Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Romance/Mystery
Publishing Date: August 1st, 2015
Page Count: 256
Source: Sent to me by the Publicist
Format: Paperback ARC
Description from Goodreads.com:
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.
I must first admit that I was a little wary about reading The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. We all know that anything paranormal is usually up my alley, but there are two topics in paranormal that I tend to stay away from, time travel and witchcraft. Books dealing with those topics are either hit or miss so, I tend to just stay away from them in general, but I am so happy that I decided to go ahead and try this book anyways, because I absolutely LOVED The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts! The way K.C. did the time travel topic is that she weaved it in with a topic of possession, which super-duper interested me. When Kat and Evan go back in time they take possession of two people's bodies. They intern become "ghosts" themselves. It was a very cool topic to read about.
Other than that factor, the whole concept of the book really hooked me in. Kat can communicate and see ghosts, but she has to become a non-believer in order to protect herself from an awful experience that happened when she was younger. Unfortunately for Kat, you can only ignore them and convince yourself for so long. INTERESTING! On top of the paranormal factor being right up my alley, the book was super creepy. What happened to Kat as a kid freaked. me. OUT! On top of that, all the other ghostly experiences gave me the heeby geebies, and I felt like at any moment Leanna was going to pop up in my room to get me. I'm already afraid of the dark, and this book just added to my fears lol.
What was also great was the amount of detail that went into the story. Kat's mom is an archeologist and has been taking Kat with her on digs since she was little so, for Kat to know a crazy amount of information about artifacts was expected, and K.C. made sure to incorporate that into the story. It was super informative, which made everything easy to picture in my head. I felt like I was Kat. I also loved that when Kat first gets to Castle Creighton she starts describing all the furnishings and styles in terms of what era they're from, what their made out of, and what they mean. It just made the whole reading experience more genuine and more believable.
The main plotline in the book is "who done it". Who killed Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe and started the Radcliffe curse. It was so intriguing and really drew me into the story. I honestly couldn't put it down. I had to figure out what happened.
Although the ending was a bit too easily cleaned up for me, I still really enjoyed it. Things may be alright, for now, but there is still so much more to know. Kat may have gotten a bunch of things answered, but she has also gained a butt load more questions. I cannot wait to read the next book!
I am so, so happy that I decided to read The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts for review. Time travel usually isn't up my alley, but I absolutely enjoyed it because K.C. excellently weaved the time travel element with the paranormal. I loved the detail that went into the book, and could easily picture everything Kat saw. This book definitely has a creep factor so make sure not to sleep alone...or in the dark. Since the mystery/paranormal element is so intriguing it was hard to put this book down. I highly recommend you try this one if your are into mystery books with a spin of the paranormal.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5
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