Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

I stayed up last night finishing a cute new cozy mystery.  It is PureBred Dead:  A Mary McGill Mystery by Kathleen Delaney.  I will be posting a full review soon (I do, though, think there is something wrong with the pricing of the book on Amazon). 

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.

I am enjoying watching the mystery movies on Hallmark Movie and Mystery Channel today.  I like that they are turning cozy mysteries into movies.  Have a good afternoon, stay dry (if you can), and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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