I was very lucky to be chosen by author K.C. Tansley to receive her two books in the Unbelievables series for review. She sent me all kinds of great extras, too.
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
This was the perfect type of book for me. It had pretty much everything I love. Magic, ghosts, time travel, and a murder mystery. Kat and Evan travelling back in time to solve the murder of Cassie and Sebastian was probably my favorite part of the book. But I really did love everything about it. I need Kat and Evan to be together. I loved the bond they made and their family history will keep them together. I just really adored both of them. I gave this book 5 stars. It’s hard to get to into this without giving away parts of the book. The pacing was great and I flew through this book.
The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C. Tansley (arc)
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Kat gets to meet her family in this book and learns a lot about the history of all four families that are bound together. Kat and Evan travel back in time to find the missing dagger that Evan will need to protect him. He almost dies saving Kat before they arrived to her family’s home, so getting this dagger is a must. This time Kat wants to see if she can do more to change the past and protect Ellie and Percy who died a long time ago. Kat gets hurt in the process. While healing, Kat and Evan spend more time at the family home. Kat has to learn spells and Evan needs to learn protection. We see a bit more of Toria and find out what happens to her. And the Dark One is out there waiting to destroy them all.
I would have loved more of Morgan in this one. She was one of my favorite characters from book one and I’m hoping she’ll be a bigger part of the next one. Overall, I loved this book and gave it 4 1/2 stars. The time travel part wasn’t as good as book one for me, but there was plenty of magic and history to make up for it. I’m loving this series and can’t wait for book three.
A huge thank you again to author K.C. Tansley for sending me these books to read and review. The Girl Who Saved Ghosts will be available October 17, 2017. I highly recommend picking both of these up in time for some spooky Halloween reading.