City of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab


Title: City of Ghosts

Author: V. E. Schwab

Pages: 272

Publisher: Scholastic

Published: 2018

Source: Bought

Rating: ★★★★

When Cass’s family heads off to Edinburgh, Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift” of entering the world of the spirits. Cass still has a lot to learn about the Veil – and herself. And fast… 

I don’t tend to read Children’s books very much, mostly because my personal library of YA books is overflowing and there isn’t much room for anything else. However, when I heard that V. E. Schwab was writing a middle grade book, I was immediately interested. The premise of it sounded wonderfully spooky and the reactions to the story once ARCs were available were really positive.

I read the majority of this book in one sitting. I was instantly hooked upon reading the first chapter and despite my fear of ghosts (even though I don’t really believe they exist), I was eager to read more. Except I wasn’t going to read it at night, of course, so I had to put it down.

I pretty much finished this book in one sitting. It’s incredibly fast paced and with the larger font of children’s books, I just flew through it completely.

The story follows a girl called Cass who can see ghosts and can pass through the veil. Her story really starts though, when she is taken to Scotland with her parents for a work trip. Scotland is rich with history and so Cass finds herself surrounded by plenty of ghosts. On her trip, she finds out what her true calling is but it could lead to some consequences.

I really liked the characters in this one. I thought that Cass was a really likeable character. It did make me sad to think that some of the other kids at her school may have laughed at her for her strange abilities and that she didn’t have many friends because of this but I think that her pass off attitude was really great and I hope that other kids feel more inspired to be like that when people are mean to them. I also really like the character Jacob, who is Cass’ friend. I thought Cass’ parents were both likeable although I didn’t feel like we really got to know them in the story that well, other than the fact that they are both interested in the supernatural and

I loved the setting. I have never been to Edinburgh. In fact, I’ve never been to Scotland before so the map at the front was really helpful for me and I felt that I was really able to imagine the setting so much more.

I thought the style of writing was great. I mean, I may be a little biased because I do enjoy V. E. Schwab’s writing in adult books but I thought that her writing for Children translated really well. In Children’s books, some authors noticeably write for a much younger audience but I felt as though V. E. did a really great job of writing for Children in a way that I would’ve appreciated it when I was younger as it felt as though the writing wasn’t done in a childish way.

I really enjoyed this one and I hope that’s not the last we see of Cass and Jacob! I would definitely recommend this one for October as it fits in well for the Halloween theme of the month and it reads really quickly!


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