by K. C. Tansley
Release Date: October 17th, 2017
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.
***I received this ARC through Netgalley for an honest review***
I gave this book 4 stars. This sequel was way better than the first book to say the least. I was 100% invested by the end that I really just want to sit down and binge the rest of the series that has yet to be written.
Kat is what I would call a perfect character. She is the perfect amount of flawed, relatable, and compassionate. She’s a character that maybe I don’t love with all my heart, but I can’t think of a single reason to dislike her. She’s a solid character that I don’t mind reading about at all.
Evan has done such a one eighty from when we first met him. He went from the man who was making Kat miserable for no apparent reason to making sure that everything was always going okay for her and that protecting her when she needed it the most.
What I find most grounding about this series in general is the fact that they don’t always win. In most YA novels the protagonist somehow manage to always come out on top, nothing bad ever really sticks to them. In this series, Kat can’t fix everything with the snap of her fingers. She wants so badly to help them and she does to a point, but she can’t fix things 100% and sometimes those small bits and pieces that remained broken are really heartbreaking.
If you’ve read the first book already you can probably sense the slow burning romance coming on. It hasn’t happened yet but the sense is getting a lot stronger, there are many hints and I’m curious to see how it’s going to happen.
I’m happy to report that we also finally get to know what their ages are! I was so confused about how old the characters were in the first book and I’ve finally figured it out. The group of friends are in this special boarding school, their seniors so 17 or 18 years old; Evan is in fact 20 years old doing that teacher assistant thing. I don’t know if it’s for school or if it’s an internship of some sort, it becomes more clear while still remaining pretty vague.
Overall, read it. It’s got something new to add to the YA world. It’s more than just an action packed teen romance, it’s got a whole bunch of titillating subplots mixed in along with intriguing characters.