For those of you who follow me over on Instagram it will come as no surprise to find out that I am a massive V.E. Schwab fan. Victoria Schwab is an incredible authors whose works span across Middle Grade (8-11 years), Young Adult and Adult Fiction. I will be sharing more of my thoughts on her work as soon as I can, but today I am going to be sharing my thoughts on City of Ghosts which is Schwab’s new Middle Grade (MG) book.

City of Ghosts - Book Review by Odd Socks and Lollipops

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I have not read a lot of MG fiction, so I had no idea what to expect from City of Ghosts, I went in with an open mind and maybe high expectations (mainly because I am sure that I would read anything written by Victoria Schwab!)

Title: City of Ghosts

Author: Victoria Scwab

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.


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Pages: 272

Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal, Children’s Fiction, Middle Grade, 8-11 years

Rating: 5/5 if I could give it 6 stars out of 5 I would.

Content Warnings: Obviously, there is a lot of discussion surrounding death throughout the books.

Review: Where to start with this? I wish I could travel back in time and hand myself a copy of this when I was younger as it is such an incredible read and it was a book I would have loved with all my heart and soul. Dont’ get my wrong it is a book I love now, but I think that it would have been incredible to read this back then, with such incredible main characters and lines such as;

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

City of Ghosts is an incredible, funny, beautiful celebration of friendship. Cass and Jacob are my friendship goals. It’s so wonderful to see a book in which friendship takes centre stage. The inside jokes, rules and the two characters themselves are all just brilliant. I love that it highlights that friendships need work, they need patching sometimes, but above all that they are worth it.

I love that Cass is a Harry Potter fan and that Jacob loves comics, they are so well written and unique I just didn’t want to put City of Ghosts down, and I was more than a little sad when I turned over the last page. At 272 pages it’s a great length book and this allows Schwab to explore Edinburgh and The Veil in great detail. I loved that City of Ghosts was set in Edinburgh, it’s such a fantastic city and my husband and I spent our honeymoon there.The map at the beginning of the book is amazing too.

I love everything about City of Ghosts, the characters, the world building and the plot are all incredible. I love Schwab’s immersive writing style, she has this wonderful power to bring the magical or otherworldly to life… to truly make you feel that you are there surrounded by her incredible characters. I have loved every single book Schwab has written and City of Ghosts is no exception, I may even have a new favourite Schwabian (that totally needs to be a word) character in Cass too.

As I said above, I went in to City of Ghosts not quite knowing what to expect, and I am so glad I read it. It is incredibly well written there are some beautiful lines in there. The whole book is so beautifully written and I would definitely recommend it. I know that it will be a few years before I can share this wonderful story with my daughter but it’s one I can’t wait for her to read, and then talk to her about too.

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab - Book Review from Odd Socks and Lollipops - incredible middle grade fantasy about ghosts and the power of friendship