Book: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), but she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead… and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.
So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stanger.
When Cass’s parents land a gig hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets another girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil-and herself.
And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.
NO SPOILERS AHEAD!
Imagine my surprise when I walked into the bookstore on Saturday, and I found this beautiful book just waiting for me. I had just finished reading The Foxhole Court, which put me into a major book slump because nothing can compare. City of Ghosts was a quick, funny read, and I really enjoyed my time reading it.
I loved all the characters, but Jacob, my dead son, was too precious and deserves everything.
While the characters were all fun, I didn’t feel we didn’t get the opportunity to explore the characters. Cass and Jacob bounced off of each other so well. I loved their relationship, and it felt so special. I was so glad that they had each other throughout the story to just work through all of it together. There was a bit of family dynamic that just didn’t hit home nor did it seem significant. This was such a short book that I didn’t feel all the relationships develop yet, but I do think that in coming books there could be a lot more development.
The entire premise sounded so good, and it definitely came through. The overall plot was very straightforward. I didn’t feel any shock with the twists and turns.
In the end, the story was a little fast. I wish we had gotten more of the ending scene and time in Veil. The ghost element was really prominent throughout the entirety of the story.
Writing Style: 5/5
Obviously, I am a long time lover of Victoria Schwab’s writing. She writes beautiful and atmospheric. She nailed the Autumn/spooky vibes in the story. Her character’s are hilarious and so adorable. The setting was beautiful, and I would read an entire book of following Jacob and Cass around Edinburgh. She made me feel like I was in Scotland, and when I finished, I was disappointed to not be there.
I loved this book, and I can’t wait to read the second book. What did you think of this book?