(EN) Review: Victoria Schwab – A City Of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1)

Posted oktober 21, 2018 by Laurie in English, Middle-grade, Recensies, Reviews / 0 Comments

Today’s review is part of #blogoween where I occasionally steal prompts from. This is the second and last prompt I will do, since I have a Halloween kind of review for you. Yes, City Of Ghosts is some kind of the perfect Halloween read.

(EN) Review: Victoria Schwab – A City Of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1)City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #1
Pages: 272
Published by Scholastic on August 28, 2018
ISBN: 1338111035
Also by this author: A Gathering of Shadows, This Savage Song

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.

I solely bought this book on the positive reviews I saw. Plus, I’m on the road to discovery of Victoria Schwab her work, so this was the perfect excuse to buy the book. I had not many expectations. I mean, I expected this book to be good, but I didn’t really know what to expect from the story. This is a middle-grade, so I had to read it in a different way than I read (young) adult books.

The story was interesting and fluid. The language was pretty easy to follow. Again, it’s a book for the younger readers among us, so I expected this. Therefore, I finished reading City Of Ghosts in like 2.5 or 3 hours in total. Okay okay, the book was only about 300 pages.

I enjoyed the story of Cassidy and her ghostly friend Jacob, but I felt kind of sad for Cassidy. She only had Jacob as a friend and no living friends at all. The seeing ghosts thing Cassidy is capable of is kind of creepy, but therefore City Of Ghosts is the perfect book for Halloween. However, I was not scared one single bit. Maybe this will be different for the target group of this book: younger readers.

Was this book a five-star for me? No. Therefore, it was too easy and simple. However, I am curious for Cassidy and Jacob’s next adventure in Scotland and with all the ghosts out there.

City Of Ghosts is a middle-grade book. Therefore, the language is really easy and the book is a very quick read. The estimated reading time is 3 hours with breaks in between. Moreover, this book only has approximately 300 pages. I enjoyed the story, but was not scared one single moment. The story in City Of Ghosts was too easy and simple for me to rate it 5 stars and to say something more useful about it, but I’m curious for the next adventures of Cassidy and Jacob.


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