Author: K.C. Tansley
Publisher: Beckett Publishing
Type of book: Ghosts, time travel, Young adult, supernatural, romance, 1900s, curse, 2000s, Connecticut, wealth, secrets
Year it was published: 2015
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 main characters include Kat, a psychic young woman who knows next to nothing about her father's side of the family. She is strong-willed and determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Another main character is Evan, who is a TA and who seems to annoy Kat a whole lot. He is intelligent, logical and open minded. Toria, in beginning, is a ghost who has helped Kat with a problem, but as a human she is outgoing, tomboyish, unpredictable and very protective of others. Alistair is Toria's friend and is best described as stubborn and intelligent. Yes, all characters have a purpose.
Perhaps that time for right things will come
The story is written in first person narrative from Kat's point of view, although towards the story, another character by name of Toria is talking in third person narrative. One thing that did bug me a little is the romance angle between Kat and someone else, and I also have to wonder at the accuracy of the way the characters lived back then, although one could think of that as an alternative universe. Other than that, a delightful and nostalgia-filled romp through time in more ways than one.
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K.C Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and three quirky golden retrievers on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.
Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.
As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.
From the start the story becomes intriguing with a young girl becoming haunted by ghosts and learning the consequences that come from them. I have to say that beginning wasn't really appealing, but the more the story went on, the more invested I became in it. When I was a teen/young adult, I loved reading Sweet Valley Twins and Friends Super Chiller books, and this book really took me to that time of nostalgia. If the author was going for that, then she has done a good job in creating the mystery and atmosphere of the story. About the story, I felt that nothing is really predictable and it managed to keep me on my toes while helping me experience the times of young adult without dumbing anything down.
This was given by Larissa from PR communications?
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)