Book Review, Horror

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Review)



“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.”


A book about my favourite topic (ghosts), set in one of my favourite cities (Edinburgh) and written by one of my favourite authors.

This book was so amazing and easy to read that I finished it in just one sitting. Schwab’s writing is always fast paced and her characters are so colourful and she always manages to bring worlds to life without being too wordy about it. All of these writing talents shine through in this book.

I think one of my favourite things about this book is the amount of research that has clearly gone into it. I have done a lot of research on the paranormal in Scotland myself, (I used to run a paranormal blog & we all know I am weird by now), and I knew the ghosts that were referenced in this book. They are all real Scottish ghost stories, except The Raven in Red. She was clearly created for the plot. She is similar to other legends though. The amount of research just brought the city to life and the little references made me feel like I was in on a ghostly joke.

My only complaint about this book is that there wasn’t enough of it. It is very much a setup book for the rest of the series so it didn’t get as much depth as I would like. I want more of the characters. I love them all, especially Jacob. As the first book in the series it really did its job.


Very tame horror and creepy moments. Suitable for young teen audiences.


5 star

5 out of 5 Skulls


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