City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.


Thank you to Edelweiss and Scholastic Inc. for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

AHHHHH IT’S SO GREAT TO BE ABLE TO FINALLY SAY THAT. Um sorry the fangirling spirit in me refuses to behave. It’s just that I’m so overwhelmed and thankful that I got approved for this! 

You see, I started requesting ARCs on Edelweiss when this blog was just starting and quite unsurprisingly, I got A LOT of rejections (I’ve only been approved once out of 15 reviews at that time). Because I got so tired of being rejected, I stopped requesting on Edelweiss. But just a few days ago, I gathered the courage to request again. When I woke up the next morning, I found out that I’ve been rejected for them all.

I decided to take a break off Edelweiss for a while but then I saw some tweets from bloggers celebrating that they’ve been approved by Schwab’s City of Ghosts and I thought, “WHY DIDN’T I KNOW THIS BOOK WAS UP FOR REQUEST???” (My thoughts scream too. That’s pretty normal) Anyway, when I saw those tweets I realized that I couldn’t just let it go and requested it, knowing that I’ll probably see the rejection email sitting on my inbox the next day. BUT THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. I WAS ACTUALLY APPROVED. For one of my most-anticipated books. By one of my favorite authors. You can just imagine the shrieking that followed.

I should stop blabbering now. I just couldn’t stop sharing my success story (or luck story?) because why not? It was the highlight of my week (I honestly didn’t think something else can top off Cait following my bookstagram).

Okay. Really, I will start reviewing now.

DividerI ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK SO MUCH. Whichever genre Schwab tries to explore, she does everything spectacularly. This Middle Grade book was everything I needed to get out of my reading slump.


• It’s fast-paced

I read City of Ghosts in more or less four hours which is a record in itself. I was practically racing with my Kindle because my competetive streak cannot be tamed. HA YOU CAN’T WIN AGAINST ME, KINDLE.

This book is a total page-turner that’s why there are hardly any dull moments here. If you’re a bookdragon who doesn’t have a lot of time to read, this book is perfect for you because you can read this in one sitting. Or if you’re a bookdragon who is looking for a book that you can easily devour, you should really try reading City of Ghosts.

• Many lovable characters 

Cassidy is a smol Gryffindor who can see ghosts. She’s not my favorite character here but I LOVE THAT GIRL’S OLD SOUL. I loved how she treasures her vintage camera and passionately takes pictures. She’s also a huge Potterhead! I want to meet her someday so we can fangirl together. Her pure friendship with Jacob also warmed my heart. SHE TURNS COMIC BOOK PAGES FOR HIM, FOLKS. That is an act of love and appreciation for a friend.

— OH I LOVE JACOB SO MUCH. Aside from the fact that he adores his Captain America shirt, he is also a huge dork amd is just a ball of semi-transparent sunshine (I’m also 63% sure he’s a Hufflepuff). He always has Cassidy’s back and I always love a perfect human-ghost tandem. Jacob is officially my new favorite ghost. Sorry, Casper.

— Then there’s Lara. First of all, I JUST LOVE HOW BRITISH SHE IS. She also has this arrogant streak that complements Cassidy and Jacob perfectly. I’m really looking forward to read about her in the next book.

— Aside from these three, I also adore Cassidy’s mother and father. I actually think they’re cool parents to have and they’re actually good to Cassidy. We need more good parents in YA and it was just refreshing to read about them. Oh and I love Grim too! I think that cat will claw at my face if I don’t mention him in this review.

• The banter is A+

I spent a lot of time chuckling and smiling because the banter in this book was so much fun to read! The humor in this book was also very well-done. This book came at the right time in my life because it took out some of the anxiety in me.

• Yes to Harry Potter references

I LIVED FOR THE HARRY POTTER REFERENCES HERE. Like I said earlier, Cassidy is a huge Potterhead so there are a lot of HP references here. My Potterhead soul sang so many times.

• ‎Takes you to places

I know almost every book gives you this feeling but I especially appreciate the descriptive prose in this book. Because of the vivid descriptions, I was easily transported to Edinburgh without leaving my favorite chair. That’s the magic of reading right there. The Veil is also easy to imagine and there were many times when I could even feel the ghostly vibes all around me. I have a pretty vivid imagination while reading. This is perfectly normal.


This book made me hungry! There were many mentions of food and we all know that delicious food in books always make everything better. Well, they also make you want to eat so it’s a win-win situation.


All in all, I highly enjoyed reading this book. This book just fell short from a five-star rating as it was just a little too short. I WANTED MORE OF THIS WORLD AND THE CHARACTERS. I understand that it’s still the first book so I’m hoping I can read more about the characters’ developments in the next book. I’m also interested as to how this story will go in the long run. Another reason why I didn’t give this book five stars is because I think the villain was not complex enough and just seemed one-dimensional to me.

Anyway, those are just minor problems and I know I will love this series as it progresses. It has a lot of potential and I highly-recommend this to all bookdragons who are looking for fast and fun reads.

City of Ghosts will be released on August 28. I assure you, it really is worth the read. 


Is City of Ghosts in your TBR? Do you like books about ghosts? Give me recommendations below if you have read good ones. 


  1. aaaAaa it’s finally here! Thanks for your book review of City of Ghosts! I’m so thrilled to read this book so much. Does the book live up to to the hype it’s getting on the book community??


  2. I am so glad you liked the book! I have been looking forward to reading this one for a while. I love books about ghosts and this one sounds so fun! I didn’t know there would be Harry Potter references. That makes it one million times better!


    1. TRUE! Harry Potter references make everything a million times better! I love books about ghosts too. I highly enjoyed Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood and Co. series. You should read City of Ghosts too!

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  3. HARRY POTTER REFERENCES?! CAN THIS BOOK GET ANY BETTER? HOLYSHIT?! I pre-ordered it last night (paperback because all my Schwab books are red this far) and I CANNOT wait :O


    1. HARRY POTTER REFERENCES ARE THE BEST. I love how Schwab’s books always have a color scheme. I hope you’ll enjoy it too when you read it 😊


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