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A cute story for middle grade readers
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
(Originally posted on kaleyconnell.wordpress.com)
The story is fast paced, funny, a little scary, and sweet: all the makings of a good middle grade book. Cassidy is a strong willed female character--and self-proclaimed Gryffindor--with a whole lot of curiosity and even more love to give. She was easy to relate to despite the fact I'm a much older reader than what this book is 'technically' intended for. Her co-star, Jacob, was also a character that was easy to get behind, with his funny quirks and sense of humor.
The book as a whole is an easy and fun read. The pace of the story makes sure that things are always happening while also giving readers time to digest the content. As an older reader, I felt like there was too much happening too quickly in terms of time in the context of the story, but for younger readers I think this is just right. The story also has some 'scary' parts, but nothing that should keep middle school kids up at night if that's a concern.
I think my biggest complaint for City of Ghosts is that character development just felt to be really lacking, although given the fact that the book seemingly takes place over three or four days, it's a middle grade book, and (I think) it's supposed to be a series, this isn't a surprise. But it's also not a deal breaker when debating on whether or not the book worth the purchase. I would definitely recommend City of Ghosts to others. Maybe not friends who don't share a passion for MG books or Victoria Schwab herself, but definitely for those who do, as well as anyone with a child(ren) in the marketed age range.
In conclusion: if you like Victoria Schwab, if you like MG books, and/or if you know someone between the ages of 10 and 14, go pick up a copy. It's a fun read, and with Halloween steadily creeping up on us, is a great choice for anyone who likes to think there might be something more to our world.