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City of Ghosts, by Victoria Schwab — December 15, 2018

City of Ghosts, by Victoria Schwab

Ever since her near-fatal drowning, Cassidy has been able to pull back the “Veil” that separates the living from the dead and see ghosts, not that she wants to, and she was really looking forward to a ghost-free summer at the beach; however her parents are going to start filming a TV series about the world’s most haunted places, starting with Edinburgh with its graveyards, castles, and restless phantoms–and Cass and her personal ghost companion, Jacob, are about to find out that a city of old ghosts can be a very dangerous place indeed.

I really enjoyed the fun (yet slightly dark) little story that is City of Ghosts. It was so sweet and charming and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

Victoria’s writing style was so unique and I loved it a lot. I wish I had been able to pick up City of Ghosts faster. Victoria says that Edinburgh is the city where she buried her heart and it really shows in her descriptions of the city. I was blown away reading about all of the places in the city, especially Blackwell’s Bookstore. I think that after reading City of Ghosts, I have to visit Edinburgh sometime in the future if only to see if it’s as beautiful as it seems.

I loved the characters so much. I wish I had been able to talk to them and meet them in real life. Cassidy seemed so realistic and I loved reading about her. The side characters were great too, but my favorite character was Lara. Lara is her own person, and that’s what drew me to her. She takes Cassidy under her wing and teaches her most of what she knows. I wish we had a spinoff series for her.

It might surprise you to know that I have, on occasion, broken a few rules.

Schwab, Victoria. City of Ghosts. Scholastic Press, 2018

The ghosts in this book were very well-written. I enjoyed learning about ghost hunting and the ghosts themselves. Jacob, The Raven In Red, and all of the ghosts were very detailed and had very clear boundaries. Like their inability to touch things and their avoidance of certain objects. I wish I knew more about why the ghosts couldn’t move onto the Afterlife when other people could, but I think that’s a question for another book. I can’t wait to learn more about ghosts and ghost hunting in the next book.

The plot was very action-packed and surprisingly dark for a middle-grade book. You don’t normally read about some of the topics in this book when you’re in middle school.  I really loved reading about the ghost hunting and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the Cassidy Blake series. I had one main thought after I finished City of Ghosts. That book didn’t need a series. It would have been an open ending, but I’ve always enjoyed those. I’m not sure whether I want this book to become a series or not, but I’ll pick up the second book to see what happens next for Cassidy.

I really enjoyed City of Ghosts and I recommend it. I got the book summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Our Dark Duet, by Victoria Schwab — September 30, 2018

Our Dark Duet, by Victoria Schwab

download.jpegWhen a new monster, who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demon, emerges from the shadows, Kate finds herself lured home to face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.
August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, and in Verity, he has become the leader he never wished to be. Kate Harker is a girl who hunts monsters, and in Prosperity she has become a ruthless hunter. When a new monster emerges, feeding on chaos and bringing out its victim’s inner demons, Kate must face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

This book was one of those books that you read, and then don’t know whether to start laughing or crying. I loved how detailed everything was and the fact that everything was there for a reason. 

The writing was . . . amazing!!! I couldn’t wait for more and it described everything so well. I wish that there were more books in this series, but sadly, it doesn’t appear that there will be. If there are to be more books then please tell me. I loved the way that the book was structured (even though it took a little getting used to)!!! But there was no warning when we jumped from POVs. I can’t wait to read some more of Ms. Schwab’s writing to see if it is as good as this. 

The characters were very well written and we went deeper into the inner conflicts and personalities that were not that explored in This Savage Song. We were introduced to a new character named Soro, who I found to be one of the most interesting characters in the book. I wish that we learned more about him but maybe he’ll get his own spin-off series. August and Kate were as cute as ever and I loved how they didn’t fit together when they met again. I know this is odd, but that means that they probably matured as people. And that’s what I’m looking for in characters.

There was so much more happening in this book than in the last one. The plot was super intense and I couldn’t wait to know more of what was happening. There were so many plot twists and I only predicted some of them. And there was the one. The ending. I cried so hard when the ending happened. Just, be prepared. It will ruin you if you aren’t prepared (which no one is). But the one thing that I liked about the ending was that it was actually realistic. Or at least, my sadistic definition of realistic. I was appreciative of the way that Ms. Schwab could make me think that one thing was happening when really, another thing was happening altogether.

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I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would and I hope that we continue to explore the world of Verity. I highly recommend this series. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey!!! You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab — September 27, 2018

This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab

downloadAs the heirs to opposing sides in a warring city, Kate Harker, and Augustus Flynn should never have met. A Romeo and Juliet-esque fantasy about the difference between good and evil and the blurry gray area in between.

This book was very good. I really enjoyed the whole book and can’t wait to read the sequel. Although this book wasn’t one of my favorites it will still hold a place in my mind as the first V. E. Schwab that I have read (but I still don’t want to read the shades of magic series). The whole book was amazing and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

The writing style was very different but also a bit like some other authors (I know that doesn’t make any sense and I’m sorry). Some things were very unique to Ms. Schwab and other things I have seen around as I have been reading fantasy and all things otherworldly. But I understand why people love Ms. Schwab’s writing and jump on her newest book (even if I’m not at that point). Her writing style was delightfully dark and I couldn’t wait for more.

The characters were very interesting. All of them were morally grey and conflicted from the first page. Which means that they all hold a special place in my heart now. I wish that there was a whole series about them but I think it’s only a duology. August and Kate were the perfect duo (but not in a romantic sense). They complemented each other perfectly and worked together as a team just like people who have been working together for years have. The side characters were very detailed and developed. I did wish that I saw more of them and I hope that I see more of them in the next book.

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Kate was a very interesting character. I enjoyed the chapters from her POV and I couldn’t wait to see what her next witty thought or sarcastic comment was. I wish that Kate was more true to herself though. But I understand why she couldn’t be. Kate was such a unique character and she starts a whole new category of characters. Kaz Brekker has a  category and so does June, but Kate doesn’t fit into these categories. She was also so realistic. I would totally have reacted the way that Kate did. Kate was so amazing and I can’t wait to see where her journey takes her in the next book. 

The plot was one of the most intriguing parts of this book. I wish that I had read this book slower and taken notes so that I could recreate a plot like this (in style only) in my book. This book was really action-packed and intense and that was part of the reason that I liked it so much. I wish that the side characters were more involved in altering the plot and not just the main characters. I couldn’t figure out many of the plot twists but that was okay. And the ones that I did figure out were pretty big. 

I really enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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