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City of Ghosts: 1

City of Ghosts: 1

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It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, to the point at which, when I received the eARC approval notification, I literally stopped everything I was doing to start reading this. We don’t know how he died and why, the only thing we know is that he saved Cassidy’s life and is now bond with her. There was a little bit of foreboding at the end of the book so we’ll see what’s going to happen next. As the story unfolds you can almost feel the cold of a freezing Russian winter and taste the fear of a population living under the rule of a paranoid Stalin with memories of the Great Patriotic War and the horrendous conditions of the Siege of Leningrad still fresh in people's minds. At the beginning I was bored then I was excited and these feelings were changing over and over again.

As such it is a little difficult to accept the excessive exaggeration of the author about that particular era. The book is incredibly rich in characterisation from Rossel’s militia cohorts, to figures from his past (in some of the most touching scenes I have read for some while), and those that come under his investigative scrutiny too. Along the way Rossel has to deal with interference from the MGB (the Soviet Union's secret police) and Stalin's henchman Lavrentiy Beria.Cassidy is able to see ghosts, and to travel beyond the Veil, thanks to an accident that left her somewhere in between the living and the dead. The books are perfect for middle-grade readers and fans of Neil Gaiman and Laini Taylor - they are ghostly stories of friendship and adventure that are haunting and mysterious, without being too terrifying. I like historical fiction and this cold war stuff but the reason for the killings was as I said silly.

A well written book set in 1951 post war Leningrad which brings home the horrors of the Stalinist era.I'm not sure if this will appeal to all of Schwab's readers since it is MG but I enjoyed this SO much more than her Monsters of Verity duology, and I cannot wait to see what city we get to explore next! Obviously, I am not the intended audience for this, so a room full of Middle Graders may have a completely different opinion than me. Since she's had a near death experience, Cass had been able to lift the Veil that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead. It's not everyday you get to read one of your most anticipated reads for the rest of 2018 before it comes out, so I am eternally grateful to Scholastic Press for the opportunity. I don’t know how her other YA and adult books are but after giving “City of Ghosts” a try I’m convinced that I’ll like her other series as well.

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