The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts Book Review

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

Number of pages: 242

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 2

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.

I have always loved paranormal fantasy. Sure a lot of the books that fall into the category are not exactly high quality literature, but how can you not love reading about witches, ghosts, and other dark and broody creatures. When I was younger, I read the Suddenly Supernatural series, and I wanted to be a medium more than I wanted my Hogwarts letter, and I’d been waiting for that letter since I was 8. Paranormal fantasy got me through a lot, so when I first heard about The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts when browsing Goodreads giveaways last year, I knew I had to read it. Luckily, as the second book is coming out soon, the publisher put the first book back on Netgalley.

I wanted to love this so much, and I did love it for the first 20%. It was fun, and I could ignore the glaring plot holes. I wasn’t expecting it to be the greatest book I’ve ever read, I just wanted something enjoyable. Sadly, by the 50% mark plot holes had become decidedly less fun.

There are so many things that went wrong for me. Firstly, the writing really wasn’t good. It is completely understandable, as I believe this is a debut, but my brain can only make up for “chunky” writing for so long. It was kind of like when I read social media post with poor grammar. I normally have to read the posts 3 times before I get a sense of what the person was trying to get across, but I’m still a little confused.

The plot holes ranged from insignificant to large. On the larger end of the plot hole scale, it doesn’t make sense that ghosts can’t get to Kat because she says she doesn’t believe in them. She clearly believes in them since she reminisces over her time with them as a child often. The plants and rocks protecting her makes relative sense, and unbelievers not being able to be effected by ghosts makes sense as well, but Kat is very obviously a believer. They should have been able to get to her far easier than they were able to in the library.

There are also instances where Kat does things like judge the extent of her powers after just learning she has them. How on earth do you know if to what extent you can do a spell when you just learnt you’re the family chosen one/reincarnation? I’m not even going to get into the whole reincarnation thing, and how it kind of helps push a 17 year old and a 20 year old into a sort of romantic relationship. They appear to be friends in the synopsis of book 2, but that is not the vibe I was getting while reading.

The characters were also poorly done. I can’t tell you a single characteristic of any of the characters, excluding Toria, and even then all I can say is that she’s impulsive. None of them had distinct voices.

Overall, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts was disappointing. Despite being fun for the first 20%, it ultimately fell flat, earning it 2 stars out of 5. I think I’m going to ignore my TBR and read an old favourite paranormal fantasy book now.

U.S. Only: A Discussion

Before I get into this, I want to establish a few things. Firstly, I am very fortunate to live the life that I live. I have always generally felt safe in my country (for those who don’t know, I live in Canada). I have always felt as if I have equal rights as a female. Sometimes I have even felt as if I am treated (unjustly) better than my male peers. I am also white, so I have never been discriminated against for my race. I have always had a roof over my head and food to eat. Sure I’ve had my problems. I have depression, and my home life has never been great for someone in my mental state. I’ve also been bullied and I’ve never felt safe at school because of it, but in the long run, my mess of emotional scars called a brain is pretty minor. There are people who are much worse off than me. I say this before I get into what I’m about to get into in case this discussion comes off the wrong way. I am truly grateful for what I have, but there has always been something that as an international book lover frustrated me.

If you live in the US, you will likely never know how much power the phrase U.S. Only holds. On bad days, it completely controls my mental state. On good days, it fills me with frustration. As a Canadian book lover, those words make me feel like I am getting ¼ of the experience on a daily basis. I feel left out.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand why it has to be this way. Shipping is ridiculously expensive here. My family has had to pay well over $10 just to ship a $2 item. My brain gets all of this, but my heart doesn’t, and that’s the issue.

Where I live, I’m further south than some of the US, meaning I’m relatively close to the US. I also live slightly over 2 hours away from the “great” city of Toronto, one of the few cities authors actually visit if they come here at all. I am fortunate again, because while I once had to get on a train to my aunt’s house at 5 am to go to a 2 pm signing an hour away from her house, I can only imagine what it’s like for the girl sitting in Nunavut. Canada is also occasionally (thought far more rarely than it was a year ago) included in pre-order campaigns and giveaways. What about the girl sitting in South Africa who desperately wants a chance to win *insert title here*?

I’m just frustrated. I get that it can’t be fair, but is it bad to hope for it to be?

What does the phrase U.S. Only mean to you as a book lover? If you live outside of the US, how do you stop from feeling disappointed when you country isn’t included? Please discuss this in the comments. I really want to hear your thoughts. Also, please tell me if this came off as whinny. I want to know so I can improve and possibly do more discussions in the future.

Rosemarked ARC Review


Number of pages: 400

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 3

Release Date: November 7th 2017

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher (Disney-Hyperion) for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.

Rosemarked unfortunately is getting stuck on the list of books I did not personally enjoy, but can see other people will love. If I maybe had connected more with the characters, I think Rosemarked would have gotten a solid 4 stars, but I cannot in good conscience given 4 stars to a book I did not enjoy. I wish it all the success in the world.

I have to praise the world-building first, because it is truly fantastic. Firstly, this is one of the few books where (mostly) throwing the reader into a fantasy world actually works. I want to commend Livia Blackburne for this, since I seldom see this done successfully. The plague is also very well done. How it’s transmitted, the possible outcomes, and the symptoms are excellently explained. It’s nice to see everything check out with the world-building.

Speaking of the plague, I’m glad Zivah and Dineas weren’t some sort of rare occurrence. What I mean is, I’m glad remaining rosemarked or becoming umbertouched is not such a rare occurrence that we see no other characters experience it. A fault of a large amount of YA fantasy books is to try too hard to make the main character(s) seem special.

Zivah and Dineas were well done as characters as well. Zivah was kind, proud, and naïve, while Dineas was hardened by having to constantly watch his tribe struggle and die at the hands of a cruel empire. He’s bitter, but he has a great respect and love for his people. They were flawed, human characters. The only thing I take issue with is the romance. Once the potion works its magic on Dineas, the romance starts, which I feel is a little wrong. It also isn’t really established if there is to be further romance when the book ends. Dineas doesn’t really get to voice his opinion on the matter.

I’m wondering if there is going to be a sequel, because there isn’t one listed on Goodreads at the moment. I mean, I guess I’m curious to see if they can even defeat the empire, because I’m pretty sure the answer is no. Either way, I’m not sure the ending did what it was supposed to.

I think the biggest issue with Rosemarked is that it simply isn’t exciting enough. There wasn’t any point where I was on the edge of my seat, even during the parts that I should have been. It sadly lacks the gripping, action-packed plot necessary to keep most readers engaged.

Overall, Rosemarked was a well-written fantasy book, though it lacked excitement, earning it 3 stars out of 5.

Fight Like A YA Girl Tag

Thank you to Mandy from Book Princess Reviews for tagging me. If you don’t already follow her, click her blog’s name to go check out her blog and give her a follow. She’s constantly posting reviews, tags, weekly memes, and her own series called The Princess Read every Saturday. If you have ever wondered what your favourite Disney princess would read, it’s the series for you.


  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!


A Crown of Wishes

Guari from A Crown of Wishes


These Shallow Graves

Jo from These Shallow Graves


The Wrath and The Dawn

Shazi from The Wrath and the Dawn


Crimson Bound

Rachelle from Crimson Bound


An Ember in the Ashes

Laia from An Ember in the Ashes (I would put more, but I’m trying not to repeat characters)


Dark Triumph

Sybella from Dark Triumph



Inej from Six of Crows


And I Darken

Lada from And I Darken



Ashline from Wildefire


The Hate U Give

Starr from The Hate U Give


Stitching Snow

Essie from Stitching Snow

Some of these are popular books, but I tried to put some lesser known books on here as well. There are so many other girls I would put here, but I wanted to keep it to one girl per statement (I’m apparently very lazy).

I Tag:

Aditi from Readers Rule

Marie from Marie’s Library

Kyla from Seelie Pages

I just went through the people I follow and picked some people, so if you don’t see your blog here and want to do this tag, I officially tag you.

Do you like tags? I created a tag a while ago, and as far as I know no one has actually done it. If you are interested, click here to check it out.

Edit: I forgot a question, so I’ll answer it here. My most anticipated release with a strong female character is Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. 

Now I Rise Book Review

Now I Rise

Number of pages: 470

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 5

I’ve been a Kiersten White fan for a while, and while I recognize some of her earlier books are not high quality literature, And I Darken and Now I Rise are by far her best books. Filled with adventure, a respectful look at two different religions, violence, court intrigue, and romantic tension, Now I Rise is perfect for a variety of readers, which you can’t say often about historical books.

The thing about Now I Rise (as well as And I Darken) is that they don’t feel like historical fiction books; they feel like fantasy books. Think of your favourite fantasy book and remove the magic/ mythological figures and creature and you have Now I Rise. Now I Rise is far more fast-paced than your typical historical fiction book (I’m not bashing historical fiction books; I love historical fiction books. The issue with historical fiction is the pacing can lead to boredom rather quickly), and by far more bloody.

As Now I Rise is a historical fiction novel, it is very character driven. It’s a good thing the characters are all fantastic. I especially love Nicolae, Nazira, and Cyprian, who are all side characters. Nicolae never fails to make me laugh, Nazira is a fantastically rational character (for the most part), and Cyprian is so precious (and my favourite new character). I appreciate the main characters as well, but the side characters are definitely my favourites. All of the characters are shades of gray; nobody is black and white. They all fell like people rather than characters. Also, if Lada loses Nicolae from her men, I’m out.

Speaking of main characters, I’m so angry with Mehmed in this book. He’s so conniving, which is exactly the reason I didn’t like Radu again until he started to feel conflicted toward the people of Constantinople. Why on earth did Mehmed think he could do what he did to Lada. I wasn’t too upset until with him for using Radu, since he’s been using him for two books now, but doing what he did to Lada proves he doesn’t actually love her, since he clearly doesn’t know her at all.

I want to quickly touch on the religious aspect of this book, because I explained my feeling really poorly in my And I Darken review (the only reason I don’t remove that first paragraph is for transparency sake). As a person who doesn’t pertain to any religion (I’ve technically been baptised as a Catholic, but I’ve been to church roughly twice including my baptism, and this is a whole long and complicated story), I find it refreshing to be able to learn at least a little bit about other faiths, especially when they are represented as respectfully as they are in And I Darken and Now I Rise. I also love that so many views on faith are represented. There are devout characters like Mehmed and Hunyadi, to the faithless like Lada. This is the best and least forceful (I don’t feel like it’s pushing me to be a part of any faith) representation of religion I have read (it helps that this is one of the very few books I’ve read that features religion).

Overall, Now I Rise is fantastically written with excellent morally grey characters, earning it 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven’t started this series and are able to acquire a copy, forget whatever book you were about to read and pick it up. You can then join us in the pain of waiting for book three.

The New Disney Princess Tag

Disney Princess

Thank you to Aditi from Readers Rule for tagging me. Click her blog’s name to go check out her blog and give her a follow.


  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with their posts so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

Snow White



Favorite Debut Book from an Author 

The Wrath and The Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn duology holds the second spot on my (favourites) shelf, even after reading so many other 5 star books. The writing is beautiful, and Khalid should still be protected at all costs.




Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning but Turned Out to Be a Total Jem 

Exit, Pursued By a Bear

Almost all of my possible answers for this question were contemporary books. I find a lot of contemporary to not be very interesting, so the fact that I loved Exit, Pursued by a Bear was shocking to me. It also includes one of the most weirdly relatable lines in “Do you ever dream of the day when your life can no longer be adequately summarized by Kelly Clarkson songs?”




A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention

Flame in the Mist

I wanted to love Flame in the Mist, truly I did. Sadly, it was fairly uninteresting and disappointing.




A Book with a Water/Ocean Setting

Salt to the Sea

I’m going to count Salt to the Sea for this one because it’s centered around a maritime disaster, despite the characters only being around water for the 2nd half of the book.




Name a Book with the Best Bookworm/Book Lover

Throne of Glass

You have no idea how much it pains me to include Throne of Glass (if you’re new here, this series causes me great pain. So far, it has peaked at Queen of Shadows. I am willing to fight you on this), but both Celaena and Dorian like to read so it fits the question.




Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)

The Hate U Give

Like I said above, I’m not a contemporary book fan. In fact, other than Exit, Pursued by a Bear, all of the contemporary books I had liked before reading The Hate U Give had a mental illness or bullying aspect that I could easily relate to. I’m also one of those people who ends up going against the hype more often than not. That being said The Hate U Give blew me away. If you somehow haven’t read it yet, rectify that as soon as possible.




Name a Book that is based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read

Legacy of Kings

All of the books I’ve read based off of historical figures (My Lady Jane and Legacy of Kings) I haven’t enjoyed because of how poorly executed they were and how much I value the history being “messed with”.




Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

And I Darken

Lada from And I Darken is the fiercest and most blood-thirsty protagonist I think I have read about.




Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general


I was going to put Six of Crows as my answer for Jasmine, but the Dregs are my favorite diverse, lovable, yet unlovable crew.




Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

For this question I had to go through the many editions of A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings to find the hardcover edition (I read the mass market paperbacks which are roughly 1000 pages), so that I could compare the page numbers to A Court of Wings and Ruin, and City of Heavenly Fire. A Clash of Kings is the winner by roughly 40 pages.




A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed


I remember there being a romance in This Song Will Save Your Life, but if there hadn’t been any romance the book would still have been perfect.

Anna and Elsa



A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting

Stitching Snow

Thanda where Essie works and lives is described as always having sub-zero temperatures.




A Character That Goes on a Journey

Strange the Dreamer

Lazlo goes on the journey of his dreams to find Weep in Strange the Dreamer.

I’m not tagging anyone because I can’t think of anyone to tag. If you want to be tagged, comment on this post that you want to be tagged and I will add a link to your blog here.

Favourite Book of the Month: June 2017

I’ve always wanted to do a TBR and wrap-up, but between school and my strange method for picking what to read next, the format isn’t a good fit for me personally. Enter this new series I’m trying out where I’ll be saying the best book I read that month. I’m a fairly hard reviewer to impress, so hopefully I will rate a book high enough each month to continue making these. Plus, it’s nice to be positive on For the Lover of Books once and a while.

I don’t have any 5 star reads from the month of June, but I did rate one book 4 stars, and another 4.5 stars, so I would say June was a more successful reading month than May, despite me having my last exams of high school.

Without further ado, my favourite book for the month of June is Hunted by Meagan Spooner. Hunted is solid Beauty and the Beast retelling more about the deep sense of wanting we all feel than anything. You can read my review here.


What was the best book you read in the month of June?