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{City of Ghosts: Victoria Schwab}City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Series: City of Ghosts
Published by Scholastic Press on August 28, 2018
Genres: Adventure, Middle School, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – 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.

{My thoughts} – Cassidy Blake is not your average middle grade girl. She has a secret and one that she is determined to hold onto. She has tried to tell her parents but her father humors her and her mother sort of just accepts it. What is her secret? She has a best friend that is a ghost. His name is Jacob and for the past year or so they have been inseparable.

A year or so ago Cassidy nearly drowned and Jacob saved her life. Since she has had the ability to go between the real world and the past. She has been able to see ghosts and what happened in their last moments of life. Sometimes she gets kind of trapped in the past and Jacob helps to bring her back – he helps to keep her grounded, even though you know, he’s a ghost.

Cassidy parents are authors of paranormal books that talk about history and lore of ghosts. They don’t know the secret their daughter has, that she can go between the living and the past. If they did, I am sure everything they believe would more then likely change on a dime. Because they are authors of such books they land a film contract and get to travel to haunted places in the world and talk about them. The first place they go is Scotland.

I have to say the many Harry Potter references throughout this book, I’d found fun and refreshing. I’d also enjoyed all the description that was given on both present and past. I haven’t done any research though, so I’m unsure about how much is true to historical content. I am looking forward to researching that once I am through writing this review.

I fully enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the next book in the series when it comes out this upcoming September.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.