Book Reviews

City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab || Book Review

Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Publication: Scholastic Press
No. of Pages: 300
Book Type: Series
My Rating: 4/5
Trigger Warning: Ghosts, Death, Hauntings


Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead…and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.

Things get even stranger when Cass’s parents start hosting a T.V. Show about the world’s most haunted places. The family heads to Edinburgh, Scotland, where graveyards, castles and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And, when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift” she realises how much she still has to learn about the veil — and Herself.

And, she will have to learn fast. The City of Ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Cassidy: MC
Lara: a girl from Edinburgh
Findley: Helped Cassidy’s parents in their shoot

On the Plot:

I loved the urban paranormal fantasy premise. There were not many twists, only a big one towards the end. I loved how the story was entertaining and it had all my attention. I didn’t see the plot-twist coming so I was kinda happy that the mystery was worth it. It is a short and refreshing book, not too much of gory horror. It had a simple storyline, just the way I like it.

Writing & Theme

The fact that the story wasn’t unnecessarily long — gives this book an edge. I absolutely enjoyed this book, it was short & entertaining. If you need a change of genre, or you want to leisurely listen to something — you should definitely pick this book. The paranormal theme was not done in a gory way. It is absolutely a child-friendly story.


I enjoyed Jacob and Cassidy’s relationship. It’s like having a best friend who can read your mind — what else do I need!? Cassidy was a introvert teenager who prefers to stay alone and mind her own business. I kinda related to her character, except for the fact that I don’t have a ghost best friend — boy that would have been scary.


I recommend this book to people in a slump. Trust me you will come out of it. Given I was in a slump for two months when I started this. Also, if you want to clear your reading palette, this is just the best book for that.

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