TITLE: City of Ghosts
AUTHOR: Victoria Schwab
RELEASED: August 28, 2018
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
GENRE: MG Fantasy / Paranormal
GOODREADS RATING: 3.95
TRIGGERS: Focus on death / dead children
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 realizes 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.
May 8. The day I was finally safe from people wanting to bash my head in for not having read anything by V.E. / Victoria Schwab. Although it would’ve maybe made more sense should I have started with A Darker Shade of Magic, Moody May is real and I was in the mood for.. well.. something more spooky?
As you might or might not know, City of Ghosts is a middle grade novel, which pretty much means I should not have been spooked by this book. At least.. According to me. Unfortunately, I’ve proven I’m a huge wuss by getting goosebumps at times while reading. I’m so counting this as a good thing because it was sort of the reason I picked up City of Ghosts in the first place? Like.. I pretty much wanted to challenge Schwab into spooking me with a middle grade book and she won? I’m a wuss, okay. No doubt about it.
Like I said – middle grade. Which equals me not going to say all that much about the writing. It’s simple. The font in my copy is huge. It read like a train because.. Let’s face it. Should it have been in a more “YA-sized” font, this book would only be half the length it is now. Which would equal less than 150 pages? So, yup. I flew through it!
Character-wise.. I couldn’t help but love Cassidy. She’s curious and impulsive. Fearless and kind. Jacob? Well.. Let’s just say I’m keen to see what will happen to him. There are some clues throughout the book that show there’ll be something happening in the sequel that might not be all rainbows and sunshine. But.. I’m sort of more curious to find out where Cassidy and her parents’ documentary show will be heading to next?
Goosebumps. Right! I honestly wonder how freaked out City of Ghosts would’ve gotten me should it have been written for young adults. Or adults even. I already had the creeps at some points and remember thinking “Should this part have more detailed descriptions, I would’ve stopped reading for a bit..”
There isn’t really anything bad to this novel. Except for me feeling like the ending was done too quickly, too easy and.. that somewhat disappointed me? I know that’s more to do with it being a middle grade novel. YA, NA and adult novels can take way longer to wrap up, to tie up loose ends or solve issues. I’m used to that. So it makes sense I feel this way, right? I’m not counting it towards my rating though. I can hardly expect a MG book to be like what I usually read, right?
All in all I really enjoyed this read. I even got curious to see whether Schwab will write – or has written? – anything like this for YA or Adults? Creepy-wise I mean. In any case, I’m really curious to see what her writing and way of wrapping things up is like in her other novels, so I might be diving into A Darker Shade of Magic soon!
Have you read City of Ghosts yet? Do you often read MG books?
What are some differences between MG and YA you find very obvious?