November 2018 Book of the Month: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Published: August 28, 2018
Episode Three: City of Ghosts
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ANNOUNCER: This review is brought to you by Words About Words. We would like to thank the IReadYA booth for providing us with Advanced Readers Copies at Yallwest.
BREE: Thank you for tuning in! Today we will be discussing our November pick, City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
TREE: So, what do we want to start with? What we liked?
BREE: Sure, why not. You want to go first?
TREE: I would say my favorite things about this story were Schwab’s writing style, the characters, and how atmospheric this was. Plus, all the Harry Potter references.
BREE: I totally agree. The writing style was very smooth and the characters very endearing. Although, sometimes things were explained in a little too much detail for my preference.
TREE: Yeah, I agree. I mean we knew going into this that we weren’t the target age group, but it made it a little harder to get fully immersed in the story. But, that’s clearly on us, not Schwab. I would caution people who are out of that middle grade age range about that going in.
BREE: It’s definitely been a minute since I’ve read a Middle Grade book, but I could for sure see a younger me thoroughly enjoying the series, once the rest of it came out.
TREE: Me too. Current me really didn’t need her to explain what fish and chips are though.
BREE: [laughs] I feel that, especially since I’ve been a life-long fan of the dish, and that was before I visited loved London and ate my weight in it…
TREE: Before we start talking about fish and chips for this entire review, which is tempting–
BREE: –But they’re so good!
TREE: [laughs] Shall we get back on track?
BREE: Sure thing. Do you want to go into more detail about why you liked the characters?
TREE: I liked them; I wasn’t super emotionally attached to them, but Schwab is clearly laying the foundation for her future books in this series, however many that may be.
BREE: My guess is that she’ll probably be going for around 5 in total.
TREE: I guess if they do well, she could keep writing them, at least until she runs out of haunted places.
BREE: Speaking of the location, I really enjoy the authenticity of Edinburgh. Schwab definitely paints a good picture. I’m excited to see where the next book takes Cassidy and Jacob.
TREE: I’m pretty sure she lived there for a bit for research. It paid off and now I want to go there. I guess we’ll have to pay attention to where she travels next.
BREE: [laughs] Me too! Then again, I always want to travel.
TREE: Any last thoughts?
BREE: Yes! I’d like to add that the audiobook of City of Ghosts is very well narrated. The accents are clear and distinguishable, which is something that I always look for.
TREE: Ooh that’s good to know!
BREE: Ready to wrap up?
TREE: Yeah! I did enjoy this book. It is a quick and fun read, that still is engaging. Aside from it being a little young; I enjoyed the characters and might continue with the series. It’s unknown at this point in time. I gave it 3.75/5 stars.
BREE: Same as me; I also gave it a 3.75/5 stars. I enjoyed it well enough, but I felt like something was missing. That could honestly just be attributed to the fact I’m way out of the suggested age group.
TREE: That’s all the time we have for today. Thanks so much for listening!
ANNOUNCER: Thanks for tuning in for this review of City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
TREE: Make sure to tune in next month when we review Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider. Which is perfect because I just got back from New York a couple of weeks ago.
BREE: Not gonna lie, I’m happy next month’s book is kind of short. I have way too many books on my TBR that I want to finish before the new year.
TREE: Me too. My TBR for December is way too ambitious.
BREE: [laughs] Isn’t it always?
xoxo, Bree & Tree
“Every time I get nervous or scared, I remind myself that every good story needs twists and turns. Every heroine needs an adventure.” -Victoria Schwab