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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“Stories have power,” she says. “So long as you belive them.”

Title:City of Ghosts

Series:Cassidy Blake #1

Author:Victoria Schwab

Publisher:Puck

Format: Spanish Edition Paperback

Length: 256 pages

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Summary:

42077026Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, 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 Inspecters 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.


THIS BOOK! I f-ing love it!!

Since it’s middle grade I’ll do an entire review without cursing, pray for me in these hard times

Now I picked up this book a couple of weeks ago at the international book fair of Buenos Aires. For the first time ever Victoria Schwab came to Argentina! Obviously I was standing in line an hour before they even opened the doors and the queue was so long it took several turns and continued outside the main building.. (I’ll write a post about that particular madness sometime soon)

Point is that I got a signed copy (in Spanish) and could make it into the 200 people audience for her talk with the publisher. It was amazing, she answered questions about her writing process, her inspiration and her plans for the future.

I already had my copy of A Darker Shade of Magic with me but when I heard CoG took place in Edinburgh I had to buy it too (after visiting there last march with my sister)

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This book follows Cass, a girl who can see and talk to ghosts. This wouldn’t be such a problem if her parents weren’t famous for their books about ghosts… she has a hard life.

I loved how vivid the writing was, I felt like I was walking the streets of Edinburgh and seeing the scary ghosts that most definitely live there. The setting was perfect for the story and I love how Schwab makes the stage become another sort of character

The book was actually scary, even though it’s middle grade. When asked about it Victoria said that she thought middle grade was the perfect target for a scary book, because when you are that young you get to choose when you are scared and when to close the book and move on. Children-snatching ghosts will always be scary for me though…

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CHARACTERS

Cassidy

I really liked Cass as a main character, she has the power to see dead people but still  puts effort into seeing the brighter side of things. She tries to help everyone even at high personal costs

Jacob

Jacob was an absolute sweetheart but now I’m scared he’s gonna become evil in the future

Lara

I thought she was also a ghost at first… that aside, she was an interesting character and I loved that there wasn’t any unnecessary rivalry between the two girls but instead we had them fight together and try to understand where the other person is coming from

Mom and Dad

They aren’t bad parents but their parenting leaves a lot to be desired. For starters they should have told Cass about their project to spend an entire summer dragging her around the world while they worked

Allie's Little Avenue

Every time I get nervous or scared, I remind myself that every good story needs twists and turns. Every heroine needs an adventure.


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


“This is just a change of setting, a new storyline, a fresh chapter. We have a whole book to write,” she says, squeezing me around the shoulders, “and how do we write it?”
“One page at a time”


Nothing happens until it happens, and then it’s already happening.


My camera was on the bedside table, the purple strap frayed and the viewfinder cracked. It was damaged but not ruined, changed but not destroyed. Kind of like me. A little special. A little strange.

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I’ll give it 5 cameras old enough to capture souls

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Book lover and hockey goalie from Argentina. Trying to figure life out

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