Book Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Well, well, well. Here we are at Thursday. I’ve got a quick review for your eyes to gaze upon.

Description: “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. 

So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger. 

When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift”, she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil – and herself. 

And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.”

One review compared this book to the Miss Peregrine series.


This book is fine. This book is entertaining. It is not like Miss Peregrine.

Moving on.

City of Ghosts is short, with the audio version clocking in a little over 5 hours. Most books I listen to are around 10 hours or more. BUT I like the length. It was good for the story.

Another thing I like about this book is that parts of it are set in Mary King’s Close, a notoriously creepy real-world place. This is the first book in the series, and the way this beginning is set up, I’m willing to bet that the other books are set in creepy, historic places as well. I dig it.

There is a very nice air of mystery to the story as well. Cass struggles to figure out her whole ghostly vibe and the purpose of what she’s supposed to do with these abilities of hers. There’s also the matter of her ghostly best friend, who may or may not have ulterior motives for following her around.

All in all, City of Ghosts is a short, fun read. There are 3 books. I will likely also check out the other 2.

That’s all I have for now! Reminder that there will be no flash fiction tomorrow as I have run out. I’ll probably try to work up a couple of stories this weekend if I can pull myself away from audio editing. Catch ya later!


  1. I’m definitely going to check this out. Sounds like a fun read that’s right up my alley. The audiobook is available on my Libby (library) app. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

      • If you liked City of Ghosts, I’d highly recommend The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Similar theme, but it involves a modern day Jack the Ripper. It’s very well-written and very suspenseful.

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