worked together.

The story is easy and fun to read. This is definitely a book I want in my library someday when I have kids. It seems like a book that would be a lot of fun to read out-loud to the family. Especially since it might be a little creepy for some kids. In the end I gave this book 4 stars.

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