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City of Ghosts

(Cassidy Blake #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  9,982 Ratings  ·  2,361 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Scholastic Press
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Victoria Schwab
Apr 03, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A girl who almost drowned.
The ghost boy who pulled her back.
A very haunted city.

I am really proud of this book. I hope you guys enjoy it.

ETA: OH MY GHOST, we're up for a Goodreads Choice Award!!!
Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
Don't get me wrong—I loved this book, but how come ghost books are always about ghosts from the 1800’s or something? Why aren’t there stories about ghosts from 2015 who scream “DEEZ NUTS!” at 3 in the morning and scare the ever loving shit out of you?

This is very relevant to my interests.
Emma Giordano
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a super cute and fun read! I would absolutely recommend to paranormal lovers.

CW: drowning

I have read fantastic young adult and adult fiction works from Victoria Schwab and I have to say, she’s done it again with this new excursion in her writing! Her vivid story telling translates well to middle grade. It retains the same whimsicality and darkness of her other novels (I particularly feel City of Ghosts is perfect for Victoria Schwab fans who are missing The Archived!!) I saw someone c

ARC provided by Scholastic in exchange for an honest review.

“People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin. But the truth is, ghosts are everywhere.”

City of Ghosts is a middle grade novel that has such a perfect spooky atmosphere, and it’s set around scary places in Scotland. Like, sounds perfect, true? And, as always, Victoria’s writing is so very beautiful and lyrical. I think this will be such a fun fall read for so many re
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Yup. Loved this. Doesn’t matter what genre or age demographic Victoria writes for, her stories are always so amazing. They speak to something deep within my soul.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, owned
“Stories have power," she says. "So long as you believe them.”

If my life were as aesthetic as Victoria's covers, I would have had an editorial in VOGUE years ago. BUT - and that's the only criticism I have - how is the cat on the cover not a main character? Honestly, though, for some weird reason, I thought this was a story about a girl that can see ghosts (true) and her best friend, a ghost cat (totally not true). Turns out her best friend IS a ghost, but a human one. Well, post-human. You know
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
ETA: Queen Schwab has now joined the small, elite group of authors who has hit bestsellers lists in Adult, YA, and Children's releases, and I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. 💖

As someone who loves ghost stories, stories set in Scotland, middle grade horror, and Victoria Schwab, City of Ghosts is like some sort of literary perfect storm for me. It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, to the point at which, when I received the eARC approval notification, I literally s
Good, but you and I both know Victoria Schwab could have done so, so much better.

I'll attempt to film a video review (my first one!) later this week. Wish me luck! :)
may ➹
Me, in a crowd of Schwab fans: so am I like not allowed here anymore or what

I mean, this isn’t a bad 3-star, and I didn’t HATE it. It’s so atmospheric and creepy, in Schwab fashion of course, and I did enjoy it. I think one of Schwab’s best writing talents is her ability to create fantastically strange and mysterious concepts, and that’s clearly evident in this book. It’s about a girl named Cass who can pass between the worlds of the living and the dead, and can see ghosts. This happened after s
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(2.5) Well this was a disappointment but I suppose it's partly my fault.

I didn't realize this was a Middle Grade book which isn't my cup of tea. Schwab's forte is her writing in my opinion and unfortunately a MG book doesn't show it AT ALL.

This was a quick read and a little girl seeing ghosts wasn't uninteresting but I wouldn't recommend it unless you are 12 or under, or usually love MG.
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Rating: 4.5 stars
may ❀
that's it, its official, schwab is an actual queen that can literally write ANYTHING

- this book felt like a mix of vicious and the archived series but with a middle grade tone and i am so here for it
- i love my soft precious ghost son 😭😭
- i love cassidy as a main character, her voice is so strong but she fits her age and is the middle grade queen we all stan
- dont be deceived by the target audience, this boo
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Jan 22, 2018 marked it as anticipated-releases  ·  review of another edition
The results are in:


Okay guys, let's duke it out. Does this cover look more like:

A: the start of an anime theme-song sequence

B: the cover for the sophomore album of a semi-popular alt rock band

C: the girl from 'The Ring' has an adventure
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well that was cute 😊🎃

Happy Reading!!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
C.G. Drews
As a huge fan of Schwab, I was so so excited to read this! I know she debuted with MG so this must be a bit of a "going back to the roots" for her too! And it was very very Schwabish. Dead boy ghost friends and Gryffindor girls who plunge into trouble and quirky parents and sinister dark forces beyond the living realm that want to devour cHILDREN. You know! Good stuff! I did expect it to freak me out as much as Coraline did, though I actually felt this was tamer. But still the same sort of vibe! ...more
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BR with L

“Embrace your strange, dear daughter. Where’s the fun in being normal?”

🌟 Imagine reading a children book, one of those simplistic ones with many rhymes and pictures to your son/ daughter/ younger sibling. Your child may love it and you will have zero feelings toward it. You may even think that it was very short and had more potential! But you dismiss these thoughts as you are not the target reader xD

🌟 OK, OK.
Aug 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
Schwab and her covers never disappoint.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was so much fun! I can’t wait to see what kind of shenanigans Cassidy and Jacob get up to next.
Ashley Nuckles
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not at all what I thought it was going to be (in a good way)! It was equal parts cute middle grade, creepy ghost stories, and fun adventure tale all in one! This is why Schwab is one of my FAVVVSSS
Kayla Dawn
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Despite me being annoyed by all the Harry Potter references (they were everywhere!!), this was a solid middle grade book.
Nothing special and it felt a little rushed, but it had a nice idea, great writing style and characters with a lot of potential.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Schwab is going to continue this story!
🦊 Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
“My life is-
Air in starving lungs.
A hand grabbing mine.
A light in the dark.
The pebbles beneath me on the frozen bank, and water dripping from my hair,
and Jacob saying, “I’ve got you.”

Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cassidy was dead once. Well, nearly.
But someone, something saved her.
A ghost, named Jacob. Now he’s her best friend and he’s always by her side.
When her parents start a new documentary, Cassidy goes on a new adventure to Schottland.
Even though I absolutely adore Victoria Schwab, her writing styl
Alana • thebookishchick
Thank you to Scholastic Press for providing me with an e-Arc via Edelweiss.

I'm still in disbelief that I got approved for this. The shriek I let out when I saw the words "approved" on Edelweiss was enough to make my husband come running into the room to see what happened. It's not everyday you get to read one of your most anticipated reads for the rest of 2018 before it comes out, so I am eternally grateful to Scholastic Press for the opportunity. As a child/teenager, I LIVED for the TV show Gho
Cait • A Page with a View
Well, I'm a huge fan of Edinburgh & Schwab, so this was obviously a great setup. The story felt like a fun middle grade read with just the right amount of creepy, but it might not appeal to fans who mostly read her adult books. I genuinely love middle grade, though, and thought this was a really solid, well-rounded story with a creative premise!

Cassidy's a Ravenclaw who died while drowning but was brought back by Jacob, a ghost who's now her best friend. She's a sort of "in-betweener" now wh
☆ Mira ✷
My existence tends to be a cycle of being let down by people, my own motivations, life in general, et cetera, but you know what will never let me down? Victoria Schwab!! The good sis has GONE AND DONE IT AGAIN with City of Ghosts.

It's a page-turning story (seriously, I read it in the span of 3 hours) about Cassidy Blake, an iconic 12-year-old girl who can cross the Veil, the curtain between our reality and its overlaid landscape of ghosts. Her parents, fittingly, co-write about paranormal activ
Y'all can thank me, I sold my soul so we can get more Victoria Schwab books in 2018.

Anyways, I have a vague sense that I read this book somewhere before. Perhaps in another book by Schwab. *Cough* The Archived *cough*. But there's no Mackenzie and Wesley and it wasn't as good, which is a shame.

Also it's probably a three star book, but my future children's first words are probably gonna be "Victoria Schwab" so I added a bonus star just for that.
Jun 18, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
finished this on day 2 of booktubeathon and forgot to mark it! love love loved it. A perfect read for the fall/halloween time and definitely a new middle grade favorite.
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

Thank you Edelweiss and Scholastic for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

“People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin. But the truth is, ghosts are everywhere.”

We follow the adventures of Cassidy Blake and her best friend Jacob who happens to be a ghost. What new adventure will Cass venture on this time? And will it be different than all the others?

I got approved for City of Ghosts two days ago and I still
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
Well this was a quick and fun book, just like I wanted it to be. Really easy to read, and quite atmospheric. Perfect for these Halloween vibes going around.

I really enjoyed the characters and their relationships, especially the one between Cassidy and Jacob. Also this book didn't feel childish, which was great since I don't usually go for middle-grade.

I'm glad I read it. :D


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sofia (sam willows)
after months of being in a huge reading slump I managed to read an entire book in four hours straight. very proud of myself

also, this book was so much fun to read!
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Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes," "like," and "y'all."

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

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