Monday, November 6, 2017

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts & The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C. Tansley - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Reviews by Suze

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Review by Suze

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.

Advice

If you love a good ghost story I highly recommend The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts.

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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.

Advice

If you love reading about ghosts and time traveling you will definitely like The Unbelievables. The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is the second book in the series. If you want to get the full story I'd start with The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts.

About K.C. Tansley


K.C Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and two 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.

Links

Website: http://kourtneyheintz.com/
Blog: http://blog.kourtneyheintz.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KourHei
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kourhei/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13530245.K_C_Tansley

Guest Post

My Top Five YA Reads of 2017
By K.C. Tansley

When I was creating this list, I looked for books whose characters felt like friends by the time I finished reading them and where I fell in love with the unique plots and world building. Some of these stories even inspired my own work and all of them made me a better writer.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

This book was on the Amazon Bestseller list for YA Ghost Stories beside my own book—so of course I had to check it out! I’m so glad I did.

The novel blew me away with its beautiful writing. It is almost musical in the beats and the rhythm. Truly an incredibly smooth read. Nothing pulled me out of the story except my need to go to bed. Ms. Suma is a talented and gifted storyteller. Her writing is haunting, transportive, compelling, and enthralling.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

I’d heard Cassandra Clare speak at a SCBWI Writing Conference and seen her books in Target. I’m a latecomer to this series because I wasn’t sure it was for me. Boy was I wrong! When I tried it, I couldn’t stop reading!

In the final book in the original trilogy, Ms. Clare packs a punch that sends the reader reeling in ways I never expected. This is the best end to a trilogy that I've ever read. It had everything, EVERYTHING you'd want. The writing sucked me in and I was turning pages into the wee hours of the night.

Invincible by Dawn Metcalf

I won this book in a giveaway and hadn’t read the first three, but wanted to try it anyway. I’d been struggling with recaps in my sequels and wanted to see if I could read a book out of sequence and still enjoy it. I definitely did!

Great descriptions and emotionally evocative writing. I could see everything unfolding in my mind like a movie. The world building is intricate, and despite not reading the other books, I was able to grasp everything that was going on. It’s a total treat for anyone who loves fairytales and paranormal creatures.

Ghost Town by Rachel Caine

I stumbled across a show on Amazon Prime called “Morganville.” It was a guilty pleasure and over too fast, so I did a little research and found out it was based on a

whole slew of books! This entire series is like brain candy. I gobbled up 13 books in a little over a month.

This book was really, really intense. Fixing the machine in Morganville came with a deadly deadline for Claire and serious, unexpected consequences. It was amazing to see how everyone acted and reacted to their memories being accidentally erased inside Morganville. This one was impossible to put down. And the end was such a twist.

The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

I love ghosts and family legacies; so, of course, I kept hearing about The Haunting of Sunshine Girl series. I picked up a signed copy of Book 1 at the local B&N and ended up reading the entire trilogy this year.

I tore through the last book in the Haunting of Sunshine Girl series. This was a terrific ending to the trilogy. It had everything I could have wanted and more--ghosts, demons, prophesies, sacrifice, love, betrayal.

Giveaway

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28 comments:

  1. I love a good ghost story so The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts & The Girl Who Saved Ghosts sound like must-reads.

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    1. Hi, Solange! Thank you so much! Best of luck in the giveaway. I love ghosts and time travel and spells and I found a way to work it all into my series. :)

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  2. I love ghost stories. Excellent covers for these books and sounds like ones I'd enjoy. Thanks for your review and I enjoyed the guest post too.

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    1. Hi, Laura! Thank you so much. I love Suze's reviews. I had a blast writing the guest post because I love to read. I read 52 books so far this year and it was hard to whittle it down to my top 5. :)

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  3. I love spooky reads. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. I like a good ghost story too. I just read The Haunting of Hill House and it really creeped me out.

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  4. i have been interested in this seris since the first time i saw the cover of book 1 after this review and guest post it's definitively on my list, thank you

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    1. Hi, Miki. That's so cool to hear. Yay, I love being added to the tbr list. :)

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  5. Suze, thank you for these two awesome reviews! :) I'm so happy you enjoyed my series.

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    1. Thank you! :) Suze writes great reviews!

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  7. Ghosts are always time travelers in a way, aren't they - visiting a future that doesn't belong to them.

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    1. Very true, Richard. :) Kat is a more traditional time traveler in that she is living and travels back in time.

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  8. Nothing like a ghost story to give one a thrill!!

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    1. I completely agree. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. THAT owl teapot /cup combo thing is just awesome and I think owls are just beautiful looking creatures

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  10. Sounds so good. I have to start with the first book, though. I haven't read it yet.

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    1. Definitely better to start with the first book. :) Maybe if you win this one, you can get the ebook of Book 1?

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  11. Sounds amazing.
    Thank you for the chance.

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  12. Very nice review! I added the book in my list!

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  13. Oooh, I love books with time travel!

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  14. I love ghost stories & time travelling stories, so I think this will be perfect for me.

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  15. Love a good ghost story and the cover draws you in and makes you want to read it. :) Live in a haunted house, we have 3 different ghosts that we know about.

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