Middlegrade books are the best books, okay?
I don’t think there is a genre that I enjoy more. They are so many books of this genre that I utterly enjoy and that’s why I’m happy that MG Takes on Thursday are now a thing. I’m already so excited to show you my favorites and to get new
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
When your parents write books about paranormal activity, people assume you are weird enough to go on your own.City of Ghosts, page 11
Spooky, Friendship, beyond
To be honest, I hoped picking City of Ghosts for my first #MGTakesOnThursday so it would finally jumpstart the review that has been sitting in my draft folder for months now. But of course there are so many other reasons to show this book and try to make you read it.
Ever since Cass almost died a year prior she is able to see ghost and cross beyond the Veil – a place full of ghosts not ready (or qualified) to go to the Beyond. When Cass’ parents (paranormal researchers and historians by coincidence) land a contract for a TV show about the most haunted places in the world, Cass has to pack her things (and her best friend Jacob who is a ghost) and go on the trip of a lifetime. Or a dead-time, considering. Because the ghosts at their first stop Edinburgh are not so friedly…
First of all, I loved the characters and the magical (spooky?) realism that’s going on. Everything the author cooked up seemed possible to me since it’s imaginative but not over the top. And who knows what’s happening to us after we die anyway? I liked Victoria Schwab’s take on this and since it’s of course am Middlegrade book it never seemed too philosophical or too over the top or too scary. It makes you think and wonder but not frightened.
Some of the ghosts are kinda scary though. I don’t know if I would recommend it to the lower end of the Middlegrade spectrum.
All in all I had great fun exploring this world with Cass and Jacob. I loved the atmosphere and the pacing. It also takes you to historical sites of Edinburgh and made me wanna pay the city a visit. In total it’s a great read for Halloween or any other day of the year.
Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Or do I have you convinced to give it a try?