Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review of City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Read for: Recently Added & Booktube SFF Shortlist

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."

My Review: I picked this book up because it made the Booktube SFF Shortlist for this year and I wanted to give it a try. It was my first time reading Schwab's writing. I am not generally a fan of ghost stories or much along the lines of scary. I did find that it was pretty easy to slip into the writing and get to know the characters. It was a lot spookier than I expected and maybe it is because I am not used to those kinds of things but it would have freaked me out as a pre-teen/young teen. I was honestly a little disappointed that Grim the cat didn't play a larger role, I assume that it is him on the cover. Overall it was an easy read but it didn't blow me away. I won't be continuing with the series and I don't really find myself eager to read any other of Schwab's books.

My Rating: I think a lot of my opinion and my overall rating has more to do with my taste in books as opposed to the actual book. This was not a genre I ever reach for and as a result didn't capture my attention.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.

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