Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.
She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.
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. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.
And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review but this did not affect my opinion at all.
I have never really been part of the Victoria Schwab hype. After being disappointed by A Darker Shade of Magic, I just assumed that her books weren’t for me. However, I decided to listen to City of Ghosts via audiobook earlier this year and I fell in love with it. Therefore, I was so excited for the sequel to come out and I was really happy when I got an early copy for review from the publisher.
The main reason why I love this series is because the plot is so interesting and unique. I don’t read a lot of books about ghosts but I think the way that the ghosts are written in this world is incredibly fascinating. I love the way that Victoria Schwab wrote this world and the whole concept of the Veil is different and unique.
The characters are also so great in this series. Cassidy is such a fun main character and I would love to be her if I was younger. I loved how brave she was but she also made a lot of mistakes. The best character in this series by far is Jacob. I was so happy that we finally learned how he died in this book because I’ve always been most intrigued by him. I also adore Cass and Jacob’s friendship because it’s just so wholesome and pure. I would read 1000 books about these two.
Obviously, a big part of this book is the setting. Whilst the first book is set in Edinburgh, the sequel is set in Paris and now I need to visit both of these cities. Yes, this series does make the city seem very creepy but in a great way. Honestly, the way that she described locations was so cool and I need to go to Paris. I think the fact that I listened to this via audiobook definitely helped because it just all felt so atmospheric (if you’re looking for audiobook recommendations, I would definitely recommend this series).
My only real issue with this book was the fact that a lot of it was slightly unbelievable. The things Cass was allowed to do as a young girl (not even a teenager yet) in a foreign city just seemed too convenient, especially when her parents allowed her to go see a film by herself when they were nowhere near her. It just all seemed a bit odd to me. I also know that some people won’t enjoy the multiple Harry Potter references but I loved them.
Overall, I adore this series. It is one of the best middle grade series I’ve ever read and they’re also some of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. I highly recommend picking this up, even if you’re not a hardcore Victoria Schwab fan.