City of Ghost
Cassidy Blake #1
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.
Published: August 28th 2018
Death, Murder, Abduction
Ashley on Twitter sent this to me and are we serious??? Favorite author ever right here. Words cannot explain how happy I am for this.
“If we were in a comic book, this would be our original story.
Some people get a spider bite, or a vat of acid.
We got a river.”
This was so much fun, especially towards the climax and now I wan’t my own ghost hunting show… so there’s that.
Cassidy’s died while drowning last year but was brought back by Jacob, a ghost who’s now her best friend. She’s become an “in-betweener” someone who can free spirits trapped in the Veil. When her family goes to Edinburgh to show an episode of their new Ghost documentary, they run into some trouble with a ghost hell bent on returning from the dead.
Schwab always manages to immerse me in any of her stories. The atmosphere was something that truly surrounded me. I felt the cold of Edinburgh and the sopping rain. Hell, I even started feeling ghost reading over my shoulder.
Yet the things I wanted to be explained weren’t delved into as deeply as I’d like (Jacob, the veil, why Cassidy can see/go in the veil, etc), but this is a series, so I’m not going too hard on that aspect; it’ll be explained more in depth in latter installments. But the things that were explained wasn’t a plethora of infodumps; it flowed with the dialogue and was smooth.
Cassidy was such a fun character to read about. And her friendship with Jacob was the best. Hell, it may be my favorite part of the story. Yeah, they fought and there are some secrets being held back, but the loyalty and love between them shined through. All of their friendship rules and their quirks, how could I not root for them?
Even the side characters were gold— her parents and how they complemented each other, Lara and her mysterious air about her; I’m hoping for an amazing friendship in the future books.
For a while, the Raven in Red just completely disappeared from the plot. Which I get, Cassidy is learning more
though not much about herself and the veil, but if this is our big bad villain…. We don’t know much about her, so I’m not scared or intimidated. And I understand this is a middle grade horror, but again, she wasn’t really developed enough for me to truly feel her looming presence. She has potential in the sequel, a chance at more backstory and such, but for now— I don’t quake when I hear her name.
I was expecting a Coraline situation when it came to the cat on the cover….. Hell I didn’t want the cat to speak, just be there and I’d be fine… But the cat went ghost (no pun intended) as soon as we got to Edinburgh. I mean, he did come back….. in the end…. But I was expecting him to have a bigger role as the cover eludes to.
I am extremely excited for the sequel. Despite this being a little under 300 pages, this read flew by in no time.