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Posted March 11, 2014
I loved this book--sex appeal plus a mystery, plus a huge spooky
I loved this book--sex appeal plus a mystery, plus a huge spooky factor. What's not to love?!
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Posted March 23, 2014
I never know what to expect when there are ghosts and mystery in
I never know what to expect when there are ghosts and mystery involved in books, but I certainly didn't expect to love Liv, Forever as much as I did. It was a dark but fun and heartwarming read - one that I will surely revisit in the future.
Liv is a very likable main character. She's honest and spunky, and her love for art is just contagious. So I really pitied her when she was killed because, getting into Wickham Hall and a step further away from her old foster care life, she had only been starting to feel like her life was beginning. I did question one line of her thinking, though: if you were a ghost, wouldn't one of your first thoughts be to talk to other ghosts in the vicinity? To get over your fear of them because, hey, you're one of them now, and to ask if they any inkling of who killed you?
Good thing Liv had Gabe, the only platonic relationship she made during her short life in Wickham Hall. Gabe could see and hear ghosts, and although this gift/curse did nothing but adorably scare him, it sure came in handy when Liv died because he was her only link to the living world. Being dead, Liv was surprisingly short on abilities, so she needed help if she were to solve the mystery behind hers and the many other deaths in her new school. And then there was Malcolm, the golden boy who didn't quite love his easy, privileged life. Malcolm and Liv fell in love in the little time they spent together, and, honestly, at first I rolled my eyes at them. I didn't think they could be real, you know? The boy seemed too good to be true, so for the most part I kept suspecting him of being part of something horrible and I just wanted to scream at Liv to not trust him. But in due time, their relationship grew on me and pinched at my heart because he couldn't even hear her. The feels. The pain.
I had a hard time putting this book down when I had to because the mystery behind the killings at Wickham Hall was morbidly fascinating. Everyone was a suspect in my eyes, and I enjoyed watching Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm working together to uncover the identity of Liv's killer. They were a weird bunch, indeed - a dead girl, an outcast, and the popular guy - but that dynamic only made them more interesting. I was so nervous that the author would escalate things to love triangle levels, but thankfully, that didn't happen.
Liv, Forever is like a captivating painting: every line will keep you looking until you realize you've seen it all. Art lovers will appreciate the plentiful art references in this book, but prepare your heart for the bittersweet ending - more bitter than sweet, really, but inevitable and satisfying, nonetheless.
MY FAVORITE PART was Liv and Malcolm drawing together on the glass :c
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Posted March 21, 2014
Posted March 12, 2014
Disclosure: I received a review copy form the publicist in excha
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Liv, Forever was one of my most anticipated books out this year, and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint!
When I first heard of Liv, Forever I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis and excited by the cover.
I am a sucker for boarding school novels...and this one is with ghosts! Double win.
I thought I knew what to expect when starting Liv, Forever…but there was so much more to the synopsis!
Liv, Forever was a beautifully written, haunting, chilling and heartfelt story that enthralled me from the first page.
Olivia ‘Liv’ Bloom, a child of the foster care system just won a two-year scholarship to the most prestigious school in the world, Wickham Hall.
Liv can’t wait to see the opportunities that await her and the prospects to strengthen her talents as an artist.
But right off the bat Liv knows she won’t fit in. She has always been one to keep to herself and it doesn’t help that 99% of the students are rich; their parents an alumni or a legacy.
Regardless of being an outcast, Liv is thrilled to get away from her foster parents and the life she left behind.
Things start to look up when Liv catches the eyes of the most popular and handsome boy in school, Malcolm.
Over the first few weeks of school Liv is living on a high, enjoying Malcolm’s company and learning what it means to love…but things come to an abrupt end when Liv is murder.
And her only hope of finding her murderer is Wickham’s outcast Gabe.
Together Gabe and Liv convinces Malcolm that she is still around; and as the three piece clues together they find out Liv’s death is more sinister than they
thought and that it ties directly back to the school and its members.
Liv wasn’t the first girl to be murdered at Wickham Hall. The book opens up with a chapter narrated by one of the murdered victim of Wickham;
and throughout the book readers get to hear each murdered girl tell her side of the story (there are 7 girls) on how she died which is seamlessly woven with
Liv’s chapters narrated before and after her death. Talkington doesn’t waste any time with the story as Liv is murdered early on in the book,
creating an eerie suspenseful tone that makes up the entire book till the very end. I’ve read a lot of paranormal and star-crossed lovers’ books but Liv, Forever is unlike anything I’ve ever read.
Talkington takes the two overused ideas and breathes new life into it; creating something refreshing and unique.
I read many books and seen many movies that either had ghosts in them or featured a ghost and I can say Talkington’s ghosts are very imaginative.
Talkington explains in great detail on why the ghosts in her book act a certain way, and like everything in life there are certain rules
and boundaries that the ghosts have to abide by. As for the star-cross lover aspects, Malcolm and Liv may be from two different worlds
but yet they are implicitly the same…especially for their love and appreciation for art. I was happy to see that the two didn’t fall into the
YA love trend (well Malcolm did drop the L-WORD super fast but not Liv). They were both attracted and curious of one another but
their relationship didn’t grow and blossom till after Liv’s death. That in itself, the relationship of these two characters is something I’ve never seen/read before.
It was strange and beautiful; so well thought out
and written that it made me root for their relationship even when I knew how impossible it was.
Liv was a good-okay character. That might sound odd, as she is the main protagonist and narrator of the book but
I never felt like I knew her or got to connect with her before or after her death. I mean sure, readers knew she was lonely,
a great artist and had a tough childhood but it was all the just basic information. Readers briefly learn the 5 W’s of Liv’s life in the
first couple chapters but the rest of the book was dedicated to finding Liv’s killer and learning about Wickham Hall and
its mysterious traditions. I learned and connected with Malcolm and Gabe more than Liv, which probably makes sense
since the two are the proactive ones in finding Liv’s murderer. From the start I knew who Malcolm and Gabe were, why they acted the
way they do and their history but Liv really stuck to the idea that she was a nobody, and that she was invisible to everyone…
and therefore she was (she was killed precisely for that reason, because no one would have cared/noticed she died).
Liv, Forever is Talkington’s debut novel, and it was an amazing first novel.
Although, the way Ms. Talkington writes you’d think she’s a seasoned author! I love everything about this book;
the charming and sweet romance, gothic setting, spooky ghosts, wonderful characters and exceptional world building.
This is by far the best book I’ve read so far this year! I haven’t read such a memorable and gratifying book in a long time
till I read this book. Liv, Forever is a perfect balance of genres; it has romance, suspense/thriller,
mystery, paranormal and horror…a little something for everyone. I highly recommend this book to everyone;
because I truly believe it can be enjoyed by both teens and adult (maybe some tweens but I thought it was pretty creepy at times…
I got Goosebumps while reading this book at night lol). The book is fairly short, less than 300 pages but I thought it was
the perfect length and pace. Each chapter was packed with action and suspense, so there was never a dull moment.
I’m not sure if there will be a sequel or not but if there is, I’d be the first in line to read/buy it!
I will be keeping my eyes out for Talkington’s future books, definitely a writer/book not to be missed!
Posted March 12, 2014
First great book I've read this year!
I knew going into this haunting book by Amy Talkington that it was sure to be a thriller. I was not prepared to be afraid to read this book alone at night. There are so many intruiging things about this story that had me hooked. I genuinely felt for Liv, Malcolm and Gabe because they are written empathetically solid. Liv and Malcolm had and intimate sentiment of their feelings for each that was hands down beautiful and most important, original. That’s what I loved about the book; all the beautiful, scary and thrilling moments are weaved together perfectly to provide readers with a truly unforgettable story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book needs to be shared because I believe it will entertain a large group of readers. While reading I thought of movies like The Skulls, Stir of Echoes and the book series by Elizabeth Chandler, Kissed by an Angel. The ghosts are beyond creepy yet interesting enough to be captivated by each of their stories. Oh that’s the other kicker in Liv Forever, readers will get to hear from each Wickham ghost that Gabe can see. Talkington writes each story so well that I had scary visuals of each, which was great.
Posted March 11, 2014
This a very well written story that, unfortunately, starts out j
This a very well written story that, unfortunately, starts out just like all the other boarding school novels I’ve read lately. A scholarship student goes to a boarding school, isn’t liked by many, falls in love with the school hottie, and… is killed… finds out there is some bad mojo with the secret society within the school… realizes there are ghosts around… and basically fits the mold for the “boarding school” YA novel. It reminds me a little of a mash up of Poor Little Dead Girls, And We Stay, and Deceived. Now don’t get me wrong, those are all good books, but I really wanted something different with this one, and even though these books are all different, there’s enough similarities that it just didn’t pique my interest all that much in the beginning.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Now, Liv, Forever focuses on Liv’s death, whereas the other novels I’ve read focus more so on attempted murders, so that was a nice change, especially as Liv’s ghost comes back to haunt Gabe as they try to figure out what happened. And, while the first half of the novel fits the mold for this type of novel nicely, the last half of the book is where is begins to branch out and become a different story, which in turn caught my interest. If you’ve never read a novel that takes place in a boarding school before, then I’d definitely recommend this as a good starting point. I enjoyed the aspects of the ghosts, and I liked Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm as characters. I also especially enjoyed the stories of each ghost’s death, told in first person, as if readers are drawn into the story to put the pieces together. However, I felt the beginning dragged on a bit and it just seemed too much like déjà vu for me as a reader, especially with the similarities to novels that have come before it, so even though I enjoyed some aspects, it doesn’t stand out in my mind, personally, all that much.
Soho Teen has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Edelweiss.