It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, but I’m back with a brand new review! This time, it’s for City of Ghosts, a brand new YA novel by one of my top favourite authors, Victoria Schwab. I took this away on holiday, and finished it on the Eurostar travelling there!
Cass can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead. When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh. Here, graveyards, castles and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms.
But when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift”, she realises 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.
This was a wonderful little book. Victoria Schwab actually had the idea for this book 11 years ago – and now here it is. City of Ghosts is a fantastic spooky story, perfect for you to start reading right now as we go into Autumn.
Cass is a timid yet inquisitive character – she doesn’t share her parent’s passion for finding out theories and mysteries about ghost stories, because she can see them herself. Her best friend, Jacob, is a ghost himself, and the two make for quite a good friendship duo. Their friendship is quite sweet, and they have many fun rules of their friendship which they remind each other of from time to time. Cass is able to cross over through the Veil to see other ghosts for herself, and likes to photograph them on her old manual film camera. When the family travels to Edinburgh and Cass learns of the legend of the Raven in Red, things start becoming very sinister indeed…
The world of City of Ghosts was excellent to read. I really enjoyed Cass adapting to Scotland (especially not understanding why chips aren’t called fries) and the exploration of the different eras through the Veil was fascinating. It was interesting to read that pockets of time are frozen in place in the Veil, allowing her to see many different an sometimes strange ghosts. I also loved the description of the Veil itself, like a wispy curtain just waiting to be pulled back so that the characters can plunge into the world between living and dead. The learning curve that Cass goes through is enjoyable and we see her confidence build as she learns more about the world between her own.
This is a perfectly spooky story, perfect for the Autumn months (October especially!). I do really wish that we could have had more of Jacob’s backstory as it was briefly touched upon. He was such an interesting character, and I’l love to know more about what he does when he isn’t around Cass. I would have also loved to have more about Cass’s new friend and resident ghost hunter Lara! She seemed like such a tough character. The good thing about this though is that it leaves the story open, as Cass’s parents still have to film more episodes for their ghost show…we could very well be seeing a second instalment of this book!
Final thought: A spooky yet charming read! 4/5