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City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab [arc review]

This was utterly adorable! I rarely read Middle Grade books, but I knew this had promise since Schwab is such an amazing writer. I was not wrong, I don't care what age is the target audience for this, I LOVED it and I cannot wait to find out what happens next.
City of Ghosts, V.E. Schwab
Blurb:
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.



4.5 Stars


The main characters were Cassidy and Jacob and they were both impossible not to love. From the first page to the last they had me enthralled. I wanted to know more about them, their journey, their future... It feels rather odd to say this... but I liked it more than A Gathering of Shadows (the only book in the Shades f Magic Series I did not give a 5 star. It was a 3 I believe). 

The plot is very straight forward, as most books for younger kids will be. If the blurb does not entice you, you will not like it. It has a simple story and a very easy to read narrative. Cassidy almost dies so she can now see ghosts and her best friend just so happens to be one. Her parents don't believe in ghosts yet are acclaimed book writers. Topic? ghosts. I know, the irony is grand. That is the basis to the story, the rest is pretty much as the blurb suggests.
Although the plot is simple, it is done well and beautifully. 

My favorite part was Cassidy's and Jacob's friendship. Schwab writes amazing relationships, that be friendship or more, and it is no different here. Their trust in each other and the fun they have together was heart warming. I am really looking forward to finding out what happens to them or between them in the next book. 

All in all, utterly adorable with a side of sinister ;)

Release Date: August 28, 2018
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*please note this is a Middle Grade book. I have labeled YA because all my books are either in romance or YA and Victoria Schwab is an YA author.

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