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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.

So, all in all I’m really happy I’ve read this story and can’t wait to read the next books in this series. I absolutely flew through City of Ghosts, but honestly, I was hoping for a bit more from the spooky Middle Grade story. I have read quite a few books set in this particular period, and can honestly say that Creed does bring something new and fresh to this genre of crime fiction. There's she meets a girl with the same gift as her and she figures that she has so much more to learn, especially when she realises the city of ghosts is more dangerous than she initialy thought.I wish I could travel back in time and hand myself a copy of this when I was younger as it is such an incredible read and it was a book I would have loved with all my heart and soul. There was a little bit of foreboding at the end of the book so we’ll see what’s going to happen next. As far as I can tell there will be ghosts, haunted places and graveyards and after finishing “Lockwood and Co.

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 . Without spoiling anything, there’s a conversation that occurs at the end of City of Ghosts that has me simultaneously eager and incredibly nervous to continue the series, because, well… let’s just say that it feels like some very uncomfortable foreshadowing, and I don’t think even the kiddos are safe in Victoria’s worlds. The shriek I let out when I saw the words "approved" on Edelweiss was enough to make my husband come running into the room to see what happened. I did love the premise and am planning to continue on with the series, however, while it was good, I never felt truly immersed. As such it is a little difficult to accept the excessive exaggeration of the author about that particular era.

Story wise, the idea was great -as usual- and the story got interesting more and more (it was really good from the ghost hunters part and after that). Despite me being annoyed by all the Harry Potter references (they were literally everywhere, please stop), this was a solid middle grade book.

In the dialogue between characters, there is a hesitation and procrastination, and a sense that no-one can be trusted with relationships, both professional and personal formed with this lingering mistrust. 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. Like, Cassidy does have a cat named Grim, but they aren’t brought up very much, and when they are it is in their carrier.It’s gripping story holds you spellbound in horror of the darkness that still pervades the Russian psyche today. The overall atmosphere of this book is immaculate and I’m so excited to read future installments in this series.

Mary King's Close" sounded too fascinating to pass on it and since I’m a little history geek Edinburgh sounds like the perfect place to be. She’s desperate to understand this ability, but the ghosts of Edinburgh are more powerful than any she’s encountered before, and she quickly finds herself losing control. 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.A well written book set in 1951 post war Leningrad which brings home the horrors of the Stalinist era. I like historical fiction and this cold war stuff but the reason for the killings was as I said silly.

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