Series (So Far) Review: The Unbelievables by KC Tansley

Today I’ve got a bit of a double feature for you all. The second book in K.C. Tansley’s The Unbelievables series just came out, and I wanted to give it some love, while at the same time spreading the love to the first book in the series. I did something similar a few posts back, so it’s nothing too crazy. I’ll review the first book first, and then follow up immediately with a review for the second. Spoiler alert: they’re amazing, and I loved them both.

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Title: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts (The Unbelievables #1)

Author: KC Tansley

Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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.

Let me start off by saying that this series was practically made to be feverishly devoured in the fall, so you’ll be wanting to pick it up ASAP. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is a quick read, clocking in at just shy of 250 pages. If you’re looking for something short, sweet, and full of ghosts, creepy castles, time travel, and mysteries, this is your book. The characters are complex and unique, the banter is strong, and there’s even a hint of a veeeeeery slow burn romance starting up. 😉

I truly cannot express just how entertaining this story is. I sat down and read this book in two sittings, interrupted only by work, my husband insisting we needed to have dinner at some point, and sleep. I give this title a solid 4 out of 5 stars, and urge you to pick it up as soon as humanly possible. Once you pick this one up, you won’t want to put it down until it’s done, and then you’ll immediately want to pick up the second installment, which is… (warning: some plot spoilers for book one in the synopsis for book two)

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Title: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts (The Unbelievables #2)

Author: KC Tansley

Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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.

The stakes are even higher in the second installment of this series. I mean, we were talking life or death before, but we’re *seriously* talking life or death here. Without spoiling anything, everything is amped up for Kat and her friends when she travels to her ancestral home and meets relatives she just recently discovered she has. I loved the first book, but I *LOVED* this second book. There’s a sense of danger looming over Kat and Evan throughout the story that really drives home the entire atmosphere of the book. While reading, you can feel the danger and the urgency. You will actually feel like you’re strolling down the streets of Vienna with Kat and Evan, facing death and danger right along with them. I hope to see more from this series soon, as it has become one of my favorites of all time. I give The Girl Who Saved Ghosts 5 out of 5 stars.

 

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4 comments

  1. Thank you so much for this awesome review of both books! I am honored to be one of your favorite series. I plan to write 6-7 books in the series. Book 3 has to get drafted this winter. I can’t wait to jump back into Kat’s world.

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      1. It’s going to be really cool. I have so much to share about the Mallorys. And what happened to that first family heirloom.

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