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City of Ghosts: 1

City of Ghosts: 1

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Even as a kid, I could never relate to MG protagonists who were particularly reactive or prone to outburst, because that wasn’t my personality, and I would have lived for a main character to see myself in like Cassidy.

Revol Rossel, the state militia cop is an incredibly deep and interesting individual, whose moral core and sense of right is put under a huge amount of pressure as the case proceeds. traces the adventures of Nancy Kington and Minerva Sharpe as they sail the high seas, often fighting for their lives, in the hope of gaining glory and riches. The serial killer element and its relation to the Leningrad philharmonic is clever enough, but as a whodunnit it barely passes muster.While I do consider City of Ghosts spooky enough to be considered horror, I think it’s going to be important for readers to keep in mind that this book is middle grade horror—it’s written for children, not adults. If you enjoy the intrigue of a murder mystery coupled with the historical horrors of hierarchical Stalinist Russia, you will find this book thought provoking and blood curdling with little respite even as the hero reveals his introspective longing for lost love. The last thing I want to touch on is Cassidy’s best friend, Jacob—a little ghost boy who saved her life, and in the process, became tangled up in her everyday world. Great book - brought all the horrors of wartime Leningrad and the utter deprivation the population suffered, to life.

Overtly historical, it also encompasses a degree of Indian folktale, a ghostly guardian angel watching over one of the teenage protagonists. Das zu lesen war für mich teilweise sehr erschütternd aber interessant, da diese Zeit ich besonders aus den Erzählungen meiner Großeltern kenne. You can find this review and more on my blog, or you can follow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook!All the books that I've read from Victoria Schwab (her YA and adult books alike) have been pretty dark and this one is no exception really. I also LOVED that this was set in Edinburgh; if I’m correct, each book in the series takes place in a different city, which I think is super cool.

Because judging from all the reviews I saw, she might actually be able to become one of my fave authors. It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, to the point at which, when I received the eARC approval notification, I literally stopped everything I was doing to start reading this. I know this is supposed to be darker, as far as content, but it still could have had more humorous banter, or something to keep me engaged.

As the characters are revealed, you are drawn in to a world full of desperate barely surviving survivors of war, atrocities, betrayals and hopelessness and that are made all the more realistic in the descriptions of their frailties, flaws, dreams and memories of happier times.



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