Book Review: City of Ghosts

Good Morning Chills and Thrills Seekers,

It’s Book Review time!

This month is really blazing by, isn’t it? I’m definitely not going to get to all the books I’d like to this month, but I’m certainly trying to.

Today’s post is all about Victoria Schwab’s novel City of Ghosts.


I’d heard a ton of great things about this novel, so I decided to give it a try. I mean, look at that cover! How could I say no?

Turns out, I blazed through this book in three days, which is pretty good for me.

Anywho, I’ll stop teasing you. Let’s get into the review!


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.

The Review:



Five ghost-hunting stars for this book!

This is the second book I’ve read by V.E. Schwab, the first being Vicious. I’d heard a lot of hype about this book and I’ve never read a book by this author for younger audiences, so when I picked it up I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Man, was I amazed by this book!

City of Ghosts centers on the life of Cassidy Blake, a young girl with the ability to not only see ghosts, but to traverse the Veil between the world of the living and the dead.

Her parents are famous for their research on the paranormal, and one day after school Cassidy is given the news. Her parents are going to have their own documentary series.

Cassidy is both excited and nervous. She’ll get to travel around the world as the footage is filmed, but she’s never travelled that far before. What will the spirits be like? Is it safe? And why does she have a bad feeling about this?

I’ve just got to say once again how much I loved this book. It was really great!

For starters, Cassidy Blake is a great character. She’s a young girl, and I believed that with her thoughts and actions. Also, she had a lot of great progression during this novel, and she learns a bit more about herself and her ability in this adventures overseas.

The other characters were really great too. Lara, Jacob, Grim, her parents. I loved them all, regardless of how simple or complex they were.

The plot was very exciting as well. I mean, here we have a girl who doesn’t fully understand her ghostly ability, and when she’s in a historic site that has seen many a century, what she knows is challenged. There were plenty of twists and turns, and yes, maybe some were a bit predictable, but this is for a younger audience, so I won’t knock down on the score for that.

Lastly, I think that the concept and depiction of the Veil in this book was hands down the most exciting part. It was creepy and interesting, and that kept me flipping the pages much faster than I usually do.

City of Ghosts is a great addition to Schwab’s work and is the perfect light read for a younger audience or someone seeking some great chills and thrills. Definitely bingeworthy, give this one a try!

That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

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  1. Schwab is one of my favorite authors. I have this one on my Kindle and a signed copy of the second one. Chomping at the bit to get to them, but too many others in front of them. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • You know, I haven’t thought of her as a favorite, but after reading this one, she definitely is!

      Ooo I’m jealous!

      Totally relate with all the books on your tbr. Mine’s a bloody mess.

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