Title: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Audience: Middle Grade
Narrator: Reba Buhr
Length: ~5 hours (285 pages)
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for Fans of: Harry Potter, Rick Riodan, ghost stories
Cass can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead.
When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh. Here, graveyards, castles and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms.
But 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.
This a really cute middle grade paranormal fantasy about a girl who can see ghosts and cross into the Veil (aka ghost world) after a near-death experience. Cassidy is an inquisitive and creative character who loves Harry Potter and photography, has a ghost best friend, and can’t seem to avoid getting into trouble.
I loved the setting in Edinburgh, Scotland, especially since I previously learned about the hauntings at Greyfriars Kirkyard on my favorite paranormal podcast. However, as an adult, I got a little annoyed with the multiple explanations of British versus American slang (chips, pants, etc.), but I have to remember this was written for a younger audience who probably have not been exposed to the different terminology.
I really enjoyed seeing Cassidy develop her “ghosthunting” skills, balance relationships with friends and family members who have very different opinions on ghosts, and fight for her life! This is a spooky, but not too scary, quick read (or listen) that is perfect for fall!