So I read this book and finished it the same week it came out! I’m just now sitting down to write this though because, LIFE. Anyone else have some crazy storms where they are??
ANYWAYS…let me give you the info on this little number and then I’ll get to it.
“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.”
So this is a middle grade, and if you’ve read Victoria AKA V.E. Schwab before you know here books are always a little dark and twisted.
This book however I didn’t think was that, “dark” and more of a child-like spooky tale that is perfect to get you into the Halloween mood regardless of age.
The best part of the book for me is the relationship between Cassidy and Jacob. They have a unique relationship thats kind of hard to get a grip on. Cassidy and Jacob are like siblings in a way in this book. Jacob can read Cass but Cass has no clue what’s going on with him yet they would risk everything for the other. They are still learning to really trust each other yet that love is still there. It made me want to see how their relationship develops and see what all will happen to them as a unit.
The fact that I heard Victoria say that some of the little ghost tales in the book were taken from her own life, and her friends who claim to have experienced the supernatural made me read it even faster.
Hearing Victoria talk about this book made me want to read it immediately because I love the twisted tales of supernatural otherness. Having read it I would say it may bring in some new readers OR create lifetime lovers of spooky books. It’s a book that I feel like if I had it as a kid I may have fallen for books earlier. I love the idea that these stories make you question what is possible in real life. Are ghosts real? Is there a veil? Could it be possible to cross it? I love that. As a kid I didn’t ever read. My parents didn’t read to me and I didn’t have many books around me. My dad and I saw Harry Potter in theaters and then listened to the books together on audio because his eyes are bad and he couldn’t read but thats about it for my childhood books. BUT as a teenager a friend of mine bugged me enough to read a book called Peeps by Scott Westerfeld and it was the book that made me love reading because it was this story that made me question what exactly was possible. Peeps is about vampires, and between each chapter it would give you an animal/bug/ect of some sort that related to the traits of vampires, then it would involve that trait in the book somehow. Like relating leeches to vampires drinking blood, that kind of thing. That was the book that really made me fall in love with reading and then I read every single vampire book I could get my hands on. I feel like city of ghosts could be that book for a younger audience. Make them grab up any book they can find about ghosts and the tales people weave about them. I enjoyed it and just feel like it could be the book that makes a young reader start to explore that darker genre of books.
That being said I read a few chapters with my 7 year old and he really liked it as well. So I think any age range could enjoy this book. I really liked the possibility of book two and where it will lead the story going forward.
So that’s just my little jumbled thoughts. What do you think?? Have you read it?
Sending my love- Bookish Mom