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Book Review: City Of Ghosts By Victoria Schwab
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City of Ghosts review

City of Ghosts
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 28, 2018

Cass is not your typical girl. It’s not just because her parents research ghostly places for their show, Cass is not even sure if they believe in ghosts. It’s because Cass can see ghosts, especially her ghost best friend, Jacob, who saved her from drowning. Ever since then, Cass can pass through the Veil that separates the living world from the dead, as can Jacob. She just can’t help it. Sometimes she gets this feeling and seeks out that other world, but now, in Edinburgh Scotland (the city of ghosts), the Veil keeps sucking her in. On top of all of that is a mysterious girl with similar gifts, and a ghostly red pied piper woman who is terrifying.

More below on City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.

What a fun little ghost story! I loved the ghost best friend aspect, especially when she knows he keeps stuff from her. Every time she visited the Veil, I was eager to see what would be revealed.

The middle school set, hell, the high school and adult set will adore this novel. It’s spooky yet fun, creepy yet curiouser and curiouser. Her parents are a wacky pair as well. Readers will fear the woman in red, all the while rooting for Cass, Jacob, and their newly found live friend, Lara, who can do what Cass does.

Some thoughts:

– I want a ghost best friend.

– I’m handing this right now to my 14-year old to read.

– This is definitely campfire in the dark woods material.

– I think this should be used in schools to engage the kids to read.

Can you tell I enjoyed it?

Official Synopsis:

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), 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 stranger.

When Cass’s parents start 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 a 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.

NYT bestselling author Victoria Schwab delivers a thrillingly spooky and action-packed tale of hauntings, history, mystery, and the bond between friends (even if that friend is a ghost . . .).

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