(sometimes) weekly sporadic post in which I share an audiobook recommendation to add to your hitlist rotation.
Title: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.
Is there anything this woman cannot write? Didn’t think so. Her middle grade debut was, in my opinion, just as amazing as her writing for older readers, and I’m highly anticipating the next installment in the Cassidy Blake series.
First and foremost, the narrator was perfect for this book and character. I love it when the narration completely captures the essence the main voice, and Reba Buhr did exactly that. She really nailed the emotion, expression, and personality.
As for the book, I just plain loved it. Cass was great, having a ghost as a best friend was brilliant, and the levels of adventure, excitement, suspense, and thrills were spot on. This is definitely going to appeal to younger readers looking for a good ghost story, but also older readers who want a good read. Even if your parents aren’t ghost hunters and your best friend isn’t an apparition, there are still plenty of relatable characteristics in Cass. And who doesn’t want to follow along on a ghost tour of Scotland (and beyond the veil)?
This is one of those books that I’m just going to babble on about until you either read it out of excitement or just to get me to shut up. Honestly? I’m fine with either choice, because you’re going to love it.
Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Listening length: 5 hours 2 minutes