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.