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The Girl Who Saved Ghosts
by K.C. Tansley
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Unbelievables - Book 2
Publisher: Beckett Publishing Group (October 17, 2017)
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers , Teens & YA
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.
The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is The Haunting of Sunshine Girl meets Outlander. It’s a fast-paced YA time-travel murder mystery novel that combines paranormal and gothic elements to create a story full of ancestral legacies, powerful spells, unexpected connections, and inherited destinies.
Related subjects include horror and ghosts, family saga, Connecticut, New England, paranormal mystery, series, young adult, romance, and historical fiction.
The Unbelievables Series - Book 1
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What will happen in Book 3?
In the next book, Kat and Evan learn more about their abilities and time-travel in search of the
Mallory bracelet. They face new obstacles with the unbelievables and their bond is tested.
Six Reasons Why YA Paranormal Won’t Die
Readers and authors love to debate when something will “die” in publishing. It would be morbid, except they are talking about a trend or a popular movement in literature. I’m pretty excited to explain why I believe this genre is here to stay because it’s what I write and my favorite genre to read.
1) Talented Writers
Great writers will always draw readers. YA paranormal has authors like Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Stephenie Meyer, and Rachel Caine. Their writing is smooth and clean and clear. We readers tear through their books because these authors write compelling stories with intricate world building and mass appeal. They take well known supernatural creatures like angels & demons or vampires and create a fascinating take on the mythology and the rules of their creatures’ world.
Even when we put aside the biggest names, the genre is filled with talented authors who create amazing worlds with unforgettable characters and great plots: Aprilynne Pike, Dawn Metcalf, Paige McKenzie, Brenda Drake, C.J. Redwine, K.R. Conway, and Andrea Cremer—just to list a few. These authors create stories worth reading. They bring to life fairies, werewolves, ghosts, witches, and psychics with a twist on the familiar folklore or a radical rewriting of it. Either way, they pull us into their worlds and keep us coming back for more.
2) Loyal Fans
Confession time, when I read a contemporary, I can’t help thinking something is missing. Oh right, the paranormal. Ghosts, vampires, mermaids, zombies, and all the other supernatural creatures have a foothold in my heart and my reading tastes. I need them in a story for it to feel complete. That is never going to change.
A teen who loves paranormal becomes an adult who loves paranormal. Once we have a taste for paranormal, we never tire of it, which means there will always be a marketplace for paranormal because of us—its loyal fans.
3) We Need to Believe
The idea that there is more than what we see intrigues us. Not only that, but it gives us hope. Maybe our loved ones aren’t gone, maybe they can still see us as ghosts. Maybe there is more than what we sense. Maybe we can be more than we think.
Belief, even in a possibility, can make life so much better for us because belief feeds hope and we need more hope in this world.
4) The Greatest Escape
When we read the pages of a contemporary, we don’t leave our world behind. Not the way we do in a vampire novel. We have to learn the rules of this new world, making us slip completely out of what we know and immerse ourselves in what the author has created. Paranormals takes us away from our lives and lets us exist in a world we could never inhabit during the day. It is the greatest escape ever.
Closing the pages of a YA paranormal, we need a few minutes to re-aclimate to our own mundane world without shadowhunters, vampires, witches, psychics and all the other supernaturals that we adore. That’s something powerful and unique to the intricate world building in paranormals that provides us with a complete break from our own reality.
5) The Allure of Secrets
What is the most interesting thing? A secret. As teens, sharing secrets was serious business. Finding out a secret was powerful and could destroy someone’s world. Or at least it felt that way back then.
No matter what age we are, secrets have power. They pull us in. With paranormals, authors draw back a veil on the unknown and invite us into a secret world that exists solely in their mind. Most of the time, the paranormal is hidden and required to remain so, which makes it the ultimate secret for us to partake in.
6) We Get to Transform and Grow
YA Paranormals are all about transformation and growth. The characters grow and they transform into supernatural creatures, learn to co-exist with supernatural creatures, or battle supernatural creatures. Sometimes, they even team up with supernatural creatures to fight other humans. YA Paranormals allow us to see good and bad through so many different lenses and challenge us to make different choices about what is good and bad.
There is something utterly satisfying about taking a journey with a character where they grow and transform; and in the end, we do too.
K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and two quirky golden retrievers on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.
Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is her award-winning and bestselling first novel in The Unbelievables series.
As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.
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