First Line Friday – 13 October 2023

First Lines Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

Here’s how it works!

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin But the truth is, ghosts are everywhere.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Cover of City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

City of Ghosts is the first book in Victoria Schwab’s Cassidy Blake series. This spooky middle-grade series is full of ghosts and I am determined to finish it before the end of this month. I’ve read City of Ghosts before, but I have not read Tunnel of Bones or Bridge of Souls yet. My plan for this weekend is to read all three books in this series to get myself in a proper spooky mood.

Title: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Age Category: Middle-Grade
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 272 Pages
Published: August 28, 2018
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Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.

So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger.

When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil — and herself.

And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

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One comment

  1. Oh yes, this first line! And this series~ I really loved it. I wouldn’t mind more books set in this universe, I definitely didn’t have enough.

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