Let’s talk about how amazing Victoria Schwab is as a writer and human being.
City of Ghosts was released in August this year (2018) and is absolutely a middle grade level book. HOWEVER, it absolutely is suitable for anyone above that reading level as well. I enjoyed every minute.
This novel follows the story of Cassidy Blake and yes, she sees ghosts. Not only that, her parents are all about ghosts, even if they don’t believe Cassidy can see them.
City of Ghosts was such a fun quick read. It was also a breath of fresh air compared to all the saturated doom and gloom type writing I’ve seen lately.
Cassidy is a character that’s so easy to love. She’s well intentioned, intelligent, and independent. All the ‘i’s are dotted for her amazingness. Her relationship with her parents is well presented, which is important in my opinion for a middle grade book. Jacob, who is the other worldly best friends, is also an interesting character. I’m not sure how I feel about him at this point in the story.
If you all are not aware, Victoria Schwab and V.E. Schwab are the same person. Victoria uses one pseudonym for adult books (V.E.) and one for young adult (Victoria). It’s an interesting way to clearly show the difference in audience and I like it. I’m sure parents of young readers appreciate it as well.
The plot is excellent! City of Ghost’s is spooky without being too dark and definitely an excellent read for autumn! I loved the world she’s built and as you can probably guess, this will be part of a series.#danceofjoy
The story itself is very quick. It rolls in at 272 pages and only about 5 hours on an audio book. I actually did the audio book (my first one of the year!) and the narrator was phenomenal with all the accents. If you get the chance, I would highly recommend going the audio route. (Which I rarely, if ever, recommend.)
Overall, if you love a good scary story, you’ll like this book. Even if you prefer adult books, I would say to give this one a chance. Victoria’s new novel is a very quick and well worth the adventure.
- Overall Rating: 4 Stars
- Plot: 4 Stars
- Character Development: 4 Stars
- Dialogue: 4 Stars
- Writing: 4 Stars