I've found that I usually prefer Schwab's adult fiction over her young adult for whatever reason, so I was a little hesitant going into this book but I actually ended up loving it so much that I think it is a new favourite!

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. Thanks so much to Scholastic Books for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own!

This story follows Cassidy, a girl living with one foot in the real world and one in the Veil, a world where she can interact with ghosts, mainly her best friend, Jacob, who is a ghost. Her parents are experts writers in the field of ghosts and have the chance to go to Scotland to experience some of the most haunted locations. Cass tags along and soon finds out there is so much to the Veil that she didn't know about. She meets Lara, a girl, who like her, can see ghosts. The two team up to explore Edinburgh and take on the ghost of a child stealer, Raven the Red, who haunts the city.

Schwab has always impressed me with the readability of her novels, even the more fantastical adult ones, and this book was no exception. Despite the fact that it is technically a middle-grade novel, it is one of those ones where you can read it at any age. You never get the feeling like Schwab is writing the characters outside of their ages, but you're also not constantly bombarded with the fact that Cassidy is still a kid. I find that some middle-grade will either throw it in your face or sound too mature for what it actually is - but I think Schwab nailed it perfectly.

I was immediately drawn into the story - there is just something about this kind of ghost-in-the-real-world storyline that never fails to suck me in. It was one of those books where I knew from when I finished the first chapter that I was really going to enjoy it.

Overall, I thought that this was just a super fun read and I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel! Things were mostly wrapped up in this one but I think there are a few interesting plot points still to be explained in the future.