The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts
by K.C Tansley
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2015 | Archive Date 15 Jan 2018
She tried to ignore them. But some things won’t be ignored.
Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.
The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.
But that’s all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time—and their own bodies—before their souls slip away forever.
THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS is a fast-paced YA time-travel murder mystery novel that combines time-traveling, paranormal, and gothic mystery genres to weave a tale full of ancestral curses, powerful spells, strange connections, and inherited surprises. The novel is sure to delight fans of Page Morgan's The Dispossessed trilogy and Rachel Hawkin's Hex Hall series.
A Note From the Publisher
This is the first book in the series and was released in August 2015. We are making it available to reviewers again because we are releasing the second book in the series, The Girl Who Saved Ghosts.
"The novel's murder mystery is intriguing and grows more complex as its supernatural elements are unveiled." — Kirkus Reviews
"By centering her supernatural world on the concept of belief, adult author Tansley (The Six Train to Wisconsin, writing as Kourtney Heintz) gives her story a complex and unusual framework, and having the formerly possessed Kat become a possessor herself, as she inhabits another woman's body while in the past, puts a neat spin on conventional ghost story motifs." — Publishers Weekly
"In THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS, K.C. Tansley has crafted a compelling, magic-tinged mystery that spans generations. At once haunting, poignant, and tragically romantic, THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS is not to be missed. Ignore at your own peril." — Chris F. Holm, Anthony and Spinetingler Awards nominee and author of the critically acclaimed Collector Trilogy
"Castles, curses, ghosts, and vivid characters fill this wonderfully spooky story from K.C. Tansley. You won't want to put it down." — Paige Shelton, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Country Cooking School Mystery Series and YA time-travel novel Clockwork
"The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is a fascinating blend of mystery, romance, time travel, and ghosts. The small, seaside town setting and gothic atmosphere instantly pulled me in, and the complex, carefully plotted storyline kept me hooked. K.C. Tansley took time travel to a whole new level, and I loved it from start to finish!" — Page Morgan, author of the YA gothic thriller The Beautiful & The Cursed
"What we have is a sublime, engaging YA paranormal story that demonstrates the evocative talent of its writer. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more in this series." — 5 Star Review from Readers' Favorite by Lit Amri
"Those who enjoy suspense, ghost stories, and a little hint of romance are sure to devour Tansley’s novel." — Foreword Reviews
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I did this totally backwards. I read the 2nd book first and this book 2nd. I know crazy...but I enjoyed both of them immensely. Highly recommend them and am planning on sending a couple of copies to my students in the Marshall Islands. Enjoy well worth the read.
As a young teen, I discovered the delightfully creepy gothic mystery romance worlds of Phyllis Whitney. They became a beloved staple of my reading diet, but as I grew older, my tastes changed and I moved more into other genres. Reading this book was like coming home after a long absence, comfort food for a reading diet that I didn't realize had changed as much as it had. (Good grief--all the food analogies!!! I must be hungry 😝)
I look forward to revisiting Kat as she learns more about herself and her mysterious heritage after this, what I suspect and hope to be, just the first of many Unbelievable adventures.
Review based on ARC provided by NetGalley.
I will admit that I didn't expect very much from this book. I will also admit i was quite wrong. I expected a poorly written carbon copy of every other ghost story out there. But what i got was a uniquely detailed story about a teen girl who had to take on more than anyone should.
This book was fast paced and extremely detailed, not the kind of book you want to start on a day that your brain isnt switched on. You get pumped with information and details from the first few chapters.
Overall this book was a great read and i cant wait to start the sequel
Because I wanted to read The Girl Who Saved Ghosts, I thought it would be best to start with the first part of the series The Unbelievables. What a name, but certainly a fitting one. If you read the blurb you can't help but frown a little: fast-paced, time-travel murder mystery? With paranormal and gothic mystery genres weaved with ancestral curses and powerful spells??? Well, if that doesn't do it for you, I don't know what does...
Although the blurb is a bit over the top, it still got me curious. So I met wit Kat, a girl who was seeing ghosts from a very early age. And then she became possessed by one. Fortunately she was saved by a very friendly ghost, Toria, who helped her to 'unbelieve' in ghosts. Little did Kat know that Toria was actually one of her ancestors...
But for several years, Kat managed to ignore the ghosts, until she is asked by her professor to help with the investigation of an 129 year old mysterious murder case at a castle on the Isle of Acacia. Together with Evan Kingsley, Kat's infuriating TA, Morgan, her BFF and the mysterious Seth, she embarks on an adventure to discover what happened to Cassie and Sebastian on their wedding night so many years ago.
Kat and Evan get pulled into the past through a mirror in the castle and end up in the bodies of Toria and Allistair. Together, they have to discover what is happening in the castle and how they can come back to the present.
An intriguing story with a lot of characters, both from past and present are futuring in this story. Once you have all the people of the different families and their different ties in view, it is a very interesting read.
So without spoiling the story, I would say that once you get submerged into the story, you will most likely be turned from an Unbeliever into a Believer! Five out of five stars from me, with a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
I gave this book 3.5 stars. It was fun and interesting. Not very surprising, but it still brings you on a great adventure with likeable characters.
The story was a bit slow in the beginning, there was nothing that really screamed out to me. I put this off for a few days, but I really wanted to get to the ARC of the second book soon so I decided to put it on my priority reads list. It mostly started out with me reading it for about 5 minutes every day when I would bring my dog to the park, but I did get very captivated by the story about 36% in.
The writing wasn't overly complicated to read. This novel didn't have anything complex that I really needed to have my full attention on the whole time I was reading, so I had no problems following along.
I wish the author was a bit more clear on the protagonist's age. I can't tell if she's in college or if she's a senior in a private school or something about to go to university. I know at the very beginning she was very worried about her GPA being lowered by Evan, her TA, but are there even TA's in high school? I never had any that's for sure. I'm really not sure about her age.
As for Evan, he completely grew on me. He started out as the hot yet Satan-esque TA in Kat's class who seemed to be out to ruin her life, but then when we spent more time with him he really wasn't bad at all. I honestly don't know how he went from being so awful to being actually sweet at times. He made a complete one eighty during the book and I really want to see more of him in the next book.
As for the plot itself, it was exciting and managed to capture my attention seamlessly. There is something about the mix of mystery and anything that's paranormal that just brings certain books to life. Now, I love real life mysteries and mysteries in TV shows and movies, but the mystery genre is one that I have a lot of problems with in books. I usually have a hard time getting into them if they aren't Agatha Christie or Stephen King, so the added magical element adds something to the plot that you can't find in a normal mystery novel.
This book also tugs at the heartstrings at times and that just gave more life to the story. I feel like when a book can make you feel those things then it is doing a good job. Books with sad scenes that can bring out your own emotions can't be bad books. Unless they are feelings of hatred towards the book, then it can be bad, but this wasn't one of those books.
Overall, I'm excited to read the next book and see what improvements that the author has made. I'm sure there will be a lot more world building and action to come.
It's about a girl the sees ghosts but does want to, your have to read this book
Really good book. Just the right amount of creep and scare to keep the younger set reading.
I just have to say, I entered to win paperbacks of this book and it's sequal, but I did not get it. The author was kind enough to send me ebooks of these two books and it means a lot! I have been dying to read this series and I am so thankful that I got the chance to thanks to the author, publisher, and netgalley.
This book is fun, unique, and pretty awesome. I love a good story where someone can see ghosts, but this goes way way beyond it! Time travel, murder mystery, deadline before they are trapped - or worse dead. This is seriously AWESOME!
I very much loved this book. I have not read a book that fast since Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series.The book was filled with mystery, the right amount of creepiness to keep you guessing and a romantic element. I cannot stop talking about this book. It was an amazing read. Looking forward to the next book.
First let me start by saying this is my first paranormal mystery/romance/suspense that focused on some type of time travel. I really enjoyed how the story between the mystery of the past entwined the people working together in the present. There were definitely a few surprises along the way that I wasn't expecting; like the connection of souls. I usually stay away from time travel books but something in the description called to me so I decided to read it, and I am very glad I did. I am adding this author K.C. Tansley as one of my must read authors and I am excited to read many more books from her.
Thank you NetGalley and K.C. Tansley for allowing me to read and review this book.
I was presently surprised by this book. Since the main character was a teen, I expected the typical YA drama, but the characters were surprisingly mature. The body sharing was interesting, but at times I was a little confused on who was controlling the body. The mystery was well written, and I loved the paranormal elements.
I could not put this book down. From the first page, I was enthralled by the characters and the way Tansley managed to layer their interconnectedness was truly inspiring. The mystery was well maintained and the magic perfectly explained. I will definitely be recommending this book to others and I look forward to reading the next one. I've found a new author for my must-read list. This book was reviewed on Goodreads and Amazon.
If Paranormal mystery and time travel are your thing, I would highly recommend this book. Who could want anything more out of a book! Lots of suspense, twists, and turns happened, and when the book was done I was longing for more. I would highly recommend this to all my friends.
When I read the synopsis for this book, I was definitely intrigued. I love the supernatural aspect the author was going for, ghosts and all that spooooky stuff! Love it!
Kat is trying to get to the College of her dreams, and has a knack for researching, just like her mom. But her well-meaning professor sets her up to do a research project with a couple other people that could put her on a path right into her past. But, if Kat doesn't do this project, she may not get into the College she so wishes to go to. Unfortunately the more she researches, and thinks about the "Unbelievables' the more they come to the forefront. The Unbelievables is what the dead call themselves, and after a harrowing experience as a child, Kat has been determined to not believe in them, so she could live a life of peace and normalcy. Unfortunately she has to dive head first back in to that world that almost hindered her existence, first to get into her school of choice, then to help her friends.
I have to say I was only thoroughly creeped out in two moments, the beginning of the novel when the MC was younger, and the scene in the library. I wished there were more moments of terror, but I really enjoyed the parts there was. There were moments of spooky-ness that were also enjoyable to read! I always say the more the better! :)
The world the author created definitely has it's merits, I enjoyed the 'Unbelievables' and how if you don't believe in ghosts, etc, you cannot see them. I feel in the next book the world will be more established, and can't wait to read the second book in this series!
The MC, Kat, grew a lot in this book, from a shy girl to someone who stood up for herself, and what she believed in. And fought for those beliefs. I was worried that the growth would arc too quickly, and it felt like it was going to, but Kat maintained her character quite well with bouts of growth within making it more believable.
One of my favourite parts of Kat was her love of books! I am a sucker for a main character, or any character really, that is as much in love with written word as I am.
"The best part? Four solid walls of shelves filled with books. I ran my fingers over the leather bindings. Books flat our did it for me. The smell, the fell, the look - I loved being surrounded by them"
^^^^ Ditto, girl, ditto! #kindredspirit
All in all I did enjoy this book. One criticism I would have is that the ending seemed a little rushed, and could have been spread out a little more, but I liked how the characters were connected in the end.
Bring on the second installment!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking forward to the rest of the series.
The Girl Who Ignored Ghost by K.C. Tansley is about Kat Preston, a teenage girl who can see ghosts. Since a young age Kat has been surrounded by ghosts and has even been possessed. Years later, Kat becomes a very academically focused student who is trying her hardest to earn a scholarship to college. As a result, one of her teachers gives her a difficult assignment to write a paper on a murder mystery that took place in the late 1800s. In order to complete her research Kat must go to the crime scene, an old Victorian mansion which is, of course, haunted. While Kat is there she goes back in time, possesses a person from the past and learns something about reincarnation.
As a teacher, I would recommend this book to girls who like to read about paranormal activity but don't like too much gruesome material. I think this book would be appropriate for teens 12-18.
*This ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*
This is the YA story of Kay Preston who since she was little she would always see ghosts, but the only way to protect herself is to stop believing and they then can’t harm you.
Kay is asked to join a research project team to a private island to investigate the Radcliffe Curse. Joining her is Morgan, Seth, Joshua and Evan. But when they get to the castle on the island things start happening and Kay and Evan are pulled through a mirror into the past lives of Toria and Alistair to help solve the mystery of the curse and how it started also trying to save Cassie and Sebastian Radcliffe from their wedding night death.
This was a really good story of ghosts and time travel and figuring out the mystery and how it all began.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series by K C Tansley.
I enjoyed this book. The mystery is interesting and the characters are well developed. It’s not a creepy ghost story, but more a gothy tale of time travel, wronged love, and magical revenge.
My only complaint is the first couple of chapters tend to be info dumpy, but once Kat and Evan find themselves in the past, the story really takes off. The ending is primed for the sequel.
I will definitely read the sequel: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts.
I don't read many books that are set in the 'pass' because most of the one I've read seem to be almost the same. But Lately, I've been able to find more and more books set in the past that I really enjoy. (That stand out!) But 'The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts' was one that I had a blast reading. Ghosts scare me but I found that this author balanced the leave of ghosts with past life, family/friends, mystery, and college life into a good pacing story.
Even though I found the characters strong, (The push and pull between Kat and Evan is also a major plus in this book. ) I think, personally, the plot and story its self is the best part of this book. I like how the 'ghost system' works, it plays a huge rule in this book and I think it makes it better with that as a rule that Kat has to follow. The way they travel in the past by the magic portal, how family plays into this story and so much more things like that just make this story a great read!
Love, curses, and magic make this book an enjoyable page-turner.
This is a fun YA paranormal mystery with a bit of romance. Seventeen year old Kat, who has been able to see ghosts all of her life, but has been ignoring them for years, is drawn into a family curse mystery that she and her friends and others have to solve. Can they break the curse before another family member dies? In order to do so, she must travel through time, but is that enough? With time travel, ghosts, secret passages, and more, this is a fun book to read and I look forward to the next one in the series!
This was a good book. An easy read. A little different take on ghosts than other books I've read. (Ex: ghost tries to make human a nonbeliever). I think the idea of having one central family is interesting. A witch/priestess to protect them and then someone to give her strength. I'm just wondering what's so special about Sebastian's family and the book doesn't tell, so only 4 stars. It's still a great read with a great storyline. The story flows nicely. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
Kat Preston has seen ghosts her whole life. And then, one tries to possess her. This, quite understandably, puts her off ghosts entirely. She is told by a helpful spirit to "not believe" even in the face of ghosts, to stop possession from occurring. It's not like she can actually not believe in what is always right in front of her, but by practicing "do not believe" it actually makes her less open to ghosts and not open means not open enough for a possession . [A lot of reviewers focus on the not believing as rather idiotic, so this is my peace with it.]
Little did she know that non-benevolent ghost who tried to possess her and the very one who tried to help her not be possessed again, would become entangled in her life in college? And the story of why and how is what makes this book thrilling. There's ghosts, time travel, magic, mystery and purpose, a long-lived deadly curse and the chance to save lives. It's a good thing these are all related to one central story! I really enjoyed the whole series and barely stopped for breath between the books!
👻 Haunted Halloween Book! 👻
Trigger Warning: Sexual assault
"Ghosts don't exist. They can't touch me. They can't hurt me. They aren't real."
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is one of those books that has everything you want and all the stuff you didn't even know you needed, and yet it doesn't feel cluttered.
Intelligent female main character that loves to read and doesn't have a perfect body - ✔️
129 year old murder mystery to solve - ✔️
Intergenerational multi-family curse - ✔️
Ghosts, AKA, "I see dead people" - ✔️
Library in a castle on its own island with signed and first editions galore - ✔️
Time travel without a flux capacitor - ✔️
Bacon, eggs and coffee - ✔️
Secret passageways - ✔️
Sparkly gemstone jewellery - ✔️
Magic - ✔️
Kat grew up believing in the unbelievables. Ghosts were her childhood friends until something so scary happened that she had to stop believing. Fast forward eight years and Kat, now a junior at McTernan Academy, surrounds herself with people (especially unbelievers), animals, plants and stones, and recites her mantra to protect herself.
Kat accessorises with metal and stone - earrings, necklaces, bracelets, you name it, for additional protection. I loved that her knowledge of gemstones carries over into her descriptions of people whose eyes aren't boring colours but instead are aquamarine, larimar, hematite and iolite.
Assisting Professor Astor with his research into the mysterious events 129 years ago at Castle Creighton, Kat knows she is delving into dangerous unbelievables territory. Along with best friend Morgan, Evan the Terrible and serial flirter Seth, Kat winds up at Castle Creighton to investigate what really happened there and to study the Radcliffe Curse. Now Kat is stuck on an island with a hurricane approaching and there's no escaping the unbelievables.
I loved the way Castle Creighton's creeptastic secrets unfolded throughout the story. This story had friendship, forgiveness, hope, secrets and betrayal. It also had love, lots of love. Now, you've heard of a love triangle, but have you ever heard of a love pentagon? As a bit of a summary of how a love pentagon works (and for the sake of not ruining who everyone is in love with, we won't use their real names):
* A is in love with B.
* B is in love with C, is friends with A, is jealous of D, is using E to make D jealous.
* C is marrying D but has history with and also still loves B.
* D is marrying C but has history with E.
* E still wants D but is having fun with B, is using B to make D jealous.
Did you get all of that?
Beginning The Girl Who Saved Ghosts immediately! I would've gone mental waiting for the sequel if I'd read The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts when it was first published.
Tip to readers: Make sure you have the sequel on hand when you finish this book. While a lot of plot lines are wrapped up other questions are raised and you're not going to want to wait to find out what happens next!
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 LOVED this book. The story draws the reader in right from the beginning. It had the paranormal parts, a little bit of the feels, and a WHOLE LOT of adventure. The main character in this story, Kat, finds out that she is not who she thinks she is. She has a whole family history on her father's side that she doesn't know but is definitely about to find out through a major crash course. With the support of her best friend, a teacher's assistant that doesn't believe in the unseen and doesn't want much to do with her, a playboy that likes to sweet talk any girl in the room just to get a rise, and a rich man she has never met that lives in a castle, Kat goes on the journey of a lifetime... or two! I can't explain too much of this book without giving spoilers. What I can say is that it is similar to the new series Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (also amazing reads) but this version is more YA and not so historical. It doesn't distract from the plot though. This book is just as great. I also recommend getting the next book in the series as well. It doesn't end in a cliff hanger but it leaves you wanting to be able to jump into the next one right away.
This was a really good mystery! I loved the fact that this book included time travel. The characters are interesting and the story is well written. I didn't want to put the book down because I wanted to see what would happen next! I really enjoyed this book!
I was part of a promotional blog tour for the 2nd book in this series but was also sent a digital copy of the first book for review!
Such a great book I read it twice! Time travel, spells, magic and ghosts....Yes please!
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts was a fast-paced and enjoyable read. When I first read the synopsis, I thought that it was going to a creepy, dark read full of ghosts and other paranormal creatures. As it turns out, this book was a wonderfully imagined historical fiction novel that also incorporates ghosts and magic.
Kat Preston has been trying to ignore ghosts her entire life. After a traumatizing experience when she was younger, she learned to block them out and has been trying to live a normal life. Then her research project about a bloody double murder takes her to the Isle of Acacia. Once there, she finds that she can no longer ignore her heritage when she accidentally transports herself and Evan Kingsley, a fellow researcher, back in time to 1886 while researching the murder. Despite their dislike for each other, the two must work together to solve the mystery and hopefully figure out how to get home before it's too late.
The time travel aspect to the plot was the highlight of the book for me. It brought a whole new meaning to researching a crime. Additionally, I liked that Kat and Evan were trapped in the bodies of two wedding guests, it was interesting to watch how the events unfolded through all the very different viewpoints. The mystery was compelling and intriguing, I kept changing my opinion of who the murderer was throughout the novel. The pacing was mostly excellent, although the ending did feel quite rushed. However, Tansley did a good job of wrapping up the mystery presented in this book while also opening a whole new can of worms for future installments to explore further.
At 240 pages, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is definitely a quick read. I found this one enjoyable and the ending had me intrigued enough to immediately continue on with the series. The atmosphere is excellent and, while it is a ghost story, it isn't scary. I would recommend this one to those who enjoy a nice mix of historical fiction, contemporary paranormal, and mystery.
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in The Unbelievables series, and it was an interesting enough read. In all honesty, my feelings are rather mixed. Some parts of this book I really enjoyed whereas other aspects I wasn’t as crazy about. Whilst I have given it a three-star rating, a three-point-five-star rating is actually more accurate.
This book is one of those stories that manages to mix a few different genres into a single book. It’s young adult supernatural read, mixed with some mystery and time-travel. If it’s a combination that leaves you thinking ‘what the hell’, such a response is understandable. Although the logical part of my mind argues it shouldn’t really work all that well, it did.
The supernatural aspect is well done – simple but efficient. We have the basic ghost element at the start of the book, and as the story progresses the supernatural element grows. Little things are added at a time, new elements slowly introduced, resulting in a much more complex supernatural system than you initially realised. There is plenty within the story to ensure you understand the supernatural happenings, but still enough mystery left to ensure you come back for those answers.
The mystery element is much like the supernatural element, in the sense it is simple yet efficient. I’m a mystery aficionado, meaning I’m never quite as taken in by young adult mysteries as I would like to be, but for such a story it was well done. Hints are given throughout, the details slowly build, and you get to watch as everything comes together. Mixing knowledge of the past and the present together, it makes for an enjoyable read.
Although I found the story to be interesting, despite being pulled it, it didn’t quite pack the punch I had anticipated. It interested me, I was turning page after page to see how it came together, but I was never on the edge of my seat. The story intrigued me, but the action failed to get my heart pumping. Hence my three-point-five-star rating. It was fun, but it could have done with a bit more of a push.
Well worth the read, though, and it certainly leaves you interested in book two.
Kat shouldn't believe in ghosts. By convincing herself she doesn't believe she can keep them away. A ghost tried to steal her life when she was younger and Kat has to protect herself as well as she can. By making sure she's among people who also don't believe, loaded with items that keep the ghosts at bay, she's safe. However, that safely doesn't last. When Kat is in her junior year of the McTernan Academy she's working on a research project that leads her to an old castle. The castle is on an island that is filled with ghosts. Kat can no longer ignore them and has to acknowledge their existence once more.
Kat is on the island together with her research partner Evan and several other students. Kat and Evan try to unravel the complete story behind a family curse and the mystery around two inhabitants from the past who vanished on their wedding night in 1886, Cassie and Sebastian. Evan is Kat's exact opposite, he doesn't believe in ghosts at all, but when something pulls them through a mirror and lands them in the past he has to acknowledge Kat is right, there are ghosts and they don't have much time to find out what they're doing there. Kat and Evan need to discover what happened in those last crucial moments before the disappearance, otherwise they won't be able to return and their souls will be lost. Will Kat and Evan be able to save themselves?
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is a fantastic gripping story. I love a good ghost story and there are plenty of spooky characters in Kat's world, so K.C. Tansley got me hooked from the start. Kat is a sweet and intelligent girl. She always wants to help, she's there for her loved ones, but also for everyone else who needs her. This admirable personality makes her a fabulous main character. It's her strength and her weakness at the same time and I enjoyed watching her find out more about her abilities and grow as a person because of it. I couldn't wait to see if she'd be able to find a way out of the past and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to discover what would happen to Kat and Evan.
K.C. Tansley combines ghosts with time traveling, which is a great idea. I loved how she describes curses, witchcraft, loyalty pacts and much more in a detailed and fascinating way. I was immediately intrigued by Kat's research, it's an interesting case and it was certainly enjoyable to travel to the past with her to find out more about what happened back then. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is a spellbinding story filled with unexpected twists and turns, thrilling adventures, intriguing schemes and much more. I loved this first book in The Unbelievables series.
"I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review"
I have to admit it took me a little longer to get into this book than I thought it would. After about 30% into the book I then got into the story line and couldn't put it down. This was an interesting read and it is the first time I have read about ghosts in this kind of setting. At times I think there could of been more explaining into what was happening as I felt lost in the story.
Kat was an interesting character and would of loved more of a back story in this book but even without it I still liked her. Evan at first annoyed me but by the end of the book I was wanting Kat and him to end up together, he seems like the perfect guy for her. The other side characters added to the story but would of been great just to have them in it a little bit more and with how short the book is it could of been done without it seeming like the book was dragging on.
I ended up giving this book 3.5 out of 5 stars and will continue on with the book series,
As a child Kat Preston could see and communicate with ghosts. Until one fateful event forces her to stop believing and start protecting herself from the unknown. A project for her high school, the prestigious McTernan Academy forces her to reconnect with her old ghost friends. While researching at the Grand Castle Creighton on a private island in Connecticut, Kat and her friends must uncover the secrets of the island including all the unexplained deaths and disappearances.
When Kat is suddenly thrust back into the past 129 years, she must find out the secrets of the castle quickly, or risk being trapped in the past forever. It is a race against the clock for Kat and her friends.
This is a great first book in a series. This is a multi genre book. It is YA mixed with some mystery and some paranormal thrown in. A great concept and a fresh new twist to a storyline.
I want to thank Netgalley and Beckett Publishing for sending me a copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own and I receive no compensation for my review.
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts begins with our main character recounting an experience that clearly indicates her alliance with the paranormal. She has done everything she can to ignore this aspect of her character, but then comes an opportunity for college that she can't ignore. Unfortunately, it's part of a bigger plan to force her to recognise her alliance.
There's ghosts, mystery, ancient curses, time travel, romance...a smorgasbord of things to entertain. There were parts of the story that I felt had a lot crammed in to try to explain what was happening, but it rolled along nicely and sets up an interesting book two.
Thank you to NetGalley for the copy provided for review.
I've read quite a few paranormal YA books. I found The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts to be a wonderful read. This book was just what I needed to destress and get back into the mode of reading for fun. I thought the characters were wonderfully written. I found myself caring about the main character and sympathizing with her. I found the relationships between the characters to be realistic and engaging. Fans of Marley Gibson's Ghost Huntress series will enjoy the paranormal focus of this book. Fans of Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution will find similarities between this book and that. This book has enough mystery and intrigue to capture the attention of murder mystery lovers, as well as, the perfect amount of romance. Nothing too serious but relationships that could definitely, be expanded on in future novels. The book is so engaging I found it to be just what I was looking for. I can't wait for the sequel to find out where (an when) Kat and her friends end up next.
I received a free ecopy of this book in return for an honest review. Many thanks to Netgalley and and the publisher for the opportunity.
This cosy, supernatural, mystery, is the kind of book where you slide into the story like a hot knife into butter. You pick it up intending to read a couple of pages and before you know it, you are deep into the story and unwilling to stop reading even to eat or sleep.
Kat, as a child, could see ghosts, but then had to make conscious choice to ‘not believe’ in order to protect herself from them. The story picks up when Kat is a young adult and researching an unsolved murder that is over 100 years old. Try as she might, the ghosts seem to be moving in on her. When visiting the scene of the murder, she and a colleague travel back in time to the events just before the murder.
The characters have just enough depth to make you care, but not enough to slow the story down. The story has enough twists to make it interesting but not so many as to be confusing. There is romance but it is a light touch and doesn’t overtake the story. Generally the characters’ emotions were a little oversimplified, but that is part of what makes it an easy read. There are quite a few wiccan details about crystals and herbs that distracted me a bit (I had to look up the term balsamic moon), but it gave she story a ring of supernatural authenticity that I liked. I will be looking to read book number 2 fairly soon.
If you are looking for a lighthearted mystery with supernatural overtones, you will enjoy this one.
I voluntarily reviewed an Reader Copy of this book which I received through Netgalley.
This book is a really great start of a series. It's really well written and I enjoyed it very much.
I am convinced that this book could totally be a movie. It can either be really creepy or it could even be made out like one of those CW teen dramas that could easily hook the masses. I received a copy from NetGalley for my unbiased opinion from the publisher. I am seriously hoping that I get approved for the second book in the series which just came out October 2017. It is just so cool. This book did a really great job in combining an unsolved murder mystery, time travel, spells and curses.
Kat is a college student who has done her best to be an unbeliever and she has done a great job at it for eight years. However as she delves deeper in to her research for her professor she starts letting the unbelievables in unwillingly. She is part of a team of four people who are looking into the mysterious murder and disappearances that happens 129 years ago at a castle. Kat is special because she use to see ghosts as a child and she never had a problem until one tried to possess her eight years ago. Luckily another ghost named Toria helped Kat into no longer believing in ghosts so that she could no longer see them. As the team of students get ready to continue their research by going to the castle, Kat finds out that the ghost that possessed her and the ghost who helped saved her are both people who were at the castle at the time of the murders they're looking into.
Kat and one of her research partners end up falling through a mirror into the past. Right into the bodies of their past ancestors. Their ancestors were key people during the time of the murders that they're looking into. As they live inside their ancestors for a few days shows them how confusing the events really were. You start seeing jealous lovers, people who are a forbidden love, and some loves that wish to be. The castle has its own secret passages to add to the intrigue of who killed the newly weds that lend to generations after being cursed. The curse is basically the first born male in the one of the family lines either dies on their 23rd birthday or if that same son gets married before then, he will die on his wedding night.
This book is written so well that all the events, as chaotic as they can be, flow naturally. It is easy to read and feels super full of story that you don't feel like your rushing through. I would love to continue this series or even see it produced into live action. It is 100% something that I am going to read because it has one of those cliffhangers that doesn't frustrate you but just makes you more interested.