The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

by K.C. Tansley


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943024001
Publisher: Beckett Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Series: The Unbelievables , #1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Mystery and intrigue, love and magic. Will she lose herself before she finds the answers that could save them all? Kat Preston will have to travel back in time to find out. To save herself, Kat Preston had to become an Unbeliever. Now, in college, she surrounds herself with others, including her best friend, Morgan, who helps keep the ghosts at bay. The Unbelievers makes me think of Ghost Whisperer. I watched the TV show all the time, and can sometimes catch reruns even today. These ghosts call themselves the Unbelievables. Good ones. Bad ones. And all those in between. Kat and her friends are going to Castle Creighton for a school research project. She is worried because it’s like stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire. They will be researching the murder and curse in the Radcliffe family. I was quickly caught up in this ghostly mystery. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts has all you need for a great ghost story, a castle, a curse, some romance and possession, travel to the past, and danger and intrigue. There are many suspects and the mystery was harder to solve that I thought it would be. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K C Tansley.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
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.
KayCeeK More than 1 year ago
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.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is not the normal genre of book I read, but for some reason, I started it and I liked it. There are ghosts, spells, curses, time travel, evil shadows and many family stories that turned out to be real not folklore. Kat, our main character, could see ghosts since she was little. They were her friends and she helped them when she could until she was nine years old. She started missing chunks out of her day. A ghost named Toria tells her that their is another ghost trying to take over her body. Toria tells her she has to stop believing in ghosts and surround herself with unbelievers and natural things. It works, but deep inside she still knows ghosts are real. Years later she has been recruited to go with a team of researchers to Castle Creighton in Conneticut to research the death and disappearance of Sebastian Radcliffe and his new wife Cassie on their wedding night. While doing the research she feels the ghosts again. They also find out about a curse in the Radcliffe family where the oldest son dies by the time he is 23 or on his honeymoon, whichever comes first. There is one heir left, Joshua Radcliffe and The group at the castle consists of Kat, her best friend Morgan, their TA from school Evan and another student Seth. Once they arrive at the castle, Kat can no longer ignore the ghosts. When she and Evan travel 129 years into the past through a mirror, the true story of what happened emerges. This was a good story, not scary but full of a lot of magical situations and characters. Overall I enjoyed this story and think most late teens and early twenties would as well. The second book in this series will be coming out in October, so pick this one up before then.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kat Preston has been trying to believe that ghosts don’t exist ever since one wanted to take over her body many years ago. Telling herself that there are no unbelievable helps to keep them away. She is keeping them at bay until a research job takes her to Castle Creighton, where a grisly wedding day murder has remained unsolved for over one hundred years. A research assistant, Evan Kingsley, from the university is one of the people accompanying her on her mission and he definitively doesn’t believe in ghosts. When the two search the room where the murders took place they are transported through a magical mirror to the past where they find themselves in the bodies of two of the people who knew the murdered couple. Will they finally be able to piece together what happened to the bride and groom on their wedding day over one hundred years ago? Can Evan and Kat make it back to their own bodies in the present time or will they be trapped forever? I truly enjoyed reading The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley. The supernatural elements in the book were very appealing to me and the fact that Kat had experiences with ghosts when she was young drew me right into the story. I was very worried when she was going to Castle Creighton because I knew she would no longer be able to block out the unbelievable, but I also understood it was something she needed to do to put everything to rest. I have always loved old mirrors and I enjoyed the magical elements attached to the one in this book. The world of the unbelievables is well explained and I was on the edge of my seat as Kat and Evan found themselves in the bodies of two people who were connected to the bride and groom. I started off not being a fan of Evan, but as the two traveled back in time I came to like him more and so did Kat. The way the pieces of the puzzle came together was fascinating and it was fun trying to solve the case with Kat. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy books with ghosts, magic, and other supernatural elements. Young adults and adults will get caught up in the mystery and will be turning the pages to find out how it all turns out!
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Kat Preston doesn't believe in ghosts. She has to because it’s the only way she could protect herself. A ghost with dark hair and silver eyes had tried to steal her life when she was nine years old. Since then, ghosts are something that Kat Preston actively avoided for years. Disbelief keeps her safe, that is until her junior year at McTernan Academy. As a research project for the eccentric Professor Astor, Kat must investigate a notorious double murder that had happened at Castle Creighton in 1886, located at a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut. Protagonist Kat is restless about her research project. Castle Creighton is a place where ghosts thrive and going there could be her undoing. However, she discovers that two ghosts from her past are connected to the murder mystery, therefore her fear of the ‘unbelievables’ must be put aside. There’s a vital truth that is waiting to be unearthed. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, Book 1 from The Unbelievables series by K.C. Tansley, is a YA paranormal that is already compelling with its beautiful cover alone, and credit goes to the cover artist, Creative Paramita. I consider paranormal as well explored by writers, but The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is truly a welcome fresh addition to the genre. As a fan, the premise is a proverbial one for me, but K.C. Tansley has crafted a substantially interesting plot interwoven with ancestral curses, powerful spells, time travel, crime solving and memorable characters (the living and the dead). 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.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts kept me turning the pages, trying to figure out the 100+ year murder mystery along with the characters. Ms. Tansley did a nice job keeping the story moving along, and the atmosphere was appropriately creepy and tense. I did get to feeling I needed a "cheat sheet", though, to keep track of all the characters, past and present--especially once it was revealed that nearly every person on the Isle of Acacia in the present time was related to one or more of the people involved in the original mystery and that who they were related to would have a bearing on breaking the curse... That part of the story got to be a bit confusing as I tried to recall exactly what part each character played in the overall story arc. It didn't detract from my enjoyment, though it did slow me down a bit. :) This was definitely an interesting first novel in what looks to be an intriguing new series. I'll be interested to see where Ms. Tansley is going with future books. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Kat was in Professor McTernan's class of the lore and lure of historical places. Kat had to do a paper on a double murder that happened in 1886. Ghosts were things that Kat had actively avoided for the last 8 years. Ghosts were a constant presence since childhood, but Kat had some things to help her. Kat was a young woman who had powers and she connected with her ancestors to do what had to be done. She was a great character, as were all the others. The plot and overall story were very entertaining. I highly recommend.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley is a new young adult paranormal novel. Kat Preston has been able to see ghosts since she is a baby. When she was nine years old, though, a ghost tried to take over her body. With the help of Toria, Kat kept the ghost from taking over, but she has had to repel ghosts (pretend they do not exist) ever since. Kat is now seventeen and, despite her best efforts, the ghosts are getting closer. On her seventeenth birthday Kat received a beautiful sapphire ring from her father. It is the same ring Toria wore when Kat saw her when she was nine (you know it is not a coincidence). Kat has never seen her father. Who is he and why has he stayed away? Professor Astor is teaching The Lore and Lure of Historical Places this semester. He is focusing on Castle Creighton and the curse on the family (and its descendants). Professor Astor is sending a four person team to the town nearest the castle (Wright, Connecticut) and to Castle Creighton. Kat is a part of the team. She knows it will look good on her college applications. Kat is good with research and has experience with archaeology. Her mother is the renowned archaeologist, Dr. Valerie Preston. The other members of the team are Evan Kingsley. Evan is in college and Professor Astor’s teaching assistant. Evan believes in science and facts. Seth Fitzgerald is the expert (for someone in high school) on architecture and Morgan Sanchez, Kat’s best friend. Morgan is from Wright so she knows the people, castle, and lore. The Creighton Curse is that the first born son of each generation will die on his honeymoon or on his twenty-third birthday (whichever comes first). They die bizarre and horrible deaths (as well as the wife). There is one last Creighton left. Joran Creighton is just weeks away from his twenty-third birthday. Can they solve the curse before his birthday? Will Kat be able to handle her gifts? Will Evan be made a believer in the unbelievable (Kat’s name for ghosts). The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts was a great book. I thoroughly loved reading it. It has ghosts and magic! I have just told you a little bit about what happens in the book. There is so much more. I give The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts 5 out of 5 stars (which means I loved it). I was glad that the book did not have the usual teenage angst or a lot of romance (it had just a little bit which was just right). The writer did a superb job drawing the reader (me) into the story and keeping the reader’s attention (I stayed up late reading it). I eagerly look forward to the next book in this series. There is a lot of names to keep track of along with the related family history. I like how the author tied everything together in the end. I received a complimentary copy of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.