City of Ghosts

Cassidy Blake #1

Victoria Schwab with Reba Buhr (Narrator)

fiction fantasy middle grade
adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced

5 hours, 2 minutes | first published 2018

Cassidy Blake's parents are The Inspecters, 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 Inspecters 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.

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adventurous 90%
mysterious 67%
dark 39%
lighthearted 31%
funny 25%
tense 14%
emotional 7%
hopeful 5%
relaxing 3%
challenging 1%
reflective 1%
sad 1%
informative 0%
inspiring 0%


fast 61%
medium 34%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 48% | Plot: 38% | Character: 14%

Strong character development?

Yes: 39% | No: 38% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 5%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 4% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 63% | Yes: 17% | It's complicated: 14% | N/A: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 50% | Yes: 27% | It's complicated: 19% | N/A: 3%

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