The Girl Who Saved Ghosts
by K.C. Tansley
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Pub Date 17 Oct 2017 | Archive Date 15 Jan 2018
She tried to ignore them. Now she might risk everything to save them.
After a summer spent in a haunted castle—a summer in which she traveled through time to solve a murder mystery—Kat is looking forward to a totally normal senior year at McTernan Academy. Then the ghost of a little girl appears and begs Kat for help, and more unquiet apparitions follow. All of them are terrified by the Dark One, and it soon becomes clear that that this evil force wants Kat dead.
Searching for help, Kat leaves school for the ancestral home she’s only just discovered. Her friend Evan, whose family is joined to her own by an arcane history, accompanies her. With the assistance of her eccentric great aunts and a loyal family ghost, Kat soon learns that she and Evan can only fix the present by traveling into the past.
As Kat and Evan make their way through nineteenth-century Vienna, the Dark One stalks them, and Kat must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save a ghost.
Like THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS—the first book in Tansley’s YA series—THE GIRL WHO SAVED GHOSTS (Beckett Publishing Group, ISBN 978-1-943024-04-9) is a fast-paced time-travel murder mystery novel that combines paranormal and gothic elements to create a story full of ancestral legacies, powerful spells, unexpected connections, and inherited destinies.
In the highly anticipated follow-up to K.C. Tansley’s bestselling and award-winning debut, readers find Kat Preston trying to start a normal senior year after a summer spent time traveling, breaking curses, casting spells, and talking to ghosts. Unfortunately for Kat, the ghosts have other ideas…
2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal Winner YA Mystery/Horror
A Note From the Publisher
This is the second book in The Unbelievables series. The first book, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, is also available to request and review on NetGalley.
"K.C. Tansley’s magical ghostly adventures take the reader on one exciting ride after another. Her characters will touch your heart and their stories will stir your soul."~Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author of The Farmers’ Market Mystery Series and YA novel Clockwise
“A gripping, magical adventure that propels you back in time to a world you won’t forget.”~Stephanie Robinson, author of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow
“Tansley’s second installment maintains the intrigue and complexity of the first as it further develops the ancient ties among the four families.”~Kirkus Reviews
“Tansley gives the reader a lot to think about in this decidedly different and very readable fantasy novel…The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is most highly recommended.”~Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review by Jack Magnus
“The Girl Who Saved Ghosts provides quite a different set of dilemmas and moral conundrums surrounding a girl's association with spirits and the price she pays for it, making for a sweeping blend of action and thought-provoking insights that crosses genres between a mystery, a supernatural thriller, and a timeslip saga.”~Midwest Book Review, D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer
“Packed with action, suspense, and plenty of ghostly chills, The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is an entertaining read that will appeal to young adults and adults who enjoy a fast-paced supernatural tale.”~Foreword Clarion Reviews
“With a determined, spectacle-wearing heroine, a steadfast yet broody bodyguard, and a handful of nagging ghosts, K.C. Tansley lures the reader into a memorable supernatural tale of lies, murder, and flirt-worthy romance.”~K.R. Conway, author of the Undertow Series
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I have not read the first book-I actually didn't notice that it was the 2nd in a series. I have now obtained the first book but I am reading them out of order.
It actually reads rather well as a stand alone-I didn't feel like I was missing that much by starting with the second. It certainly didn't detract from the book. I enjoyed this book as I never knew what was going to happen next. She gets to meet her dad and family (finally-sorry their excuses just don't cut it for me). It held my interest and attention which I think is a great thing as it is geared toward a younger audience. Pick this series up and give it a try-I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Sjeez, I'm very happy I'm not Kat. After her first adventures in The Girl who Ignored Ghosts, she kind of directly gets sucked into the next story in this second part of the Unbelievables. To fully understand the story I would recommend to start with the first one in the series.
But KC Tansley certainly knows how to keep the pace up. Now it is up to Kat to go back into time to retrieve an ancient dagger for the Kingsley family. But there are forces out there, who are not amused that Kat has altered the past by resolving the murder on Cassie.
In order to help her defend herself, she leaves with Evan to stay with her two eccentric aunts. After several attacks, Kat and Evan are recovered enough to travel into the nineteenth century and they inhabit the bodies of Ellie Langley and Percy Kingsley. But with a twist here...
Of course, the retrieval of the dagger doesn't go to smoothly, so Kat and Evan find themselves in several tricky situations. However, throughout the book the total family history of both the Langley, Kingsley and the Radcliffe family is being revealed. Hopefully there will be more books on the other artefacts of the different families. Another five out of five stars for KC Tansley.
Happy sigh. So much happened in this, the second book of The Unbelievables series! In some ways, it seemed that this book didn't have as much story as the first, which is neither good, nor bad. Book 1 built the foundation upon which all that is to come CAN. That there seems much left to come is a relief, because both Books 1 & 2 left me wanting more--even though there was resolution in each arc. Definitely a series to read in order. Definitely a world I look forward to revisiting.
Review based on ARC provided by NetGalley.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Before i even finished the first book i requested and received this book. I was so excited to read it and i bet you are too so as its not released yet i promise no big spoilers.
Following on from the last book we follow Kat and Evan on a journey to the past and into the bodies of another generation of their ancestors. Its filled with adventure mystery and danger. We see Kat and Evans friendship grow (and prey that it becomes more) we learn more about Kats family both past and present and get to meet afew of them who try to help her understand what being the langley heir means.
The book ends leaving you wanting/needing the next book now. And as i read this as an advanced copy i can only hope that K.C. Tansley is well underway on the third book cause the wait is going to kill me!!!
Better than the first, she comes to terms that she an see ghosts and comes to terms with it
I got this for free for just entering in to win the paperback of this fantastic amazing novel, so I thought I'd give a little love to netgalley for hosting this copy and to the author so this can get another raving review!
I absolutely adored the first one and this one did not disappoint at all! This book was just as mysterious and adventerous and amazing. Once again Kat runs into a ghost - this time a little girl who begs for her help. Kat has to go back to the home she just found and once again travel back in time to defeat the "Dark One" with Evan.
This is amazing, seriously. If you haven't checked out the first book definitely start this series!!
The Girl Who Saved Ghosts was a paranormal story of four mystical families and their legacies. Kat and her friend Evan are the newest heirs and are learning their skills and responsibilities to their friends. As Kat finds our her destiny she also gets answers to her own questions as well as ghosts that seek her out for her help. This YA novel should appeal to those who enjoy paranormal stories. (ARC)
Really good book. Loved the new twist that the author put in the storyline along with the creep and scare.
This is the second book in the Unbelievables Series and it was even better than the first one. K.C. Tansley has done it again, this time with more surprises and secrets revealed. The connection developing between Evan and Kat is beautiful to watch unfold in the pages of this series. The way the past, present, and future is so interconnected in these stories is an amazing addition to the beautiful development of the characters lives. I am an absolute fan of K.C. Tansley and cannot wait to continue to experience her writing.
Thank you NetGalley and K.C. Tansley for allowing me the pleasure of reading and reviewing this book.
I loved the first book in this series and was so excited for the second installment. It did not disappoint! It had some curves u won't see coming and an ending that leaves you wanting more!
I'm hooked!! Once again, I found myself transported to a world filled with mundane and magic, ghosts and humans, unbelievables and heirlooms, with love of family and more. The realism of the characters and their development, their compassion and conviction brings this series to life. This is going to be what I recommend to everyone this school year!
Definitely not a standalone book. If you haven't read book one, do that first! Great story and characters - loved the ghostly interaction.
This is the second book in The Unbelievables series by author K C Tansley, but it could be enjoyed just as easily as a stand alone title. Kat is a very unique and likeable heroine with a special gift that means she is surrounded by ghosts begging for her help. This book begins not long after the exciting adventure of book one, and the pace is just as exciting. I was only a couple of chapters in before I didn't want to put it down because I was so keen to find out what happens next. Although I loved the first book, I think I enjoyed this even more - I loved the way the characters of Kat and Evan developed, and became closer. But I also loved meeting the mysterious Langley branch of the family and discovering more about the ancestral ties that bind them to others and to their destiny. There are many themes woven into the break-neck story of ghosts and time travel. This isn't only an adventure, it is a warm story of love, family and a girl growing into the young woman she was meant to be. The book has a satisfying ending but leaves room for further adventures - I'll definitely be looking forward to the rest of the series.
If you haven't read the first in the series., stop and go read it before taking this one on. This is a great series that should be read in order. First off, I must give props to the author. I have read many books about ghosts and these are some of my favorites. I love the characters. though I must say Evan and the aunts are my favorite. In some ways, a little like Sabrina the teenage witch, the Girl Who is a wonderful time traveling, ghost helping series that will keep you guessing as to just what is going on. I just love these stories and hope the next one is just as good, if not better.
Kat has discovered she cannot ignore the ghosts that haunt her and now she will risk her own life to help right a murder that history got all wrong. Her own history will finally be unveiled as she learns more of the family and the father she never knew. What she didn’t count on was learning of the Dark One, a terrifying being that wants only to see her dead. As Kat learns more of the four magical families, she will also learn the value of teamwork and caring as she and Evan journey into the past and certain danger in search of another heirloom that must be protected at all costs.
How far is too far to go to correct the past and save the present? K.C. Tansley tells a ghostly tale of high adventure, dark mystery and danger as one girl and one boy face both the living and the dead head on with little but their gut instincts to guide them. Will Kat’s compassion and need to do the right thing be her downfall? Does she have the right to risk Evan’s life, too?
Travel through time, feel the past come to life and be part of a world where ghosts are real! Kat is the young heroine who sets the bar for other young adult heroines and THE GIRL WHO SAVED GHOSTS has everything to keep readers on the edge of their seats as each scene unfolds into a collage of supernatural intrigue!
Once again, K.C. Tansley’s writing is spot on in creating a must-read tale for any age, filled with twists, unexpected turns and heartwarming moments!
I received an ARC edition from Beckett Publishing Group!
Series: The Unbelievables - Book 2
Publisher: Beckett Publishing Group (October 17, 2017)
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers , Teens & YA
Print Length: 280 pages
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So we carry on from book 1, right where we left off. More ghosts, a little help from the eccentric older ladies, and far more learning underscore the new landscape before our adventurers.
The characters are discovering that the connection between the families that was a mere detail In the first adventure has far more meaning. Not only are they descendants of the ghosts they helped in book 1, they are returning to the past to prepare for entirely new set of dangers ahead.
Is having the ability to change the past also a moral imperative to save lives if they can be saved?
If they CAN -- does it mean they SHOULD? Who is to say which deaths are right or wrong?
|| I received an ARC from the author and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ||
I finished reading The Girl Who Saved Ghosts and it was spectacular! I'm not even kidding. It was such a page-turner that you had to keep reading to reach the last page, even if it means loosing sleep. (I regret nothing. Haha!)
Kat and Evan travel back in time to 1831 Vienna to recover another heirloom of the four magical families, and to solve another baffling mystery. In this book, Kat has a strong character development; we'll get to know more about her past and she'll get to improve her magical abilities. Some of Toria's past will also be revealed. New characters are introduced to us who are also important to the plot. And who would have thought that there's someone who's more sinister than Pastor Fitzgerald? It keeps the readers guessing who this Dark One really is.
I love this book more than the first one. Or maybe I'm just biased because two of my ships are moving ahead full sail. But our poor Kitty Kat is kind of dense. Haha!
Overall, The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is a perfect read for this month of October. But, heck, if you love paranormal, mystery, and romance, then you can read this book anytime you want. Kudos to K.C. Tansley for writing a book series with a solid storyline. I pre-ordered TGWSG and I can't wait to read it again when it officially comes out!
This is the second book in this series. I really like these. Yes there are ghosts involved, but there is time travel. There is action. There is some very low grade romance. This series seemed to be one big puzzle with a chunk added from each book. I will be watching for book so this puzzle will be complete. This book flows well. The characters are likeable. It has a plot the makes you want to read the next book. Great job!
After reading the first book in the series, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, I couldn't get enough and jumped right into this story. Kat is yet again thrust into the darkness and she fights for her life, Evans' life, and tries to help the ghost of little Ellie. Kat is trying to come to terms with what it means to be the Langley heir and how much she really needs Evan. Their bond is further solidified by a single act in a moment of panic and terror. The heirs are being hunted down and Kat is not about to let that happen, that is, if she can help it. She finally is let in the the family secret (as much as they will tell her) and faces tough choices. Her family is depending on her, her future is depending on her, and her and Evans' lives are depending on her. There were a lot of twists and turns in this book. She gets to meet other Langleys as she learns more about herself and her destiny. Again, this story did not leave me on a cliff hanger but I cannot wait to read the next installment in Kat's world.
The story begins by Kat being bombarded by ghosts looking for their reckonings so they can move on and not stay tied to this world. They all seem to be terrified of the Dark One who has made issued a death threat against Kat.
She receives help from an unlikely source, her dad’s family, a man whom she has never met.
She must travel back in time, with her friend Evan, to find a dagger if she has any hope of defeating the Dark One.
This book reminds me of many of my favourite magical TV shows and books like Charmed, Harry Potter, the Worst Witch and even a little hint of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Although I would recommend before you read this book to read the first, The Girl Who Ignored The Ghosts. I didn’t and I feel like I missed a few things as it kept referring to the other book.
There was a lot to take in, magical rings, ghosts and time travel to name a few. There is so much I couldn’t fit it in this review!
I have to love Kat. She wears glasses and is on the curvy side. She’s also brave, strong and tries to do the right thing, even if it almost costs her her life. There’s a bit of chemistry between her and Evan, I can feel a bit of a romance is in the air with those two.
I ended up really enjoying the book even the whole time travel aspect which is a difficult feat to pull off without seeming a little cheesy or forced.
I feel though the story lost a bit of steam near the end. I understand it was rounding off the story and building up to the next but I just kept expecting some action or something which never happened.
I can’t wait to see what KC Tansley does with the next book!
I gave this book 4 stars. This sequel was way better than the first book to say the least. I was 100% invested by the end that I really just want to sit down and binge the rest of the series that has yet to be written.
Kat is what I would call a perfect character. She is the perfect amount of flawed, relatable, and compassionate. She’s a character that maybe I don’t love with all my heart, but I can’t think of a single reason to dislike her. She’s a solid character that I don’t mind reading about at all.
Evan has done such a one eighty from when we first met him. He went from the man who was making Kat miserable for no apparent reason to making sure that everything was always going okay for her and that protecting her when she needed it the most.
What I find most grounding about this series in general is the fact that they don’t always win. In most YA novels the protagonist somehow manage to always come out on top, nothing bad ever really sticks to them. In this series, Kat can’t fix everything with the snap of her fingers. She wants so badly to help them and she does to a point, but she can’t fix things 100% and sometimes those small bits and pieces that remained broken are really heartbreaking.
If you’ve read the first book already you can probably sense the slow burning romance coming on. It hasn’t happened yet but the sense is getting a lot stronger, there are many hints and I’m curious to see how it’s going to happen.
I’m happy to report that we also finally get to know what their ages are! I was so confused about how old the characters were in the first book and I’ve finally figured it out. The group of friends are in this special boarding school, their seniors so 17 or 18 years old; Evan is in fact 20 years old doing that teacher assistant thing. I don’t know if it’s for school or if it’s an internship of some sort, it becomes more clear while still remaining pretty vague.
Overall, read it. It’s got something new to add to the YA world. It’s more than just an action packed teen romance, it’s got a whole bunch of titillating subplots mixed in along with intriguing characters.
I voluntarily offered to review this book through Netgalley and was pretty excited when I received it as I read the first book in this series and loved it very much. This book was as good as the first one, if not better. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would read books by this author anytime as she is a really good writer. Cant wait for her next read
This review is based on an Advance Reader Copy obtained from the publisher through NetGalley.
I thoroughly enjoyed “The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts,” Tansley’s first book in The Unbelievables series, and looked forward to the next book. “The Girl Who Saved Ghosts,” was well worth the wait. The book picks up with Kat entering her senior year at McTernan Academy. Kat’s hopes for a quiet year are quickly dashed as an onslaught of ghosts ask for her help—before the Dark One destroys her.
As if dealing with a line of ghosts isn’t enough, the fall semester has hardly begun when Kat gets the news that she both longs for and dreads—her father’s family finally wants her to come to the ancestral home where they can meet for the first time. Once there, however, Kat and Evan Kingsley soon find themselves embroiled in another adventure in the past to recover the Kingsley dagger and solve the mystery of the death of a previous Kingsley heir.
I really enjoy the character development in this book. Kat and Evan continue to grow and develop as they learn more about their supernatural abilities and family histories. I’m looking forward to seeing how their relationship progresses through the series. This book is about them, with many of the characters from the initial book having only small roles or being absent. That keeps the reader focused on the story at hand, which is helpful given that there are four families involved in the stories over a number of generations and several important new characters introduced in this book.
The world building is also superb, with Kat and Evan (and the reader) learning more about the realm of the Unbelievables and the struggle between dark and light. Tansley’s writing provides great details while keeping the pace moving. I had a hard time setting down the book each night, wanting instead to keep reading even though I had to get up for work in the morning. I highly recommend you give it a try.
Even though I didn’t read the the first book, The Girl who Ignored Ghosts. After reading the second book, I will make sure I read the first. The story is very easy to follow because the characters are interesting and so Is the topic. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a ghost story that has substance.
*This ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*
Kat Preston returns in the 2nd Instalment of the Unbelievables by K C Tansley, where now she cannot ignore the ghosts anymore. She is also joined again with Evan, Seth and Morgan as well as Prof Astor. Then we have some new characters which were really enjoyable
Kat has discovered that her father is a Langley and he has passed on the “mantle” of keeping the Radcliffe heir safe, even from the supernatural.
Kat is visited by a young ghost named Ellie who was accused of killing Percy back in the 18th century, so again Kat has to investigate these deaths and try to change the past. But first she needs to go into training and is sent to stay with her Aunts the Langley sisters who are going to help her discover more of her powers before the Dark One finally finds her and kills her or anyone else she cares about. Kat needs to get away from all the ghosts who are trying to get their reckoning as they seem to know something that she doesn’t.
This was a great story and had everything that a YA series could want with time travel, magic, mystery and the supernatural. Can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
This is the first book I've read of this series. I should have read the first book because there are many references made to it in this one. It took me awhile to like the characters but the mystery elements of the book kept me going. There are many things going on Kat the main character is still learning what it means to have the power to hear and interact with ghosts, she is also dealing with a mystery of a murder from the past as well as learning about her own family and past while anticipating attack from an enemy called the Dark One. Many things are happening. We learn with Kat what it means to carry her burden.
I received a copy of this story from Net Galley. Yay books!
Spoilers possible ahead...
This was a cute story. I don’t think I liked it as much as the first...but, well, I can’t really remember.
It’s been a while since I read the first and the good thing is that this story picks up shortly after where the first ends.
More ghost, new family and another trip to the past happens.
I felt like there was more that happened in the first book, and there were times that part of this story was rushed. I think I was expecting a little more, even though a lot did still happen.
And I’m still waiting on the love story.
Come on Evan, get with the program... you too, Kat.
This is the type of paranormal book I love. It's about a girl who can see and hear ghosts. They want her to help them. There is time-travel as well. I read this before reading the first in the series so I don't know who is who but it was still a good story to read. I requested this before I realized it was the second book in a series but I'm glad I did because now I have a new author to read. Yay! I like the characters in the book and I will go back and read the first one. Then maybe even re-read this book.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the arc.
You will not be able to you will not be able to put this book down start to finish it keeps your interest .
The writing actually made you feel that you were part of the story that you were there and witnessed everything that was happening .compaasion suspense it's all there for you.
Kat leaves school to go to her ancestral home with Evan. They are connected by the arcane history of their families. One of the reasons she left school was because a little girl appears and begs for help. Kat also discovered the "Dark One" is stalking her with bad intentions. Why? She and Evan go back to 19th century Vienna to fix the present. Will they be successful? How will going back in time solve the present time?
This novel is a fast-paced time-travel murder mystery. Kat's adventures took me on one adventure after another. It's a story I will remember due to the spirits, lies, murder and romance. There is something for everyone to enjoy this novel.
This was an intriguing, fun mystery filled with suspense at every turn! I loved how many twists and turns this book had. It kept me guessing and I just wanted to keep reading to see what happened next! Also, there is time travel, which is always fun!
I remember really enjoying the sequel to this book, so I was very excited to read this book! And I was not disappointed! Overall, I very much enjoyed it!
The thing I really loved about the first book was the time travel aspect, and I am happy to report that we get that again in this one! Yay! We are going back in to retrieve more family heirlooms and maybe help out some ghosties and clear up another murder mystery. I am all for that! I just really love going back in time, which is saying something because I don't really like historical-type books, which this definitely has a hint of. I also started reading Clockwork Prince earlier this week, which also takes place in the 1800, so yeah, I've been really enjoying reading about this time period. But I'm definitely not gonna go off and start reading historical fiction any day in the near future. Lol. But I did enjoy this and the supernatural touch it had to it. I guess that's the combo I really like: a little bit of historicalness with a whole of supernatural stuff going on!
Speaking of supernatural (and not my favorite TV show, Supernatural hehehe), I also loved the ghost aspect to this as well! I love the good ol' "I see dead people" trope! However, the one thing that bothered me in the previous book was that Kat didn't believe in ghosts? What?! Well, she obviously believed in them because they were right in front of her face and she could see them with her eyeball, but she kept telling herself that they weren't real or something? Look, I understand why she did it—it kept her safe all those years from evil entities. But still. It was honestly a ridiculous concept. I am so glad that in this book she is embracing her abilities, now that she is learning more about them. She is even helping out these ghosts with their unfinished business... you could say she is saving these ghosts. Hehe.
I also loved seeing Kat develop her powers because she can do so much more than see ghosts! Her abilities are very witch-like, but apparently she is a priestess in this world. Either way, I like that and really enjoyed the magical aspect to it! I also liked the more in depth explanation of the relationship between all four families. It's a really interesting relationship they have. I am very much interested to learn more and what the deal with the Mallorys is.
I really like Kat and absolutely ADORE Evan! I totally didn't remember that Kat and Evan didn't end up together in the last book! WHYYY?! I love them together! But then I re-learned (because I totally forgot) that Kat is only a couple months away of turning 18, so she is still underage, while Evan is 20 years old. And Evan being the amazing, decent human being that he is (and Kat too), has not initiated anything... romantically anyway. But the sexual tension is real and I live for it! I am looking forward to the day when they get together!
But there were a couple of off things in this book for me, unfortunately. First of all, you may have noticed me not remembering a couple of things about the previous book. I read The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts almost exactly TWO years ago, so you can see why I was struggling with recalling certain things about the book. While there was a little bit of a recap of what happened in the previous book, I definitely could've done with more details. Like Seth and Joshua—were they in the last book? Were they important? I mean, I think so, but I don't really remember. Gosh, maybe my memory is just going, going, gone! Lol.
Another thing was that the ending seem to drag out forever. I almost feel like the book should have ended soon after they came back from their, ahem, trip. Granted, I don't know what the next book will be like (because I assume there will be a sequel, right? Right?!) so maybe all that happened in the ending wouldn't fit with the beginning of the next book? I don't know. But I definitely struggled through that.
However, all that did not deter me from my overall enjoyment of this action-packed book! Ghosts and time travel and magical powers... yes please! I am very much looking forward to the future (past?) time travel adventures Kat will have and learning more about the families and this crazy, fun world! Would I recommend this series? YES!
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Where to start. Oh, I know! K.C. Tansley, puh-lease let me read book 3 ASAP! Without sounding too desperate, I'm The Girl Who Desperately Needs to Read Book 3! Right. So now that I've gotten that bit out of the way, let me tell you about book 2.
I am extraordinarily grateful that I had The Girl Who Saved Ghosts on hand when I finished reading The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. While book 1 introduces us to some of our cast of characters, past, present and future, book 2 focuses more on Kat and Evan's friendship, with a delicious side order of Toria and Alistair's eternal love. ❤️
Disclaimer: As some of you already know, romance and I both pretend the other doesn't exist and we're happy that way, so for me to be wanting to read more about this couple is either a sign we've entered The Twilight Zone or it's an awesome book.
Book 2 also introduces us to Kat's two aunts on her unknown father's side, Vivian and Jacqueline, who certainly got their fair share of the personality gene. Vivian is the lovely, caring, encouraging aunt and Jacqueline is, well, quite snippy (but with good reason) and does have a beating heart beneath her grimaces. We spend a fair amount of time at Dumbarton, safe haven for the Langley family. Vivian and Jacqueline are the guardians of Dumbarton and as such cannot leave, although seriously, why would they want to?!
Dumbarton is such an amazing place and has such yummy breakfasts that I don't know why you'd ever leave. We're talking "a plate of bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, French toast, and a fruit cup", with coffee and orange juice to wash it down. If you're still tempted to leave allow me to invite you on a tour of the super secret underground heart of the house that has some pretty cool features including a library of spells. And if you're still not convinced, Dumbarton is the only place in the world where you are completely safe from all of the nasties, including the Dark One, who's trying to destroy you. What? You're staying? Awesome choice!
While at Dumbarton we get some of the goss on Maximillian, Kat's absent father, and his sister, Shannon. We also go on a trip back in time to early nineteenth century Vienna where we catch up with more of the ancestors. I loved the alive people in the past but ghosts in the present characters in Vienna. The danger ramps up for Kat and Evan in this book, and Kat is more hopeful of the possibility of finally meeting her elusive father.
While we haven't been given that much information about the Dark One yet, we did get to know a 'villain' in greater depth and I loved this person. You've gotta love a good villain and I especially like ones that are relatable, the ones where you can put yourself in their shoes and see how it would've been possible for you to make the same choices they did.
That's one standout for me in books 1 and 2 of this series. The characters are substantial, not just your leads, but pretty much everyone. You learn their history, what makes them tick, why they made certain life changing decisions. Each of the four families have rich histories that all contribute to their combined mythology. Each step of the way I was piecing more of the overall puzzle together and I was given enough information to chew on so while I know there's more to come, I don't feel short changed by what I learned in this book.
And now for my Time Travel Conundrum. SPOILER AHEAD!
⚠️ In the first book, Kat took the Radcliffe rubies from the past and gave them back to the present day heir. In this book, Kat is supposed to go back in time to take the Kingsley dagger from Percy and give it to the present day heir. In the next book, we're going to hopefully find the Mallory bracelet. These family amulets have been missing for generations. So my question is, would they have been missing in the first place if Kat didn't time travel to the past to steal them? ⚠️
I know that when this series comes to an end (hopefully after many more instalments) that I'm going to need to reread them. I'm already anticipating revisiting The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts to read it in the context of what I now know after finishing this book. I can only imagine that anticipation growing stronger as the series marches on.
Toria remains my favourite character and I was thrilled to get the chance to find out more about her human life and ghost life. I missed Morgan and Professor Astor's continual presence and hope to see them with larger roles in future books. I also hope Kat has some of her blood in storage at Dumbarton. If she keeps doing spells that require her blood, at the rate she's going she'll be in need of a transfusion fairly soon. 😜
This book has taken me practically forever to finish (15 days) but it wasn't for lack of enjoyment, obviously. I was so interested in learning more about the history of the four families and how everything was going to play out that I didn't want to miss a thing. Each time I didn't have prime reading conditions I'd reluctantly put this book aside and move on to something else until the stars aligned and I knew I'd get the most out of the experience. These are the kind of books that I come to the end of, sigh and say to whoever will listen, "That was so much fun!"
If you enjoy magic, time travel, ghosts, family legacies, loyalty to the death, friendships, the threat of the Big Bad lurking, or breakfast, then I highly recommend this series. I'd prefer you to start with book 1 so you know who's who in the ghostie zoo, but if you don't mind jumping in at the deep end and look forward to hearing me very politely telling you that I told you so, then start with book 2.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley and Beckett Publishing Group for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback.
I really liked this book. It had a little more teen drama than I like, but I really enjoyed the story. It was interesting to see the main characters trying to fix the past to protect the present.
In this second book in this YA paranormal romance series, seventeen year old Kat is still trying to save everyone else and sacrifice herself. There is more time travel and body snatching and magic and Kat wants to meet her father who she thinks abandoned her because he didn't care for her or her mother. Is Kat the chosen one? She can travel backwards in time and change the past, but will that actually fix things? There is more drama, magic and time travel to come in the next book!
This is the second book in the Unbelievables Series and it was even better than the first one. K.C. Tansley has done it again, this time with more surprises and secrets revealed. The connection developing between Evan and Kat is beautiful to watch unfold in the pages of this series. The way the past, present, and future is so interconnected in these stories is an amazing addition to the beautiful development of the characters lives.
As soon as I turned the last page for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, the first book of this series, I immediately reached for this one. The Girl Who Saved Ghosts expands upon the foundation laid in the first book, exploring the mysteries of Kat's magical heritage and her family history as Kat and Evan embark upon another time travel adventure.. This one was more character-based, fleshing out and developing the characters.
After a tumultuous summer spent investigating a century old murder mystery and discovering her paranormal powers, Kat is looking forward to returning to her predictable, mundane school life. Then the bloodied ghost of a little girl appears, begging Kat to help prove she didn't commit a murder. Additionally, Kat is warned by other ghosts that the Dark One is looking for her. Kat travels to her ancestral home in the hopes of learning more about her gifts and to seek help. Once she and Evan arrive, they discover that the only way to have a future is to again travel to the past.
I have a weakness for time travel adventures and I love Tansley's rather unique spin on the concept, particularly in this novel. It allows the reader to watch history as it unfolds and I enjoyed watching Kat and Evan try to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together. Now that the premise of this series was firmly established in book one, this installment starts to explore the bonds between the families more. I found myself really emotionally invested in the characters from the past. As their story unfolded, I couldn't help but hope that Kat would find a way to change the past.
While Morgan, Kat's best friend, was missing from this novel, we did get to meet some other wonderful characters. Kat's aunts are a study in contrasts and I liked watching her interact with them. I'm still not sure how I feel about Kat and Evan's romantic relationship but I loved how their partnership evolved in this book. It will be interesting to see how their hereditary roles change their relationship in the future. I wasn't a huge fan of the amorphous the Dark One concept but the main villain in this story made up for it. She was wonderfully dark, I love it when the reader can somewhat empathize with the villain of the story.
The Unbelievables is a series that's worth picking up if you're looking for a fun paranormal read full of family curses, magic, and historical fiction. The Girl Who Saved Ghosts was a strong sequel and I'm intrigued to see where Tansley takes the story next.
When first getting into this book I didn't really know what to expect. I feel like there were many elements to the first book that were's fully explained but that the author definitely fixed that in this installment. At first I was a little disappointed that this book also had time travel elements....and thought that it may be too redundant. I was definitely wrong though. There was a lot of explanation in this book as to why things are the way they are and I found that very helpful with making the first book "more realistic". Realistic is probably the wrong term but I like fake science even if the fake science is not technically possible. I'm really enjoying this author's writing style and can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
I loved this book as much as the first one in the series! Adventure, danger, ghosts, magic, everything a girl could want. I love this series so much and cannot wait for the next in the series.
K.C. Tansley’s Unbelievables series captured my imagination when I reviewed the first book in the series two years ago. Now, with the second book, The Girl who Saved Ghosts, I feel like I’m revisiting old friends. They’ve grown and changed a bit since our last meeting, but Kat and Evan are still brave, kind, and a little bit reckless, the way we all wish we could be.
Kat, I felt, was the most changed, since her decision to allow ghosts back into her life is literally draining the life from her, but when she’s given a mystery to solve, she leaps into the task, and that’s what I really love about her.
Similarly, Evan is a strong support system – who doesn’t want a friend like him?
Author Tansley’s flair for vivid detail is even stronger in this novel, and one thing I really appreciated was that she managed to increase the risk and jeopardy for her characters without making them seem older than they should be.
As before, there’s an element of time travel in this novel, and Tansley handles the period sections of this novel most ably. Reading this book, you are no mere observer; you are transported into elite educational institutions, creepy estates, and old-world Europe, and it all occurs with the most delicious shiver up and down your spine, as if there might be a ghost standing next to you, just waiting to be noticed.
While this book is best enjoyed after reading it’s predecessor, The Girl who Ignored Ghosts, it’s equally satisfying as a stand-alone story.
Goes well with a Twix candy bar and a cold Dr. Pepper.
The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C. Tansley is the second book in The Unbelievables series. Kat Preston Langley is returning for her senior year at McTernan Academy with her best friend, Morgan Sanchez. The ghosts that wants their reckoning have followed her back to school. One young ghost named Ellie is covered in blood and asks Kat for her help. Kat is not sure how she can save Ellie and something more pressing captures her attention. Kat discovers that a sinister force called the Dark One is out to kill her. She needs training and the only people who can provide it are her two greats aunts (Jacqueline and Vivian) at Dumbarton. Kat along with Evan Kingsley travel to Dumbarton and meet with trouble as soon as they step off the train. The Dark One is testing their strength. To help Kat in the present, Evan and Kat need to travel back to 1831 Vienna to retrieve the Kingsley dagger. It is supposed to be a quick mission, but then Kat has a chance to help Ellie. Will Kat and Evan make it back to the present safely (let’s settle for alive) or will they meet their end in old Vienna?
The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is the second book in The Unbelievables series and I suggest reading the series in order (otherwise, you will be a little lost). There are numerous characters and it can be hard to keep them straight. Those of you who have read The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts there are references to it that will help remind you of what occurred (it has been a year). I thought the pace was a little slower in this installment and the same details are repeated throughout the story (after a while I could recite them by heart). I understand Kat wanting to know her father, Max, but it got to be a repeated refrain. The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is a good story. Readers are given more details on the Langley heir and her relationship to the other three families. I wish there had been more action. The book leads up to Kat and Evan going back in time (once again) and it was such a short section (rich with historical detail though). I wanted more of the time traveling and supernatural aspect. I am giving The Girl Who Saved Ghosts 4 out of 5 stars! The romance element is light (hooray) and the story is aimed at a young adult audience (adults will enjoy it as well). I am glad that the author excluded intimate relations and foul language from the story. The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is nicely written, has good characters, and has an intriguing mystery (you never know what will happen next). I appreciated the growth in Kat that took place during the course of the story. I am happy to see these changes in her. I want to know who is the Dark One and how will they stop him. I will be reading the next book in The Unbelievables series to find out what happens next.
Kat would love to know more about her ancestors. She's never met her father and wants to get to know him more than anything. The situation is complicated though, her father isn't easy to find. Kat managed to get in touch with some of her family members, but not with her father himself. She's looking forward to a quiet semester at school, but fate has other plans. Kat gets the chance to interact with relatives from her father's side of the family. Together with her research partner and friend Evan she travels to her ancestral home to meet her great aunts.
Kat still talks to ghosts and when a little girl asks for her help she wants nothing more than to give it. However, the present is a much more pressing matter. To have a chance in the future Kat and Evan have to go back into the past to retrieve something. Kat isn't supposed to save the little girl, even though she's in her time, but can she leave without trying to help? What will Kat decide, will she give it a try or should she leave things alone? She's made a dangerous enemy the previous time she time traveled and a great evil, the Dark One, is now chasing her, can she take any kind of risk?
The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is another terrific story about Kat and her ability to see ghosts and travel into the past. Kat is becoming stronger, she has more powers, she's learning and she's also making her own decisions. She might make mistakes, but when she feels something is right she fights for it, which is an admirable quality. Her bond with Evan deepens because of what they share together and I loved reading about their multilayered connection. They're a fantastic match, as they're both smart, brave and courageous. I couldn't wait to see where they would end up this time and how they'd find a way out of every tricky situation they land themselves in.
K.C. Tansley writes about family bonds, century old pacts, deep connections and fulfilling one's destiny in an amazing interesting way. I was mesmerized by Kat's ancestors and their home from the start. I love stories about curses, spells, schemes and the battle between good and evil and everything in between and The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is definitely a great one. I really enjoyed reading this dynamic, captivating and enchanting story.
n one of those happenstances you can't predict (either that or there's a wave I'm not seeing) I've read several girl-who-helps-ghosts stories lately. After the high octane adult ones, this young adult offering seemed slower paced and less intense, but that might be a function of its being aimed at the younger reader.
This is the second in the series, but I figured out pretty fast what was going on, partly because some tropes are familiar after decades of reading.
There are ghosts and time travel, magic rings and amulets, torn families and curses, inherited powers, and even body swaps galore, plus a suitably lurking and threatening Big Bad as Kat and her sweet heartthrob Evan try to find justice for ghosts and keep themselves from being swept into extinction by evil.
When I was a junior high teacher, this would have been an instant buy for my classroom shelves.
I love stories that provide action, suspense, good vs. evil, past vs. the present, and some romance. This story has it all.
Kat is a young woman starting her senior year of secondary school, excited to be with her best friend Morgan, and being "normal," or at least as normal as a girl who can talk to ghosts can be. However, her life gets extremely complicated in a very short amount of time when her and one of her other close friends, Evan, go to her great aunts' house. There she meets the sisters, Vivian and Jacqueline. These women are more than they seem and guide Kat and Evan into a world even more dangerous than the one Kat and Evan previously ended up in.
With each step back into the past, the Dark One gets ever closer to destroying Kat and all those that she loves. Kat does more than just save ghosts, she is destined to save the four families' past, present, and future before the Dark One finds and destroys her.
Her strength in this book is refreshing. She does not require anyone to constantly swoop in to save her. She actually does a lot of the saving. However, she is also constantly aware of just how much she needs those that she loves if she is to stay strong and defeat the Dark One.
A great sequel with an unexpected twist. I hope there will be more in this series.
I like this, but I'm lost too! I needed book one, so this isn't a stand alone. That said, I still like this book. I liked it enough, that I have book one now so I can fill in my missing gaps. It has time travel, and mysteries, and ghosts and it's a good afternoon read. Everything else about it drew me in and made me want to read more.
My copy came from Net Galley. My thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is left of my own free volition.
In the second book of "The Unbelievables" series, Kat is approached by the ghost of an ancestor begging for her help in solving a murder mystery. Kat has to learn how to use the magic she had inherited, especially before the Dark One tries to kill her and the other heirs to the families that hers is tied to.
Though I hadn't read the first book, there were enough references back to the events that I could continue reading this one without losing track of the plot or characters. The present is affected by Kat and her friend Evan going into the past, which is vividly described. The Dark One as the big bad of the series feels like yet another rehashing of an old trope. The villain in the past is a much more interesting one for Kat and Evan to fight against, and I enjoyed those sequences a lot.
Kat's yearning to know more about her father and his family made her very approachable, especially since I went into this book without the background of the first one. I liked the approach to magic here, and learning along with Kat how it worked. If this series is one with a family heirloom at the center of each book, then there are two more to go and possibly a fifth book in the series to wrap it all up. I hope so, anyway, because this is a fun concept to read about.
I voluntarily reviewed an Reader Copy of this book which I received through Netgalley.
I really liked this sequel. It's again very well written and I enjoyed it so so much.
The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is there heart throbbing second book in the Unbelievables series. I found that I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. While Kat's friends Morgan and Seth play a lesser role in this sequel Evan really steps up as Kat's confidant. The chemistry between Kat and Evan grows in this sequel and you really see the way that Evan and Kat are beginning to really care about one another. As their bond deepens the danger around them grow. I loved learning about the Langley Legacy and the new dangers that are coming for Kat. I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. I cannot wait for the third book in the series to come out.
As Kat begins her senior year at McTernan Academy, she also feels a deep need to complete her spiritual education and train in magic at the estate of her father's family. Meanwhile these relatives would use her gifts while denying her the freedom to fulfill the deep sense of duty she feels towards those the gift brings to her. This well intentioned interference is certain to go to the wind when she is sent to the past again, this time consciously and deliberately to recover another of the 4 families' heirlooms.
Written as a first person account from Kat's point of view, "The Girl Who Saved Ghosts," is an excellent follow up to the romance and coming of age of the first story, "The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts.". The author, K. C. Tansley, re-establishes Kat's character and introduces us to her new normality then immediately plunges us into an understanding of the personal as well as eternal natures of the struggles Kat and Evan face.
As is common for the age of the protagonist, one year has made a significant difference in who our leading lady is, and this is not overlooked. We meet the new Kat presented here with the same richness of detail as would be required meeting her the first time, because she has changed. Those changes are necessary, logical, and well presented. It takes a greater willingness to suspend disbelief and accept Evan's transformation, but such is the world and the times that he finds himself in. The groundwork for him to become likeable and his bookish skepticism to train up to a physically adept pragmatism was well laid in the first book, however.
The world and the supporting characters, well drawn and seemingly complete in the first book, acquire much additional detail and depth. The storytelling, too, becomes more urgent and immersive. The struggle to endure the rigors of being trapped in the past, is enhanced by the presence of immanent threats.
The feelings intensify as well and become more overtly romantic. Again romance enhances the action and the characters without dominating the book. Love is present and growing while remaining a supporting detail. Very well done! This book is a 5 out of 5 for continuing to deepen our love and appreciation for the author's world and characters through great storytelling.