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Girls Can't Be Knights

(Spirit Knights #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Portland has a ghost problem.

Sixteen-year-old Claire wants her father back. His death left her only memories and an empty locket. After six difficult years in foster care, her vocabulary no longer includes “hope” and “trust.”

Everything changes when Justin rides his magical horse into her path and takes her under his wing. Like the rest of the elite men who serve as Spirit
Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 12th 2015 by Myrddin Publishing
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“Portland has a ghost problem. Sixteen-year-old Claire wants her father back. His death left her only memories and an empty locket. After six difficult years in foster care, her vocabulary no longer includes "hope" and "trust". Everything changes when Justin rides his magical horse into her path and takes her under his wing. Like the rest of the elite men who serve as Spirit Knights, he hunts restless ghosts that devour the living. When an evil spirit threatens Claire's life, she'll need ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
The first sign that a book really isn't going to be great? The fact that you had completely forgotten you were reading it. Only when I went to pull down my Prime book for August did I realize that my July book was still sitting partially read on my Fire. So I picked this book back up and continued on.

The whole thing is nothing but a chase, and not an exciting one at that. Cynical Claire, scarred by a life in the foster system, has miraculously decided to completely trust and want to live with
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I received this ARC from KS Communications and Myddrin Via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Rating- 2.5

Life is not simple for sixteen year old Claire.
Her family died in a fire, extinguishing the life of those she held dear to her heart.
She goes into the foster care system.
Abused. hated. looked down. unwanted.
Claire just wants what she once had year ago...a family.
One day a knight in shining armorliterally comes to save her life.
Justin doesn't understand why horrid little ghosts are
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
I liked Girls Can’t Be Knights. I found the story to be fast paced and interesting. Told from both Claire and Justin’s viewpoints, this is the story of a young girl who has spent much of her life being bullied by the kids in her school. Her father has passed away leaving memories and a locket. And Claire in the foster system, never really belonging anywhere. By the time we meet Claire she is 16 years old, and has beaten up a kid who was bullying her. Of course she ended up suspended from school. ...more
Jun 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't mean to be rude, but what the hell was that?

Okay, look. I could like this book. I don't think there is any chance that I could love it, but maybe I could like it. If it had something to like, I mean. Like, if it had some real characterization in it, and more than boring dialogue which sounded all wrong even without the boringness, or at least plot that would actually explain what the hell was going on.

Overall, it needed a lot more work. This whole thing doesn't look like even a first
Karl Muller
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Put all the "spirit knight" stuff to the side for a second - I found the main characters believable, and that's what makes a good story of any type. There's obviously a lot more to learn about these spirits that will hopefully be revealed in future installments, so I'm eager to get to those. Claire is a good heroine - things aren't easy for her, but she shows toughness, resourcefulness, and even that she can make poor choices. She is no Mary Sue! And sometimes she gets herself out of a jam, and ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick, sweet, fun read. I almost didn't continue once I hit the 'high school' part in the beginning. My first thought was, "great, a high school insta-lovey dovey immature stint".. it wasn't anything like that. There's love, but the love of family and friendships, steady companions and stability. Poor Claire has had it rough, and the Knight in Shining Armor swooped in just when things were about to get worse for her. Like a big brother, or a stand in for the dad she lost.. NOT like the ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This is a overall review for all first three books. I came across the first book by accident I listen to all the books over 4 days.
The Narrators where good but the young voices where really whining nothing one can do about it I did enjoy them all.
Am halfway the third book and the one thing I can say is, If a 16 year old teenage girl can shake a millennial institution just by being female then they don't deserve the to be called Knights at all.
I will finish the series and follow the author I did
Andrew Johnston
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Young Adult novel with a really great mood. Fun, encouraging, warm, and human. The first in a series, it brings the "chosen one" young hero archetype down to street level. Characters are just as down on their luck, but they're living in our world. Rather than reduce the luster of the story, it adds some relatability.

Girls Can't Be Knights plainly builds a world and sets up future stories. Yet, the end remains the definite closing of this chapter.

Overall, very enjoyable.

Some disclosure. I
K Ada
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, magic, dnf, 2019-reads
I found the title and description interesting, and I was looking forward to reading this series. Not a lot of ratings, but they were fairly high. However, I gave up on this book at the halfway point. I really wasn't into the book from the beginning but kept reading hoping it would get better. Sadly, for me, it did not.
Kristin Coley
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unexpectedly amazing

I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. It was more about the relationships than the spirit stuff and it worked. I loved the main characters and the relationship they developed. The talking animals were also amusing.
Non Pantalones
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
It was fine - definitely a YA book, with a plan to build a persistent universe after this particular story is complete. I wasn't a fan how young=annoyingly bad, inexplicable decision-making but I see what the author was going for.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun read. Geared towards YA audiences, it's enjoyable and head good storytelling. However if things that don't make logical sense beyond a surface inspection on some of the world building bothers you, this might too.
Laine Holman
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

I loved it amazing, full of adventures! Very addicting, you just can’t put it down. Great humor too, really funny.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite a meager storyline... But as an audiobook, it was okay. It can be nice to listen to a book that required no thinking or extra attention at all. I am not finishing the series, though.
Helen Bassett
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable story

Very enjoyable story beginning to end. Characters in the story are fun and iinteresting. Not sure any page could be improved.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice and original.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
TWR: yes they can
Tina Miller
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am so going to read the rest of them!
Bilbo Baggins
Title: Girls Can’t Be Knights

Author: Lee French

Type: Adventure, Fantasy, Action

Rating: 3 Stars

I really wanted to like this book. I really did. I just tried…but I couldn’t! So much frustration…

Let me explain. When I read the blurb of the book, I was like, “wow! Looks like this book will be going to my favorite bookshelf!”. But no. This book had so much potential, and I was left disappointed. If you liked this book, then I respect your opinion. There are some good points in the book, which is why
Rachel Barnard
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“There’s no law that says a girl can’t be a Knight.” (Page 250).

Claire doesn’t let bullies get her down, she fights back. On school grounds fighting is cause for suspension, but that didn’t stop her from beating up the bully. She will probably be known for beating up a guy, but she won’t know because she’s not allowed to go back to school until her suspension is over. In the meantime, Claire is suddenly a target of all the neighborhood animals and at her wits end when a cat tries to claw off her
Chelo Biggerstaff
I hate having to use whole number ratings. Technically, this book is a 4.75 for me (yeah, I do get that picky), but I'm going to round it up, not down, because the tiny thing I'm deducting for was something I couldn't put my finger on. I'll explain.

Claire is at a new school, but her situation seems to be a repeat of what she's gone through before. She's a foster kid who lost her entire family in one night. She doesn't fit in and she gets in trouble because of it. Not a big surprise for her;
Kyleen Valleaux
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While young adult is not my typical genre, I had won a copy of this book during a writer online event. (I won a few books that I will be reviewing). I really enjoyed communicating directly with Lee and her story sounded like it had a lot of promise.

I wasn’t wrong. This is a great book.

The story is told from two points of view. One is Claire’s, teen orphan who’d been in the ‘system’ for about six years after the death of her entire family in a house fire. The other is Justin, a
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was OK. Not great. Not horrible. OK. I feel like it could have been better but the characters were all flat and not very interesting. I didn't see any character development and responses to certain types of situations were just so abnormal. For instance when Claire met her dad's phasm, she was so excited that she thought he was really her dad. Justin explained the situation to her and she just flat out accepted a
N. Lang
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who needs Ghostbusters. . . Portland Oregon has Spirit Knights

Claire, is having a time making friends at her new school, she doesn’t like it at her foster home either. She runs away when a man dressed in knight armor, named Justin who rides a talking horse finds her. He’s known as a Spirit Knight, who takes care of ghosts that take form of animals. Justin takes her home and she finds out that her father, who died, was a Spirit Knight and that makes her one too. Making her the first girl Spirit
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Girls can’t be Knights, by Lee French, is a beautiful blend between the modern world now and a more romantic era when knights protected the damsels in distress. We start out with a teen age girl who is tired of bouncing from foster home to group homes. Her first week in her new school finds her again being bullied for being the new kid in the school. Treated unfairly, Claire runs away from the school to find she is being attacked by wild and crazy animals.
Justin, the faithful knight, protects
Suzy Sims
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girls CAN be Knights!

Claire is a spunky orphan who is doing her best to take care of herself in a hard new world. Losing her family in a fire has left her moving through the system. She and her friend Drew have formed a bond that helps them cope. Knight Justin bursts into her life on his talking horse saving her from possessed animals trying to hurt her. Their adventure takes off. Claire learns the truth behind her father and that he had been a knight as well. The relationship of Claire and
GIRLS CAN’T BE KNIGHTS features Claire, an orphan who only wishes she could have her dad back. When things start becoming weird, the Spirit Knight Justin rides to Claire’s rescue. When Justin realizes Claire bears the mark of the Knights, he knows something is wrong as there’s never been a female knight…as girls can’t be Knights. I liked the premise of GIRLS CAN’T BE KNIGHTS, but I felt it was missing something. With the title, it seemed as if Claire would find herself in a position where she ...more
The Bookend Family
I can't help myself, I love all the hyped up Young Adult books that are currently all the rage. Seriously, if only I had this wealth of a selection growing up. Actual novels with emotions and tragedy. The closest we came to this in my time was a new Judy Blume novel, or who remembers The Babysitter's Club?

This book was engaging from the start! I love the characters, all very much unique. I love the settle magic, that then becomes much more present. The story is solid, the turmoil is real, and
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girls can be Knights

I found this book to be an easy and fun book to read. Claire is a strong girl who has lost her father and was forced to grow up in foster care. She runs into Justin and he takes her under his wing and into his home. He discovers she is chosen to be a knight which is unheard of since "girls can't be Knights". I like how you get a feel for Justin's and Claire's character's right from the beginning of the book. The book is told from both Claire and Justin's viewpoint as it gives
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