Second review for the week.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Synopsis From The Book
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.
Horror | MG – E | Ghosts, Talk of Violent Death | Coming of Age, Self Identity, Friendship
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
I’ve been trying to read this novel all month. It’s been sitting in my bag starring at me. And I know it won’t be that long of a read but something about it keeps turning me away. THAT IS until I read Evernight and I need something. ANYTHING to cleanse my mouth of it. Thus. Time to ramp up towards the end of the month. I have five books left. I think (reasonably) I can finish them all before the end of the month. But we will see. We, will see.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Okay this was a cute book. I am interested to know if its going to be a series. Lemme check. The answer is yes, and there are already two more books in the series. It was short, sweet, and really cute. I did like it a lot and def will read the next ones.
Cassidy Blake can see ghosts and not only that her best friend is a ghost. Her parents are paranormal investigators, and they got a new TV series. Cassidy and her family go to Edinbrugh for the first episode. While there, Cassidy is pulled to cross the Veil more than she has been before. She has been able to cross the veil since she almost died in a water accident a year ago (she did die, but came back). Cassidy sees a woman named the Red Raven and is drawn to her but Jacob, her best friend, saves her.
They meet a girl named Lara who can also walk between the living and the Veil. She tells and teaches Cassidy about being a ghost hunter. Cassidy’s life light, however, is stolen by the Red Raven, when they are touring a castle. Cassidy, Jacob, and Lara have to steal it back. They are able to do so and Cassidy helps the Red Raven pass on. Cassidy goes back to her family and they wrap up the shoot to move to the next location and ghost city. Cassidy realizes that Jacob is growing in power, and Lara warns her that he needs to be sent on. They move on anyway, because Cassidy and Jacob trust each other and are best friends.
What I Liked:
Cassidy; She’s a cute kid. I hope that she can come into her own with both photography and her abilities. I also hope she doesn’t have to send Jacob on because that will be heart breaking for her.
Jacob; He’s a a great kid too. I want to know so much more about him, when he died, how, and why he clings so much to Cassidy. Their relationship is def going to be the reason I continue with this series.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Honestly any of the rules of friendship. They are all great.
“This is just a change of setting, a new storyline, a fresh chapter. We have a whole book to write, and how do we write it?”
“One page at a time.” – pg 55