I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Girl Who Saved Ghosts (The Unbelievables, #2) by K.C. Tansley
Published by Beckett Publishing Group on October 17th 2017
Series: The Unbelievables #2
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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.
Outlander series meets The Haunting of Sunshine Girl series.
As soon as I turned the last page for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, the first book of this series, I immediately reached for this one. The Girl Who Saved Ghosts expands upon the foundation laid in the first book, exploring the mysteries of Kat’s magical heritage and her family history as Kat and Evan embark upon another time travel adventure.. This one was more character-based, fleshing out and developing the characters.
After a tumultuous summer spent investigating a century old murder mystery and discovering her paranormal powers, Kat is looking forward to returning to her predictable, mundane school life. Then the bloodied ghost of a little girl appears, begging Kat to help prove she didn’t commit a murder. Additionally, Kat is warned by other ghosts that the Dark One is looking for her. Kat travels to her ancestral home in the hopes of learning more about her gifts and to seek help. Once she and Evan arrive, they discover that the only way to have a future is to again travel to the past.
I have a weakness for time travel adventures and I love Tansley’s rather unique spin on the concept, particularly in this novel. It allows the reader to watch history as it unfolds and I enjoyed watching Kat and Evan try to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together. Now that the premise of this series was firmly established in book one, this installment starts to explore the bonds between the families more. I found myself really emotionally invested in the characters from the past. As their story unfolded, I couldn’t help but hope that Kat would find a way to change the past.
While Morgan, Kat’s best friend, was missing from this novel, we did get to meet some other wonderful characters. Kat’s aunts are a study in contrasts and I liked watching her interact with them. I’m still not sure how I feel about Kat and Evan’s romantic relationship but I loved how their partnership evolved in this book. It will be interesting to see how their hereditary roles change their relationship in the future. I wasn’t a huge fan of the amorphous the Dark One concept but the main villain in this story made up for it. She was wonderfully dark, I love it when the reader can somewhat empathize with the villain of the story.
The Unbelievables is a series that’s worth picking up if you’re looking for a fun paranormal read full of family curses, magic, and historical fiction. The Girl Who Saved Ghosts was a strong sequel and I’m intrigued to see where Tansley takes the story next.
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