Book Tour Review - City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab // Sprinkles of Dreams

Blog Tour Book Review // City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria SchwabCassidy 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.


City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1) by Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018

(…) in the end, what you don’t see is always scarier than what you do.

I want to go back in time with this book in my hands, just so I can experience it as a middle grade kid.

City of Ghosts is spooky, mysterious, and atmospheric, telling a story of brave girls, an endearing, and lovable ghost, spooky adventures, questionable motives, and sinister forces. It’s set primarily in Scotland, and for a book that is targeted towards children, it still strikes me, a young adult, very much as creepy, especially towards the end.

But let me not get ahead of myself.


The first thing that immediately caught my attention was the lovely, lyrical writing. Victoria Schwab has written books in the Young Adult and Adult genre as well, and what amazes me, and makes her stand out as an immensely talented author, is her ability to effortlessly assimilate her writing style.

I have one foot in winter and one in spring.
One foot with the living, and one with the dead.

What I enjoyed the most about this book was the friendship between Cassidy and Jacobthe girl who is able to see ghosts, and travel between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and the ghost who saved her lifeand the Harry Potter references in this book were delightful to encounter, even though I’m not sure how much the target audience for it will appreciate, or recognize them.


What I had problems with, however, was the pace of the story; the book starts off quite slow, and the tension doesn’t build up, rather than abruptly accelerates in the span of what feels like the space between two words. Furthermore, the climax in this book happens so late that the ending feels very abrupt, and the book a bit … incomplete, almost.

I also wish the cat that is displayed on the cover had played a more substantial part in the storythough that’s in no way a point of criticism aimed at the book itself.


Overall, I enjoyed reading City of Ghosts, and my middle grade self would have had a lot of fun reading it. I’m definitely looking forward to more of Cassidy and Jacob’s future adventures.

“Stories have power,” she says. “So long as you believe them.”


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City of Ghosts Blog Tour // Sprinkles of Dreams

This review is part of the City of Ghosts Blog Tour that takes place during the month of September, and is hosted by the lovely Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura.

The City of Ghosts Blog Tour Time Table:

September 5th – Esmée @ Ezzie’s Bookshelf
September 7th – Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura
September 10th – Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams
September 11th – Becca @ Becca Leighanne

blue-watercolor-wash-texture-5letschat!-2Are you planning on reading City of Ghosts?
Have you read any of the author’s other works?
Do you enjoy spooky books? 👻

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xx, Lily

52 thoughts on “Blog Tour Book Review // City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab”

    1. Ohh thanks, Esmée! 😊

      I think the sequel is going to improve in that aspect, since we now know “the basics” of the setting/world.

      Thank you! 🌻 And thanks so much for inviting me on this blog tour, I’m so honored to be a part of it. ☺️❤️❤️


      1. Sequeld usually improve for that readon! While the first book contains a lot of building up, sequels just dive right into the story 😀

        You are so welcome! It is such a fun way to get to know new people. Thank you for joining us 😀

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  1. im so GLAD YOU ENJOYED THIS TOO LILY!! for sure i felt like it lacked in some places as well, but like you said, the way schwab is able to write so beautifully in middle grade, ya, and adult omg shes so talented.

    great review bby!

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  2. I’m nearly halfway through the audiobook of City of Ghosts! I loved Victoria Schwab’s other books so I expected to enjoy this one too and so far, I am loving it. I also liked the references to Harry Potter! I think this book would have been perfect for me as a kid haha. (Although I didn’t read Harry Potter until halfway through middle school because my friend *insisted* that I do so.)

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    1. Ohh I can’t wait to hear what you think, when you’re done with it, Rachana! 🙂

      I feel like audiobooks are always such a different experience, and I never really enjoy them in the same way I do reading the actual book, and it skews my ratings?

      But yes, I think kid-me would have liked this a lot! And yay @ your friend who insisted you read HP!! 😍

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      1. Hmm I totally agree with you! I’ve listened to a few books that I know I probably would have DNF’d if they weren’t audiobooks. Yeah I probably wouldn’t have become so obsessed with HP if it weren’t for her haha. I found the first book in the series that she gave me as a birthday gift and it’s funny to think now that I initially assumed that I’d hate it.

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  3. Lovely review, Lily! ❤ I'm happy you enjoyed it overall, even if you were a bit disappointed by the pacing. I am not usually reading MG, but I have to say that, well… it's Schwab and I am intrigued and want to read everything she writes, too, so I'll definitely read it at some point 😀

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  4. hmm….i love middle grade…i don’t love victoria schwab…but i have been meaning to read more of her…….i guess i should maybe try this book??? maybe??

    excellent review your blog is beautiful you’re beautiful in conclusion it makes me mad to encounter your perfect blog b/c it’s too perfect hurray!

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  5. lksjdflskj THIS REVIEW IS SO BEAUTIFUL!! + I didn’t know this book was middle grade,, I love creepy middle grade books bc usually they’re weird/lovable/unsettling/artistic without overdoing it
    AND SCOTLAND!!! i’ve never read a book that takes place in Scotland??!!!! OMG I CANNOT WAIT. + Harry Potter references, always v nice c: But I still need to read Vicious or I’ll never be cool enough to read Victoria’s middle grade D:

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    1. Ahhh you are too sweet, Malanie! 😭 Thank you so much! 💓

      Right! They’re usually so wholesome and heartwarming, and have the best friendships, because there’s no need for romance just yet. (If you have any MG book recs, send them my way? 🤗)

      Oh, I hope you love this book, then! You’re already the Coolest, though, what are you talking about?? 🙄🧡

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  6. I haven’t read City of Ghosts, but plan on reading it, once I start and finish VE Schwab’s Shade of Magic series- planning to start the first book of this series this weekend 🙂 And I love spooky stories 🙂

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      1. Guess what Lily?! After our short chat last weekend, I went to the bookstore and bought the book! And finished it that afternoon! You were right, it was short and a great pick for Fall/Halloween! Can’t wait for the next one now 🙂

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