Grey Reads // Schwab’s Love Letter to Scotland – City of Ghosts

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Title: City of Ghosts
Series: Cassidy Blake #1

Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Scholastic
Age: Middle Grade

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Released: August 28, 2018

Representation:
 British Indian side character

Synopsis*: They’re here.
They’re watching.

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.
 


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Are you ready for a trip behind the veil?

“The trouble with Mary King’s Close,” Mom begins, “goes back to the plague.”
“When it comes to corpses,” offers Dad in his teacher’s tone, “there are two great sources in history: sickness and war.”
“And Scotland’s had plenty of both,” adds Mom.

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City of Ghosts is Victoria Schwab’s love letter to Scotland, the place she rests her bones. And boy did she sell me on it.

No seriously, I’m ready to pack my bags and live in an abandoned castle among the history and ghosts, eat fish and chips for dinner and try and get lost along the cobblestone lanes. 

I don’t know who she was before she died.
I only know what she is now.
A specter made of loss and anger, fear and want.

ghost woman creepy haunted.gifSchwab is a fantastic world builder. And I think the reason she is so good at it is because of how she starts.

Schwab begins with the outsider. Her characters are the strange and odd, outcasted by their society. That’s always gonna be her brand. She works out the world around them by asking what does a world that forces this character on the outskirts look like?

And I’m yet to read a book of hers where this doesn’t work.

City of Ghosts is so atmospheric. It reminds me of Down Among the Sticks and Bones from the Wayward Children series.
They’re worlds apart. Literally. But both stories pull you in immediately and don’t let you go until the last page. 

I could feel the curtains of the veil brushing against my arms, feel the cold breath of ghosts frosting the back of my neck.

Schwab’s version of Scotland has me both terrified and compelled to visit the real one. Just so I can discover if there really are ghosts there myself. 

I stare in shock.
She gives me a long, measured look, her brown eyes unblinking.
“What?” she says at last. “You act like you’ve never seen a ghost hunter before.

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The plot is encased in just the right amount of mystery so you’re not getting annoyed by being strung along but are still completely hooked and needing to know more.

What exactly is Cassidy and what is her purpose?
And how on earth did Jacob, a ghost, bring her back from the dead?
And who is the strange girl who’s also staying at The Lanes End and why does Cassidy get the feeling she can see Jacob too?

I don’t think I found myself uninterested at all, my eyes reading the pages even though nothing was really sinking in, or picking up my phone to take a break. I didn’t want to take a break. I didn’t want it to end. 

I am so incredibly excited to see what happens next and to learn more about our ever-elusive ghost, Jacob.

If middle-grade books are your thing than I can not recommend this one enough. 

Now excuse me while I go and sacrifice at my Schwab alter as payment for her next masterpiece.

“All winter, she stole children,” continues Findley, “lured them away from warm beds and parents’ arms and safe places. Their bodies were found outside her door, frozen on their feet.”

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Where To Buy

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*Taken from Goodreads.
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Grey Recommends – Atmospheric YA Reads

🍃 Sawkill Girls, fantasy fiction: Sawkill Girls is about compacted generational trauma and grief and the power of girls coming together to fight the monsters of the world, even when those monsters are human men.

🍃 The Dark Beneath the Ice, paranormal horror fiction: Marianne thinks she’s losing her mind, thinks she’s the reason her mother is losing her mind too. Or maybe she’s being haunted. Maybe something is waiting. Maybe something already has her in its grasp.

🍃 Wayward Children, fantasy fiction series: Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

*Destiny’s @ Howling Libraries summary from her review.


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