Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco Blog Tour: Review and Favorite Quotes


About the Book

Title: Escaping from Houdini
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #3
Written by: Kerri Maniscalco
Published: June 6, 2018 by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. . 

 Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly. 

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?


My Review

*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher at ALA in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***

I am a huge fan of this series. When I read the first book two years ago I fell completely in love witht he characters, the setting, the mystery, everything. I was so excited to see Kerri again at ALA and pick up a copy of this book. So excited in fact that I didn't wait to read it, something I almost never do. Yes, friends, I read this book three months ago and I waited to share my review.

My favorite part of this book and the series in general is the character. I absolutely adore Audrey Rose. She is such a fantastic protagonist and my favorite kind of female heroine. She's not perfect and while she is completely badass she is still feminine and vulnerable sometimes. But the best part of Audrey Rose is that she is entirely herself and who she wants to be despite what society might expect from her. This book is so much about trying to figure out exactly what she wants with her future. I loved seeing Audrey Rose figure that out even if I didn't totally agree with all the decisions that she made throughout the book.

But my favorite characters are probably the secondary characters. It seems strange to call Thomas a secondary character but I guess that's what he is. Who cares what he is, because Thomas is amazing and my absolute favorite. Thomas is in rare form in this book and is a hilarious and fantastic snark machine. He always makes me laugh especially at the magic shows. Some of my favorite quotes come from Thomas interacting with others. One of those people I love him interacting with is the ringmaster. I don't want to give too much away about him but he is the sort of over the top charming sort of person that I think a lot of people are going to like. I however am hardcore Team Thomas and was a annoyed at him for trying to come between my ship. But I will say, he was a complex and interesting character like a lot of the members of the circus.

Speaking of the circus, this setting was completely amazing. I am not usually a big fan of books set during circuses. I know so many people love fantasies in circuses but for me they always seem too over the top magical and not at all realistic. This however felt realistic. It was grounded in reality of actual circuses at the turn of the 20th Century. I felt the wonder and mystery that characters were feeling and I was just as fascinated with everything that was going on. But I think the characters in the circus also made it all the more interesting. I wanted to know about them and about the circus.

The only thing that I didn't love as much about this book was the mystery. I'll be honest, the mysteries in this book are not at all complicated. I have solved every single one of them and usually I solve them with a throw away comment that leads me directly to the killer who is only revealed. Their motivation is then revealed as the book develops. I am perfectly okay with that. I like solvable mysteries. The only problem however is that there needs to be a good explanation as to why they are doing what they are doing and how it is all connected. Here I didn't quite get that. Even when everything was all said and done there really wasn't much of that cohesion to the mystery. Plus there really was no connection to the overall narrative of the series. I know this series was only going to be three books but then it ended up being four. I think maybe this one just kind of felt like a companion that is connected to the series but indirectly. I wish it had added more to the larger story but maybe it will in the end.

Overall this was a really great read. I loved being able to reconnect with Audrey Rose and Thomas, and to go with them on another great adventure to a fascinating historical circus setting. I wish the mystery was a little more cohesive but I still really enjoyed it.

I give Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalso 9 out of 10 stars



Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Buy. If you liked the first two books in the series then you have to read the next book in then series. On the whole this is a truly brilliant historical mystery series and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction or crime novels.

About the Author

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

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Favorite Quotes

And now as part of the blog tour for this book I want to share some of my favorite quotes. I don't usually make a note of quotes while I am reading but when it came to this book I did do that. There are some overall amazing quotes that just resonated with me. Then there are some hilarious Thomas quotes that made me so happy.




Prize: One ARC of Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco (USA only)
 Starts: 9/12/18
 Ends: 9/26/18




Have you read Escaping from Houdini? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

A weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

The Rest of September:


1.) The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee  - Add to Goodreads
I loved Gentleman's Guide and am super excited for a Felicity book. I have heard some mixed reviews but I am still excited.

2.) Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor Add to Goodreads
September is Laini Taylor month for me. I am reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and soon the sequel to Strange the Dreamer.

3.) Vengeful by Victoria Schwab  - Add to Goodreads 
Sequel to Vicious! The sequel we didn't know we needed until we get it! I love Victoria and I can't wait for her next one.

October


4.) Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepard  - Add to Goodreads
So excited for Paris plus fantasy creatures. It's what I have been wanting to read for ages and I'm glad authors are writing historical Paris settings. Bring on all the historical Paris narratives!

5.) Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke  - Add to Goodreads
Also, bring on the assassins. I love a book about assassins and I think this one sounds amazing. Plus I have been wanting to read this author for ages so this is a good opportunity.

6.) Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore - Add to Goodreads
I love Anna-Marie's books. They are such amazing magical realism and this one sounds like it will be another great one. I can't wait to read it.

7.) Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak - Add to Goodreads
Another book by Marcus Zuzak! I was late to the party for The Book Thief but I got there and I am so glad I did. I'm excited for another one of his books.

November


8.) Pulp by Robin Tally - Add to Goodreads
Robin always writes really great historical novels with LGBT characters and her contemporary retelling was really good as well. I'm excited to see how she does with this dual narrative thing,

9.) Girls of Paper and Fire by Ntasha Ngan - Add to Goodreads
This book sounds like an amazing fantasy and I am super excited to read it. I have loved every Jimmy Books book I have read so I definitely have high hopes.

10.) Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Add to Goodreads
JLB writing about badass debutantes. It's the book I didn't know my life was missing until I heard the synopsis. I'm also really excited to read more of JLB's books.

There you have it, all the books that made my list. What books are you planning to read this fall. Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Monday, September 17, 2018

ARC Review: Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Title: Strange Grace
Written by: Tessa Gratton
Published: September, 2018 by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice. 

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest. 

Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early. 

Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.

*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher at ALA in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***

I was so excited to read this book because it sounded totally up my alley. A book about a witch, a strangle town, a creepy forest, and complex characters. And yes, it had all those things and yet somehow I didn't enjoy this book as much as I was expecting at all.

One thing I do think this book did well is the setting. It crafted an interesting and atmospheric world that definitely had that modern fairy tale vibe to it. Like a lot of modern fairy tale stories it's the kind of book that feels almost timeless. It could be taking place today in a different world or a corner of our world even, or it could be set in Medieval times. I really enjoy that in my fantasy and I think this book did that very well. And the atmosphere. It was the perfect fall read with the creepy forest and the small town with a curse. The scenes in the woods were some of the very best in the book.

But that being said, this is another book which relied way too heavily on atmosphere. It wanted to make the world creepy and confusing which it did at the expense of the reader's understanding. There were so many moments where this book could have told us information it chose not to so it could wait until the end to reveal. As readers we shouldn't have to wait that long to find out that kind of information. And because it waited so long to build a certain atmosphere this was also at the expense of the plot and the pacing. This is a very slow read. It's not the kind of book that you want to devour in one sitting. It's the book that you have to sit with and take your time on. That's fine, but it kind of made me lose interest. I put it down for two days to read something else and then when I went back to it I should have finished it in a day and it took me three. If I am being completely honest, the only reason I did finish it is because I forced myself to because I had so little left. And I'm glad I did because those last 50 pages were great, they just came too little too late.

However, the thing about this book that you have to keep in mind is that it is a character-driven fantasy. This in and of itself is not a bad thing. I have loved some character-driven fantasies like The Raven Cycle which is one of my favorite series. Sometimes that can be a really good thing. But in the case of Strange Grace, it just didn't work for me. And it's not that I didn't like the characters or wasn't interested in their decisions moving the plot along, it just a really slow narrative and over time I kept losing focus and interest.

The characters, though, were really good. I felt interested in them and interested in their stories. Together they really cared about each other and their love and friendship was really the heart of this story. There was also a really good under current of them figuring out who they were and their place in the town. I think maybe the book could have played that aspect up a little more it would have made the character-driven narrative a little more enjoyable for me. And to be honest, I think it could have been more clear about the LGBT representation. There definitely was rep but you had to read between the lines to find it. The characters were great as a group however they could have been better as individuals.

All in all, I was a little disappointed by Strange Grace. It had a lot of promise and I was really excited to read it but it fell completely flat for me. The setting was atmospheric and interesting but took away from the overall plot of the story, and the characters were complex and likable but they could have been flushed out a little more. It was only okay in my opinion.

I give Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton 7 out of 10 stars


Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Bypass. I hate to say it but I just don't think I would recommend this book. Maybe if you are a fan of modern fairy tales with a character-driven narrative and don't mind a slow pacing as long as there is an atmospheric world to fall into.

Have you read Strange Grace? What did you think? :Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

Title: Sadie
Written by: Courtney Sommers
Published: September 4, 2018 by Wednesday Books (Macmillan)

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. 

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him. 

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late. 

For the complete experience: The Girls Podcast

I was really interested in picking up a copy of this book at ALA because I have been wanting to read a Courtney Summers book for awhile. My friend Michelle is a huge fan of hers (her number 1 fan according to the signed ARC of this book she got at ALA), And I am so glad that I did read it because this book was really fantastic and totally the mystery I have been wanting to read.

Because seriously, this is a great mystery. It's one of those books with a lot of different layers and strylines all working together to create one over-arching mystery and it did that effortlessly. It's sometimes hard to do this because it's easy to make one more complicate which then pulls focus. But both of these were really interesting and engaging. I'm a bit of mystery snob. I like when a mystery is possible to solve but isn't too obvious. Here I felt like it wasn't at all obvious but it wasn't really solvable either and I still enjoyed it. As the book went on, elements of the mystery unfolded in ways that explained things but still left you wondering. It was so engrossing that I didn't want to put it down. I needed to keep reading to find out exactly what had happened.  I appreciated that in a way I don't always because when everything was said and done I was still thinking about it. If you read my Monday review then you know sometimes being vague can go horribly wrong, but other times it can go right. Here it went right.

But I think what made the mystery so good was the format of this book. It was a completely unique and interesting format which I really enjoyed. Most of the book was about what happened to Mattie but it was told from the perspective of Sadie trying to hunt down her killing and get revenge and Wes McCray trying to find out what happened to Sadie. Wes' portion was probably the most unique part because it was told in a podcast format with interviews and his own interpretation. I really loved this aspect of the story. It had this fantastic True Crime feel in that way. I listened to the audiobook for this one because I saw that it had a full cast and the format was perfect for this book. It was like I was listening to the podcast and it really came alive with individual voices for the characters.

And as for those characters, these were really complex characters. What I liked most about them is that weren't perfect. The main character is obviously the titular one, Sadie. And Sadie was a really likable character who I empathized with pretty quickly. You are in her head for a lot of the book and she is very open about her rough childhood and how devastated she was by the loss of her sister. It made her easy to root for. But it wasn't a non-stop pity part with Sadie. She's tough and brash most of the time. The other interesting thing about Sadie is that she has a stutter. I loved the way her stutter was handled in the book. It was a part of her character and it made things challenging but she didn't let her stop her from doing what she set out to do. Courtney Summers is all abut the unlikable female protagonist and I feel like Sadie is a really good example on how a character who may otherwise be unlikable is a likable heroine.

Then there is the secondary characters. This book has some truly terrible characters. And I don't mean terrible in terms of how they are written. No, they are so well written that I hated them so much. Like a few characters in this book are the literal worst and it made the book all the more interesting. That being said, this is not the kind of book for the faint of heart. It is a book that deals with some really difficult and hard to read topics. It doesn't shy away from some of the more unsavory things that you can sometimes come across when it comes to True Crime. The secondary characters are terrible for a reason. If you don't like books that deal with abuse then this is not going to be the book for you, but if you want to read a difficult to read book which addresses issues in a sensitive way then you will like it.

On the whole I really enjoyed this book. It was difficult to read at times but it was incredibly engrossing with a great mystery, complex characters, and a unique format. It was the YA mystery I have definitely been wanting to read all summer.

I give Sadie by Courtney Summers 95 out of 10 stars


Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Buy. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of mysteries and True Crime. If you are a fan of more serious and difficult to read books then definitely read this one.

Have you read Sadie? What did you think about it? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Fantasies that are Hidden Gems

A weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


1.) The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
Seriously, more YA fantasy fans should read this book. It is seriously brilliant. I know a few people who read it and everyone loved it. It's a great series and super unique.

2.) Kingdom of Ash and Briar by Hannah West
A friend who is a bookseller was picking this book up at BEA a few years ago and I am so glad I picked up a copy too because this book was so good!

3.) Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
The first book was on a lot of people's radar when it came out a few years ago but last year when the sequel came out I didn't hear anyone talking about it. And I wish more people had read it because I think it may have even been better.

4.) Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Truthwitch got a ton of hype but Susan's debut series didn't get as much as it should have. It's a historical fantasy and it's great. I love the characters and the world is very cool.


5.) Jackaby by William Ritter
There ids a small and devoted following of this book and I am among it's members. It's seriously one of my all-time favorite series. It's super creative and engaging and if you like supernatural creatures or mysteries with magic you need to read it.

6.) Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
I have not been super into Gregory Maguire's new books but this one was really cool. It's more of middle grade but it's still very good for YA fantasy fans.

7.) The Great Library by Rachel Caine
Another series that I am seriously obsessed with but no one else seems to be talking about. But this series is amazing. It's one of the most unique worlds and has a truly devious villain... The Library!



8.) The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
I am so glad Alyssa got me this book as part of TBTB Secret Santa. Why were more people not talking about this book. It's like The Book Thief  but with a magic twist and I loved it.

9.) Seafire by Nathalie C. Parker
This book just came out a few weeks ago and it definitely did not get the attention I think it deserved. It was the book I wanted to read all summer and everyone should read it.

10.) The Dark Days Club/Lady Helen series by Alison Goodman
I think a good amount of people read the first book in this series but now that the final book is coming out it seems like no one is talking about it. But I am very excited.

There you have it. My YA Fantasy hidden gems. What books would you recommend? What books made your list? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Monday, September 10, 2018

ARC Review: A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

Title: A Room Away from the Wolves
Written by: Nova Ren Suma
Published: September 4, 2018 by Algonquin Books for Young Readers

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable. 

Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave...

I love Nova Ren Suma books and I was so excited to hear that she was coming out with a new one. The Walls Around Us is one of my favorite mysteries and that book is the perfect example on how an author can totally shock the reader at the very end of the book. I was really pumped to get a copy of this book at ALA and read this one. Unfortunately it was not as good as I was hoping.

One thing I will say about this book is how brilliant Nova's prose is. I'm constantly amazed at how beautiful and atmospheric Nova's writing books are and this one was no exception. It had this ethereal quality to it that was gorgeous and visual in a way that I completely loved. She has this great way of creating unique and engaging atmosphere that really draws the reader into the world. It's not over the top either, it just pulls you in with beautiful descriptions and writing that has been the the hallmark of here career.

However, that being said, I think this book relies too heavily on atmosphere. In terms of the world building, there isn't really any and there was a lot of opportunity for it. The setting of this book is very cool and interesting. Catherine House was truly fascinating. I love weird old houses with hidden passageways and secrets for the characters to uncover. Some of the best parts of this book were when they were finding things within the house. But we never got any information about it. And that was only the tip of the iceberg. I feel like sometimes when it comes to settings and worlds with magical realism, which is maybe what I would call this book, you have to remember that less is less. I get wanting to leave things open for interpretation but you need a world that is grounded in something.

But the plot of this book was also open for interpretation and that was even more confusing than the plot. I don't mind when mysteries have a crazy twist at the end of the book, but this felt different for some reason. I also don't mind when a book is left open for interpretation. Usually when that happens I'm left wondering what really happened and I desperately want to know. But here for some reason it felt like the book was being purposefully obstinate. I met Nova at ALA, when I picked up a copy of this book, and she said that this one leaves things totally up for interpretation which makes me thing she did all of this on purpose. Like she didn't want there to be an answer and I kind of realize I need an answer.

The one thing however I did like was the characters. Bina in particular was a really good main character. It was easy to root for her as the kind of character who has been through a lot of hardship and you want her to end up in a better place than she started with. I do think that she could have had better character development though. There were also some interesting secondary characters too. The people at Catherine House were really mysterious and intriguing. I wanted to know more about them and kind of wish we had gotten some answers about them, particularly Catherine herself.

On the whole, I think this showed a lot of promise that it never delivered on. I was totally excited to read it because I love Nova's writing but this one just felt purposefully obtuse and like it relied way too heavily on atmosphere. The mystery could have been much better and the world more grounded and engaging if there were some actual answers.

I give A Room Away from the Wolves 7.5 out of 10 stars


Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow. Not my favorite from this author. If you are a fan of Nova check this book out but it has some of the worst qualities of her previous books. If you are looking for a atmosphere heavy mystery that leaves you wondering what is going on them maybe pick this one up at the library.

Have you read A Room Away from the Wolves? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Review: City of Ghost by Victoria Schwab

Title: City of Ghosts
Series: Cassidy Blake #1
Written by: Victoria Schwab
Published: July 28, 2018 by Scholastic

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: 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.

This was a really good and fast read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Victoria is an auto-buy author for me. Every book from her I have read I have lived and this one was no exception.

Just like every book from Victoria, this did a great job in terms of its world-building and setting. Most of this book take places in Edinburgh, Scotland and it is very clearly a love letter to the city. It’s such an interesting place and that really comes across here. Throughout the book you get to explore the history and mystery of the city and it really comes alive in Victoria expert writing. I could definitely picture the city and it made me want to visit it so badly.

The their interesting this about the setting in this book was the supernatural elements. I’m not a big fan of books about ghosts and haunting but when it’s middle grade and it comes with a slice of history I am all for it. What I liked about this book in particular is that there were clear rules and structure to the ghosts and the shots hunting. It’s something that I have come to expect in a Schwab book, the magic has rules. Plus it had a fun Casper vibe to it which I honestly really enjoyed.

I also like the characters here. Because this is a middle grade novel, I feel like there was less of the character development I expect in YA but I did still think the characters were complex and easy to connect with. My favorite character was Jacob, who is basically the sidekick but super lovable. He’s sassy and sarcastic often being the comic relief but that was fine with me. I loved the irony of a ghost being afraid of everything. And Cass was a good heroine. She’s reckless and headstrong, but that’s kind of the girl you want in your middle grade adventure.

As far as the plot, it was really engaging and full of action but definitely on the simpler side of things. It’s the kind of book that you could easily breeze through and finish in a day if you are the kind of reader who does that thing. There were lots of thrills and plenty of adventure to keep you reading from beginning to end. I did however wish there was more of a mystery to it though. Things were very focused on one antagonist, which was a good antagonist for sure, but I think there were some missed opportunities here. I wish it had used some of the other characters a little bit more but maybe it will get there in future books.

All in all, I think this was a really good and fast middle grade novel that is perfect for fall. It has a spooky setting rooted in history, an engaging plot, and likable characters.

I give City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 9 out of 10 stars


Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Buy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think fans of Victoria's work will find it enjoyable as well. But this is also the perfect book for fall. Teens and middle grade fans of all ages should check it out.

Have you read City of Ghosts? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!