Let me tell you, it was absolutely NOT easy to get reading done in between the absolute hellish week I had – but it was all worth it. I won’t bore you with descriptions of how I was positively buried under wild amounts of work this week, but suffice it to say that I absolutely felt it necessary to sacrifice some things (like sleep lol) just to get some reading in. That’s how much I adored this book.
But enough about me and my woes! Let’s get on with the review!
(As always, thank you Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea for having me on this tour, and for always boosting Asian authors!)
Ever since Gail approached Shealea, Cara, and I about hosting the #ButterflyTour for My Fate According to the Butterfly, I’ve just been super eager to finally get my hands on this book and read it. It’s premise – that of a young girl who gets caught up in Duterte’s drug war – captured both my mind and heart easily. And best of all, it was an internationally published book written by a Filipino author who grew up here, and who still lives here. Not to discount my diaspora Filipino brethren, but really – that kind of representation is irreplaceable.
I’ve sat down many times over the past few weeks to try and write this review, and here I am now: an hour and a half from my deadline, and I’m just getting down to it. A whole host of factors – mostly involving work – contributed to me not being able to get this out sooner; but mostly, it was the fact that I was (and still am, if I’m being 100% honest) kind of at a loss as to how to coherently and cohesively describe just how much I loved this book, and how much it means to me.
Naturally, I will do my best. Gail’s debut deserves nothing less!
Have you been following the #EverlastingNoraPH blog tour on Twitter? I sure hope you have – the participants have been posting some pretty amazing reviews, quote graphics, playlists, aesthetics, and mood boards! And Marie Cruz’s debut, Everlasting Nora, more than deserves all the praise. It’s easily one of the best books I’ve read this year! Not to mention, the Filipino rep has got me hyped up like nothing else.
The #EverlastingNoraPH blog tour is about to end, but don’t fret. We’ve still got a few more things up our sleeves for you guys. First off is my own review for this wonderful book, followed by an interview with Marie Cruz herself, so stick around for that!
Without further ado, Everlasting Nora!
Title: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Age Range: Middle Grade
Genre: Horror, Contemporary
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.
Content Warnings: Violence, depiction of children being harmed