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And I obviously know that authors have no control over their covers, but I wish the cat was replaced with Jacob. It was relevant to the series as a whole, but it wasn’t relevant to the specific book, and it ended up bothering me a lot, because there was just no focus on the specific book’s plot. Militia police lieutenant Revol Rossel and his colleagues are faced with solving these horrific murders. His inquiries take him from Leningrad to Moscow and involve victims of the Soviet gulags to the highest offices in the land. With neither the charm of Cruz Smith or his compelling prose it's hard to feel much, if anything, for the disabled protagonist.

It talks about friendship, trust and death in a child-friendly way without giving kids the feeling that you don't trust them they couldn't stomach such heavy topics.Sadly once this was all done the story became almost something of a literary thriller, the authors seemed more interested in displaying their knowledge of the Soviet of the time and there was page after page of talk about opera and composing.

I loved the deeper cultural richness of this book, as some of it revolves around the world of classical music, with some intriguing clues being woven into this thread of the novel. But i didnt have the connection with it and feels as i have with her adult books which makes sense as this is a different age level as where its written for. Cassidy can enter the '' veil '' a place where souls of people who died stay if they havent moved on yet. 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. If they have fleshed out morally grey characters and an intriguing story line I’ll be a goner before I can say: “What?

I alwasy make stupid excuses to re-read my favourite books, but here I actually had one that could be counted as a real reason to re-read a book, not just because I loved it. I actually read quite a bit of Middle Grade and for me, this was lacking the level of humor and fun that I am used to seeing in similar stories within the genre. As someone who loves ghost stories, stories set in Scotland, middle grade horror, and Victoria Schwab, City of Ghosts is like some sort of literary perfect storm for me. 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. Despite the bizarre nature of her everyday life, Cassidy is such a level-headed, calm child, and I loved that about her character.

It’s about a girl named Cass who can pass between the worlds of the living and the dead, and can see ghosts. When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland.As the family begins touring some of the most haunted sites, Cassidy begins to feel that the pull on the veil is stronger than ever and the ghosts in Scotland are much more sinister than Cassidy has ever encountered. I once went on a ghost tour when I visited Edinburgh and I could see the places described in the book very clearly. The serial killer element and its relation to the Leningrad philharmonic is clever enough, but as a whodunnit it barely passes muster. I did love the premise and am planning to continue on with the series, however, while it was good, I never felt truly immersed.

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