Review: City of Ghosts


Title: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Purchased
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


I absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t put it down!

This book reminded me of The Mediator series by Meg Cabot. In that series, Suzannah can speak to ghosts, and she has one particular ghost, Jesse, who follows her around. Cass and Jacob’s relationship reminded me of Suzannah and Jesse. There were also loads of Harry Potter references in this book, which is always a plus for me!

This story was very fast-paced. A lot of things happened in a short amount of time. The ending also left it open to become a series. The only problem is that I want to read the next book now!

I’ll definitely be recommending this book to YA and middle grade readers!

What to read next:

  • Shadowland (The Mediator #1) by Meg Cabot

  • The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1) by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Have you read City of Ghosts? What did you think of it?




Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

13 thoughts on “Review: City of Ghosts”

  1. I’ve just put myself on a book buying ban, so am going to have to wait to read this until next year, but eeeek, I cannot wait. I’ve read so many reviews now and they’ve all praised it so much.

    Also, it’s so strange that you mentioned The Mediator series because I was going to try and pick them up online and re-read them soon. I feel like no one ever mentions Meg Cabot’s books anymore which is weird given she was like the YA queen at one point!

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  2. Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed! I have seen mixed reviews on Goodreads but then I saw a blogger post a rant on Twitter complaining about people rating it low because they forgot that they are reading a middle grade book because their low rating was due to how juvenile the read was which was for obvious reasons 😂 but I’m glad you loved reading it! Great review!

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