City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1)
Published August 28, 2018
About City of Ghosts
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.
This is the first book by Victoria Schwab that I’ve ever read, and I don’t know WHY it has taken me so long to finally read something by her. I really enjoyed the writing of this one. It’s an odd story, but kind of sweet and full of adventure. I loved the banter between Cassidy and her best friend Jacob– especially all their references to rules about friendship and the way they look out for each other. As soon as fellow in-betweener Laura entered the book, I felt like it got even better. Her character adds a kind of snarky energy that I loved, too. Also, side note: Cassidy has a cat named Grim. So cute. So right on for a cat owned by a family like hers.
I didn’t realize this book was the first in a series, probably because when I bought it, it was the only book currently released, but I’m really glad there’s more. I love the idea of traveling with Cassidy to Paris in book two and New Orleans in book three. I’m excited about reading those.
Recommended for Ages 10 to 14.
Major characters are white.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Cassidy’s best friend is a ghost, and she sees other ghosts around her. She learns to help ghosts move on. She carries a light inside her that represents her life when she visits the ghost world.
Situations of peril.
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