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.
**I received the copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
"Bustle and noise didn't distract me anymore. I was much more likely to be disturbed by quiet. Or, at least, what the quiet conjured up."
This was a very good and enjoyable read. I was not just reading the book, I was discovering and unraveling a 129-year-old murder mystery together with Kat, Evan, Morgan, Seth and Josua. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts was more of a mystery rather than frightening as I initially thought it was going to be, which I liked better.
Anyway, I just read Haunted Echoes which is also about spirits and I liked it a lot, but that's the only similarities between the Haunted echoes and The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. Abby from Haunted Echoes can hear voices of the dead people but she seldom sees the ghosts. This voices has became her nightmare and she sees this ability of hers as a cursed, she has become isolated from her peers. Kat Preston on the other hand can see ghost even when she was young. She's known about the ghost from the very young age and they were a constant presence throughout her childhood unlike Abby. Some became her friends and they tell Kat things in their realm. Kat also help them for their reckoning.
But that good harmony changes when a particular spirit tried to possess and take over her body. Good thing another ghost drove the spirit away from her body. Toria-the name of the ghost that helped her- said that she have to stop believing the ghosts so they can't come near her. From then on, she has to keep saying to herself that ghost aren't real so they won't come near her, we don't want to have another possession now don't we?
Now, in present time, Kat has to work on a research project that threaten her peace. They have to work on a 129-year old double murder case and prove if the curse, that affects the first-born sons in the Radcliffe family is real. The setting will be on Castle Creighton that sat in the middle of an isolated island! Sounds very ghostly right? Kat, needs to work on the very things she has been avoiding for the past eight years if she wants to make this project work.
The only problem I had with this book is the idea of stop believing ghost to keep them at bay. Kat has to keep telling herself that the ghost aren't real and they leave her alone, I found that really unbelievable. I mean, how can you BELIEVE that something isn't real when it is standing right in front of you? Exactly! you can't! You can only ignore them but you are lying to yourself when you say you don't believe that a ghost isn't real when it's waving right in your face. They should have used the concept of "ignoring" as the title suggest instead of "not believing", those two are 2 different words with different meanings.
Overall: I did enjoy The Girl Who Ignored Ghost. There were magic, curses, witchcraft, time traveling, ghosts and lore included in the book that readers will definitely enjoy. I would love to read the sequel of this book in the future. I mean, we didn't really get to see a lot from the modern kids, because the story focused too much in the past. I think that after the time traveling, the story was somehow rushed. Evan's and Kat's character and relationship wasn't given much of a chance to grow. Although it was hinted that there might be a bit of something between the two- their souls are reincarnated from a 129-yr old couple after all- that I know we'll get to see in the sequel of this book.
"Your work is done. Mine is just beginning." He put his arm around my shoulder. "We are in this together until the end"