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City of Ghosts: 1

City of Ghosts: 1

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Cassidy’s parents were pretty kick-ass though and I loved the fact that they spoke about ghosts and were experts but didn’t even have a clue that their own daughter could actually see and talk to them. This wouldn’t be so bad, except that since her near-death experience last year, Cass has been able to see and feel ghosts whenever they’re near –and Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the world. His inquiries take him from Leningrad to Moscow and involve victims of the Soviet gulags to the highest offices in the land. A well written book set in 1951 post war Leningrad which brings home the horrors of the Stalinist era.

Cass and Jacob cross more perilous chasms than just the ocean to prove their friendship to one another, and the titular city of ghosts is just as intriguing as its name would suggest. Also it's probably a three star book, but my future children's first words are probably gonna be "Victoria Schwab" so I added a bonus star just for that. That is, until her parents, who are ghost hunters, by the way, get a once in a lifetime opportunity to film a show about the most haunted spots in Scotland.I absolutely flew through City of Ghosts, but honestly, I was hoping for a bit more from the spooky Middle Grade story. Trigger and content warnings for death, especially the death of children, murder, loss of a child, and abduction. When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter -- and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. Peppered with Russian phrases and a brilliant obscenity that I have now formally adopted (behind my mask of course) City of Ghosts felt incredibly authentic from the outset.

The serial killer element and its relation to the Leningrad philharmonic is clever enough, but as a whodunnit it barely passes muster. Revol Rossel - once a virtuoso violinist with a glittering future - is now a humble state militia cop, forced to investigate desperate crimes in this desperate era. When you start to read a book by Victoria Schwab it takes time to get into the story, but when you’re in, when you’re really in, then it’s over. This is a book about a girl named Cassidy who, while riding her bike one day, has a near collision with a lorry and ends up in a lake and drowns. The first couple references were super adorable and I was hyped to see it, but then it just became a little too redundant for me.

That said, it is on the lighter end of the MG horror spectrum, so if you’re looking to hand a copy of this to a kid in your life, I’d say it’s suitable as long as they aren’t terribly easily frightened. Long ago, as a prisoner, Major Nikitin tortured him to confession by chopping off his fingers and breaking the others. As Cass travels the world with her TV host parents, they visit some of the world’s most haunted places - Edinburgh, Paris, New Orleans - and Cass is immersed in the City of Ghosts and all its dangers.

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