Cassidy Blake can see ghosts. In fact, her best friend is a ghost. The irony here? Her parents are professional ghost hunters following clues and legends – not sharing (or knowing about) their daughter’s ability. When they get their own ghost hunter television show, Cassidy’s world is turned upside down. They’re off to Edinburgh, a town full of spirits, some nicer than others…
When Cassidy arrives in Edinburgh, a town full of mysteries and funny language, she is overwhelmed by the amount of ghosts present. While her parents goes from one legendary sight to another with a film crew, Cassidy is left to explore on her own – and she doesn’t just stick to our world. Her best friend, Jacob, makes sure she doesn’t get stuck on the other side when she visits but a sinister ghost called The Red Raven tries to lure Cassidy close enough to trap her there for good.
I saved City of Ghosts for this month as it was part of my Spookathon TBR (October 15th – 21st) and the wait payed off. I loved this book! Despite the ghosts and eerie atmosphere, it was a really cozy read. Since it’s a middle grade book, it was a quick and easy read too and any Harry Potter fan will enjoy the many references to Hogwarts houses and characters. The MC’s in this story are very realistic (despite the fantastic elements). The living have flaws that resemble their age well and the ghosts are trapped on the other side by their human emotions.
This book was a great beginning to a (hopefully) longer series of adventures with Cassidy and Jacob. It introduce us to the characters without giving everything away, and sets the tone and atmosphere for a great world. I cannot wait to get my hands on book two and I highly recommend City of Ghosts to everyone (adults and children alike)!
Page count: 272
Goodreads rating: 4/5
Release date for book 2 in the series: expected in 2019