Book Review: “City of Ghosts”

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“City of Ghosts” by Victoria Schwab

Source: Library

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy


They’re here.
They’re watching.

Cass can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead.

When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh. Here, graveyards, castles and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms.

But when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift”, she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil—and herself. And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

  • Reminds me of Coraline
  • Hurray for involved (and alive!) parents.
  • MG books are great because boys and girls can be friends without there being ~tension~ or hints of romance. As a result, I loved Cassidy and Jacob’s friendship.
  • Loved all the Harry Potter references.
  • The setting was delightfully spooky. Perfect read for October/Halloween.
    • Any idea if the ghosts mentioned are real stories/legends?
  • The book ends in a way that the story could be a stand along.
    • It’s not, obviously.
      • What’s going to happen?? Please don’t let Jacob turn evil.
  • I enjoyed the story but I didn’t love it.
    • I’ve never been overly wow-ed by anything I’ve read by Schwab.
      • Granted the only other story by her I’ve read is The Archived.
    • It’s enjoyable but not enough to make me actively seek out more of her other books.
  • This was a great audiobook.
    • I’ll have to pick up Tunnel of Bones on audio if I choose to continue the series.

Enjoyable spooky read for readers of all ages.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: “City of Ghosts”

  1. This is the only series I have read by her and liked it. I think it has the right amount of spooky! I thought that the second book wasn’t as good as the first. Hopefully if you pick up the second book it is a bit better for you!


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